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“Pet Shui” – Designing Your Space to be Shared with Animals

by Courtney Soinski

If you have a pet at home, you’ll agree that keeping the house clean is a daily struggle. You know you shouldn’t let Fido on the couch, but let’s get real – who can resist those adorable puppy eyes?

In almost every household across the world, our pets are thought of as part of the family. Animals also bring positive energy to a home. Of course you want your home’s style and interior décor to be magnificent (especially during a showing), but what about animal-friendly?

The movement of an animal in your home, along with their individual and unique sounds like barks, meows and chirps, helps to circulate energy to every corner of every room. Here are some great ways to add pet shui to your home for unique yet functional interior design.

First off, make sure your pet has their “special space” within your home’s environment. Whether it’s a soft bed or rug, you’ll be giving them a comfy space they can call their own. Often times, having multiple spaces or moving their bed around can stress an animal out, which results in negative energy that can throw things off balance.

If you have ever heard anything about feng shui, then you know that clutter is a big no-no. Try to avoid having your pet’s toys scattered all over the house. Decrease the number of toys that are left out. Also, consider placing them in a nice covered basket at the end of the day – because let’s face it, no one wants to come into a home only to be tripped by a dog bone or squeaky toy.

When it comes to leashes, try to minimize hanging too many things by the front entrance of your home. Instead, put leases in a cabinet, closet or basket.

To clean up your pet’s eating area, invest in matching food and water bowls that can also serve as home décor. Place an attractive mat underneath the bowls so the floor is kept clean.

Lastly, always be sure to bathe your pet regularly and take him or her to the vet for regular checkups. This will not only keep your home clean, but also give you piece of mind that they’re strong and in good health.

Whether you’re already in your lifelong home or not, the entire goal of pet shui is to lead a balanced, happy, and harmonious life with your furry companion. Let your home be a reflection of you and your family, pets and all!

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