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Three things to avoid putting under your bed.

The area under your bed can be a convenient space to store things. I’m often asked, “Is it bad Feng Shui to put things under your bed?” and the answer is “It depends.” The goal of Feng Shui is to create a comfortable flow of energy in your space. Storing items under your bed can block the chi (energy) from flowing around it. Since everything is energy, whatever is near the bed can affect your health, sleep or other areas of your life. If you’re not sleeping well, take a close look at what you have tucked under your bed. If you sleep well and have no other areas of concern in your life, you may not want to do anything. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Here are some guidelines I would consider. If you really need to store something under your bed, I would avoid memorabilia, guns and books and here’s why. Old memorabilia can keep you stuck in the past. This could play out by preventing you from promotions at work or meeting new friends. It’s one thing to take a trip down memory lane occasionally but sleeping above old memories every night is another thing. One woman struggled to find a partner until she finally removed the wedding dress from her previous marriage from under her bed.


If you find yourself restless, sleepless or having violent dreams, it may be time to move your guns to a gun safe, outside of the bedroom. Guns carry yang or masculine energy that may not resonate with a good night’s sleep. Bedrooms with yin (feminine) energy are more conducive to a calming environment, one that promotes rest and relaxation. I find in most cases when couples have guns under the bed, one of them isn’t comfortable. Storing books under your bed can keep your brain in overdrive. Books are considered the voices of other people, so quiet down the noise in your bedroom and move them out. A bookshelf in a living room or office would be an ideal place for displaying and storing books. In the middle of a great book? Keeping it close to you on a nightstand may not present a problem. Test it out and see for yourself how books affect you.

In children’s rooms, books are less of a concern, as the stories tend to be light and whimsical. As the genre changes with their age and becomes more serious, other storage space outside of the bedroom is encouraged. You might be thinking, “What can I keep under the bed?” A general rule of thumb is to consider storing items that are supposed to be on a bed, such as extra blankets or bed linens. They are less likely to interrupt sleep. When all else fails, remove any storage under the bed and see what happens. If you live in a small apartment and need to store things under your bed, go ahead. Be aware of what’s under there and be aware of how it may play out in your life. For other storage ideas, click here.

Sweet dreams!