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What's Behind Door #1?

Thu Feb 05 2015 | Author: Carol Olmstead
I get a lot of questions after my monthly ezine goes out, and this month I answered one about which door to use when orienting the Feng Shui bagua, the front door or the door from the garage to the house. The simple answer is the “front door,” because it’s the way your home was designed to be entered, but deciding which is Door #1 for you is far more complex.

“Thank you so much for your book and informative newsletter, I'm a fan,” Sheryl wrote. “My question is, which door is the primary, the front door we never use, or the garage/laundry door we use all the time?”

Ah, there’s the phrase that got me thinking: we never use the front door. Many of us hardly ever open our front door because we pull right into the garage. In Feng Shui, the front door is called the “mouth of chi” because that’s where all the positive energy and wealth enters your home. So if you don’t open the front door, symbolically you don’t open yourself up to the possibilities to attract wealth. So I suggested to Sheryl that she try using the front door more often, even if she only opens the door each morning to greet the day.

That still doesn’t solve the problem of entering your house through the laundry room, mudroom, or cluttered hallway each and every time you come home. Not the most relaxing site to come home to, is it?

Some of the decorations near my garage door.
“If you come in through the garage like I do,” I advised Sheryl, “make sure that entrance is as pleasing as your front entrance. Paint the door between the garage and house the same as your front door, use the same door mat, and if you decorate your front door for holidays do the same with your entry door.” I reminded her that in Feng Shui thinking, an attached garage is considered one of the rooms in your house so you need to decorate it with the same care as you do with the rest of your home.

I often suggest that people decorate the area around the door from the garage to the house with bright, cheerful art that welcomes you home. Or, hang a bulletin board or white board near the door where you can post a joke of the week, family photos from the past weekend, or upbeat messages to each other. You work hard all day and coming home should make you smile.

What do you see when you pull into your garage – a can of dried up paint and an old set of tires, or something attractive? Email me and let me know.

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Posted in: Room By Room | Tags: feng shui, doors, garage, mouth of chi, entrance

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