Fast Feng Shui
Four tips for improving the chi, or energy, of a workspace:
- If you have an office, place your desk so that you face the door but aren’t in direct line with it. If that is not possible, hang amirroe on the wall that lets you look at the door.
- Use a round worktable for meetings with colleagues to foster harmony.
- Adorn you desk with plants. Water them; they must be alive to active chi.
- Clear your desk of clutter, the biggest foe of chi.
Another believer is Janet M. Loeffler, a co-owner of Bath Island, a personal care and gift shop on the Upper West Side. Business was slack, so she called Judith Wendell of Sacred Currents, a feng shui design firm, for advice. Ms. Wendell, processed simple changes like adding windsocks and chimes to the entrance way and eliminating clutter from the office in the store’ wealth sector.
“An increase in traffic was instantaneous,” Ms. Loeffler said. People who thought the shop was relatively new to the neighborhood were surprised to learn that it had been there 10 years. Other changes included opening up aisle space, improving lighting and ventilation and introducing soothing aromas intended to put shoppers at ease and possibly in a buying mode. “in my six years here, this last one has been the best,” said Kenna Kolaitos, a sales clerk.