Welcome to the year of the Earth Dog! Today is officially the start of the Lunar New Year, a holiday celebrated widely throughout Asia and the U.S.

Each year of the calendar is represented by 12 zodiac animals that embody Chinese symbolism and culture. Ringing in the New Year is opportunity to bring in good fortune and luck for multiple aspects of life.

In Chinese tradition, it is believed to be bad luck if the zodiac animal of the current year is the same year as you were born in. If you were born in former Dog years, don’t worry, you’re not totally out of luck. Practicing proper feng shui can bring you better fortune for the year. The first step is to create a harmonious home.

Here’s a few steps on how to bring luck to your home for Lunar New Year 2018:

Clean out your clutter.

This is is the most important step in creating harmony and will bring good energy. Now is the time to get rid of things you don’t need or love in your home. Clearing out your clutter will feel almost therapeutic, as it will organize and refresh your home, and as a result, ‘lighten your load.’

Make sure the air and light in your home is pure and bright.

Air and light, Chi, are two elements fundamental to proper feng shui in your house. Do this by opening your windows often or even investing in an air purifier. Let as much natural light as possible into your home and install full-spectrum lights.

Keep the entryway clear.

Avoid bulky furniture in the path of the entryway to your home, so that things can flow into your life. However, side decor, like a mirror by the front door, bring positive energy as it can be a spot for a last-minute check before leaving.

Design your bedroom with things that make you feel relaxed.

Hanging up decor like crystals or bamboo flutes will make you feel comfortable in your space. Having pleasant scents and aroma creates a calm environment. Placing furniture in a layout where your bedroom feels spacious to keep good energy in your room flowing. Last but not least, whatever you do, do not position your bed where your feet are pointing to the door, as it symbolizes death.

Even if you don’t believe in superstition or luck, these tips will provide you with a home that will give you peace of mind and a sense of security. Here at Protect America, we wish you a new year full of great fortune!

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