(1) Dear Uncle Dixer: I hear a lot about the importance of your front door or entrance. We live out in the country with one neighbor across the road. Out here, no one uses the actual front door. Everyone enters through the garage, through the back door which opens into the mud room/ laundry room.

What should I do to make this a good Qi (chi) other than keeping it clean and as clutter free as is possible? Thank you.

Answer: The front door is only important if it receives the most traffic. Otherwise, it is just a door at the front of the house to be looked at rather being used.

If everyone enters the house through the garage, then make sure the garage is roomy enough to get past the cars, kept clean and tidy, and well-lit. The back door which opens into the mud room/laundry room should also be kept clean, tidy, and clutter free like you said. If you’ve done all of those, then everything is fine.

The most important thing is the most frequently used door, whether it is the front door, the side door, the back door, or the garage door with a back door. In other words, the most important door is any door that connects the outside to the inside that is being used often. This door should have a clean,  ordered, and welcoming feeling, since it is the threshold or the “Naqi Mouth”, an opening that receives (or take-in) the Qi from outside to inside to nourish your home.

If this door is not welcoming and blocks the Qi from freely entering the house because it is either untidy, badly lit, filled with clutter or dirty, then it is not desirable. In Feng Shui, we say it has Sha Qi, or Qi that stops nourishment and growth, which is not good Feng Shui for the occupants.

(2) Dear Uncle Dixer: I want to Feng Shui my house or at least start trying too. I live in an old house where the front door is almost north facing, but it never gets used as frequently as a front door. My kitchen door is used more like a front door where all my family and guests arrive through. Do I treat my kitchen door as the main entrance then or do I still keep the front door as a front door? 

Answer: You will need to consider both the formal front door and the informal kitchen door when you come to do your Feng Shui. That’s because they are both openings that people can come into and leave the house. But you can put a bit more weight in the kitchen door in your Feng Shui audit since it is used more often.

(3) Dear Uncle Dixer: I know the main door is very important as it is where the main chi (Qi) enters the house. If the house’s door is closed most of the time, does it mean the chi cannot enter? Or is the chi restricted and/or limited? 

Answer: Besides the main door, there are other doors that lead to the outside. The more frequent a door is used to get in and out of the house, the more attention you need to look at the Qi of that door. That’s because the more frequently used door will be most likely the one that affects the Feng Shui of the house the most. Qi also enters the house through windows and other smaller openings.