10-Minute Feng Shui, by Skye Alexander

24 Sep
feng shui 10 minutes skye

FIVE of 5 stars

I REALLY like this book. I’ve been following Feng Shui for over 15 years, after a friend gifted me with a book about it. I may not believe that closing the toilet lid will protect my money, but much of the advice on how to keep your home laid out and decorated just feels right (and it’s easy enough to keep the toilet lid down!). There are a lot of aspects to Feng Shui, and you can take or forget whichever parts you like. It’s not about magic, it’s about feeling at peace in your home, so taking Feng Shui directions that feel right to you will bring happiness.

This particular book is great. It starts with an introduction to what Feng Shui is. There is no need to follow every Feng Shui suggestion, you decide where you need help and what works for you. Then the book gives hundreds of 10-minute fixes, meaning any change will take 10 minutes or less. Again, there is no need to follow every suggestion in the book, you choose what you can do, according to what you want to do. Hang a mirror over the stove? I can do that. Place a jade plant in the kitchen window? I can do that too. Will it help my finances? Well it will make my kitchen look nice at the very least! Will cleaning under my bed keep me healthy? It certainly won’t make me sick.

The last part of the book lists things that will take more than 10 minutes but less than a day. Painting, installing, planting and organizing.

Honestly, reading through Feng Shui books make me feel energized to get things done, and this book is chock full of helpful EASY ideas. Most Feng Shui ideas revolve around keeping your home clean and beautiful, and there can be plenty magical about having a happy home.

Feng Shui is for those who want to make small changes in their life, and those who like the more extreme Marie Kondo way of life. For people who believe in the power of crystals and for people who believe hanging wind chimes and a mirror certainly wouldn’t hurt. Maybe you know you should get that drippy faucet fixed, but reading how it can affect your well-being might push you to get it done this weekend.

I thought this was just going to be a short quick overview, but instead it is a really helpful guide that is full of easy ideas. Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and I can honestly say I wasn’t expecting to give it 5 stars.

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