By the author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World
If we like our kitchens, then we will likely want to spend more time there, creating meals that nurture our bodies and souls. If we don’t like them, we will be tempted to get in and get out, eating more quick foods on the fly — which means our health (and figure) will suffer.
In feng shui, kitchens are considered one of most important rooms in the home. They represent the hearth and home, and they should be clean, well-lit, happy places for friends and family to gather and connect.
Since our health is so important, kitchens are also connected to wealth, as poor health will hamper our ability to make a living.
Here are 9 feng shui fixes to help you love spending time in this important space!
1. Make it Bright and Happy
Kitchens are one of the more active or yang areas of the home (see my article on Yin and Yang), so bring in brighter colors, active, happy and inspiring artwork and brighter lighting, and bring in nature. Live plants and/or pictures from nature will always inspire out souls! (See Bringing Nature into the Home)
2. Get Organized
Kitchens are magnets for everything to land, so you want to head it off at the pass and create places for everything to belong. Baskets are great for this. Train yourself to always put keys and mail in your designated container. (See Clutter Article)
3. Clear Refrigerator Door Clutter
Does your refrigerator door look like an overwhelming cacophony of to do lists and a hodgepodge of assorted pictures?
Refrigerator doors are great places to celebrate achievements and display pictures of friends and loved ones but they often get out of hand. A good rule of thumb it to take everything down, store in a shoe box and rotate the pictures, giving everything and everyone prominence, rotating them every few weeks.
4. Clutter Clear Drawers and Cupboards
Kitchens are great places to do some quick purging of clutter and the junk drawer is a great place to start. If you haven’t used it in six months, deep-six it. You will become inspired and will want to continue. Next tackle the pan cupboard and utensils drawers. You may be surprised at how many of those objects that were supposed to save you time just takes up space. Pack them up and donate to a charity that can use it for the benefit of others.
5. Clear Counter Tops
Discipline yourself to keep objects off the counters that you do not use on a daily basis such as toasters, blenders, mixers and Cuisinarts. Store them in your newly cleared cupboards and replace with a few lovely vases and/or objects that inspire you. Juxtaposing functional cooking objects with whimsical or uplifting ones will greatly enhance the cooking experience and bring a higher vibrational energy into the food you are preparing.
6. Make it Safe
Store knives in knife blocks and remove unfriendly hooks overhead if you have installed them to hold pans. Store them in your newly de cluttered cupboards or in the garage. You won’t believe how different your kitchen will feel without the heavy objects hanging overhead. Hang dish towels away from stove and remove anything close to it that could catch on fire. Many of the home accidents happen in unsafe kitchens!
7. An Empowered Cook is a Happy Cook!
Stoves and burners should always be clean and in working order and ideally be in the empowered position, where the cook can see the action. If they have their back to the door while cooking, put a mirror or a reflective metal piece behind the stove so they can see what is going on behind. If you are remodeling your kitchen anyway, the happiest place for the stove is on a cooking island where the important chef will always feel like a vital part of the family while preparing meals. Remember, an empowered cook is a happy cook!
8. Have A Calm Place to Share Meals Without the Television On
Sitting down to a meal together should be the time we share our day, relax and replenish our bodies. You need a good place to eat every day, a place for people to connect and communicate. It is important to have comfortable chairs and an inspiring piece of artwork on the wall. Television shows are fine to watch as a family, but are not conducive to good conversation or good digestion during a meal. Discipline yourself to always keep them off while you are eating.
If you live alone, make a ritual of eating. Turn off the television, light a candle, put on inspiring music and treat yourself as if you are the important person coming to dinner.
9. Bring in the Earth Element
The earth element brings in a grounding energy and encourages us to be in our bodies, an important feature when dealing with the fire and knives that are inherent in kitchens. (see my article on the Five Elements in the Home)
If you were planning on remodeling your kitchen, a good choice for the counter tops would be earthy granites or tiles in earth tones. If you have black granite, it is always good to have lighter more earthy colors for the cabinets. You can also bring in pottery, mats, dishware, and/or other decorative pieces in yellows, golds and earth tones. Black represents the water element and encourages us to be too “floaty” and un-grounded, which is not a good idea for kitchens.
Creating a nurturing, happy, organized and inspiring kitchen will support the needs of the family while uplifting their souls, making your hearth truly the heart of your home!
Erica Sofrina is an internationally recognized speaker, teacher, author and the Founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She is the author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. Learn more at www.ericasofrina.com