At one time or another, we’ve probably all had something in our homes that, quite frankly, gives us the creeps.
Maybe it’s the heirloom Victorian doll your mother insisted you keep, or maybe it’s a vacant-eyed tribal mask that seems to stare at you every time you walk by. Or was it an old clock with a sinister-sounding chime?
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in my house, it was an edward curtis photograph of a native american chief. I purchased this sepia-toned photo for my photographer husband, who fell in love with Curtis’s series on the subject during one of our romantic getaways. but the boss’s rugged face soon left me cold and ended up scaring my youngest daughter. Over the next few weeks, there were frequent “man with the pen” nightmares.
It was clear that the photo had to disappear. And I’ll tell you what: the whole family slept soundly after that.
I don’t know if the photo was actually cursed or if it was just our imagination running wild. but it turns out that there are certain household items that tempt fate. if you’re superstitious, consider banishing these unfortunate things from your home. you’ll thank us later!
1. broken appliances
Is your microwave broken? Or your wall clock has stopped working? fix it fast.
“Anything broken won’t bring positive energy or chi into your life,” advises kim julen, a feng shui trainer.
a stopped clock could even affect your health and income, juju experts say.
“Having one that never moves forward symbolizes a lack of movement or progression of time, things you only experience in life,” says katie weber, a certified feng shui expert and creator of e -zine red lotus letter.
2. dried flowers
(photo by doug towle)
professional organizerdarla demorrow laments the presence of dried flowers throughout the house, which contribute to stagnant energy. (In addition, they tend to accumulate dust and allergens).
“Dry bouquets represent a trap from the past in your current space, so if you want to sell your house, the energy you generate must be positive and forward-looking,” explains the author of “organizing your home with order and be successful.”
3. broken glass
Broken glass, whether in a mirror, around a picture frame, or embedded in your tables and counters, is definitely off limits when it comes to juju at home.
“Broken frames often indicate disappointment or betrayal,” says trisha keel, a feng shui expert. “And a broken mirror could indicate low self-esteem.”
julen once had a client whose wedding photo was framed with broken glass. “I immediately recommended a new one, but it turned out to be a bad omen: they’re now divorced,” she says.
On a related note, avoid glass desks (whether they’re broken or not) in your home office, Weber says, that signals to the universe that opportunities and money are going to fall.
photo of shannon malone
You may be proud of that lucky break, but death hanging on the wall won’t help you feel comfortable. (And definitely hide the taxidermy if you’re selling your home—some potential buyers might find these memorabilia very disturbing.)
“Dead animals in your living space are not considered good for feng shui, and even small butterflies trapped under glass are thought to have a negative effect,” says weber.
These lifeless beings will bring yin, or dead energy, which could be harmful.
5. custom welcome mats
Is your family’s name written on the welcome mat outside your door? it’s time to change it to something less identifiable.
“This symbolizes the guests walking on the family name,” says weber. “It’s best to leave mats plain and place the family name where it faces up, not down.”
6. anything related to the death of a loved one
It can be hard to break away from your Aunt Ginny’s service schedule, but keeping newspaper death notices and other funeral reminders around the house won’t help your luck.
“one of my clients lined up photos of her deceased relatives in her bedroom,” recalls julen. “His love life of hers and the quality of her sleep were suffering.” (Once the photos were removed, things got better, she reports.)
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On a similar note, demorrow is confused by how often she sees pet ashes around the house.
“We don’t bury people or pets inside, so why keep their remains in a box or urn? spread them outside, in a place where the pet would have been happy,” she suggests.
keeping ashes around could create health and money problems as they are not living energy.
“If you must keep your beloved pet close at hand, keep ashes out of the bedroom, away from the front door, and definitely not in the kitchen or dining room, as that’s where the bodies feed,” Julen says.
7. spiny plants
Photo by – Look for sunroom pictures This may come as a blow to Pinterest disciples everywhere, but prickly plants—including the oh-so-trendy cactus—bring bad vibes, too. You can blame the fact that they’re, well, prickly.
“I don’t like them,” Julen says. “They can create prickly relationships, lead to sharp tongues, or the feeling of being poked.”
“Cactus spines are the plant’s weapons to protect itself,” adds keel. “These should never be at the front door; if you find sharp and thorny plants at the front door, you know there is pain inside and if you go in, you will feel the pain too.”
8. chipped dishes
this one is hard. Who among us doesn’t have a chipped plate?
but chipped plates represent bad luck, and you can end up transmitting that kind of energy to the person eating from the plate.”When plates are not in good condition, it’s a lot like serving food with a hair on it… .it’s unattractive,” says weber.
9. scary artwork
photo by houzz
just like the photo of curtis that scared my family, images depicting trouble are unfavorable in the home.
“It could be a ship in a storm, a horse rearing up on its hind legs, or any other image that seems violent or portends misfortune,” says weber.
Each print or painting you select defines a frequency of energy, and those depicting disaster, war, or misery resonate at a low level. like attracts like, so choosing low-energy art can affect it accordingly, experts say. be careful!