THE LITTLE BOOK OF FENG SHUI author Katina Z. Jones shares a few practical tips for creating a kitchen space that’s both functional and comfortable.
Make Your Kitchen the Best It Can Be
To make sure your kitchen is the best it can be from a feng shui standpoint, here are the minimal essentials:
- Wood floors and lots of wooden cooking utensils or storage bins. Wood energy is fantastic in the kitchen, especially for floors. Ceramic tile is very yang and can make you feel tired and overwhelmed in your kitchen.
- Proper placement of critical appliances. Be mindful of where you place any new addition, even if it’s just a coffee maker. every new piece affects the energy in your kitchen differently and must be balanced properly to maximize its positive effects.
- Good housekeeping. Keep your kitchen and all of its surround- ing areas clean and clutter-free.
- regular disposal of useless items. Always toss broken or chipped dishes and plates. Imperfections like these attract stagnant or negative chi. According to Chinese folklore, keeping anything broken or useless in the kitchen shows a lack of respect for your- self and your food, and leaves you vulnerable to illness.
- Good balance of elements and energy: open, airy opportunities for good chi, combined with a good use of the five elements. Use a mutable element between two opposites; for instance, place a pot of fresh herbs (earth) between a stove (fire) and refrigerator (water) that are too close to one another.
- Fresh fruit and flowers. Keeping bowls of fresh fruit and flowers can attract positive chi into your kitchen and food. Just be sure to throw out anything that starts to deteriorate.
- Mindfulness and purpose. Always take inventory of what you use and how you use it in your kitchen. This same mindfulness applies to the kitchen itself: how do you really use this room, and how can you best arrange things to enhance and support that use?
Above all else, your “feng-tional” kitchen should be a place you enjoy spending time in, a place where you and your family can feel healthy, alive, and whole. Spending a lot of time evaluating your kitchen and using feng shui principles to enhance its potential can be a joyful and enlightening experience for the whole family!
For a room-by-room guide to energizing, organizing, and harmonizing your space, pick up a copy of THE LITTLE BOOK OF FENG SHUI.
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Excerpted from The Little Book of Feng Shui by Katina Z. Jones. Copyright © 2020 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.