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Feng Shui for Kitchens

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Feng Shui for Kitchens

By the author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World

Welcome to my series on Feng Shui Room by Room; this week, we will be focusing on the kitchen.

Kitchens are considered one of most important rooms in the house. They represent the hearth and home and should be  clean, well-lit, happy places for friends and family to gather and connect.

They are also a key place for you and your family’s health, which is closely connected to wealth. Having good health is paramount if we are to be able to successfully go out into the world and make a living.

This is 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.

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 land. Vowing we are going to turn over a new leaf and keep counters clutter-free is often self-defeating.

Give the Small Stuff a Place to Land

Install a key rack/holder on the wall near the main entry door  and train yourself to always hang them there when you come in. A small table next to the door with a basket on top is another option for organizing keys and spare change. Give them a place to land and discipline yourself to always put them in their designated place when you come in. After one week it will become a habit.

Mail and papers can be dealt with in many ways depending upon how you receive them. I get mine from the post office, which is great because I de-clutter all junk mail and shed all unnecessary envelopes into their recycle bins before leaving the premises. If you have to walk to get your mail, try passing by your recycle containers on the way back and do the same.  Always try to deal with junk mail the instant you get it and bring into your home just what is necessary.

Have an attractive basket on the kitchen counter where everything seems to be deposited. It should have a lid and be large enough to handle a week’s worth of mail and papers. Commit to emptying it and sorting everything out at least weekly. If the papers haven’t been read – recycle them. For unread magazines, give yourself a place to store them and limit it to five issues. As you bring in new ones, either recycle them or deliver them to places that would welcome them such as senior centers, beauty salons or non-profits that can use them.  Remember the three R’s – Recycle, Reduce, Reuse.

Organizers for Larger Objects


Pottery Barn and IKEA have an inexpensive piece of furniture that is great for organizing some of the larger things that land in the kitchen. It has hooks to hold book bags and coats with drawers, cabinets or cubbies  below to hold multiple articles. Shoes for a shoeless home can be stored there, as well as books and homework that needs to be addressed later. If you enter the kitchen from the garage, train family members to unload these objects here.

Refrigerator Clutter

Refrigerator doors are great places to celebrate achievements and display pictures of friends and loved ones. Use this prime real estate for affirmations, vision boards and celebrations. The problem is that the few pictures displayed tend to have offspring and now you have a cluttered hodgepodge. If this has happened, take them all down, store in a shoebox and rotate five or six pictures each week giving everything and everyone a place of honor.

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.

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.

Next: The Importance of the Stove and Earth Tones

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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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4:06AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

The kitchen is the feng shui part of the home that nourishes and sustains life. Feng shui kitchen will bring energy and good health to your home. Feng Shui dictates that the different areas of your house connect to corresponding areas of your life.

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11:24PM PDT on May 10, 2013

wow how awesome!

2:34AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Great post

1:01AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for these great ideas. Love it.

1:01AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for these great ideas. Love it.

8:42AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Two tasks for this week: clear counter tops and declutter drawers. My kitchen urgently needs it.

11:02AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Great tips - thanks.

I've been doing a lot of de-cluttering recently and the kitchen is down to 2 cabinets - I seem to be having trouble finishing it off though. I think it will be a definite on my list for this week. The rest of it feels wonderful now that it is freer and more functional. I didn't have much to ditch, but just see what was there, tidying it up and putting like things together really helped.

8:14AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thanks

7:28AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

interesting

4:24AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thank you for the information.

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