The Store Room is the place for storing grains, foodstuff and/or junk in the house for their ready availability and use in emergency. There are 2 types of store rooms- the food storeroom (pantry) and the junk storeroom. The pantry is usually near the Kitchen whereas the junk store room may be under a staircase or an unused room or a closet. Either kind of store room should be free from dampness, fungus and bacteria that can spoil the foodstuff and damage the stored items. So the location of the storeroom in the house is important.
How can you decide on a location in the house, that is dry and damp-free which will be suitable for the store room? Vastu Shastra takes into account the Sun’s heat and the wind directions when laying down guidelines for the positioning of the store room. So to know more about locating the store room correctly, read on…..
Listed here under the following headings, are some of the Vastu Guidelines for a store room. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain each of these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you have a choice and can decide what you want to follow or don’t instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:
- What is the best location for a store room?
- What is the best location for doors and windows in the store room?
- What are the Vastu guidelines for a food store room?
- What are the Vastu guidelines for a junk store room?
- What are the ideal vastu colours in a store room?
WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR A STORE ROOM?
The food Store room, also called the Pantry should ideally be in the South portion of building. The Scientific reason – In this position, the Store room is adjacent to the Kitchen which is in the South-East and can be accessed conveniently. The food storeroom should be free from dampness which encourages the growth of fungus and bacteria that can spoil the foodstuff. Since the Sun is in the South portion of the house by noon, the intensity of the heat is highest in this direction. Hence the rooms in the south will remain dry and moisture-proof. This is necessary for the long term storage of foodstuff. Therefore it is ideal to have the food Store room in the South.
The junk Store room can be located in the North-West or West directions: The Scientific reason – The West and North-West get heated up more than the other directions because of the hot afternoon Sun and the re-reflection of it’s infra red rays from the ground. Therefore, less used rooms like a store room can be placed here as it will serve as a buffer and prevent the rest of the house from getting heated up. Since it will remain dry and moisture proof due to the heat, it is suitable for storing things that wont be used often.
WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR THE DOORS AND WINDOWS IN A STORE ROOM?
The door to the Store room can be placed in any direction preferably in the East, North and South-East. The Scientific reason – To access the Store room from the Kitchen (which is ideally in the South-East corner), the door has to be on the East or South-East walls.
The door to the Store room must open into the store room and have two shutters. The Scientific reason – A door with 2 shutters is usually larger than the average single shutter door. A larger door to the Store room will facilitate the easy transfer of large food bags and junk things.
The windows in the Store room should be on the Eastern or Western walls. The Scientific reason – The germicidal sunrays from the East will help to keep the room bacteria/fungus-free and the hot sun rays from the West will keep it dry and moisture proof.
WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR A FOOD STORE ROOM?
If it is possible, the height of granary room should be more than other rooms. The Scientific reason – A room with a high ceiling will be more airy and will allow for the movement of air around the large quantities of stored foodstuff. In addition, it can benefit from the sunlight on all sides as it’s roof is higher than the rest of the rooms.
Things like oil, ghee and gas cylinder etc should be stored in the South-East corner of the Store room. The Scientific reason – The South-East is considered the Aagneya (Fire) corner and so the combustible materials should be kept here.
Sacks containing annual provisions should be stored in the south-west direction. The Scientific reason – The South-West direction remains hottest throughout the afternoon and so the sacks stored in this direction will never get damp. Also the South-West is the place for heavy things.
No photographs or idols of gods are recommended here. Don’t burn any incense here. This is not the place for doing any auspicious work. The Scientific reason – The store room is a stuffy place and unsuitable for meditation and prayer. Moreover, a lit lamp, incense stick can be dangerous since there are many combustible items in the store room.
Avoid any kind of empty container in the Store room. Keep something in all the containers. The Scientific reason – If the empty containers are not refilled, you will not have what you need when required. Psychologically too, you may feel there is shortage of food at home.
Remove all the cobwebs from the granary. The Scientific reason – Cobwebs indicate that the place has not been dusted for a while which means that the store room is not accessed that often. The store room should be accessed everyday to make sure there is flow of air and the provisions are continuously being used up.
Don’t keep your important documents, cash or jewellery in the store room. The Scientific reason – The store room is accessible to servants, cooks and so it is unsafe to keep important stuff here.
Never sleep in store room as the vibrations tend to obstruct the sleep. The Scientific reason – A store room is a stuffy place with all the foodstuff/junk and is not at all suitable for sleep.
WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR A JUNK STORE ROOM?
The junk storeroom is meant for storing dead articles, so people should not occupy it. It is not a place for living, sleeping or such activities. The Scientific Reason-The unused articles emanate dead energy which can affect an occupant adversely.
The store room must be neat and organised. The Scientific Reason – An organised and neat store room allows you to find what you are searching for.
Avoid keeping broken, waste material which cannot be used anymore in the house. The Scientific Reason- The waste materials or articles occupy useful space and are a source of negative energy as they are’dead’ and useless.
The junk store room is the ideal place for storing heavy material. Always leave the eastern side vacant in the storeroom. The Scientific Reason- The eastern side is best suited for windows which will admit the useful light into the store room and keep it free from fungus. So it should be kept vacant.
A windows is a must in the junk storeroom, preferably in the East or North direction; a window in the west direction is also not bad. The Scientific Reason- A junk store room is not often used and foul smells may form and accumulate. So there should be ventilation in this room, otherwise the toxic gases can be harmful to someone entering the room.
Avoid storing any watery element in this area. There should not be any dampness or cracks in the walls. The Scientific Reason- Dampness in a store room can create havoc to the stored materials. You might as well throw away the items rather than keep them if there is any form of dampness.
The flooring should be even throughout. Uneven flooring is inauspicious. The Scientific Reason- the joints between the uneven flooring can accumulate dust and dampness. Also dragging things on an uneven floor can be tiresome.
WHAT ARE THE IDEAL COLOUR FOR A STORE ROOM?
The ideal colours for a store room are tints of grey or blue. Avoid yellow and white. The Scientific reason – Yellow and white colours energise the room. Blue and grey are earthy colours that are suitable for natural food produce.
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