Having chosen housing for the fall, my future roommate and I have been incredibly caught up in how we will choose to decorate and arrange our room. Though this may not be the most productive way to spend our remaining summer days, it’s been exciting to create our living space for next year our sophomore year. So last night, after we had discussed for the millionth time exactly what we were going to decorate with, we thought, “Hey, why don’t we try to feng shui our dorm room?”
Now, we are both girls who get stressed quite easily, and so we thought that feng shui would of course be a great way to avoid that during the school year. So, we Googled it.
Problem: There’s not that much out there on feng shui-ing a dorm room. The dorm room is not just a bedroom, it is your office, social area, and living area. This makes it difficult to fully feng shui your room, but it is possible, if you take into account certain aspects of the art.
First of all, to feng shui any room you must split it into nine equal areas. Try drawing out your room on a piece of paper as squarely as possible and draw a 3×3 grid within it. These areas correlate to different parts of your life. If you make the wall with the door the top of your drawing, then it is easy to figure out which areas represent what. In the top row, from left to right, the squares represent Knowledge, Career, and Helpful People/Travel. In the middle row, from left to right, they represent Family/Health, Tao (Center), and Creativity/Children. The bottom row, from left to right, represents Wealth, Fame/Reputation, and Relationships/Romance.
Stand at the door and look in and see what areas are what.
Now, for each of these areas there are specific objects and colors that are the most beneficial for your well-being. For color choices, in the top row, knowledge, you should go with blues; for career, black; for helpful people/travel, purple. In the second row, for family/health, choose green; for the center, yellow; and for creativity/children, white. In the last row, for wealth, choose purple and gold; for fame/reputation, red; and for relationships/romance, pink.
Next year, my roommate and I are going to fulfill our color needs by hanging squares of fabric in each of the above colors in their designated areas of the room. We’re going to paint the cloth ourselves to depict ideas that correlate with each area, as well.
In terms of objects, there are certain things you try to have to make your room beneficial and conducive of relaxation. For instance, in the relationships corner, to draw good relationships to yourself you should have pairs of things, which is as simple as a pair of candles, or a painting of two people or two animals, or two statues. You should have books or a bookcase in knowledge, a mirror in career, plants in fame/reputation, and pictures of loved ones in family and helpful people/travel.
In terms of sleeping, it says that is best for your bed to be opposite the door, but not directly in front of it, so that you are not directly exposed to strong energy (both good and bad) that enters through the doorway. It is good to have a view of the doorway, but not to have your feet pointing out of it (which is traditionally called the “death position” in feng shui) so that your energy is not drained.
While it is difficult to relax in a dorm room, where you must sleep and work, these are some tips that can help to make it a much better experience. I can tell you, I’m fixing the arrangement of my room as we speak.
Note to self: Move position of bed immediately so as not to be in the “death position.”
Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Soon beginning her sophomore year at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.