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Feng shui master Dato' Joey Yap shows us how to optimise the feng shui in the bathroom

Is the bathroom an important place to pay attention to when it comes to feng shui? According to renowned feng shui master Dato' Joey Yap, bathrooms were never traditionally part of the main house. As such when this art was originally developed, people tend to do their business in the outhouse for hygiene purpose and thus had no bearing on feng shui in general.

Today, as bathrooms in the house are generally sanitary, Yap advises that as long as you keep it relatively clean, there shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever. In fact, some of the bathrooms can be used positively if it coincides with a personal, positive direction—and this is how.

Are there any general dos and don’ts to optimise the feng shui in the bathroom? 

Generally, keep it clean. A well-maintained and sanitary bathroom would prevent any malodours—a telltale sign of negative or stagnant qi. So, if something smells off, it’s good practice to investigate.

Besides that, wherever possible, you’d want to avoid having the bathroom door facing the bed and bedroom door. If you live in a two-storey house, try not to have the toilet seat positioned directly above the main door.

Are the dos and don’ts different if it’s a powder room?

The same rules do apply. As long as you keep things clean, there shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever. The powder room isn’t really important not because of its nature. Rather, it’s about how little time is spent there in comparison to the other areas in your house.

However, if a positive star happens to coincide there, there’s nothing wrong with you utilising that space even if it may seem unorthodox. Some of our best ideas come to us while we’re in the shower after all.

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Is there anything to avoid for the placement of the WC? If it’s in an inauspicious spot, how can you mitigate it?

Auspicious or not, it depends on the aspect of timing as well as the occupant’s year of birth. Either way, again the factor of time comes up.

For example, the annual Star 2, also known as the Illness Star, might coincide with your washroom for a year. As long as you don’t spend the entire day there and only use it as much as you should be using, there’s no problem.

How about the sink and placement of the mirror?

Both don’t really have any impact on the general feng shui of the house. As long as they’re built intuitively with freedom of movement in mind, it’s okay.

After all, the movement of qi is somewhat interchangeable with accessibility. If a sink or a mirror is oriented in a way that it’s physically difficult to access them, that’s definitely bad feng shui right there.

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Are there things to avoid with regards to shower and/or bathtub?

For shower and bathroom, it’s similar to what’s been mentioned prior. If it’s clean, accessible and does not obstruct your movement in any way, then the feng shui is okay. Sometimes things are as simple as that.

As mentioned before, sometimes you get positive annual stars like Star 6 or Star 8 “visiting” your bathroom sector. If so, you might want to seriously consider brainstorming new innovations as you shower or take a dip.

For items which are moveable like towels, bathmats, toiletries, plants etc—are there any dos and don’ts?

Qi is largely unaffected by these things. If they’re movable in the first place, they’re probably too small to make any meaningful impact on the overall feng shui of the living space so it’s normally not something to be concerned with.

But to reiterate, previous rules still apply. Keep things neat and clean, make sure they’re not obstructive and that they’re easily accessible and you’re golden.

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