Our kitchens are easily the busiest room in our homes during the day.
From cooking and entertaining to kids sitting at their homework, playing board games or working on arts and crafts; our kitchens can easily be overrun by lots of different clutter. This is exactly what we don’t want, we want a Feng Shui Kitchen Layout that highlights the importance of the kitchen as a room – the heart of the home.
To get the optimal Feng Shui kitchen layout, you need to start off with these simple steps:
Go through your kitchen and discard anything you that doesn’t have a use – purely for the kitchen. Also clear out any food, spices or medicines etc kept in the kitchen that are beyond their expiration dates. Then take everything out of your cupboards and drawers, and wash with warm, soapy & scented water. Rinse, let dry and replace cupboard and drawer liners with fresh, new ones.
Store pots, pans and cooking utensils near the stove, nesting the pots and pans together is an excellent way to conserve space. Make sure each one you choose to keep has a matching lid. This is also a good time to make sure handles are securely fastened, so keep a screwdriver handy to tighten down skillet handles or pot lids if necessary. This is also a great time to level cupboard doors and tighten hinges. Keep your dishes and silverware near your eating area or your dishwasher to shorten meal preparation or cleanup time. Plastic storage containers should be inventoried to ensure each has a matching lid and that they are free from cracks or other damage.
Alphabetize your spices and keep them near the stove, neatly on a spice rack or in a nearby cupboard on a revolving rack. Store food items that you use on a daily in a place you can easily grab them when needed. Organize your pantry or cupboards so that similar canned goods are in the same place and can be found quickly when it’s time to cook meals. Finally, utilize airtight food storage containers to lengthen the shelf life of your foods.
If you have small appliances on your kitchen countertop that you don’t use on a regular basis, remove them and store there in a nearby cupboard or pantry. A countertop storage cabinet for those appliances that are used on a regular basis keeps them out of sight and helps reduce the countertop clutter.
Achieving the perfect Feng Shui Kitchen Layout
Most importantly in the kitchen, the cook’s back should never face the kitchen entrance. Whilst cooking if you can’t see who enters you can be startled, causing either negative chi or an accident. That’s definitely not great in a room where sharp knives and boiling liquids exist! The best way to achieve this ‘command position’ is to have the cooker built into an island located in the middle of the kitchen. If this isn’t possible due to issues with space, hang mirrors that will allow a person full view of the door as they stand at the cooker.
Don’t have the stove or cooker directly in front of a window. This will encourage chi to leave your food via the window. The stove should not be placed under a window. Wind currents could pull the good Chi out of your food. Also, remember the importance of elements within your kitchen. Dark black countertops represent water, along with the sink, kettle and other equipment, this can lead to an over-representation of water. Add nourishing wood elements like plants, wooden cutting boards and neutral colours to achieve balance.
Depicting an abundance of food indicates prosperity. You can achieve this by keeping fruit neatly piled in bowls, hang pictures showing fruit and veg etc and hang mirrors close to your eating area. This placement increases health & wealth within the room. Avoid sharp corners, not only are they dangerous, the harshness of these angles will affect your overall feng shui. Use wood over the glass in order to balance the elements and cover any angles with plants or cushions.
Most importantly – Keep your Kitchen Clutter-Free!
If your kitchen table doubles as an arts and crafts studio, a location for your kids to do their homework or even you to get ‘grown-up’ work done, ensure there is neat storage close by in order to allow clutter to be stored tidily after use. Establish a routine with kids or others in the house to continuously pack away after they are finished with an activity.
During snack or mealtimes, use placemats and coasters to help keep the room as tidy as possible. A well-decorated dining table stops the kitchen or dining room from becoming overly cluttered. By leaving the table set at all times, people will be less inclined to leave other items spread out across the table that take away from your overall feng shui.
These are some basic tips. Depending on where the room is located in the house will also play a part in how you can decorate the room in order to achieve the optimal feng shui kitchen layout. This will achieve positive Chi, improve positive thinking & prosperity. Most importantly, always remember that you have to enjoy the room and the objects that fill it. Don’t add items you’re not particularly for of even if they are recommended. Yes, we want great Feng Shui, but this effect will be completely offset if you don’t actually like being in the room!