Organize your home – A Lifestyle Approach

The 4 Directions – Elements – Colors

North  –   East    –      South  –    West

Water  –  Wood   –     Fame    –   Metal

Blue    –  Green    –    Red    –  White/Silver


Consider your choices

Many homes are not as organized as we would like them to be. This is a common problem in many homes. Everyone in a family is busy, active and have basic human needs, creating a multitude of unending chores in one day. Many factors come into play. An illness in the family, a new baby, and other time-consuming events will take away from the time needed for organizing your home. So, how do you organize your home? A few ideas come to mind. An often overlooked issue is the factor of time. One place to start is to establish a time frame. A time frame is helpful in many ways. A time frame will give you the balance you need, to accomplish the organization of your home. By using a 15-minute guideline per task you will energize and motivate yourself by getting more done. You will feel so much better after you complete these guidelines and by learning new ways to organize your home.  A book that will help you is Feng Shui for Wellness and Wealth : Simple Feng Shui …

Where Do We Begin?

Ask, “Which room do I use the most, or visit most often?” In our environments there is a purpose for each room. The hope of finding joy in chaos or finding joy in life is part of the beginning. What would help you to like the room you are in? This is not exclusively the material items in a room but also your “feeling” of being in that room. Part of the issue besides time management are the issues of giving you peacefulness, joyfulness, quietness (stillness) and a sense of order and balance. A lifestyle approach is geared toward having balance in our lives. How much time does it take to find something? How much time does it take to go to the store to buy that item, because you cannot find it? That is what I would call the time-factor. Where is that second backup paper towel roll? Is it gone? If we have two of everything that we generally use in a day, this might cut down on the time frame that is in place. By not worrying about finding all the little things, an approach of using size as a determining factor might help. Place similar sized items in the same place. That is why we have a silverware tray. This helps to keep like sizes together, within the larger tray used to organize the knifes, forks and spoons. The same idea can be used around your home to gather it all together.

Why Is This So Important?

The answer is: Because You Are Important. You are a vast network of life teeming with energy. Your mind and soul are incorporated into your complex, miraculous body. This is a marvelous discovery for all of us when we were children growing up. Each of us have our own abilities, talents, and needs.  We will need to evaluate and accommodate our own individual lifestyles and take these into consideration when we evaluate our choices. Keep these factors in mind when you develop the lifestyle of organizing your home. In organizing your home we are organizing your life. Your own bio-rhythms will need to be considered. The high energy times, the medium, and the low. The whole process is about evolving into the best possible person you can be. Adjustments can be easily made as well. This is one way to find balance in your life.

What Is A Lifestyle Approach?

Some of the greatest days I have had, were also some of the simplest. A day when I can kick-back, kick my shoes up, and relax with a lemonade. This of course means that all of this simplicity actually took a great deal of planning. What to eat comes to mind. Do you want sandwiches or hors d’oeuvres? The amount of guests you want to have over, the choice of games that you want to play, and what are the topics that you all have in common, so that conversations can flow easily. Even after all that planning, it seems our memories forget the work involved and remember the people who came, the fun we had and most of all the laughter. I really do think laughter is the gel that keeps the world going. The commercials on television that make us laugh are the ones we most typically will remember. Funny jokes, family memories, and present funny things that happen will all work together to make the gathering a real gathering together. A lifestyle approach is the all encompassing life we have and the measurable actions that make it worthwhile.

A Home Of Order And Balance

When I think of balance in a home I think of an endeavor to create a flow of order. This opens up several ideas and possibilities. Order refers to a plan with an intended result in mind. When I think of balance, the 4 elements of feng shui come to mind: Earth, Fire, Metal, and Water; North, South, East, and West; and the colors of Blue,Green,Red, White/Silver. Some feng shui practitioners include the element of Wind. I have chosen not to include this because wind cannot be seen, only felt. Also, wind is energy (Chi Energy) which I classify differently. The idea of Chi balance is very important. Not only do the 4 elements involve the natural world, we human beings and animals are also a major part of this natural world. Even though we live in buildings and have common amenities, we are also reminded of our true balance in the world as human beings.  We hold a very unique, special, even mystical place upon the earth.  I like this because it frees the mind, body, and soul. Also, if these elements are allowed their place in our lives we gain a proper perspective or balance for our lives. Everything has its own place. This could also be extended to the organized business world we all face at one time or another. Everything in a schedule also has its own place and time. If we allow ourselves to view our lives in this manner, I believe we would not only gain peace, but also clarity, self-discipline and serenity.

In Summary

Our lives are busy, hectic, and stressful. Our homes are our sanctuary. To keep everything in balance we can use several approaches. The lifestyle approach is all-encompassing. “The full picture is sometimes hard to see through all the trees”.  My goal is to offer you some solutions to having a sense of order and balance.



Is Joy Really Possible?

Our world is searching for several ways to gain more peace, love and joy. I would like to suggest that Joy really is possible. When we enjoy doing something or being with someone that is also joy. Life can be a journey of self discovery. To experience joy is an added benefit in our lives. For all the joy to had, why are there people who do not show any type of joy in their lives? I believe this shows a lack of having balanced energy. Energy comes in many forms and in many ways. Joy also comes into our lives when we attune ourselves to the energy within us and mix it with a pleasant memory, a golden sunset, a little animal, a scenic lake. Everything around us in this world can bring us joy. What makes you feel joyful? There are so many things that you can add to the above list. I hope you have a joyful time reading this.

What Is Joy Made Of?

The definition of joy is the acquisition or expectation of good according to Websters Dictionary. Based on that definition, joy would be difficult to attain. Why? Well if acquisition is required, what about children who experience joy without material gain? Also, if the expectation of good is necessary for joy to occur then few depressed, ill, or overworked people would ever experience joy. I believe joy is so much bigger than this definition. A basic simple definition is in order. A better way to see Joy would be to not just look at our expectations or the acquiring of wealth, homes, cars, etc but also to look at our emotions as a factor in establishing joy in our lives. Are there not some things we can do today to bring more joy into our lives? This article offers some solutions to making more joy come into your world.

Do We Have Emotional Joy?

Many would agree that we generally do. I have not yet performed a survey on this question. However, my personal response would be yes. Emotional joy by my definition is to include mind, body, and soul. Mental Joy? What is required to have mental joy? A joyful mind is full of exuberant thoughts that lead to positive actions. These are thoughts that can be relished like a fine wine. The body and robust aroma, flavor, and texture are all a part of the joy of drinking a fine wine. What is there about our emotions that creates Joy? So, do our emotions carry our body, mind, and soul? Or, I would assert that the body, mind, and soul create our emotions. There is a factor of energy involved in the process of creating joy. We can call it a joy threshold that actually is necessary in order to sustain joy. Our soul is also involved and needs to be recognized as the place where our joy reigns supreme.  A book entitled: Awakening Joy – By James Baraz is worth noticing.

What Is Your Joy Threshold?

First off what is a Joy threshold? For the purposes of this article I am using the concept of a gate or doorway. This is where your joyful energy can expound into the world. The best way to describe this is opening your door on a breezy day and smiling as the breeze embraces you. You can feel it, but you can not see it. This sounds rather mystical at first glance. The essence of joy is that it can be experienced through the senses. Sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, are the 5 senses we generally use. When joy is experienced, one or more of these senses are involved. Thus, a joy threshold involves the mind, the five senses, and the soul. How often are you joyful in a day. Add this up to gain your joy threshold.

What Does It Mean To Have Joy In Your Life?

You may think that joy is exclusive for each person. I would venture to say though that since we are human beings, we can experience on several levels. If life can be complex, so can our senses (our emotions). The senses we have for making lasting joy in our lives are in categories. Some of these categories are on a surface level and some are on a more solid soul level. When joy is in our life, we are free from the pressures that life can bring. We are intellectually tuned into our world, we are using our five senses, and feeling peace in our soul. That is a tall order for joy to perform in our lives. Wouldn’t you agree? A peaceful heart is the result. Joy can build to a crescendo that is positively life changing. If we are doing the actions to foster joy, we begin to understand the deeper things in life. The problem comes in when we do not make room for the joy threshold. How do we do this? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Make Some Quiet Time for yourself.
    • Make a book of pictures that bring you joy.
      • Use a photo album or assorted pictures you have collected.
        • Slow down your thinking.
          • Take Deep Slow Breaths.
            • Dim the lights, or light a candle.


Our most challenging times make us stronger and we can appreciate joy much more fully. The way to have joy in your life is to start remembering all the special moments that have happened to you. Even all the fun little things that happened in your childhood. Funny jokes that made you laugh. Sometimes it’s the smell of a familiar scent. Sometimes it is the joy of the morning sun. Sometimes it is the moon. Sometimes it is a walk by the ocean or your favorite outdoor activity. The important thing is to get centered by putting your past in the past, your present, in the present, and develop a real concrete joy for the future. To have joy in your life is so important for the world, because you are important to the world. We are here on earth to enjoy it.


What is the practice of Chi Life?

A Balance Of All Life Energy

Many people are searching for the answer to a harmonious, balanced and peaceful life. I too have searched and found some answers to having a fulfilled life. We will be exploring the effects of Chi life on.

The following organizational skills, ideas and tips are some that I have found that really work. A stress free lifestyle is truly attainable with some rethinking and re-organizing of your thoughts on this journey of discovery. You may be sensing that a time for change has come. Your Chi life energy is so important.

Factors that influence this energy and change daily are based on the food, exercise, and cognitive thinking that you incorporate into your life.

A Lifestyle Of Beauty

A life full of harmony, beauty and simplicity are attainable. The most challenging thing to do, is often the most simple. I am hopeful that you will gain a more natural way of living. Beauty is simple too. Often the little things mean so much. These ideas come from nature and can be found in nature. Open your mind to the beauty in the world around you. There is a very easy way to have these attributes in your life. The word is Simplicity. This is a way of living in the world and looking at the world.

A Lifestyle Of Harmony 

A very important aspect of Harmony is seen and felt in a music composition. My hope is that you will see yourself as an instrument of Harmony. The goal of this site is to create harmony and life beauty.

The best way to incorporate harmony into your life is to have a basic level of health in your life and also to be emotionally present in each moment. This allows you to focus on your deeper emotions. Breathe out disharmony and inhale harmony. Our Life is in our Breathing. We were born and we all took our first breath. Some have called this the breath of God. We are affected by stress and forget to breathe deeply.

A Lifestyle Of Peace

There is so much hate and unrest in this world. My hope in writing this post is to inspire peace for ourselves, our families, and overall goodwill. One negative statement takes 12 positive ones to counteract it. Peace comes from an assurance that all is right with the world. Depression will rob you of this feeling. You can make a difference in other people’s lives.

Motivation As An Energy Source

If we remember back to a certain time when we really wanted to accomplish something, we were probably seen as “highly motivated” by those around us. They may have made statements like, “You will always accomplish anything you set your mind to”. This viewpoint is one of pure motivation. Our individual energy will join with the chi life energy of the universe, to assist us in doing more than we ever thought we could do. Becoming highly motivated is what Chi life is all about.

Our Amazing World

When we look at nature we can appreciate the world’s unique array of colors, the land masses, and animals. We can be totally convinced that there is something both mystical, and amazing about our world. I hope to give you some insights into your place of significance within this big world of ours. Through Chi Life you will gain some positive energy that will help you to achieve the full use of Chi Energy that you deserve. No one could  even begin to count all the wonderful nature pictures in the world. As we view nature, we can see something absolutely amazing about ourselves. We see that we are an individual part of this big world. Even the pictures of outer space give us reason to pause and reflect. We have an amazing world, beyond us, and also, within us. All things work together.

Finding And Creating Psychological Balance

Many things in life are on a psychological cognitive level. Relationships, co-worker interactions, and even interactions with one’s boss are a part of our cognitive understanding. Even down to the pets in your home all of our interactions have a basis in psychology.   I would primarily like to focus on the things that will motivate you.  My wish is to help you use your positive psychological framework to create a driving force that will help you to further your goals. One idea would be to make a poster of life beauty quotes and pictures.  This project can be very beneficial and fulfilling.  This will help you to see outside of yourself in a new way, while appreciating your own unique talents and abilities.

Feng Shui Practitioners

I have often thought, “What does it mean to have joy and harmony in your life. I have pursued an answer. I would like to thank the many Feng Shui practitioners who have helped me learn over the years, through reading their blogs and books. They have helped indirectly to influence many of my beliefs. I have chosen to develop my own theory, based on the knowledge I have gained from many Feng Shui practitioners.  I have developed my own approach and will share joy, harmony, and balance with you on Chi Life.

Monetary Well-Being

All good things seem to have monetary aspects enter in to some degree.   “A money life”, if you will. I have enjoyed this creating this post and would love to hear from you.   Please feel free to make any comments you may have.  One way of encouraging more wealth into your life is to create a wealth dish.  Put several coins and a few objects that represent an abundance of wealth to you,  and place them in a crystal dish.   Place the dish in the southeast corner of your living room. This will help you to remember that an abundant life is already present in your home.

Having Balance In Your Life

Having balance in your life is a worthwhile endeavor. To make all things in your life align in equilibrium, can be challenging yet very rewarding.   Everything in life, even our cars have balance. A cat will balance atop a ledge and then jump down in perfect equilibrium. Our goal at Chi Life is to create a life of balance. The Holistic Home:  Feng Shui for Mind, Body, Spirit, Space by Laura Benko.