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Feng Shui for Families: How To Create a Montessori-Inspired Home

"A place for everything and everything in its place"

Isabella Beeton

Before I became a parent I swore that I would never let my house become a "kid zone," Looking back on that now, not only was that was incredibly naive, but it was also just plain inconsiderate. Kids should be treated as equals and deserve to be comfortable and inspired in their space just like everyone else in the family!

Two things opened my eyes to the realization that I could have both a beautiful home and still have children; that my space can be a reflection both my self, AND my family:

1) Feng Shui

2) Montessori

Montessori learning originated in the early 1900s by Maria Montessori, an Italian early childhood educator. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on practical life: promoting children's autonomy and confidence through child-led play and discovery and intentional skills development.

My daughter has been enrolled in a Montessori preschool since she could walk. The school's philosophies and principles have done wonders for her, our family, and our home - inspiring a lifelong love of learning AND .miraculously making our lives easier too!

My greatest discovery was that Montessori and Feng Shui go hand-in=hand. How? Because they both value simplicity and embrace nature,

When we stopped resisting the inevitable messiness of parenthood our home naturally evolved to have more "yes spaces"- intentional and accessible areas for our daughter to live and learn to her fullest. We created a home where everything she needs is easily within her reach/at her height, so she has the ability to focus, decide and exist independently - yes, even as a 2.5 year old!

This is the foundation of a Montessori / Feng Shui lifestyle: creating a holistic environment that sets the child up (and rest of the family) up for success and freedom, building constructive and uplifting energy allowing them to do their best work on their own.

In Feng Shui, the Children/Creativity gua is located in the western part of the home. Because it is associated with the metal element ideally, there should be something white or gray, circular or rounded. You can also display something youthful, playful and colorful in this area, or that embodies the supporting element of earth with stones, earthenware or other natural materials or images.

An intentional, well-designed space can promote harmonious growth and creative expression while avoiding low vibrational energy (cluttered, busy and chaotic which easily take over children's rooms, or trickle out into the rest of the house). The tools and teachings of both Feng shui and Montessori can ultimately help create a space where your child feels joyful and loved, AND empowered and equipped.

Tips for your Montessori-Friendly Feng Shui Family Home:

  • Clear Clutter: As children grow quickly and are frequently the recipients of gifts and trinkets, it takes and ongoing effort to keep their space free of clutter and excess. When it comes to toys, LESS IS MORE! Create a space that is tidy and inspiring for both child and adult by keeping only what your child needs, uses or loves. Model a decluttering system early on so your child looks forward to donating or re-gifting, respects and appreciates each of their belongings, and does not form unhealthy attachments to material things. Part with items that are broken or have missing pieces as those hold negative Chi. Only keep and display their artwork that you love. Implement storage solutions (clear bins, labels, sturdy baskets, trays) and toy rotation system for a select few toys that are for now- and save the rest for later. Establish play policies (one in, one out, clean up first) early so your child understands that structure and order are necessary functions of the home.

  • Buy Quality. Opt for wood toys, wicker baskets, and more not only because natural materials look better than plastic, but because they feel better too - holding the energetic quality of the earth elements and rounded edges of grounding vibrations. Shopping secondhand with previously-loved items, carry the positive playful energy of the previous owner, and hold a lower carbon footprint for the planet.

  • Create Zones. Designate areas for every daily activity. At the Entry (Low Hooks for hanging coats and backpack. A basket or tray for shoes) , In the Bedroom (Floor Bed in command position, Dressing Area (Low hooks. racks and lightweight drawers with photo labels), Quiet Rest Area / Reading Nook with soft rug and pillows. In the Bathroom (Self Care Station for toothbrush, toothpaste, mirror and hair tools/accessories), In the Kitchen (Learning Tower, Chopping Blade, Cutting Board, Healthy Snack Station), Play Area (Low Shelving with Open Ended Toys and Puzzles, Functional Play Kitchen, Sensory Table, Dollhouse, Music Station) Movement Area (Wobble Board, Pikler Triangle, Play Mats) Work Station (Arts & Crafts, Materials Prep, Cleaning Supplies), in Cube Cubbies and Closet (back-stock for rotation, special events and seasons). Outdoor Play Area ( Sensory Wall, Gardening Tools)

  • Inspire Both Creativity & Calm: Young energy is expansive and vibrant and needing an abundance of open space to circulate and move. Avoid small confined rooms. Avoid clocks or things that feel rushed or limiting. Offset Yang children energy with restorative Yin spaces (Natural and soft lighting, Soothing wall colors, tidy and organized, Fresh air with diffuser or low maintenance purifying plant, Minimal electronics, Decor from Nature, Space clearing/ Smudging)

At the end of the day, it is up to parents and caretakers to set the tone for a child's surroundings, creating an environment that is most conducive to their physical, emotional and mental development. When a child's space feels safe, supported, happy, healthy, then they will feel that and become that. same energy and it can allow them to thrive and reach their full potential. These peaceful and positive frequencies will emanate through the home and into their adults, siblings and pets, creating the essential foundations for the whole family's growth and connection.

Erin Bowers is a certified feng shui consultant, energy healer, wellness coach and holistic growth strategist.

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