Feng Shui It! Part 1 - How To Improve the Career Area of Your Life

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Whether you are selling your home, or improving it for your own enjoyment, Feng Shui can play an important role.

The concept of Feng Shui involves 8 different aspects of your life: 

  • Wealth and Prosperity
  • Fame and Reputation
  • Love and Marriage
  • Health and Family
  • Creativity and Children
  • Knowledge and Self-cultivation
  • Career
  • Helpful People and Travel

These 8 aspects are represented by geographical positioning in your home. Practitioners of Feng Shui use what is known as a Bagua Map.  This map is basically a large rectangle divided into 9 smaller rectangles of equal size.  The centre of this map is just that - the centre and doesn't represent any of the aspects.  This is a sample Bagua Map for your reference: 


Wealth and Prosperity


Fame and Reputation

Love and Marriage


 Health and Family



 Creativity and Children


Knowledge and Self-cultivation



 Helpful People and Travel

To find out which part of your home represents each life aspect, simply lay this map over a floor plan of your home.  The correct way to overlay it is to start by locating the front door on your floor plan.  (If you use a side door as the entrance into your home, that is not considered the front door for this exercise.  The front door is always the door facing the street.)

Once you have located the front door on your floor plan, lay your Bagua Map on top with the career area overlaying your front door.  All of the other life aspects will fall into place according to your floor plan.  Not every home is a perfectly shaped rectangle.  Therefore, certain areas of your home may have a larger life aspect (extension) or be missing an aspect area.  They are dealt with differently.  A trained Feng Shui Design Professional will be able to assist you with that.

You will find if you have done any reading about Feng Shui, or are knowledgeable about it already, that I have really over-simplified this concept.  What I am doing is just giving a general overview of some of its principles.  There is much more to it than what I could write here - it would take a whole book.  Please just consider this a crash course in the very basic fundamentals.  Enough of the disclaimers, let's carry on...

In Part 1 of my Feng Shui It! series we will be taking a peak into the career area of your home.  In today's economic climate, we can all use some assistance there.  That's why I chose it as the first aspect to take a look at.  Even if your career is moving full steam ahead, there are things you can do to keep it on track or even kick it up a notch. 

You have now determined the approximate location of the career area of your home.  So what can you do to improve it?  Here are a few tips (of course there are more):

•       Keep this area of your home free from clutter and well organized;

•       Add a mirror (they add energy to a space and help the energy flow in a positive way) [make sure that the mirror doesn't reflect back at the door or the energy will flow right back out of your career area];

•       Place some cheerful artwork on one of the walls - something that makes you feel good;

I'm going to stop here, but I hope you have found this to be of some help or at least, interesting and leaving you wanting to learn more about Feng Shui.  Oh, one more thing before I end, remember, any "tips" you apply to your home must be applied with good intention.  In other words, don't perform them if you are feeling doubtful about a positive outcome.  You must have a very positive frame of mind if you want to experience the full effect of good Feng Shui. 

** Stay Tuned ** :  Part 2 - Tips to Improve the Love/Marriage Area of Your Life

Dezigner Digz does not guarantee any results from the implementation by readers of these suggestions.  The Feng Shui It! series is provided for entertainment purposes and to offer a glimpse at the principles of Feng Shui.  


Dezigner Digz is a professional home staging and interior decorating company located in Burlington, Ontario and servicing Ancaster, Hamilton, Burlington, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Oakville, Milton and surrounding areas.  The Owner, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and currently serves as RESA's Regional Vice-President, Canada.  For more information about us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com


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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Excellent post and love how you ended with stating a positive attitude is required for effectiveness!

Mar 04, 2009 04:00 PM #1
Jackson West
Reveal Estate Home Staging - Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Charlene, this is a very interesting and highly informative post. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I am looking forward to learning more!

Mar 04, 2009 09:00 PM #2
Monica Stanciu
Staged 2 Sell Solutions Inc. - Markham, ON
Staged 2 Sell Solutions, Markham, ON

Hi Charlene!


I really enjoy your posts and I would like to use some Feng Shui principles in my own home. The bagua map shows the Career being in the middle of the first row of the grid. This is where my foyer is. I don't have walls to hang pictures, I barely found a wall to hang a mirror. My office is in the Creative and Children, creativity is good, children in my office?...My 8 yr old messes my stuff every time he enters my space...yeah...I am not good with Feng Shui. But I did hang a picture with lots of red in my Wealth and Prosperity section, and things had changed dramatically since. That painting won't leave that wall ever!

Mar 04, 2009 11:01 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hi Charlene!  Wonderful post and easy lay-out of the Bagua for people to follow.  I address career a little differently but have never found two Feng Shui Consultants who practice the same :)  I believe the part about your good thoughts and intentions, it's what makes simple adjustments work so well.  Thank you and I look forward to your next part in this great series.

Mar 05, 2009 01:53 AM #4
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

I know this exercise should be easy, but I'm feeling like it isn't for some reason.... Maybe I'm fighting it.  Maybe it is that my front door isn't even close to the center of my home (it is almost all the way to the left if facing the home). 

hmmm.... maybe if I really want to know I'll need to hire a feng sui specialist....

Mar 05, 2009 04:47 AM #5
Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

No wonder I'm poor and sick...  :-/    ... if I do as you describe, the WEALTH and HEALTH (not to mention knowledge) don't even come anywhere near the house.  They 'stay outside'... and if I flip the 'map', then they will be in the neighbour's house (since I'm attached on one side). 

I think I need more reading on this (or help on how to use the map properly). 

Mar 05, 2009 06:23 AM #6
Wendy Timmons
Move Home Realty - Temecula, CA
Temecula Realtor

Hi Charlene! I love this post! I am very interested in Feng Shui, so this is great! I look forward to the rest of the series.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! I am still looking forward to seeing you next time you are in CA :)

Mar 05, 2009 03:00 PM #7
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Charlene ~ Thanks for sharing what you learned in your Feng Shui seminar with us.  I'm looking forward to reading your series! : )

Mar 06, 2009 10:01 AM #8
Jennifer Dierking
Bella Home Staging - Lincoln, NE

I took a Feng Shui class last fall and found it really interesting, but I haven't gotten around to doing anything with it.  I really should focus on my "career" area now that I'm starting up my own staging business! There are just so many things to do!  Which area is my "stressed out" area?? :)

Mar 09, 2009 06:00 AM #9

standing by iron railingCharlene,

what a great post.  I am looking forward to including this newfound knowledge in next staging assignment.

Thank YOU!

Sharon Charboneau - "Upstaging" the Sunshine Coast of BC

Mar 09, 2009 12:51 PM #10
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Cathy - Thank you and yes, you must be positive in order for improvements to take place.

Jackson - You're very welcome.  Love the new profile photo by the way!

Monica - Thank you so much for your kind words.  Hang onto that picture! :-)

Carole - Thank you for your very kind words. So true about each Consultant having their own way of practicing Feng Shui.  I guess to a degree the approach can be somewhat subjective.

Melissa - The door doesn't have to be in the centre of your home to determine the career area.  Wherever your entry way is, that is your career area.  Sounds like you may have some missing areas on your map though.  If I can be of more help, feel free to email me.

Sylvie - Sounds like you have missing areas as well.  Send me an email if you would like some suggestions.

Wendy - Thanks so much!  I'm definitely looking forward to seeing you too the next time I'm in California.  I'll let you know when I'll be there!

Kathy - You're welcome!

Jennifer - "Stressed out area" - love it!  If you figure out where it is, let me know too :-)

Sharon - I'm glad you found this post helpful.


Mar 15, 2009 04:17 AM #11
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Charlene, fun post.  We just had a feng shui to sell more homes talk at one of the Expos and it was great.  AND then she gave us tips on business cards.  There is so much to learn.  Thanks, t

Mar 25, 2009 07:37 PM #12
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Terrylynn - Thanks!  You're right, there is tons to learn!  Part 4 is posted now if you're interested:  How To Improve the Fame & Reputation Area of Your Home. :-)

Mar 30, 2009 11:43 AM #13
Isabel Gomes
Gomes Design - London, ON
Interior Decorator, Stager - London, Ont

Love the information Charlene.  Now I can continue on reading since you are already on Chapter 6.

May 07, 2009 12:35 PM #14
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Isabel - Glad you enjoyed it.  Part 6 was just posted yesterday.

May 13, 2009 10:16 AM #15
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