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9 Feng Shui Fixes for Your Kitchen

9 Feng Shui Fixes for Your Kitchen

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

Bring in nature!

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

Keep on the counter top only appliances you use every day

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

Good 'earthy' counter top materials

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

 

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at†www.ericasofrina.com.

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12:55AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Thanks very much for such a useful tips. Feng Shui is one of the main philosophies that most modern families want to follow. The concept of Feng Shui is followed so that the home gets in a lot of energy and good luck. There are many families who are religiously following a lot of Feng Shui tips in order to bring in that extra positivity to the family members, and to hold in that energy into their homes. Feng Shui was followed right from the start of the 16th century where people believed that it Feng Shui was the cause of their good luck. Here are some more tips.
http://www.carbonfreehomes.org/kitchen-feng-shui-tips/

1:58AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Nice tips - thank you.

6:31PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

ty. giving me ideas

5:49PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

Almost forgot...Won't give up my cat magnets, or the B-Day sign one of my granddaughters made me when I turned 59, or the cheerleading pic of the 13-yr-old granddaughter. These are All on my fridge doors. May be a pain in the butt to clean my fridge front, but everything up there has a memory attached. They make me smile...and that's more important for my peace of mind than if there were just big blanks staring back at me. I think that may be My feng shui for the kitchen area.

5:39PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

Apartment kitchens...notoriously small, cramped, not much counter space. Not exactly open and airy, no islands for stoves - or anything else. Not enough ceiling space for one of those dust-catching pan hangers. Four drawers, all cramped - no room for a junk drawer. Dark cupboards, small amount of white walls showing - not exactly colorful. No space for more than one person at a time...Cooking's not my favorite thing to do, especially for one.

Always hate dirty dishes thrown in a sink. My previous dishwashers moved out - and neither of them will do a dish now...though, to be honest, they both have dishwashers and do rinse and load.

Since I live alone I don't have enough dirty dishes in a day, even in two days, to fill a dishwasher. Won't waste the energy. I have always cleaned, rinsed, washed dishes as I use them while cooking. By the time a meal is done, there's only whatever pan I'm using and the dishes I use for meals. Since the kitchen is so small, it tends to look messy - but it is clean, especially the sink.

Through the kitchen doorway it seems that you're in someone else's place - my piles meet and greet everyone. The dining room table gets cleared every few months, whether it needs it or not...I don't need to eat at a table. Sorry, but not feeling the whole light a candle and relaxing setting when it's just me and my potato soup. I'd just have to clean it all up...naw.

7:24PM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

Thanks Erica for sharing.

10:41PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Thanks, Erica! You always have such good advice. I'm happy to say that I have No. 5 somewhat under control! I'm always working on my fung shui...

6:55AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

And, please, add Feng Shui fixes for your anthill.

2:21PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

Good tips. I couldn't live with having a brown kitchen though. I like them light, airy, and clean looking.

11:05AM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

Interesting

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