4 Feng Shui Tips For Your Tiny Apartment

By Francine Fluetsch on August 28, 2015

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When you have a tiny apartment, especially a studio, it can be hard to keep the space from closing in on you, especially if there is no distinction between where your living room starts and your kitchen ends.

Something that might be able to help you feel more at home in your space would be to add a little feng shui to your place.

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According to Rodika Tchi, a feng shui expert, feng shui is “a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune to the people inhabiting it.”

Health and good fortune sound pretty good, right? If your place has a good energy, you will have good come to you in turn. So how exactly should you go about adding some feng shui to your small space?


If you have a small space, clutter will only make it look smaller. On top of that, clutter can drain your energy, if you are looking at it from the feng shui point of view. Of course, no one likes to declutter, especially if the mess is found all over the house, and cleaning up one area can’t be done before another is organized so you have places to put everything.

It will really help you to start one room at a time, and do it when you feel motivated. Put on some tunes, light your favorite candle, and imagine the place cleaned up. What can also help is going to Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond, and just looking at wall décor or whatever else you’d want to add to your clean place.

This will help motivate you to get the clutter out of the way so you’ll be able to put new things in your place.

Cleansing ceremony

Since feng shui deals with energy, you may benefit from getting rid of bad energies so your good energies will be able to thrive. In order to do this, Christan Hummel, author of Do It Yourself Space Clearing Kit suggests to “go around the house to places where there have been past traumas or difficulties. Do a cleansing ceremony (sage, or candles work well) and intend for the blockage to be cleared from that space.”

This might seem a bit different than what you are used to, but what’s the harm in trying? The energies also thrive off your mindset, so go in it with an open mind and see if it helps you out. Once you cleanse, you can bring in items that will represent flowing energy, which according to Hummel can consist of “feng shui fountains, chimes or living plants, to attract life energy back into that area.”

My mom got really into feng shui when we lived in Malaysia for a year, and at first I thought it was rather odd. But the more items she brought in and what she taught me about energy really ended up helping me with homesickness and feeling more at home in our place away from home.

Divide your open areas

Since you don’t have a lot of space and they are all flowing into one another, your feng shui will benefit from you dividing the spaces as much as you can, paying special attention to giving your bedroom as much privacy as possible.

This of course may make your space look smaller, so you’ll have to play around with the dividers and see what works best for you. Rodika Tchi says you can use things like “various screens, tall plants, a bookshelf, or a row of curtains” to divide your rooms and make your energy pockets flow nicer.

Urban Outfitters always has awesome tapestries that you could take a look at. It will be a fun way to decorate your place and help you feel better in your apartment.

Keep the entryway clean

You want to have a clear and open entryway especially if you have a small place. It will open everything up and set up good energy for the rest of your place. What can help with this is to give your entryway good lighting to brighten up the place and make it more inviting, adding vibrant colors from paintings or tapestries or what have you, and also make an extra effort to keep shoes and other clutter away from your main door.

These are just a few ways to add some feng shui into your life. If you would like to learn more about good and bad energies and more of the specifics, definitely check out Rodika Tchi’s articles.

Hopefully these feng shui additions will help you feel more comfortable in your small space and will improve your energy and your health for the better. You can even have people come out and help you with the specifics if you want to make sure you are doing it correctly.

Have fun!

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Hi! I'm Francine and I'm a fourth year Creative Writing major at UC Santa Cruz. I am one of the Campus life columnists on Uloop's National Team and also the campus editor for UCSC. I enjoy reading, writing, and taking selfies with my cat.

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