How to Prepare your Home for the 2014 Chinese New Year

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How to Prepare your Home for the 2014 Chinese New Year

"Year of the Wooden Horse"

1. Give your home a "Deep Cleaning or cleansing"

Dust away the cobwebs from your home and office spaces...and dust off your mind.  Positive thinking never hurt anyone.  Turn something around in your mind until you can find the POSITIVE-and keep it there.  Like attracts Like.  We get back what we send out.  Send out the best.

Extra tip: When cleaning be sure to start your cleaning from the front of your home to the back.  Sweep away negativity gathered from last year.  If you sweep from back to front, you risk sweeping away good fortune.

Attention to detail goes a long way. Look inside your refrigerator, get RID of old food and restock to start your New Year with Abundance.  BUY SOME COLORFUL FRESH FRUIT as another sign of abundance and place it on your kitchen or dining room table.  With Intention

2. Purchase those Red Envelopes.

These red envelopes symbolize luck and are to be filled with brand new one dollar bills which represent an abundance of wealth for the upcoming year.  Traditionally, they are given to the younger generations but, are also passed to close neighbors and friends.  How much money to put in each? I suggest eight or nine dollar bills, because in Feng Shui they are Lucky Numbers. This is also the time to write down your intentions before the next tip on how to prepare for the New Year.

3. Preform a Space Clearing for your home and business

Native American White Sage is a great way to bless your home before the Chinese New Year. Do everything with INTENTION on what you'd like to attract this year.  Space Clearings should ONLY be done during the day, when the sun is at its highest point---between 11:00 am to 1:00 if possible.  Never at night.  Make sure you address the corners where Energy can get ‘stuck' or linger. All levels of your home should be cleared, basement, attic and even closets.


4.  Pay off whatever credit cards or other bills if possible. 

The extra amount is not as important as the idea that you are creating a Debt Free year and starting it off with as little debt as possible.

5. Welcome the New Year with beautiful Fresh flowers 

Take the time to hand pick them from your local florist and place them in a vase.  flowers are symbol of abundance and new life energy.

6.Fix Those leaky pipes and replace burned out light bulbs flowers

Leaky pipes relate to negative health or wealth situations.  Burned out Light bulbs relate to the lack of illumination with new ideas.  Very simply ways to prepare that could have a huge impact later on in the year.

7. Do your best in bringing closer with those who you may have quarrels with

The year of the horse will be of a fiery nature so it's really important to put out those pre-flames of past negative emotions so they do not add to this upcoming year.  Do all you can to forgive and let go so your new year and heart is open to amazing possibilities 

8.  Treat yourself kindly. 

Take some time out to do something special for yourself.   When we treat ourselves well, it is said others will treat us well, too!  Maybe it's a manicure or that special outfit you've been wanting; maybe it's just taking home a movie you have wanted to see.  YOU are Special....treat yourself that way.

Link to: meaning of the Wooden Horse Year

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



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Pat Champion
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It is good to see this post I have some very close friends who will be celebrating the Chinese New Year. Have a successful 2014'.

Dec 24, 2013 01:06 AM #1
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Love the feng shui thoughts here for a beautiful new year. Wondering though, can I use plain red envelopes or do they need to be the Chinese envelopes? :)

Wishing you many blessing for the new year Laura

Dec 24, 2013 01:58 AM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

At the very least I will try to make sure I have a lot of red on my New years mailings. Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2013 02:34 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

When is Chinese new Year?  it's not the same as our New Year's right?

Dec 27, 2013 06:14 AM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Pat, it's an exciting time this upcoming year, as with all of them :) Have a happy New Year as well.

Hey Martha, if you wish to be more traditional you can use the decorated envelopes or just use blank red ones.  It's the intentions behind the actions that gives it the manifestation "power."

Hey Ed, that sounds great :) Have a happy new year!

Hey Tammy it starts January 31st, 2014 to February 2nd, 2015. Have a happy new year

Dec 28, 2013 08:45 AM #5
Dawn Marie Anderson
John R Wood Island Real Estate Inc 239.410.7677 - Sanibel, FL
Broker Associate, GRI, SRF

Love this post! Just ordered white sage from amazon to release the negative energies from my home.   fresh flowers coming to my house soon.  Thank you.  Bless The Year of the Wooden Horse

Dec 28, 2013 11:36 AM #6
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