Kitchen and playroom are in career and travel areas, but how do I help them?

by Rachel
(Michigan, USA)

Feng Shui Bagua Alignment

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!


Hi Rachel,

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!

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Jan 06, 2013
by: Rachel

Thanks again for your help!

What do you mean by "when facing the front door"? Do you mean standing outside (in my case, the other side of the driveway) facing the front door, is what you can see of the garage bigger or smaller than what you can see of the rest of the house? If so, it would look something like this:
So I take it we have a missing piece? Not surprised, actually. Hope I'm reading that right. If you walk out of my front door and turn left as soon as you hit the bottom of the stairs, you'd walk into the garage, so I think that's right...?

And when I lay out the bagua downstairs the same as the upstairs, well... it ain't pretty. ;-) The abundance area would be the messy guest bedroom, the travel area is in the storage room, and the career area is half in the storage room and half in the utility room, which is a mess. Surprise, surprise!

We actually initially got the laminate countertop. It matched really well, but after looking at it for a while in the bathroom, it just seemed too busy and we didn't really like it as much. Plus, we would have had to build up the underside so it would fit properly. After visiting every home improvement store in the entire city multiple times over the past few weeks, we ended up ordering a gorgeous piece of granite, which I absolutely love. (We may end up repainting the bathroom to a slightly more tan paint, but I'd much rather have a countertop I love.) The piece we found is EXACTLY the size we need. There wasn't quite enough stone to do a full back and sidesplash, so we're now looking for tiles that match, but I think it's going to look fantastic when it's *finally* done. In fact, it looks so nice so far that my dad is all for redoing the kitchen as much as we can afford. :-) The kitchen is the travel and moving area, and the main room that my mom gets frustrated with, so I guess there's a lot of connections going on here.

Thank you so much! You've been so incredibly helpful! And happy new year to you, too!


Jessica's reply:
Yes, when you are standing outside. Good decision on the granite, I think that is a much better choice!

I am glad I could help.

Be well,

Dec 19, 2012
One more quick question
by: Rachel

(By the way, I did see the map. It apparently didn't load the first time I opened the page or something.)

In case you happen to be on your computer tonight, we're remodeling our main bathroom, which happens to be the health center of the house. We're painting it a light brown with dark brown laminate wood floors, new shower, new toilet, new countertop. Do you happen to know if there's any difference between having a laminate countertop and a granite countertop in the health center or bathroom? We're trying to decide which one to get. I think the granite would be better quality, but the laminate is a way better price, though it's fake, but matches perfectly. Would either of these affect the feng shui negatively, or does it probably not matter?



Jessica's reply:
Hi again!

I hope this doesn't reach you too late. I think any material that makes you happy will work. With that being said, granite is a better choice--it's a more durable material that represents quality and luxury--good for prosperity!

Be well,

Dec 12, 2012
Redo of map
by: Rachel

It didn't put the spaces in like I had drawn. I'll try again:

The > is the front door. The _._._ is the garage doors. Just disregard the dots. The smaller one is the garage. It's not exact, obviously, just an idea. Is there an extension or a lack? (I'm not seeing where it put your attachment)

So, do you mean that if the kitchen is the abundance area, for example, then any room under that is also an abundance area? Our basement is half the size of our house. What does that mean?

Thanks for all of your help!

Jessica's reply:
Happy New Year Rachel!

I can't tell if your garage is an extension or if you have a missing area--it looks close. If your garage is larger than half the house (when facing your front door), then you have a missing area. If it is smaller than half the house, then you have an extension. I hope that makes sense.

You are correct, the room under the abundance area is also in abundance/prosperity. If your basement is half the size of the house, then shrink the bagua to fit the space. In other words, orient the bagua the same as the main part of the house, but scale it down so that the entire bagua fits over your basement plan.

Happy 2013!

Nov 30, 2012
Garage throws me off...
by: Rachel

Thank you for answering my question! Yes, the garage does make a difference in mine. I can't figure out how to lay out the bagua map now. This is basically the outline of my house:

| | |
| | G |
| _______ > _ _ _ _ _ _ |
| |
| >

Obviously not perfect, but it should give you an idea. The two ">" spots are main entrance doors, but the one inside the garage (the "G") gets used the most. The bottom line of the G box is where the garage doors are. How do I line up the bagua map with this shape? Where do I start it if the main entrance door has space behind it, too?

Also, I had one question about the basement. It's about half of the size of the upstairs. Do I align the bagua map with the main door to the basement, which would make the abundnace area under the travel section, or would it be the same as upstairs, so that the room underneath the travel area is also a travel area? I'm wondering how much of an effect our complete mess storage room downstairs is having on things. I've tried to clean that up, but it never stays clean for long.

Thanks in advance,

Jessica's reply:

Hi Rachel!

I’m a bit confused by your drawing and description, but I’ll try the best I can. Basically, when the garage is attached to the home, you want to lay the bagua over the entire house plan—aligning the bottom of the bagua with the front door. I’ve attached a picture of how I think it should be aligned (if I’m making the correct assumptions). I can’t tell from your drawing, but it looks like you might have an extension.

From what I’ve learned, you usually orient the bagua map the same for all floors. And as you’ve probably guessed, a mess in the basement can have a huge impact.

Be well,

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