Kitchen and playroom are in career and travel areas, but how do I help them?
Feng Shui Bagua Alignment
Assuming I'm laying the map out correctly, the travel section takes up the kitchen and a bit of the playroom, and the career section fills up the playroom and mudroom. (You don't include the garage, right? Since you don't spend much time there?) I looked at the page about kitchens, and we've done pretty much everything we CAN do with the space. It's painted a light green, we try to keep the clutter down (I'll be working on that tomorrow, but it never seems to stay clean long), I try to keep the stove top clean, most of the cabinets are organized, and we don't have anything we don't use. There's a lot of natural light. It's not particularly warm, as we live in a northern area & that part of the house is usually colder because there's no radiant heat in that area. We try to keep the table clear of clutter. We use 3 of the 4 burners on the stove - one doesn't work, and we don't have the money to buy a new one at the moment. There's never any clutter in the playroom. The only thing I know of is that it does get pretty dusty in spots when it doesn't get vacuumed. 3 of the 4 of us in my family have career issues - either hate our job, don't know what we want to do, and/or feel stuck in it. Is there an issue with the feng shui that I'm not noticing that's causing that? And what else could be causing the issues with the kitchen? (We don't get to travel much, and when we do, it's not the places we actually WANT to go.) Thank you in advance!
It's difficult to say without actually seeing your home, but it sounds like you've done a lot of things right in terms of the travel and career areas. I have a few thoughts.
If your garage is attached, you usually do include it in the bagua. I'm not sure if this makes a significant difference in the areas of your map.
When you have a problem in one area of the bagua, it always helps to address the opposite area of the bagua since they closely tie together. For example, the opposite area to career/journey is the fame/reputation area. Your reputation and how others view you relates strongly to your career. The fame/reputation area also reflects your integrity, sense of self-worth and self-respect, and courage—all essential attributes to career and journey.
The opposite area of helpful people/travel is abundance/prosperity. Again, you can see why these areas are closely related. Prosperity, good fortune, and ample opportunities are a sure sign of a healthy helpful people/travel area.
You also might want to perform some space clearing. There are a lot of different ways to clear space including music, essential oils, bells, incense, and smudging. Hands down, my favorite space clearing method can be found in Karen Kingston's book "Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui."
Finally, you might want to work on your inner world. If your mental or emotional beliefs and patterns are negative or out of balance, then it can be quite difficult to make any significant changes with feng shui. Positive affirmations and gratitude journaling are a great place to start.
I wish you much happiness!