If you want to fill your home with positive vibes, but you want something different than feng shui, Vastu Shastra may be just what you need.

Vastu Shastra is similar to Feng Shui in that they are both ancient practices which bring flow and energy to your home based on Chi. However, the five elements Vastu Shastra focuses on are different: air, fire, water, earth, and space.

Exactly what is Vastu Shastra?

Vastu Shastra was born in India as a basis for designing temples and has many mathematical equations. In fact, practicing advanced feng shui or Vastu Shastra takes years and years of study. However, for the purposes of creating an open, warm, and welcoming house, here are some basic vastu for the home, which will improve the overall energy in your dwelling and make you feel comfortable.

1. Create an Entry Where Energy Flows In

According to the science of Vastu Shastra, the entryway to your home is more than just a place where family comes and goes but also how energy enters and leaves your home. Ideally, your entry door should be situated so when you step out of your home, you are facing north, east, or north-east.

Use natural materials, such as wood, for your door and ensure the entry door is larger than any other doors in your home and fancier. The door should open inward and fully and clockwise. All of this is said to increase the flow of positive energy into your home.

2. Clear Out Clutter

If you want energy to flow freely through your home, get rid of unnecessary clutter. Not only does clutter keep Chi from flowing, but it bogs you down and makes it difficult to move from one area of your home to another.

Before and after you move is an excellent time to get rid of extra items you no longer need. If you have boxes which have sat unopened for two years, you likely don’t need those items. Commit to go through one box a day and either keep, give away, or throw out the items in that box.

Home organization experts such as Marie Kondo, a Japanese author, and organizer by profession, suggests holding the item for a moment and deciding if it brings you joy. If not, thank it and let it go.

3. Organize Your Living Room for Social Activities

For most people, the living room in your home is where you spend the majority of your time with family and friends. Because you spend so much time in the space, it’s essential that it is clutter free and the energy flows appropriately as the room impacts your mood and anyone visiting.

Ideally, the living room should face north, east, or north-east, but you may not have control over this aspect if your home is already built.

There are still some things you can do to encourage good energy flow, such as placing the heaviest furniture in the west or south-west corner of the room. If you have a television or any other electronics, put them in the south-east. Mirrors should go only on a north wall.

4. Let Fresh Air and Sunshine In

One aspect of Vastu Shastra is letting positive energy in via fresh air and sunshine. Use the mild temperatures in the morning to open up windows and let the breezes blow through your home. According to the EPA, air pollutants in homes are harmful to children, the elderly, and anyone with health issues.

Airing out your house regularly keeps down pollutants, which make allergies worse and might even cause long-term health issues. Letting in fresh air and sunshine improves the overall healthiness of the air in the home while also bringing in life-giving energy.

5. Create a Center for Your Home

In India, you might see a house with a central courtyard, which is a Vastu Shastra practice seen as the heart of the home from which energy originates – also called yin-yang. The center should be a clean, uncluttered, and happy place.

Use bright colors and items you adore in this location, such as a sunny yellow or bright whites. In modern homes, the center might be the kitchen or general living space. No matter where the center of your home is, make sure you follow the idea of keeping it clean and happy.

6. Pay Special Attention to the Bathrooms

Bathrooms have the potential to become negative powerhouses in your home. In traditional Vastu Shastra, the bathroom wouldn’t even be a part of your home but in another building. Proponents of the science of Vastu Shastra fear non-compliant bathrooms bring loss of money, accidents, and mental stress. If you haven’t yet built, the best location for a bathroom is in the north-west portion of your home but not in a corner.

Close your bathroom door at all times, so the negative energy doesn’t flow into the rest of your home. Leave the door plain and without adornment. The placement of the toilet is of vital importance and should not share a wall with a bedroom or be directly under the bed if a bedroom is overhead.

Make Small Changes

Fully understanding Vastu Shastra takes years, so make the changes you know will add positive vibes and enlist the help of a professional practitioner if needed. As you make little changes, you’ll start noticing a big difference in the energy in your home and your self.

Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is the owner and editor of Productivity Theory, a blog about lifehacking and self-fulfillment. To read more posts by Kayla, you can subscribe to her blog or follow her on Twitter.