Best of … feng shui for the kitchen
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
It doesn’t matter if you have a gourmet kitchen, a galley kitchen, a make-shift kitchen or the tiniest kitchen in the universe, it never fails: Everyone gathers in this room.
It’s as if the warmth and the smells emanating from this room and the promise of something good to eat and the prospect of good company draws people like a magnet into the kitchen, which is the heart of any home.
Unless you’re in the money and can afford to make major renovations to your kitchen you are going to have to learn to live with and in the kitchen that you have. Some ways to bolster the efficiency as well as the energy and vibes of a kitchen require using feng shui.
Here are the best ways to use feng shui for the kitchen
Get rid of the clutter
Look at your countertop. Is it loaded down with appliances that you seldom if ever use? If so, put them away. Leave the items that you use every day, such as your coffee pot, but ditch the blender if you haven’t used it since Christmas. Put it in the pantry (if you have one) or in one of the under counter cabinets, where you can easily find it if you need it. Feng shui is very big on getting rid of the physical clutter in your life. Check out Fresh Finds which provides numerous options for storage, which eliminates the junk on your countertops.
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Make a point of incorporating all of the elements — five, water, metal, earth and wood — into your kitchen. Fire emanates from the burners or from a fireplace if you are fortunate enough to have one in your kitchen. Water, obviously, comes from your water faucet but you can also add additional water features into your home. Your kitchen chairs or stools may be metal as are some of your pots and pans and your cabinets can be wood. The earth element can easily be achieved by incorporating live plants into your kitchen, or via vertical stripes in your curtains or prints that sport botanical patterns. Touch of Class has glorious items for your home including wood stools for your kitchen, which fulfills your wood requirement.
Fix and purify
If your trash can has a hole in it or your kitchen faucet is leaking fix them. The Chinese believe that if something goes awry in the kitchen this directly bears on the health and well being of the family members as well as impacts their wealth, and you surely don’t want that to happen. Make repairs in a timely fashion. Keep your kitchen as clean as possible, although you don’t have to be a fanatic. Empty your trash regularly and get rid of spoiled food. Water Wise assists you in keeping your kitchen (and entire home) clean and your water fresh. At Waterwise you will find water distillers, air purifiers and other items to improve the quality of your environment.
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Arranging your kitchen
Think about how your kitchen is situated. You may or may not be able to do anything about it, or you may be able to make slight adjustments that don’t require a dolly and some heavy lifting. The next time you design a kitchen keep this in mind: The sink, refrigerator and stove should form a triangle, with the refrigerator in the south east area of the kitchen. Is your sink and refrigerator, which are water elements, opposite or next to fire elements? It’s better if they are not positioned this way. A high end specialty fixture retailer is going to bowl you over with its amazing selection of copper sinks that will look gorgeous in your kitchen and, in the process, accommodate your need for metal. The brilliant glow from a copper sink is going to add to the lovely aura and welcoming personality of your kitchen.