What’s in a dresser? Every item in your home has its own Feng Shui. Let’s explore the Feng Shui of Dressers.
A dresser is defined as:
- a cupboard to hold dishes and cooking utensils
- a chest of drawers or bureau with a mirror
However, I have never heard the word “dresser” used, in conversation, with the first definition (as a cupboard to hold dishes and cooking utensils).
Today we will talk about that “chest of drawers or bureau with a mirror.” These days, I find dressers without mirrors as often as dressers with mirrors in clients’ homes.
My Memories of Dressers
In my grandmother’s home there was an antique dresser. It was made of a hard wood, and hand-carved. It had what was called a “rock crystal mirror.” No matter how far you got from the mirror, walking back, it never distorted the image, not a tiny bit.
It had belonged to my grandmother’s grandmother, a very fine society lady. Her heart was broken when her first son decided to marry a school teacher, instead of another society lady. Her son died when my grandmother was 6 years old, and she took charge of the little girl’s education. When my great, great-grandmother passed on, she left her house with all its furniture to my grandmother.
My grandmother was a “modern” lady, and unfortunately, sold most of the furniture for little money, and bought instead cheap “contemporary” looking stuff, because she did not like “old things.” The only bedroom furniture that was saved was that dresser, because my great-grandmother kept it for herself.
I often wondered how my great-grandmother felt at having in her bedroom a piece of furniture which was once in the bedroom of the mother in law that rejected her all her life. I don’t think my great-grandmother cared, however, because she was a very no-nonsense woman, and as soon as she got that dresser, she made it her own.
What’s in a Dresser?
These days, I am sure, a dresser does not hold the memories that it used to. In almost two decades of doing Feng Shui consultations, I have only had one client in the USA that used her dresser in the traditional sense — not just to keep clothes in it, but also to get dressed, and ready to go, in front of it.
These days, part of the functions of dressers have been passed on to the “vanity” in the bathroom, which is where most women in the USA do their hair and makeup. I don’t get why, since makeup and water get along so poorly! Also, many women now get dressed in the bathroom, instead of in their bedrooms.
Dressers hold all your anxieties around weight and body image, and since your body image is part of your sense of self worth, a dresser is symbolic of life area 4: Wealth, Prosperity and Self-Worth.
Even though most of your clothes may have migrated to modern built-in closets or walk-in closets, the dresser is usually were you keep your intimate apparel. Dressers hold the memories you’ve had of hopes for the future, as you were choosing what clothes to wear for a special date. Or, if you are married, your dresser may hold the hopes for a better relationship with your spouse.
The Feng Shui of Dressers
A common problem with dressers, that creates really bad Feng Shui, is when dresser drawers get stuck. Stuck drawers are considered, in Feng Shui, one cause for increased arguments. Since your dresser is usually in your master bedroom, arguments tend to be about the relationship.
Sometimes, people can have trouble falling asleep if they keep a dresser with a large mirror in the bedroom, because mirrors activate chi. Covering up that mirror at night may help. Also, make sure that neither you or your partner can see yourselves in the mirror while in the bed. If you would like to learn more about this, click here.
Declutter Your Dresser for Good Feng Shui
Decluttering your dresser — letting go of items you don’t use and don’t love — can help with 2 life areas:
- Marriage, Relationships and Partnerships
- Wealth, Prosperity and Self Worth
What memories do dressers evoke for you? Share below with a “reply,” or join the Facebook Group: Feng Shui Journeys (you need to be logged in to your Facebook account to be able to do join the group)
In the Facebook group Feng Shui Journeys I will share some more of my experiences with dressers. I hope you will also share what dressers say to you, and how you plan to arrange the dresser in your bedroom to create happy memories of Feng Shui Dressers.