The Holistic kitchen – The heart and soul of the home, a place to make nourishing meals and to align with your health and wellbeing!
In Feng Shui the kitchen is known as the wealth and prosperity center of the home.
I remember my grans small apartment kitchen in the UK which doubled as the dining space with a large wooden oval table. Gran prepared the most delicious Sunday lunches for as many family members who could cram around her table, all congregated in her kitchen. I have the fondest memories of these times, in a room more “lived in” than the living room ever was.
Modern kitchens can be big, full of gleaming appliances, yet they are cold uninviting and don’t have the warmth and love of my Grans old kitchen.
The trick is getting the right balance; this is where a holistic approach can help. Here are a few tips to make the very best of your kitchen and to invite happiness into the space.
Firstly go with what you love and what brings you happiness. I have a favorite tea cup and saucer that I love to use, hearts on my tea towels, candles, cookbooks, crystals and plants.
Colours are important; I love a white yet homely kitchen with touches of grey and pale blues, with earthy or gold/copper accents. For décor additions red and yellow stimulate appetite while blue will have the opposite effect.
Items can be added to invite a fresh feel; include potted herbs, fresh fruit (Lemons or oranges are good), things that give the kitchen real life energy. Select your favourite things while avoiding extra clutter in this area.
Circular shaped items such as round plates and décor are recommended as they encourage flow and harmony while aiding positive interactions and communication.
Clean and clutter free is vital for hygiene reasons and to avoid stagnant energy congregating along with the buildup of grime and dust. The tops of high cupboards can be the most troublesome so keeping these clean will allow energy to flow, also try adding a decor item or drapey plant here.
Utilising great storage solutions is key! Sort out cupboards and only keep what you really need. All items placed on benches (often the dumping ground of all sorts) can be collected and returned to where they belong in other parts of the house.
Having specific storage spots for kitchen items to be stored away after use helps the space run smoothly. An additional tip - Keep the pantry doors closed, plus any adjacent doors that may be located close to the kitchen, especially bathrooms.
Natural and non- toxic cleaners and homemade solutions using essential oils are my choice especially when cleaning the inside of the fridge.
Kitchen stoves represent the fire element and should ideally be kept clean at all times. You may also favor one element over the others; try switching these from time to time. And if you cook with your back towards the front door, try adding a mirror to reflect, unless you have a mirrored splash back this is just as good.
Lighting should be warm and inviting, not too harsh but bright enough to safely prepare meals.
Incorporating recycling and composting is a great way to reduce waste going to landfill. It’s amazing how much waste goes into the rubbish bin that could be going elsewhere. Having designated places for recycling and soft plastics and a food scraps container on the bench top makes this easier.
Using glass storage where possible as opposed to plastic is said to be healthier. We also refill food, soaps and cleaners at local suppliers to reduce packaging.
Crystals can be placed in any room and the kitchen is no exception, even in the fridge - I have clear quartz in mine! Carnelian (orange) and Citrine (yellow) would be my recommendations for a creative and joyful touch.
Making the smallest of adjustments and tweaking what you already have is all it takes to help with your connection to positive wellbeing in your home.