Laundry rooms are often neglected spaces in a home that could use some positive energy. As a functional area where we wash clothes and linens, the laundry room tends to collect clutter and feel chaotic. Applying Feng Shui principles is an excellent way to transform your laundry room into a peaceful, clutter-free, and efficient space. As I’ve learned firsthand, a few simple changes can make a major difference.
Clear Clutter and Organize
The first step to Feng Shui your laundry room is to clear out clutter. Clutter blocks the flow of positive chi energy, so it’s vital to remove accumulated clutter.
I recommend thoroughly sorting through everything in your laundry room. Be ruthless and get rid of anything you don’t use on a regular basis. Here are some decluttering tips:
- Donate, sell or recycle old linens, stained or ripped clothes, broken appliances, and any other items you don’t need.
- Keep only essential laundry supplies like detergent, bleach, stain removers, etc. Get rid of old cleaning products that you don’t use.
- Store infrequently used items like seasonal clothes and linens elsewhere in your home. Your laundry room should only contain everyday essentials.
Once you’ve pared down belongings, it’s time to organize. Proper organization ensures items have a designated spot so clutter doesn’t reaccumulate.
- Install shelving for neatly storing laundry detergent, supplies, and accessories. Open shelving allows chi to flow.
- Use baskets or bins to corral smaller items like socks and delicates. Label the bins so everything has a “home”.
- For a major overhaul, consider custom built-in cabinetry with plenty of storage. Add drawers, adjustable shelves, and other functional elements.
Proper organization also makes doing laundry more efficient and enjoyable.
Embrace Yin Water Energy
In Feng Shui, the laundry room relates to the water element. Specifically, it’s abundant in “yin water energy”- the calm, flowing energy of lakes and rivers. To optimize this energy:
- Add a small indoor water feature like a Desktop Zen fountain. The pleasant trickling sound is soothing.
- Use aqua, blue and green colors in your decor. I painted my laundry room walls a tranquil sky blue and added green accent pillows.
- Display seashells, river rocks or wave imagery. I have a rack of decorative shells beside my washer and dryer.
- Grow leafy plants like philodendrons or ferns which resemble water plants. They thrive in the laundry room’s humidity.
Boosting yin water energy brings a lovely zen quality to the space.
Let Natural Light Flow
Natural light is an important Feng Shui element that wards off stuck, stagnant energy. It’s common for laundry rooms to be windowless inner rooms. If so:
- Install a window if possible, even a small one for light and air flow. East facing windows that usher in morning light are ideal.
- Use light colors like white, tan and light blue to reflect light around the room.
- Supplement with ample artificial lighting. Add overhead ceiling fixtures and task lighting.
- Use mirrors strategically to give the illusion of windows and reflect light.
I added recessed ceiling lights and a wall-length mirror in my windowless laundry room. It made a huge brightening difference!
Choose Soothing Scents
Pleasant scents are calming and uplifting. I incorporate scented elements in my laundry room:
- Use scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets in relaxing scents like lavender, chamomile, ocean breeze or clean linen. Avoid harsh chemical scents.
- Display natural potpourri, dried flowers or sachets. I hang lavender bundles to scent the room.
- Add a few drops of essential oils like eucalyptus or lemon to laundry loads. It lightly scents linens.
- Grow aromatic herbs like rosemary, mint or lemon balm. Their scents are energizing.
- Simmer natural potpourri on laundry day. Citrus peels, cinnamon sticks and cloves smell wonderful.
Scent makes doing laundry a multi-sensory experience.
Use Soothing Colors
Color is powerful in Feng Shui. The right hues create positive vibes in your laundry room.
- Earthy tones like tan, brown and terra cotta promote stability and grounding.
- Blues and greens evoke water’s calming essence. Aqua is an especially lucky color.
- Yellow infuses sunny cheer and clarity. Dark goldenrod inspires motivation.
- White enhances feelings of purity, cleanliness and space. Use it for walls, cabinetry, or appliances.
I personally love the beachy feel of soft aqua walls and bamboo flooring. Avoid using fiery reds or neon colors that energize too much. Stick to yin water colors for balance.
Add Inspiring Artwork
Thoughtfully chosen wall art further enhances the ambiance.
- Water scenes like waves, rivers or lake vistas relax the spirit.
- Floral designs and nature images add organic zen. Try framed botanical prints.
- Textural pieces like maps or calligraphy bring visual flair.
- Uplifting affirmations on canvas motivate and focus intention. “Renew”, “Revitalize” or “Clarity” make great laundry room mantras!
I framed a vintage botanical print beside my folding station. It motivates me while folding!
Play Harmonious Music
Just like scent, music significantly impacts a room’s energy. Play soothing tunes in your laundry room:
- Nature sounds like ocean waves, rainfall or birdsong set a peaceful mood.
- Classical, new age or ambient music has harmonious vibrations perfect for laundry tasks.
- Upbeat world music with gentle drums or piano energizes folded productivity.
- Avoid jarring or dissonant music like rock, rap, or punk in this space.
I put together a relaxing “laundry room playlist” so music fills the space each time I fold and iron. It makes chore time almost fun!
Plants are a vital Feng Shui element representing healthy wood energy. Their natural presence purifies air and uplifts energy.
Some lovely laundry room options include:
- Orchids add graceful elegance. Their delicate blooms thrive with humidity.
- Palms bring a tropical touch. Mini palms fit perfectly on countertops.
- Succulents like aloe and jade are low-maintenance. Intermix varieties for interest.
- Spider plants do well in low light and help filter air. Let them trail in hanging baskets.
- Herbs like rosemary, thyme and lavender can be harvested while doing laundry.
I incorporated a palm, orchids, aloe and lavender in my laundry room. Remember to choose pet-safe varieties if you have curious pets!
Improve Room Shape/Layout
In Feng Shui, room shape impacts energy flow. The ideal laundry room has balanced proportions and space for efficient workflows. Some tips:
- Remove unnecessary walls or doors that obstruct flow and movement. An open layout is best.
- Add a folding counter and staging area. This prevents clutter from piling up on machines.
- Have laundry machines face the room’s entrance for good energy circulation.
- Incorporate right angles. Avoid narrow, claustrophobic layouts.
- If your laundry room feels cramped, expand it if possible. Even a few extra square feet help.
I renovated my narrow galley laundry into an open L-shape. The new layout is so much better energetically!
Activate With Majestic Mountain Energy Painting
An excellent symbolic Feng Shui cure for laundry rooms is the Majestic Mountain Energy painting.
- Mountains represent sturdy, grounding earth energy – stability the laundry room needs.
- A river flowing from the mountain relates to yin water energy – perfect for this room.
- Lush pine trees bring upward wood energy, encouraging growth and vitality.
I hung this classic Feng Shui painting on my laundry room wall. It instantly made the space feel more energized and uplifting. I notice I’m more motivated to promptly fold laundry now!
With a few Feng Shui enhancements, your laundry room can be rejuvenated into an inviting sanctuary you enjoy spending time in. A peaceful, uncluttered laundry room also translates to easier household organization and cleanliness overall. Give your laundry space some love and positive energy will ripple through your whole home.