Are you a kitchen lover: a gourmet cook with the latest equipment and recipes?
Or someone who hasn't a minute to spare, never sets foot into your kitchen, countertops overflowing and always eating on the run?
Or, somewhere in the middle, are you one of us who does like the kitchen in a sort of functional way.
We enjoy putting a nice meal together when we have time, whether it's for one or 11, but the rest of the time, the kitchen is more functional than enjoyable.
Everything, including your good health, productivity and abundance gets its start in your kitchen. Whether you are a master chef and love to cook or an eat-out or bring-in person doesn't matter. What does matter is knowing that your kitchen is important when it comes to your prosperity and abundance.
The kitchen is the second most important room and source of positive energy in your home when it comes to feng shui principles. It is thought of as the heart of the home. It is the source of nurturing energy that promotes good health and prosperity, while also providing great abundance energy.
Tips that provide kitchen energy savvy
There are three basic steps to creating great energy in your kitchen, the kind of energy that stays with you and nurtures you every day of the week.
. Create a clutter-free kitchen and eliminate the chaos to allow fresh new energy to meander throughout, creating room for good health, wealth and abundance to enter your life.
Unclutter by cleaning out your food pantry and discarding anything that is no longer fresh or that you will never eat. Follow the same process in your refrigerator. Maintain some empty space to allow for new foods and new energy to enter your life.
Move onto your cupboards and drawers. Eliminate anything that is cracked, chipped, broken, never to be used or a duplicate item or appliance. If you're not going to use it or it's broken, get ride of it.
Now that the inside of your cupboards are uncluttered, do the same on the countertops. It is critical that the counters remain clutter-free for nurturing energy to meander unobstructed and in the preparation of food, even if the food is only a cup of coffee on the run or a bring-in meal.
For those that have small children in your homes, the kitchen walls and refrigerator often tend to be a place to display all of their wonderful artwork and creations. While displaying one or two provides positive family energy, a whole wall or full refrigerator creates stagnant and disjointed energy. This can lead to not wanting to be in the kitchen to prepare meals, total distraction for the food preparer or not enjoying a meal when sitting nearby.
Limit the creativity and pictures to the most recent one for each child and find another special place to use as a creativity gallery.
. Organize the kitchen so it is convenient, functional and productive. It will save time, steps and personal energy that leads to less stress, better health and improved productivity.
Start with determining how to deal with trash and garbage. Since garbage is decaying, life-draining, stagnant energy, as soon as possible, place it into the appropriate trash containers and recycle bins. If garbage is kept in the kitchen to be removed later, keep it in a closed container or enclosed in a cupboard.
Organize the pantry with baskets or bins, so you know immediately when you are about to run out of supplies.
Follow this same process in your refrigerator. When running low on an item, place it on a shopping list to purchase on your next trip to the grocery.
Place any appliances not used regularly into the cupboards or nearby closets and return them to the countertop only when needed. Place all knives and tools with sharp points in drawers. Putting them out of site provides good safety protection energy.
By organizing you are calming the chaos that lingers in kitchens. It will be more efficient and you will enjoy new found energy and calm, yes, calm in your kitchen.
. This step is saved for the end so that you don't inadvertently energize the clutter, creating even more chaos and blocking new energy from entering. Use some of the following to energize your health, wealth, abundance and prosperity.
Place a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen table or countertop. Good looking faux fruit will also work. This energizes abundance.
Keep your refrigerator as full as possible of nourishing foods. This energizes prosperity.
Maintain the top of you stove spotlessly clean and rotate the use of your burners. The stove is referred to as the wealth energizer in you kitchen.
Whether you love your kitchen and use it three times per day or it simply is a functional room for the necessities of life, it is important to understand that it is an extremely important energy provider in your personal environment.
Unclutter it, organize it and energize it so that positive new energy can freely meander through. This is the energy that leads to improved health, prosperity and abundance. It will get your day off to a productive, successful start every morning.
Pat Heydlauff is a feng shui consultant, public speaker, columnist and artist. For feng shui consultations and energy design work in the home or office call her at (561) 799-3443 or e-mail her, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her Web site, www.energy-by-design.com.