Apartment Living
By Jenny T. Liu, M.A.



Many people live in apartments for various reasons. Apartments are generally centrally located, making it convenient to access freeways, schools, shopping centers and entertainment venues. This is ideal for those in a transitional time in their lives such as college students, young singles, yuppies, retirees or people who want to keep their lives simple.

Apartments provide an opportunity for communal living, which can help cut the cost of living by sharing facilities such as the washer and dryer, parking, as well as sharing the cost for gardeners and maintenance and repair people. Those who might not be ready to commit to buying and maintaining a house find this aspect of apartment living attractive.

When living in an apartment is compatible to your life status, meaning your lifestyle and your life cycle, you will find you can do perfectly well and be progressive in your life, as long as the apartment has good and compatible feng shui to you and your family.

Despite the convenience and simplicity that living in an apartment can provide, it also includes living with many conditions you have no control over. These conditions will have various effects on you depending on personal preferences and personal adaptability to your environment.

Some people have thicker skin where nothing bothers them. Helicopters can be swarming overhead or carpenters can be banging next door and it doesn’t matter to them. But others are very sensitive where the slightest noise, sound or unwanted smells can be very destructive and cause disruption in their lives.

Feng shui adjustments are possible in apartments, but there are more limitations one has no control over. One of the biggest areas in which you have no control is that you share walls with three or more neighbors to the side, above and below you. It is possible to hear your neighbor’s every move and you are susceptible to unwanted odors from smoking, cooking or pets. All of this can leave you feeling a lack of privacy, which may inhibit your own behavior in a restrictive manner.

If a neighbor who shares a wall with you has a heavy, strong energy, it could affect you in your apartment, even if your room is compatible and has perfect feng shui for you. The best thing to do in this circumstance — if you can’t move — is to strengthen your personal energy with mantras, meditation and Chi Art, enabling you to withstand the disturbances.

Structurally, most apartment residents are generally unable to make any sort of major change to their unit. You cannot add on when you need more space, which does not allow you to expand and grow.

Apartment complexes have to be built efficiently in terms of space and plumbing lines. Bathrooms and kitchens usually do not have the benefit of natural ventilation or natural lighting from a window because they are placed in a location that shares plumbing and conduits with another apartment to save building expense.

In larger complexes, apartment units usually branch off of long hallways, called double-loaded hallways, meaning that on both sides of the hallway, you have units. Frequently, the doors of these units face each other across the hallway. “Door-facing-door” arrangements can bring destructive gossip and conflicts with the neighbors.

Hallways also tend to be dark, stagnant areas making the energy that enters your unit weaker and potentially negative. Since apartments usually do not have a back door, this allows for no escape for the poor air quality, as well as creating a risk if there should be an emergency.

Apartment renters who are in a transitional period of their life and are looking to get married, raise a family or find a better job, will most likely set their sites on owning their own home where they can create an environment offering them more stability and security. This is usually when we get a call to come and do a feng shui consultation for their apartment. Making feng shui adjustments can increase the residents’ chance for promotion in every area of their life, which provides the means for moving into a house.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet. Awarded for her Master’s Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, please see her website at www.Liu-FengShui.com  or call her at (626) 272-4901.

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