Are you contemplating or in various stages of remodeling, restoring or refurbishing your home? Would you like to remodel but find just the thought of it is overwhelming? Are there specific things you wish to accomplish, besides laying new flooring and new counter tops, such as creating a balanced flow of positive energy throughout, so no room collects stagnant energy?
When remodeling, you are less likely to move walls and bathrooms, but rather focus on modernizing, updating and replacing things that are either worn out, don't work or you dislike. Just the mere act of cleaning up, fixing up and modernizing is creating great energy for you and your home. By getting rid of the old and replacing it with new things you love, you are surrounding yourself with supportive nurturing energy.
As you are making your plans and mapping out every little detail, be sure to keep in mind the flow of energy throughout your home. That is how you energize the various areas to ensure wealth, good health, prosperity and abundance.
When energy gets stuck in corners, the back bedroom or a dark breakfast nook, it becomes stagnant and prevents new, healthy and prosperous energy from circulating and staying long enough for you to receive its benefits.
Based on feng shui principles, there are a few remodeling pitfalls to avoid if possible.
Avoid seeing the kitchen first thing upon entering your home or easily from the front door. It is the heart of the home to be guarded from energy rushing right through, taking your abundance away with it.
Also, if the kitchen is the first thing seen upon entering your home and the last thing seen upon leaving it, you will always be craving food, which can be bad energy for your diet.
Try maintaining some type of divider between the kitchen and the front door, even if it is a half wall or a grouping of lovely tall plants and silk trees.
Avoid placing a bathroom in the middle of your home or very near the front door.
Not only will the energy entering rush right into the bathroom, it will go right down the drain taking prosperity and good luck with it. If this is a current problem, see if you can relocate the bathroom door to face a direction other than the front door or kitchen. If that is not possible, always keep that door closed, the toilet seat down and the sink drain closed so the good energy will meander throughout the house and help create abundance and prosperity.
Avoid dark areas anywhere in your house. It doesn't matter whether it is a long, dark hallway, a small, dark back entry from a garage, a stairwell or even a room with little or no natural light.
Make sure there is always light moving through those areas. Paint the walls a very light color. Add overhead lighting that is controlled by a wall switch, or place a lamp in those areas on a timer so the light automatically turns on at dusk and off at a predetermined time. The added lighting not only ensures energy will move properly through those areas, but will also provide safety when walking through those areas.
Avoid placing electronic equipment in bedrooms.
When remodeling, make room for televisions, computers, etc., in public areas such as living, family or great rooms.
Keep all that energy away so you can rest at night. If you are a late night show television person, place the television in a wardrobe or cabinet so it can be behind doors when not in use. But be sure to close those doors when the lights go out.
Avoid completely tearing up all the areas of your home at the same time.
Stage remodeling, restoring and refurbishing into various projects, and tackle them one or two at a time. Always maintain at least one room that is not torn up as a retreat and enjoy total silence and calm with no chaos surrounding you.
This is the most important step that people overlook. You will not feel so overwhelmed if remodeling is done in sections or by projects.
Remodeling should bring joy and lots of new energy to help create prosperity and abundance, along with all the other good things you deserve in life.
By planning ahead, and not trying to do too much at one time, you will not only be happier with the results, but also, much calmer during the process.
Pat Heydlauff is a feng shui consultant, public speaker, columnist and artist. For feng shui consultations and energy design work in the home or office call her at (561) 799-3443 e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her Web site, www.energy-by-design.com.