By Kathryn Weber
In feng shui, deferred maintenance on a house means deferred money. In other words, if you’ve put off replacing that cracked window or cutting down a dead tree, you’re likely not receiving all the money you could be if your home were in good repair.
Why is repairing your home so important to feng shui?
In a word: chi.
The chi, or energy, of a home declines when it’s got leaking faucets or roof, when the paint is peeling or when it’s dirty and cluttered.
Simply looking at a home that’s not in good repair gives a depressed or sad feeling. You see a house – and the occupants who live there – that are in decline. Millionaires live in beautiful, attractive and maintained surroundings. If you’ve deferred maintaining your house, you could be deferring wealth too.
Rarely is the case that when a homeowner is successful, that the house is falling down. In fact, it’s most often the case that as a homeowner becomes more successful, the more a house represents that success with pretty plantings, fresh paint, clean windows and a clean interior.
That’s because a home with successful occupants often have lawn and cleaning services to help them keep the home in good condition.
But even if you’re not a millionaire, you can still live like one in your home, and often, you’ll find that when the house is neat, tidy, uncluttered and in good repair, you feel better and more confident. A millionaire’s home is usually attractive and clean, and by emulating that, you will raise your home’s chi, which in turn, raises your own.
Improving your home can improve your life. Simply improving the maintenance on your house, your home pays you back in improved energy, greater opportunities and more satisfaction and contentment in life – and, yes, even in money.
Use these tips on home maintenance to the critical areas that help you create millionaire financial energy around your home.
1. Start at the front. If your sidewalk is cracked and lifted from tree roots, it’s unlikely that opportunity will make it’s to your front door. Give the front of your house some TLC in the form of a landscape makeover, including checks on sidewalks, porches, mailboxes, light fixtures and front door. Work on your curb appeal – it will pay you in increased income and opportunity.
2. Check for leaks. From gutters to the roof, the kitchen sink to garden hoses, when water is leaking, so is money. Water can also be a source of emotional problems – whether that’s an empty swimming pool (missing water=missing money) or a case of black mold (spending on what you don’t want). When water is either completely missing or too abundant, emotions can be more volatile. Make sure that water issues are carefully attended to because of their emotional/financial implications.
3. Sparkling windows represent clarity. Can’t focus or make a decision? Maybe it’s because the windows need cleaning. Windows represent the eyes and the way we take information in. Dirty windows hamper our ability to see our financial situations clearly.
4. Beat up doors and walls. When doors are scratched by the dog, walls are dirty from handprints, the feeling is that opportunity is missing and that life in general is in decline and a feeling of hopelessness settles in. Repaint walls and repair doors. Doors are the way chi enters the house – especially the front door. Make sure the way to the front door is open and attractive and that all doors work properly and smoothly. A sticky front door stymies opportunity and money and door problems are energy problems.
5. Lighten up to lift your financial chi. Never let light fixtures fill up with bugs or allow bulbs to stay burned out. Dirty lamps or fixtures, dim bulbs and burned out bulbs create the inability to see life clearly or develop initiative in your financial life. Never underestimate the power of lighting to lift your financial chi – or bring it down if they’re burned out.
6. Let the landscape go. This is a sure way to create severe financial hardship. When a landscape has dead or has overgrown plants and weeds in the grass, there are major financial obstacles. The millionaire secret is always to pay attention to the grounds. Even if your yard is small, give it impact and put money into it because landscaping pays off financially and in your health and vitality.
7. Hang on to everything. A great way to have less is to hang on to everything. Millionaire closets are neat and orderly and usually aren’t stuffed to the gills. Creating room for more is the singular best way to achieving more. Don’t be afraid to get rid of as much as possible to create more room in your life for what you want. Money is energy and when your house has too much stuff, there’s little room left for prosperity to come in.
8. Give it a good scrub. Cleanliness they say is next to godliness, and it’s true. Giving your home’s exterior a good wash with a pressure washer, and the interior a good wash, especially the kitchen results in better energy, and better energy means more money. The kitchen, and stove in particular, represent wealth, so keep them sparkling!