How do Garages fit into the Bagua?

Question: How to garages play into the bagua? Mine is full of junk and appears to be taking up my whole skills and knowledge gua. My sister’s totally sticks out in the front of her house, and my dad’s house has a detached one. Is there one answer for all these garages?


Answer: Let’s answer one thing at a time here. First of all, everything that you own, or are surrounded by over a vast period of time affects you somehow. So, to start the conversation, I’d first want to address the junk, and then talk about the bagua. “Full of junk” indicated “issues” with in the household, and/or lack of health or opportunity in life. My teacher once said, “Put the issues in the tissues and get on with it.” He noted that getting rid of (or through) the tears or emotions that go along with the removal of junk piles and clutter certainly aids in bettering the chi in the person doing the de-cluttering.

Where your garage is within the bagua of your home or lot makes a difference just like anything else in your home or on your lot. If the garage sticks out in front of the front door, it is not within the yang bagua of the house – but it is within the sphere of influence of the lot (and possibly within the yin bagua – which is the bagua that overlays onto the whole shape of the house. – This is not in my book, by the way.) It may not affect you as strongly, but it is affecting you. I had one gal who unlocked her whole world by eliminating the inherited things in her detached garage, so I don’t take a cluttered distant garage lightly just because it is not in the house’s bagua zone.

Now, because yours is stuck with junk and clogging up your skills and knowledge energy, I would suggest possibly enhancing the skills and knowledge area of all the other main rooms in your house where you spend a lot of time – at least until you clean up your garage. The room guas can help support the weak house gua – but I’m not suggesting enhancing them and forgetting the clutter because the garage clutter is still affecting you on some level and should probably be dealt with.

I have heard from one feng shui practitioner that he does not count the garage, because he only counts “livable space,” but I disagree. I don’t “live” in the attic, the cupboards, or up on the closet shelves if you go by this logic.

I did decide once, that an attached garage with no direct access into the house, where you did not “feel” the presence of the garage from anywhere within the house, was not a part of that home’s bagua – but that was once. I have not seen/felt that particular arrangement before or since. I’m saying this to show you that indeed, for just about every rule in feng shui, there is some example of where you could break that rule.

You may not like this answer, but I’m sure that if you took the time to think about this and write it, you probably have a gut feeling that it is indeed, something that needs to be addressed within your home and your life. Good luck.


  • Michelle January 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I have a question about my garage it is not attach to my house, it is a seperate mini house adjacent to my house is this included in my bagua map?

    • Karen January 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      It is a part of the bagua of the property, but would have its own bagua for that particular building.

  • Julie September 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm


    I did not completely understand your above answer, I am not that proficient in feng shui yet. My garage is attached and has a door leading into the kitchen as well as a door leading into the back yard. We have a tri-level in which the entryway in front of the actual front door, that is basically enclosed- has iron gates and is under the roof before guests reach the door to knock. That area lines up with the garage.
    Is that area included in the house bagua?
    That also effects if I should consider the garage lining up with the front door, or if that means the garage extends further than the front door?
    My initial question, was to see if the garage was part of my house bagua?
    Which makes the house shape either L if so, or rectange if not. That said, if it is a L shape, the “missing area” located behind the garage is a paved concrete patio… just wondering about the relevance?

    I am just trying to figure this out so I can get started on the lot shape and house shape.
    Thank you!

    • Karen September 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Then I would put it in the bagua…and as a fallback I would simply overlay the bagua onto each room using the main door into that room to orient that room’s bagua. Read Move Your Stuff Change Your Life if you need more help – there’s PICTURES in it!!!

  • Laura March 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Hi Karen,
    All four of my house’s bedrooms (two upstairs, two downstairs) stick out in front of my front door, and the garage is on level with the front door. What should I do for this? The entire garage is as deep as the rest of the house (sans bedrooms). Also, the house a split level. What do you recommend?

    • Karen March 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

      OK Laura, here’s my best guess without seeing the place. I would overlay the bagua onto each room individually so that they hold their own energy…that way, whatever else is happening with the house, you’ve got that covered. As for the split level, do your best to attract the eyes and energies towards the public spaces floor…and be sure to have that garage as clean and decluttered as possible as it sounds like it covers a majority of your main house’s bagua. Check out page 209 of my book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life for the tip on how to bring in those bedroom s if you have not done so by now…and I think you’ve be OK for the overall energies as best you can given the situation. 🙂 Good luck,

  • Shelly March 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Hello Karen, my garage is detached.. patio in between. Do I include garage and patio?

    • Karen March 12, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      not usually. 🙂

  • Celeste April 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Karen,

    Your book is amazing and it helped me change my life when I was having a lot of relational and professional problems. I have experienced positive life changes by following its guiding principles. So, thank you!!!! 😀

  • Evelyn May 23, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Hello Karen,

    I just bought a house and when I did the bagua I discovered that the knowledge/ wisdom and part of my career Gua are in my garage (attached, with door inside that connects to the home, sticks out in front of the house), I am also missing my entire helpful people gua and part of the creativity gua. My front door is about half way in to the creativity gua. What should I do? Do I just turn the bagua around? I would still be missing guas but at least the front door would be in one of the bottom guas (career I think)if I do it this way. But the entrance would be facing the knowledge gua. Any suggestion will be well received.

    • Karen May 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      In the style of feng shui that I practice the door is ALWAYS either in career, skills or helpful people…so you HAVE TO turn it sideways I’m thinking…perhaps a telephone consultation might be helpful if you can’t figure it out. Good luck.

  • Sureena Thiara February 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Karen:
    So I have a U shaped house. And at the upper left corner of my house there is a door that is attached to what we call the party room… its a huge 2400 sq foot room … that room has a door attached to the garage.
    So the garage is not attached to the house … but it is to the large room attached to our home by a single door and about 20 foot wall.
    So i lay the map on top of the whole structure…house/party room/garage? Or do i lay the map only over the house?
    We are under new construction and as i lay out lighting and paints etc i want to try and utilize the best of feng shui principles.
    I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your advice in advance.

  • Claudia Chavez March 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Hi Karen, I read all of the questions and answers you gave and answer almost all my questions, but I was wondering I am in a rental townhouse and is very small, I been trying to use feng shui and cures as well to help the chi, now I only kept some antiques and basic stuff. . I am using the attic and garage as storage. Now the garage was a mess we could barely walk there is under my son’s bedroom and the door to access the garage is in the kitchen this area is affected in 2016 by yellow 5! I used cures in the kitchen and my son’s bedroom .. I just finished cleaning and decluttering the garage and I only kept what we need for when we move to a bigger house so I arranged everything nicely, I did feel the difference of better energy. .. my question is do I need any cure for the yellow 5 affected area? The garage covers the north and northeast of the property the garage sticks out from the front door (which is at the northwest) thank you in advance for your time.

    • Karen March 14, 2016 at 11:07 am

      I only speak of the style of feng shui that I write about to save on confusion with audience…perhaps asking someone who practices flying stars style that question might benefit you. 🙂

  • sazzy April 16, 2016 at 10:28 am

    My house has an attached garage ( door into kitchen) and also a back added 3 season porch which sticks out so the back side of house looks like ___D__ ( if the D was a square) additionally when you line the poverty over my house lining up to form door- my bedrooms and bathroom are out side of the bagua on the front side… ( so the house is sort of an L but for that sun porch.. andy suggestions??

  • Nina May 15, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Karen
    I am confused as to the impact of Feng Shui on our House Floor Plan and we are planning to do renovations/extensions so I want to improve our home for the better long term.

    We have a 2 Storey House with Carport with Adjoining Shed Added on with a Door under the Carport used by us mostly to access the home, as well as a Front Door which is used by Visitors.

    Can I please get your opinion whether our Carport/adjoining shed (same roof line as carport) should be included in our House Plan?
    The Carport is enclosed on 3 sides under roof line with only the front open where you can drive cars in but we park in front of this and keep it open for kids bikes and dog beds.
    I can email you a Google Earth Image of our home separatley as I can am concerned also regarding missing corners, I have had 2 Feng Shui consultants look at our home and they have different opinions on the carport / adjoining shed and this impact on missing corners.

    • Karen May 16, 2016 at 8:16 am

      My Move it With Karen Program is designed for just such questions where I’d rather see a picture or two or three so I know what I am talking about before spouting of:
      My gut instinct is that that carport is included, but again…can’t say for sure…

  • Tamara Miles September 2, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Correction on my previous post: the garage sticks out in front of the front door – making it not apart of the yang bagua (not the feng shui as I previously posted)… my kitchen, etc sticks out past the front door as well; therefore, do I not include them in the 9 life situations diagram?

    • Karen September 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Right…work on rooms outside the bagua individually 🙂

  • Susan January 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Karen – another garage question. Our house was originally built (in the early 1900’s) as a house + adjacent, separate garage with walkway between. In the 1970’s an extension (in Feng Shui terms) was added to the house and an extension added to the garage, using the walkway space. There is now no walkway. The house and garage are effectively joined but there is no access from the house into the garage.
    Can the garage be treated as a separate area or is it to be included in the floor plan of the house? If the latter, we have a massive missing area on the 1st and 2nd floors above the garage.

    • Karen January 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      It can go either way. I would usually questions you to see what’s going on in your life before making that call. join the Move Your Stuff with Karen Program and then you can send in pics and join a call maybe…

  • Pamela March 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I purchased a house that I am going to renovate. The garage is attached. Once inside the garage there are 2 doors in addition to the door that lifts when you enter with a car. One of the other doors leads to the exterior of the house and garbage cans sit out there. The other door leads into a laundry room and then from the laundry into the kitchen. The front elevation of the house generally has the front centered. The garage is to the right of the front door and is more “forward” on the property than the front door towards the street.
    Once in the house, you can see a back sliding glass door but it is offset from m the front door. The view is of a pool and a canal where I will keep my sloop. What are your initial thoughts?
    I can do just about anything. It would not be cost effective to change structural walls. What would your comments be? I could forward a picture of a floor plan.

    • Karen March 18, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Here’s how I request information from people when asking for information like this: I would hate to say something wrong out of “just didn’t understand the written words in the question!” Also, for quick questions rather than a whole house lookover, I recommend joining this group: because you can send in pictures and we talk via the telephone twice a month. 🙂 Hope that helps! Remember, I help people’s lives rather than “fix houses” so I would want to know a bit more info about YOU first!

    • Karen April 5, 2017 at 6:50 am This membership program is to join to send in pictures and ask questions…you can discontinue your membership anytime but it is the very best way to get inexpensive answers to questions like this! Hope that helps!

  • Earl January 6, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Hi, my garage is located at the center beside of the house with a door link to the house. The house is longer than the garage. Is the garage included in the bagua? If so, 2nd level, will have a huge missing spot? Thank u..

    • Karen January 6, 2018 at 6:14 am

      I usually include ALL parts of the house unless unusual circumstances are there…so not exactly sure if that is the answer you wanted or not. Here is a link to my program where you send in floor plans and photos for more accurate info out of me!:
      hope that helped!

  • Kathy Baker February 4, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Karen, might the answer be to actually build the garage separated from the house wall, with a walkway size gap between the wall of house & garage, yet still have the convenience of access to the kitchen/pantry via a small covered section so one can carry shopping straight into the house? I hope I’ve explained that clearly. Thank You

    • Kathy Baker February 4, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      P.S. May I add – would a carport structure that has only 4 posts & rooftop, but no walls be considered as a garage in the same way in Feng Shui? What if it has a roll-up door at the front? (I am in the process of selling, & looking for new home shortly, possibly even designing/building from scratch, so it will be an opportunity to get it right). Thank You 🙂

      • Karen February 6, 2018 at 8:16 pm

        I’d say “everything depends”….however off the top of my head and knowing nothing else, I’d say no – don’t count it as part of the house.

    • Karen February 6, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Yes, a rethink of the garage can be done – if it is not attached, then it is a part of the lot’s bagua, not the house’s.