New Beginnings: How to Prepare Your Home for A Prosperous New Year
One of the best things about the Christmas season is awaiting the holiday that comes after that: New Year.
For many individuals, the New Year signifies an opportunity for new beginnings, growth, and hope for a better and brighter tomorrow. People from different cultures have different cultural practices, traditions, and rituals in welcoming a brand new year. Most of them conduct these at the very end of the current year to usher in the brand-new year with open arms. They do all these with the hope that the new year brings abundance in all aspects of their lives.
Since time immemorial, the Chinese Lunar New year celebration has been an occasion that marks the beginning of a fresh new start for many. With this new beginning, people are more receptive to doing practices that they hope will bring success and good fortune into their homes. After all, there is no better day in the year to signify the welcoming of year-round happiness, prosperity, good health, and long life than the Lunar New Year. To ensure you can welcome good spirits and a wealth of luck into your home, it will bode well to focus some of your redecorating endeavors on your living space.
Whether you have a house and lot for sale in Quezon or are currently living in a condo elsewhere, treating your homes to a little TLC will redound in a positive living environment. If you are a constantly busy individual, it is inevitable that you would want to wrap each day being welcomed into a warm home bursting with joy. This kind of joy should be something you should feel the moment you walk in the door—which begs the question: What makes a home seem more joyful?
While much of the mood we bring with us contributes to the kind of experience we have at home, we should not discount how the spaces we inhabit have an influence on us. If you wish to have a more joyful experience at home and bring in more luck and prosperity, below are some design ideas that could help you achieve just that.
In this way, you could experience a joyful home that contributes to your physical and mental well-being, not just for a day but all year long.
a.) Introduce big and bold colors
Big, bright, and bold colors are known to evoke positive feelings from us. That said, rich, saturated hues can have a positive effect on our mood. Calming blue is known to be a serene color that fosters a feeling of inner peace, while heart-thumping red signifies powerful energy. If cultivating an environment of joy is what you are after, you might want to consider incorporating a shade of orange in your space, as this hue is associated with feelings of happiness, joy, and social engagement.
b.) Spruce up
Regardless of whether you are doing it for prosperity or luck, thoroughly cleaning your spaces is paramount. This is especially true just days before the Lunar New Year arrives. Sprucing up and cleaning your space will cleanse your home of all negative energy and ill fortune that has accumulated in the past year.
c.) Get rid of the things that no longer bring you any value
You should take a leaf from Marie Kondo’s book and take her famous statement to heart. According to her popular cleaning technique, you should discard anything and everything that no longer sparks joy. Practice this by analyzing each room and everything you own. Take a gander at your closet and look at the clothes. Do not forget to check your junk drawers for things you no longer need as well. Purge them from things that are broken and stuff that you no longer need. From there, you can decide whether you wish to donate or sell them. Make sure that every item you have left is something that adds value to your life. More importantly, make sure that each of them has its own designated space.
d.) Do not clean on the first day of the Chinese New Year Celebration
You should never do any type of housecleaning during the first day of the Chinese New Year Celebration. Cleaning during that day is said to sweep all the good luck that arrives with the New Year. Instead, do all of your cleaning chores prior to the day the Lunar New Year arrives.
e.) Consider rearranging your furniture
Even the simple act of rearranging the furniture in your home can already give you a fresh feeling of newness. Also, this is one clever and inexpensive way to give your home a brand-new look without having to renovate. These small changes will help create a vibe that signifies new beginnings and opportunities without having to commit to making big changes or spending a lot of money.
f.) Use home decor to attract positive energy
Every color represents a meaning. If you wish to attract something in particular (such as joy, as mentioned above), make sure to incorporate those colors into your home decor. However, if you think that more decor will only add to the clutter of your home, try getting candles in different colors.
g.) Invite furry friends into your life
Pets take commitment, and they certainly are not for everyone. If you do want them, however, know that they require care and responsibility. Apart from that, you need to have a certain tolerance for fur-covered surfaces and other cleanup duties. While all of these may sound like extra work, the rewards of pet ownership are great: having a pet means that you have a loyal and devoted friend for life. More importantly, they are always happy to have you at home, which contributes to the home’s overall joyous energy.
If you wish to bring a new furry companion home, consider rescue organizations and local animal shelters first. Today, there are plenty of pets out there who are just waiting for good families to adopt them and give them their forever homes.
h.) Get some plants or flowers for the New Year
Make sure to pepper your space with greenery by strategically placing plants in your home. Apart from giving your home a fresh touch, they make beautiful decorations that can add a touch of color to your interiors. Apart from this, plants can also help you foster an environment of positive energy that can flow around your home. As a result, you will have a harmonious and balanced environment to welcome you at the end of the day.
i.) Declutter other areas in your life
While it is imperative to start the New Year with a clean home, you should also be checking other aspects of your life that may require a little “clean up.” This can mean anything from your phone, email, finances, and the like.
j.) Share meals with loved ones
On the eve of the Lunar New Year, invite your loved ones over and share a meal with them. Having dinner with your family and loved ones symbolizes the intimacy and closeness that you share. More importantly, having them over for a meal means that you can usher in the Lunar New Year together.
k.) Make space for passion projects
You may have hobbies that you have long overlooked or neglected in favor of accelerating your career. That said, you can dedicate more time doing these long-forgotten projects by making space for them. Whether you are learning to play the piano, sewing a quilt, developing your painting skill, or working on a new book, give your side project its own dedicated space. Doing so is bound to increase your joy, and if all the tools you need to practice or create are easily within sight, you are more likely to spend time using them. If you do not have a spare room for your passion projects, you can simply clean one area of your home to dedicate to your creative practice. A simple lack of space should not deter you.
l.) Lighten the mood
More often than not, the little things that we often overlook are the things that tend to positively contribute to our lives the most. Indeed, the little things can lift our mood. That said, you should not be afraid to showcase your sense of humor by hanging up a funny sign, a door on a tree, or baseboard, installing a fairy door, or even just choosing a quirky and unique door knocker.
m.) Be a good person
Do good deeds, be kind, and just generally be a good person. What you put out to the world eventually finds its way back to you, and your actions are no exception to that. No matter what animal or energy is in store for you, the best way to have an auspicious and optimal year is to do a good deed each day. Do it with intention and the right mindset. , and a good year will follow.