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A Guide to Applying Feng Shui to Your Kitchen for Prosperity in Life

Applying Feng Shui to Your Kitchen for Prosperity in Life
The basic principle behind Feng Shui is to create harmony and balance in life by influencing Chi, which is the all-pervasive life force or energy. The practitioners of this ancient philosophy believe that you can attain happiness, prosperity, and good health if the flow of energy in your home is unobstructed. Let's find out a few ways of applying Feng Shui to your kitchen that can help you prosper.
Smita Pandit
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2017
Money cannot buy happiness, but it can certainly buy several things that can make you happy. However, at times it seems that money slips away before you can even lay your hands on it. Whether it's the shopping bug that leaves you high and dry at the end of each month, or the sudden, unavoidable expenses that you have to unwillingly incur, it seems impossible to hold on to money. But is there anything you can do to keep the money coming? The practitioners of Feng Shui will most certainly reply in the affirmative.

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief system that works on the assumption that we are affected by Chi or the universal, natural energy circulating in our environment. The kitchen represents prosperity and health of the family, and it most certainly holds a place of great importance in Feng Shui, regardless of its location in the energy map of a house. Let's find out the ways in which you can attract good Chi, and prevent it from escaping from your kitchen.
Channeling Chi is the Key to Wealth and Good Health
Not everyone is born with the silver spoon in the mouth, and only a few are lucky enough to make it big with empty pockets. Being wealthy solves most of the problems, if not all. But handling money well, is not that simple. According to Feng Shui experts, negative energy can prevent you from getting the things that you want in your life. Your home is a reflection of you, which means bad energy in your home can affect your ability to realize your dreams. Since the kitchen is believed to be one of the key areas of a home, it becomes essential to ensure that there is an unobstructed flow of beneficial energy in the kitchen.

The objective of Feng Shui is to create a pure space that makes you feel secure, and provides nourishment to your mind, body, and soul. Here are a few simple ways for removing the negative energy and improving the flow of Chi in your kitchen for wealth and good health.
Bringing Healthy Chi to the Kitchen
As per Feng Shui, the southeast area of your home is associated with wealth. You can expect a good cash flow if there's a good flow of Chi in this area. If your kitchen is in this part of your home, you may want to pay attention to the kitchen items that are believed to be the symbols of wealth.
Less is More
Modern kitchen interior
If you have appliances or kitchen accessories that you had bought thinking that you may use for that exotic dish you wanted to make, but never had the time or energy to do so, it would be best to remove them rather than leaving them to sit there just to bite dust. This will not only create space for you, but also help the good Chi to circulate.
Cutlery drawer
If there are things that you can't part with, make sure that you arrange them neatly. Do keep a drawer where knives, forks, and other sharp items can be tucked away neatly. Since old food represents stale or stagnant energy, make it a point to empty your fridge and cabinets every now and then. Throw things that are past their expiry date, but do restock the food supplies on a regular basis.
Remove the garbage from the kitchen daily. Using a pull-out trash bin is another good idea, otherwise keep the bin covered at all times. Even if you don't believe in this ancient philosophy, you will agree that working in a clean, well-organized kitchen will certainly make the task of cooking easier.
The Right Placement of the Stove
The placement of the stove is of utmost importance. As per the experts, the stove must be placed in such a way that the cook shouldn't have his/her back towards the doorway. Some experts suggest placing a mirror on the backsplash in such a scenario.
Gas stoves
Installing the stove on a central kitchen island is a good idea, as then the person who's cooking would be able to see the doorway. Experts say that placing a shiny metallic kettle can also help, as the cook would then be able to sense any movement.
Modern kitchen
The stove is considered to be the wealth generator in Feng Shui, so make sure that you use the stove at least once daily. If any of the burners is not working, get it repaired at the earliest. You must not keep unused pots or utensils on top of the stove. Keep the stove clean at all times. Don't restrict yourself to using just one or two burners. Try to use all the burners.
Balancing the Fire and Water Elements
It's extremely essential to create harmony among the five Feng Shui elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water). One element must not overpower the others, and a clash between two opposing elements must be avoided at all costs.
Balancing water and fire elements
The sink, dishwasher, and the refrigerator are water elements, whereas the oven, microwave, stovetop, and toaster are fire elements. The stove, sink, and the refrigerator must be placed diagonally from each other, so as to avoid any clash between these elements. These must form a triangle.
Enhance the Chi with Plants, Flowers, and Fruits
Living elements like plants, flowers, and fruits can certainly bring positive energy to your kitchen. Wood feeds the fire of the stove, which is why placing a live plant around the stove, would strengthen the Fire element. If the stove is placed next to the sink, then placing a green plant between the two would create a balance.
Plant in kitchen
Bringing healthy, lush-green plants in the kitchen will certainly invite good energy and improve its flow. If you have placed a potted plant in the kitchen, make sure that the leaves are healthy, and there aren't any signs of decay.
Flowers in kitchen
Red, blue, or purple are colors that are associated with prosperity. So, you can even place plants that produce red, blue, or purple-colored flowers.
Fruit bowl in kitchen
Fruits are a symbol of prosperity too, which is why placing a bowl of fresh fruits on the kitchen island or the table will also work well.
Where is the Negative Chi Coming From?
Do you have a lot of unwanted stuff lying around in your kitchen? There are many kitchen appliances that we spent money on, just to dump them in one corner. The next time you plan to add another kitchen accessory, think about the size of your kitchen.
Clutter Translates to Bad Chi
Dirty dishes in kitchen sink
If you keep unwanted or useless items in a disorganized manner in your kitchen, it will obstruct the flow of chi in your home. Feng Shui practitioners believe that clearing clutter may pave way for new opportunities. A clean, organized kitchen and home indicates perfect alignment of the energy, and will definitely make the cook feel in control.
Clash Between Water and Fire
Kitchen stove
Since the stove and the sink are associated with the Fire and the Water elements respectively, placing the stove very close to the sink is certainly not a good idea. Since red color is associated with the Fire element, avoid using a lot of red in your kitchen. You could have the kitchen painted in light yellow, white, or green.
Leaky Faucets
Leaky faucets
Water represents money in Feng Shui, which is why leaky faucets are viewed as a sign of financial drain. When not
in use, it would be a good idea to cover the sink drain. Leaking roof, pipes, or faucets in any part of the home must be attended to. Homeowners must have any leaks fixed at the earliest. This way you can do your bit in preventing wastage of water.
Knives on Display
Kitchen with cooking utilities
You should remove the sharp and pointy knives that are hanging from the cabinets or on the walls. Feng Shui practitioners believe that when metal knives are left out in the open, they may cause discord. These certainly can do a lot more damage by cutting through the Chi. You can keep the knives in a wooden knife block. Moreover, keeping the sharp ends of the knives concealed is also a good safety measure.
Besides the aforementioned tips, you can also prevent negative energy from circulating in your kitchen in the following ways.

◉ Sharp columns, or sharp corners of furniture, are referred to as poison arrows in Feng Shui. These can cause negative energy, and must therefore be disguised or concealed by green plants, hanging flower decorations, etc.
◉ Do make sure that the kitchen space and the dining area are well-demarcated. The kitchen should not be placed in the center of the house, and should not be visible when you enter the house.
◉ The kitchen should be well-lit. Refrain from using fluorescent lights.
◉ The flow of energy can also be increased by putting a wind chime in the doorway.
You all will agree that a cluttered kitchen is certainly not a pretty sight. If keeping the kitchen clean, and putting a few plants in this space can bring good energy in this area, there's no harm in giving it a try. Whether you are a believer of Feng Shui or not, it wouldn't hurt to find out if applying Feng Shui to your home helps you reap the financial rewards that you thought you deserved, but never got.