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Open a Can of Feng Shui on the Mother-In-Law

* Decades of studies, academic as well as social, interviewing hundreds of families have revealed that nearly two-thirds of women complain they’ve suffered long-term stress arising from friction with their husband’s mother. In turn, an equal number of mothers-in-law complained bitterly about their exclusion from their son’s lives and from their grandchildren.

Having a mother-in-law living in your house can rarely be classified as a desirable situation. We don”t have to go into the gory details to establish that this is a circumstance about as ripe for friction as anyone can imagine.

Unfortunately, this stress manifests itself in the living space and, believe it or not, people taking a tour of a house you”re trying to sell will notice it. You need to open a can of Feng Shui. Quick! Since the Chinese art of Feng Shui to balance the energy in living spaces has evolved over the course of two thousand years, we”re not even going to pretend like we can teach you everything you need to know within the confines of this article. More than anything, we want to get you thinking about the possible sources of stress in your living environment and how it might impact the sale of a house.

Here are some beginning Feng Shui tips.

1. Clean out the clutter. We”ve discussed this in previous articles. It makes sense for a variety of reasons but is essential to create a harmonious balance of energy within the space. How to judge if it needs to go or stay? If you don”t love it, get rid of it.

2. Air and light. To promote good Feng Shui energy (called Chi), bring as much natural light as possible into the house. For fresh atmosphere, you have a few options. Either open the windows frequently, keep air-purifying plants around, or, alternately, run a good air-purifier.

3. Define the energy map of your house. Certain areas of the house are associated with certain areas of your life. For example, the southeast is often related to money energy, which behooves one to understand if they are trying to get a good price for the house. If you”re unfamiliar with energy mapping, search the Internet or visit your local book store.

Ultimately, you might not have the option of ejecting your mother-in-law from the dwelling. In that case, we suggest you begin studying the five elements of Feng Shui immediately to help you bring balance into your corner of the world. Think it”s nothing but a bunch of New Age babbling? We wouldn”t be so quick to dismiss a couple thousand years of practice and development. How many ideas in your life do you expect to stand that severe a test of time?

The Open Door Auctions Team

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