Feng Shui For Your Kitchen!
In the last two months I’ve had a crash course in kitchen design… from cabinet components to plumbing, color to countertops. I have a real reverance for kichens now, even more than ever, as I understand the many layers of intricacy in even a simple, budget-friendly design (that will still be well over 8,000!). When your kitchen is bubbling with energy and life force you’ll enjoy the benefits of kitchens- cooking, synergy in the family, wellness, propagating life, storing nutrition- on an even higher level.
This week, the kitchen feng shui tips are designed to nourish your life!
Feng Shui For Your Kitchen by Carol M Olmstead, Feng Shui For Real Life
A clean, bright, and clutter-free kitchen is a symbol of good health and prosperity in Feng Shui. The kitchen represents the heart of the house because that’s where you prepare the food that nourishes and sustains life. Here are a few things you can do to create a Feng Shui kitchen in any home, no matter how large or small.
Choose the Right Colors. Use bright, sunny, and earthy colors like yellow, terracotta, and brown to feel stable and grounded in your kitchen. Use the color red sparingly in a kitchen, because your stove, microwave, and other appliances generate enough of the Fire Element.
Take Care of Your Stove. A stove is associated with wealth so it’s important to keep all of your cooking surfaces clean and in good working order. Immediately fix any nonworking burners, and if you have a favorite burner, consider using a different one occasionally to symbolize that you are taking full advantage of all of your financial resources. Hang a mirror behind your stove or display a shiny teakettle to symbolically double the number of burners and double your wealth.
Control Water. Water symbolizes the flow of wealth, so a leaking faucet means money “going down the drain.” Fix your leaks and you will stop the drain on your finances. If your sink and stove are located across from each other it also represents a financial drain. Place a small, nickel size mirror on the stove to reflect away the water, or place a green rug on the floor between them.
Display Fresh Flowers and Fruit. Display fresh flowers, healthy plants, or bowls of fruit in your kitchen to represent vitality. The classic Feng Shui recommendation is a bowl of 9 oranges. Plants like lucky bamboo help clean and purify the air, so place them in the corners of a dark kitchen, between the sink and the stove, and on top of the refrigerator.
Light Your Kitchen. If you don’t have a lot of natural lighting, brighten up your kitchen with pendants, chandeliers, recessed lights, track lighting, or under-cabinet lighting. It’s best to avoid fluorescent lighting because it represents harsh, cutting energy. You can also hang a mirror across from the window to attract more light into a small kitchen.
Separate Food and Cleaning Supplies. Avoid storing your brooms, mops, and cleaning supplies out in the open or near your food, because this represents symbolically “sweeping away” and cleaning out your good health. It’s okay to keep your trash under the sink, just be sure to use the smallest size container you can live with and empty it frequently. Never keep the cat’s litter box in the kitchen.
Remove Clutter and Other Negative Chi. Try to keep your kitchen as clutter free as possible so positive chi can flow through your space. That means keeping your counters free from objects like newspapers, mail, and schoolwork, and limiting the number of knick-knacks you display. Update any old photos, take-out menus, or shopping lists on the fridge door. Replace the scorched oven mitts. To symbolically remove negative energy, sweep your kitchen floor toward the door rather than into the room. And, don’t forget to throw out everything in your refrigerator and pantry that’s stale, expired, or “fuzzy.”