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How To Feng Shui Your College Dorm Room

Laura Cerrano

Can you believe it?! Summer is pretty much over. And that means,….BACK TO SCHOOL! Do we have any college students reading this post? If so, and you happen to be living on campus, I invite you to take a look at several Feng Shui Tips on how to enhance the energy of your dorm room for the upcoming college year. 

1. I remember the first year I lived on campus, I shared a dorm room with 3 other people, which was not ideal. Yet, one of the key habits that kept the peace between all of us, was being aware and mindful of each others personal space, which in tern provided visual and energetic boundaries. Meaning, we kept our own clutter under control as often as possible.  


2. College is a world wind of new life experiences, student activities, and loads of class work. With that said, it’s strongly recommended to select visuals and objects that support your conscious and subconscious mind during your next phase of development in life. Think about your hobbies, focus of studies, interests beyond college, supportive people in your life (family/ boyfriend/girlfriend/ friends/ family pet) and do your best to symbolically or literally represent those psychological cues of support, inspiration, and motivation.  


3. Plants are a great addition to any space and have been scientifically proven to help reduce stress and clean the air. Energetically speaking, they promote inner and outer growth, while adding a pop of personality to the space. How many plants? You could start with 2 - 3 of them. When selecting your plants, be sure the leaves are rounded or curved. Avoid prickly plants with sharp cactus needles or shaped leaves. 


4. It’s hard to escape the overwhelming radio waves of EMF’s (electromagnetic frequencies). The biggest culprits include computers, TV, and cell phones. An easy way in help to reduce EMF’s inside your dorm room is by turning off your computer and cell phone at night. The next suggestion is to keep them at least 4 feet away from your entire body when sleeping, if possible. One of the best things to do in general, is take breaks from being attached to your electronics 24/7. 

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5. Keep your desk organized. If during the day you have a method to your madness when working and studying, so be it. Before bed, adopt the habit of making sure your paperwork is not spilling over into the rest of the room. Even pay mind to how you maintain storage space inside the desk drawers and your closet. It all counts!

6. Most of us have laptops these days, which is great for mobility and space saving. Yet, they can do immense damage to people’s posture because our necks are positioned in a constant downward angle. See about getting a computer monitor for your laptop. The monitor helps to raise your line of sight, which aligns your spine in a more erect position to promote better posture, health, and focus.


7. Another way to promote good posture when working at your desk, is by investing into a quality ergonomic chair (if able to). The purposes of the chair is to provide excellent lumbar support while sitting at your desk.

8. Be mindful with the type of lighting within your dorm room. Natural light is always the best, by opening your blinds and windows to let in fresh air, when able to. At night, pay mind to the type of artificial lighting inside your dorm room. Night time promotes yin (calmer) energy. To replicate this energy in the physical world, the use of down lighting is an easy way to establish this feeling. The light source could be placed by your desk, which is helpful when working. When deciding on how to light the rest of the space for more relaxed and fun times, feel free to get CREATIVE! 


9. Be sure the bed and bedding is promoting a platform for quality sleep. Lack of sleep means lack of energy, decrease in overall health, focus, and possible slipping of your GPA. When it comes to the type of bed colleges provide you with, from what I remember, they typically have bunkbeds. In terms of bedding, you have way more say. From a Feng Shui perspective, its recommended to select certain colors for your pillow covers, sheets, and comforter to help promote better sleep. Terra cotta, copper, coral, cream, peach, tan, and cocoa colors create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere for your bed. Soft natural colors like light blues, greens and lavenders lend the bedding a quiet, tranquil vibe, and invite healing energy.

Are there more tips? Of course! Yet, from here on, its best to experience a personalized consultation to refine specific suggestions that align with your goals for positive change. So, for now, start with these 9 Feng Shui Dorm Room suggestions. 

Understanding the Anatomy of Doors with Feng Shui

Laura Cerrano

Doors in Feng Shui hold significant meaning, literally and metaphorically. In short, on a practical note, they allow you to move from one room to the other. From a Feng Shui perspective, doors relate to the concept of communication. In particular, the front door is known as the, "mouth of chi." In regard to the western Feng Shui anatomy of your home, this is where all the good energy first enters and begins to nurture and animate the spirit of your home. 


Door Energetic Maintenance Checklist:

1. Make sure the door's over all presentation is vibrant and healthy looking. Meaning, there are no cracks in the door, it's not moldy, or looking like its about to fall off the hinges. 

2. Does your door become stuck when opening and closing it? When this happens, it's like saying your voice is getting stuck and could be lacking the assertiveness and confidence to speak up.  

3. Do the door knobs turn with ease? Or, do you feel resistance? In Feng Shui, door knobs relate to change. So, depending on the doors that are not functioning properly and paying mind to where these doors are located within your home, could be providing insights into life experiences that you may be open to or resisting change. 

4. Pay mind to the door knob designs. Is it wood? Crystal? Metal? Round? Oval? Narrow? I know this may sound silly, yet, when adopting Feng Shui into your home and lifestyle, it encourages you to be mindful of EVERYTHING! Right down to the subtleties of touch. 

5. Ask yourself, "Do I need a swinging door for every single room within my home?" This too may sound strange, yet, sometimes you really don't need an abundance of doors. Too many doors can make a space feel restricted and blocked. If you are able to limit the amount of doors connected to hinges, this could open up better energy flow and reduce arguments within a home. If you implement this change, make sure you remove the hinges all together and clean up the door frame. 

6. If you still need doors, but have the option of including sliding doors, that is the next best approach! This style feels much less impeding and much more breathable. Or in other words, its an easier transition. 

7. Does it matter what color you paint the doors within your home? Yes! Color conveys emotions, connects to certain elements, compass directions, and gua's on the Ba-gua map. When referring to interior doors, they can help a room feel more open and balanced. There's a lot of variables when it comes to this topic. Proceeding with a private consultation is best as each person's intention for change and home is unique. 

8. Observe the shape of the door frame. Most frames tend rectangular, which is just fine. If you wish to enhance its presentation a bit more, you could paint the door frame, display artwork on the walls nearest the door frame, or hang a decorative item from the center of the door frame; such as with a small wind chime. Perhaps you have an arched doorway design. This helps add even more personality! In regard to elements, the angular shape speaks to the element of wood and the curved shape speaks to the element of metal. 

9. Be sure the size of the front door proportionate to the house and overall rooms in general. Meaning, that when walking through your home, you do not feel restricted. 

10.  Most doors consist of metal, wood, or fiberglass. When it comes to this part of the discussion, some consultants may suggest certain door materials need match with certain sectors of the home and/or elements, which is one approach. At the same time, it's recommended that you are mindful of your own personal taste and the overall aesthetics of your home. Also, think about your emotional needs. If you are a person who expresses the need for more security and feeling safe, than a solid doors may be best. If you are a person who is practicing openness, perhaps you combine the materials of wood and glass.