I wasn't a big fan of Feng Shui. Like all good things, too much commercialization ruins the good intention. There are simply too many marketing schemes about Feng Shui, they always end up selling you those useless figurines, precious stones, or even Buddha statues.
I don't see how a crystal ball can change my luck. And honestly, I don't want to go on that dangerous path - soon I'd be noticing every small hint in my life to see if my luck is turning or if I should call in sick simply because the elements are against me on that day.
But that's not Feng Shui. Feng Shui is wind and water, it's big picture. Simply put, it's an ancient art of placement. You set up a rule for your house, regulate each object's position, and make sure that object always go back there. This rule and placement create certain harmony in your home. There are generic rules, like welcoming natural light and circulation, to make everyone feel better. And there are subtle, personal rules, that only applies to you. The end goal is to make you and your family feel at home.
Some people call it holistic living. I couldn't agree more. Somehow, we echo with the nature. In Chinese culture there are 5 basic elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and dirt. Ancient Chinese believe everyone thrives on these elements. Missing one in your life indicate an unbalanced life style. Same goes with your house. Good Feng Shui is to create harmonious environment that support health, sparks peaceful conversation, and invite happiness.
In that sense, if it's pleasing to your eyes, it's probably not bad Feng Shui.
But if you don't know where to start, here are a few quick tips.
Clean your clutter
Feng Shui is not an excuse to buy new things. For most people, you have enough decoration. The problem is to limit the number of things out there, and arrange them in a harmonious way. Rookie's mistake is to create a "Feng Shui station" when what you need is an empty space.
Just remember, less is more.
Invite natural elements
Open air, good circulation, plenty of natural light. Those by default will do good to your health. They are also essential to good Feng Shui in your house.
Make sure you give your windows a chance. They are designed to be used for wind and sunlight. Keep them clean, tidy up decorations around them, and open them often. If you don't have enough windows facing south, borrow the southern sun using mirrors.
If you have a huge window, arrange sitting areas to face that way. Why shy from the sunlight when you get a chance to absorb all the energy?
If possible, have plenty of real plants around the house. I had to remove most of my plants because of my hyper-active living situation with a toddler, so I certainly miss the greens. I bury myself in front of my laptop most of the day. It was an absolute re-charging experience when I look up and see greens and flowers. Nowadays I face my office to the backyard where I can see the pool and plants, it works like wonders.
Take good care of what you already have
Feng Shui can be simple as clear out the useless items on your kitchen counter, and make sure the grout is clean and door is not squeaky. Again, if you don't buy a fancy name like "Feng Shui", you can at least appreciate the clean and tidy life style.
I'm deeply influenced by "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up". Check out that book if you haven't read it. Then make sure you practice it in at least one room. You won't go back. The feeling of declutter is not something you can easily forget.
Preserve the positive energy
Once you created a beautiful space where you feel like you can breathe and relax, it's time to protect it from negative energy.
One basic rule is not to have bathroom directly facing your bedroom, or at least not directly to your bed. Obviously you can't always change your floor plan, but you can always keep the bathroom door shut, or use an elegant room divider.