The Art of Home Hygiene: 4 Steps to Building Your Vibration Station for Health & Wealth
The home design practice of feng shui centers around making spaces that remind us that we’re awesome, no matter what we think in that particular moment. The art of of feng shui is a specific practice that dates back over 3,000 years to the Han dynasty (and may even have roots in the Neolithic era) when emperors used the natural elements as guiding forces - “feng” meaning wind and “shui” meaning water. Coincidentally, air and water are two essentials the human body needs, and this practice is said to bring good health and fortune.
Around the world, people practice few other home space energy practices similar to feng shui such as minimalism, Indian Vastu, Japanse Zen and Danish Hygge. You can get deep into feng shui, but we’re going to focus on the similarities that connect these home hygiene practices as one and boil it down to a few practical elements with an original twist!
STEP ONE: ENVISION
Before you dive in, think about what you want, what inspires you, what you’re good at, what makes you smile. You can make a vision board to guide your process. The vision board is a tool you make that includes all of the experiences, things, emotions and goals that you want to experience. Usually it’s a handmade visual piece of “art,” like a drawing or collage, but a written mission statement or affirmation works as well. The act of personally creating something helps you get started on the process of manifesting your vision from just an idea into in the real world - learn from Tony Robbins about the power of visualization. The point of this step is to create a reminder that anchors you to your end goal - i.e. your clean space/happy home that’s a haven for health and wealth.
STEP TWO: CLEAN
In general, you can call this decluttering step “the fine art of deciding what actually matters.” Marie Kondo wrote this veritable bible of decluttering, about how to purge with purpose, for many this results in loads of goods going to charity, a garage sale/craigslist or family gifting. The non-daily essentials that you “use on special occasions or at a later date” go into storage, and you keep the rest of the good stuff for the next step, the fun part.
Most people find this step emotionally challenging, and have trouble initially reaching a transformative breakthough of your living space. This emotional resistance is normal, and a part of the process of letting go. To encourage you, it’s said that “for every thing you let go of, you receive ten times as much in good fortune.” It’s worth experiencing the radical shift that “cleaning house” can have on your emotions, health, relationships and finances.
Storage is a real skill - the art of putting things away/in their home. Two strategies to freeing yourself from the bondage of material stuff is to not think about it or use a system that transcends itself (the paradoxical no-system system). The latter just means that you’ve created a process so good that once in place, it’s rules are easy to remember and self-evident and are therefore naturally reinforced. To keep your space inviting and useful, just remember HICCUP! (Home-Intention-Clean-Clear-Unfold-Plants):
HOME: Every item has a Home (put stuff in its home daily).
INTENTION: Use your space with Intention and make it yours.
CLEAN & CLEAR: Clean flat surfaces (counter spaces and floors) so they are Clear and empty, except for essentials. If you need it out in the open, leave it (i.e. some tools/appliances). Otherwise put it in a drawer, closet or other storage container. Once you reduce physical clutter, you can reduce visual clutter, and this can help reduce mental clutter.
UNFOLD: Unfold like a flower blossom in your space, it feels safe.
PLANTS: Plants, personal photos and handmade art can be the decorative exception to this minimalism trend - you can have as much as you like. For best results, arrange it paying attention to the above points. Note: plants make oxygen, improve productivity and some plants like snake plants and palms also purify the air just as well as air filters.
HICCUP your way along as you transition to the next step.
STEP THREE: BUILD
Step Three involves arranging the stuff that matters in a way that flows like “wind and water.” You want your space to be warm, well-lit and inviting, and inspire you to serve your purpose. You can make this happen by placing big items like furniture and desks to face entry ways/doors and leaving plenty of open space. Also, when used right, darker spaces feel smaller (cozy) and lighter spaces feel bigger (spacious).
You can use color combinations and the natural elements (literal or representations) of not only water and wind, but also earth, metal and fire, to create emotional energies to fill each room - i.e. a romantic/restful bedroom, a social living room/kitchen, a productive/abundant office. This could mean candles (fire), a painting of the ocean (water), a plant (earth), a mirror (metal), window/open space (wind).
In the modern world, mass-produced plastic stuff and Ikea furniture are in excess, and you can do something different. Thrifting for furniture and big items (Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace/consignment stores) can result in finding treasure troves with a reduced price tag. You can also send out a social media post asking people for help with designing your space and any specific requests you have. The more you replace machine-fabricated items with handmade/natural items, the more homey your space will feel.
That said, the following list includes functional low-tech items, though you will find nifty health devices (blender, oil diffuser, sleep tracker, etc.) for enhancing your life and the feeling of your space.
As you can now see, the process here is to go narrow first by decluttering, then going broad by seeing lots of available options inspired by the following list, then going narrow again to hone in on how you would like to use your space.
You can use the following list to invite more energy into your space. These are useful tools for a high-vibration space that amplifies your work, relaxation, nutrition, fitness, meditation and sleep - each organized by a purpose which corresponds to a given space. This list is pregnant with web links, prepare yourself.
FRESH AIR, this is important everywhere, especially where you breathe and sleep
Mindfold Relaxation Mask - For meditation, planes and bright bedrooms (to get a basic background in how to start meditation and go deep from the beginning, you can read our post and try the Headspace app).
Flower of Life Wooden Box - For holding valuables such as magical amulets (in general, sacred geometry in various forms of visual art can be used at any focal point in a room (above/on doors, on your fridge, on your computer/phone) to ground energy and direct it to centers of higher consciousness, it’s an ancient trick seen in temples and cultures across the world).
Orgone - You can place this somewhere discreet, it helps transform energy for meditation and induces vivid dreaming and protects you from EMFs from your phone/WiFi, and like sacred geometry, it’s an ancient practice dating back millennia to Egypt. (Learn about where you can put orgone).
HeartMath Trainer - Biofeedback device designed at Stanford for training emotions into peaceful “coherence”.
Earthpulse PEMF - Magnetic cell recovery device originally designed for astronauts by NASA to accelerate bone growth in space.
Oura Ring - Waterproof, smallest and most accurate heart rate, activity and sleep tracker.
Salt Lamp - These release ions and a warm glow.
Sage & Palo Santo - It seems ironic to burn something in a room with an air filter, but these are sacred plants that people have used for thousands of years to purify the energy in a space.
Head Massage Tingler - To get the full effect, you have to have someone else do it to you.
Amethyst - Universal crystal for positive energy, emotions, health and abundance.
Beeswax Candles - Eco-friendly, no odor or smoke, and last longer than other wax.
528 Hz Tuning Fork - Sound therapy for harmonizing your space and centering your emotions (durable, fits in a pocket).
432 Hz Crystal Bowl - Sound therapy for harmonizing your space and centering your emotions (durable, fits in a bag).
Singing Bowl - Sound therapy for harmonizing your space and centering your emotions (fragile, fits in a bag).
Essential Oil Diffuser - For essential oils of course! these can make your whole room smell like oranges. fun fact, the sense of smell is processed differently than all the other senses - smell is directly connected to the amygdala, our deep emotional and memory center.
Towel Sarong Scarf - Sarongs come in handy, you can always just wear it around your neck or keep it in a bag, and lay it on the ground somewhere groovy to create an on-the-go yoga and meditation space.
Simple Walking/Running Shoes - Light enough to explore in and classy enough for dinner (5,000 mile warranty).
You can charge your phone in your bathroom, so that your bedroom has calm energy and reduces your EMF exposure (or at least put it in airplane mode at night). For more on having a successful start to your day, you can learn to practice The Ayurvedic Morning Routine.
Printed Affirmation/Mantra - “I am love” (or something longer/or more personal) that you can repeat, that sets the tone for your day first thing in the morning.
Herbal Massage Oil - Ayurvedic formula for soothing for the muscles.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Soap - Peppermint is intense, like being under a waterfall.
Organic Vitamin E Oil - Vitamin E stimulates the growth of healthy hair, nails and skin.
Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) - For muscle recovery and detox in a bathtub.
Herbal Toothpaste - Your teeth feel like they just keep wanting to be brushed with this, it’s a special experience every time you brush.
Coconut Oil - Works as toothpaste, deodorant, conditioner and massage oil.
Organic Aluminum-Free Deodorant - If you don’t feel like using coconut oil.
See our Spirit Library for inspiration to start your own book collection
Muse Brain Trainer Headband - Top-rated brain trainer that actually reads your mind and tells you how you can improve.
Blue Light Blocking Glasses - For protecting your eyes and circadian rhythm while looking at screens at night in style, or use a screen light dimmer/redshifter like your phone’s nighttime mode and a computer app like F.lux.
Portable Tea Bottle - Because hot liquids should be portable.
Selenite Crystal Tower - Selenite is the only crystal that charges itself and cleanses other crystals, just don’t get it wet, it will dissolve. You can look up crystals for abundance, joy, love, etc. if you are curious about this, or learn about them all in the Crystal Bible.
Dancing Shiva Statue - Statue that according to Hindu tradition promotes fortune and a high-energy environment.
Orgone - You can place this by a WiFi router and by your side, it helps transform energy for focus and creativity and protects you from EMFs from your phone/WiFi, and it’s an ancient practice dating back millennia to Egypt. (Learn about where you can put orgone)
Handy Dandy Notebook - Journals save lives.
Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Filter - RO adequately resurrects modern tap water to safe levels, you can test any water with a TDS device (you can learn about the importance and benefits of clean, alkaline food+water and how to make your own at home in this article)
Simple Staple Foods: Quinoa, Lentils, Hemp Seed Hearts, Pink Salt, Coconut Oil, Fresh Fruits + Veggies (organic, local and seasonal produce ensures quality, reduces chemicals and environmental impact, and improves nutrition via freshness - find a local gardener or farmer’s market with Local Harvest) - You can get a full grocery list and 10-minute recipes in my cookbook.
Orgone - Once again, you can place this somewhere discreet in your fridge and pantry, it helps transform energy, keeping food last longer, plants grow bigger with less water, and energizes water and protects you from EMFs from your phone/WiFi, and it’s an ancient practice dating back millennia to Egypt. (Learn about where you can put orgone)
To make a next-level cup of tea, learn about all the caffeine-free herbal adaptogens for strength, energy and stress-relief in our post. In the meantime, these ancient few can change the way you look at your morning routine, nutrition and even modern medicine: Organic Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Triphala, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Chaga, Ginseng, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lion’s Mane, Shilajit, Raw Cacao, Vitamin B-12, EGCg Green Tea Extract, Monoatomic Gold & CBD Oil
Immune Health - In addition to the herbs above, these work as alternatives to conventional antibiotics and flu medicines with fewer side effects and ofter greater, faster relief Organic Black Seed Oil, Charcoal Powder, Manuka Honey, Oregano Oil & Zinc+Vitamin C Capsules, Greens Leaves + Citrus
Ehrlich Test Kit - For testing small amounts of substances such as certain plant medicines for purity.
Scale - For weighing food/herb portions, accurate to 1/100th of a gram (0.01 g).
Blender - Probably the single most useful kitchen appliance ever invented other than the fridge.
Lime Hand Squeezer - This saves energy and gets all the juice, which is high in vitamin C and great to drink 30 minutes before a meal to improve digestion. You put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up.
Spice Rack Organizer - Because spices love being organized, do it for the spices.
Wood Salad Bowl - Some wooden salad bowls are built to last for hundreds of years and thousands of meals. Learn about the special energy of hardwoods like Hawaiian koa.
Reusable Grocery Bag - So you can play your part in saving trees.
Bicycle - So you can drive less and get more fresh air. To make a stationary setup, use one of these bike trainer attachments.
Therabulb Infrared Sauna - You can set up a few of these heat bulbs (3 of them is enough to cover the spine) with light clamps and mount them to a wall/fixture, the near-infrared light frequency is safe for the body (just don’t look at these lights unless you have IR goggles on and stay at least 6-8” away as they do get hot) and helps with muscle relaxation and detox.
Acupressure Mat - Lay on this for a prickly to relieve tension.
Chi Machine Leg Swing - An otherworldly sensation of energy circulation that soothes muscle tension especially in the lower back.
TENS Muscle Stimulator - Zap your way to wellness - FDA-approved electro-stim Class 2 Medical devices deliver low levels of electricity through sticky pads on the skin to improve circulation to muscles.
Yoga Hammock - Super compact and strong 2-person hammock, try hanging both ends together on a beam/branch/high rope and then hanging upside-down aerial yoga style for spinal decompression (you can hang with paracord).
Yoga Mat - You don’t need a yoga mat to do yoga, but it helps. And this ones eco-friendly.
Balance Board - These are harder than they look - great training for general stability and board sports like skating, surfing and snowboarding.
Anti-Burst Yoga Ball - Great stability tool, ultimate level would be standing on it while doing squats, or a one-handed handstand on it. You can bury this 3/4 in sand to practice flips. Also fun to try to juggle like a soccer ball. When you’re done with shenanigans, backbends on this feel amazing and energize your spine. Less interesting, you can also use this as a chair.
Light-Up Frisbee - If you have one for each person you have, you can play a very intense game of catch.
Kettlebell - Simple, total-body, ergonomic weight training tool in varying weights.
Lacrosse Ball - A small, portable option for precision massaging tight spots (works well for feet).
It’s helps to use your screens mindfully, use screen trackers, ad blockers, and newsfeed eradicator apps/extensions to detox your digital world.
Diary+Habit Tracking (gratitude/emotions/energy levels/fitness/food) via a journal, a tracking app or Google Sheets.
NuMundo - Yoga and permaculture retreat ecovillage network.
WWOOF - To see the world through the eyes of friendly organic farmers.
Headspace Meditation App - For a guided introduction to learning how to meditate.
Altered States App - Binaural beats to resonate your brain waves.
Change.org - Sign petitions that matter to you.
Elephant Journal - Mindfulness articles for all aspects of life.
Yoga Journal - All about yoga, videos.
Breaking Muscle - Top-rated fitness blog.
Green Med Info - Research database covering natural holistic medicine remedies and therapies.
MAPS - To learn about current medical research with classic psychedelics.
Make: - For help with DIY projects from shelving to spaceships.
Sunlight - Somewhere you can sit, lay, move around and soak it up.
Red Door - It’s big thing in feng shui to have your front door be red, but if you want to be different and make it purple that’s cool.
Plants/Trees/Garden - Keep it fresh, swap the lawn for veggie boxes/rows so you can grow some herbs for cooking while you’re at it.
Zen Rock Stacks - These are trendy and free.
Tibetan Prayer Flags - Each color of the flags represents Wisdom, Long Life, Fortune and Good Health.
Animals - Ok animals can come inside too.
So there you have it. Your space is ready for transformation, all it needs is you. Now we come to our last point.
STEP FOUR: CELEBRATE
Invite your friends over and have a party, or dinner, or dance naked by yourself in the dark, or just lay on the floor in wonder. Remember it’s all a work in progress, enjoy the ride.
Yes, it feels good to have completion on a goal, and even so you can almost always find something more to do. Just appreciate the whole process, and each little bit of it and the state that you find yourself in, because this is not for anyone else, it’s for you.
You are mirroring your outside world with your inside world, whatever that looks like, and getting better at bringing those two together one day at a time.
You are ready. Every journey starts with taking a first step.
(And when you head out from your now super-fresh home base to embark on adventure, you can use our Ultralight Travel Checklist.)
About Peter Fettis
As a Registered Yoga Teacher and and Certified Personal Trainer, Peter practices optimizing human potential as a way of life. His latest book How to Eat Well and Love Yourself dives into the practical principles of mindfulness and plant-based nutrition to give you a taste of the abundant harvest from the mind's inner garden of awareness. Peter’s vision with FlowPrana is to make waves in the current culture by rallying the wider public to recognize their inner healing power using a proactive, gentle approach.