In feng shui, a welcoming front entrance to a home is very important. It allows the ch’i, or life force, to enter and meander around, which positively affects the occupants’ energy. If the ch’i can’t find the front door or gets stuck once it enters, it can have a negative effect. If you want to bring more positive ch’i into your home, there are several things you can do.
While most of us probably enter our homes through our garages, the front door is the main entrance where the ch’i enters, as well as most other guests. Every so often, walk in and out through your front door, to get a feel of what the rest of the world sees. Get rid of any clutter on the walkway leading up to the front door. Trim back bushes that may be obstructing the walkway, deadhead flowers and re-pot any sick or dead plants. Repair cracked cement, missing bricks, loose handrails, non-working doorbells, squeaky door hinges and loose handles. Your address numbers should also be easily visible. You may have heard that painting the front door red is a good idea. It is true that red is an energizing color, but the most important point is to have it well maintained. Hanging wind chimes near the front door will also beckon the ch’i in!
Now, open the front door and step into the foyer of your home. What do you see first? How does it make you feel? Is it neat and clean, or are there shoes piled up behind the door, boxes in a corner or a pile of laundry that needs to be put away? Clutter decreases the amount of positive ch’i coming into your home. If you always run around cleaning up your entrance before company comes, take this as a clue! It needs to stay uncluttered and clean for you. If you feel that nobody really sees the mess, remember….you are considering yourself nobody. If you see it – it matters. There is no place to hide in feng shui!