It might be slightly hasty to say that spring is on the way, especially as the snow has just melted, but it’s around this time of year that we tend to get the decluttering bug. As soon as March arrives, we start to move our spring jackets up a few places in the wardrobe and throw out the dead plants and sticky notes that no longer stick from our desks. But have you thought of clearing out stagnant energy in your home by adding some spiritual cleansing to the mix?
As a reiki practitioner and spiritual junkie, I find energy takes pride of place in my mystical toolbox, along with tarot cards, alphabetised essential oils and way too many self-growth books. Going back to our secondary school science class for a moment, energy is everywhere—from the device you’re looking at right now to the floor beneath you. It’s also that indescribable feeling you get when you walk into your home and are greeted with a heavy, weird vibe that renders you incapable of relaxing and getting comfortable on the sofa.
Our homes are collectors of energy in the same way that they accumulate hoards of stuff. So if you want to add more good vibes into your space and reduce feelings of stuffiness, energy clearing is a good way to start. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach—I alternate between different methods and do it whenever I notice any change in energy (mainly if I’ve had a lot of visitors or any major life events). Here are a few ways to up-level your spring-cleaning and boost positive energy in your home.
Smudge your space with sage and palo santo
You’ve probably seen people waving bundles of sage or lighting a piece of palo santo on Instagram Stories or at the beginning of a meditation class. Smudging is an ancient ceremonial practice and has a history of use among Native Americans. It’s a process of burning certain herbs to cleanse and protect a space, and when they start to smoke, it blows away any negative energy. You’ll want to get a smudge stick that’s made from white sage and not the kind that you find in the stuffing from your roast dinner. It’s sometimes mixed with other herbs such as lavender, juniper or mugwort.
You can also use palo santo, which is wood from the Bursar graveolens tree, native to South America and hailed for its healing and cleansing properties. First, you need to open all of the doors and windows in your home, then hold the sage or palo santo and light the end until it starts to smoke. Leave it to light for a few moments before gently blowing it out, leaving just the smoke behind.
Make your way from room to room, waving the smoke into all of the opened and closed spaces, doors and corners. You might need to relight it as you go. I always repeat an affirmation in my mind to set an intention for the clearing and say something like, “Any energy that’s not in the highest and greatest good, please leave this home with love,” but you can say whatever feels comfortable for you.
Utilise essential oils for a spiritual air freshener
If you can’t already tell, I’m very serious about energy clearing and on a recent trip to L.A., I didn’t want to stuff sage into my suitcase or set off a fire alarm in the hotel. So, I made a travel-friendly clearing essential-oil spray to spritz around the hotel room instead. I used white sage, lemon, juniper berry and cedarwood essential oils which all have cleansing and purifying properties. I then added the oils to a base of distilled water and alcohol and mixed in an amber glass spray bottle under a full moon for extra superpowers.
It's my go-to for times when I don't want smoke in my home or if I'm staying somewhere new and don't want to do an entire ritual with sage before bed. With the spray, I just go from room to room, and as I spritz, I repeat the affirmation that I mentioned earlier. If you’re not into DIYs, then rather conveniently, you can get a ready-made Spiritual Bleach Room Spray (£15) from Mama Moon to pop into your bag.
Multitask with crystals for both style and function
We’re all on a crystal high at the moment, and we love the stones for a valid reason—they’re instant energy shifters, and they look pretty great while they do it. Choosing crystals that are a good vibrational match for upping the positivity in your home is another way to spiritually cleanse.
When you’re working with crystals, especially as energy purifiers, cleanse and charge them regularly to keep their potency. You can cleanse them in a few ways before using by rinsing under running water, in sunlight or through the smoke of sage and palo santo. You can then charge them by leaving the crystals out overnight under the full moon and setting an intention for them by holding the crystals in your hand and programming with a purpose.
Selenite is like the Febreeze of the crystal world, as it blocks negative energies and cleanses auras like no other. You can place it by your front door or near windows to prevent any negative energy from coming in, and I usually have one at the bottom of my wardrobe. Black tourmaline is also powerful for soaking up bad vibes and works well when placed in each corner of a room. Apophyllite works like a humidifier and gets rid of low energies and vibrations, making it great for large spaces and cutting through energy if your home has had a lot of visitors. I usually have a piece of amethyst on my bedside table for its harmonious and soothing properties that also send out protective energy. It works really well in a space that you’ve cleared, to fill it up with more positivity.
Use sound and visualisation to shift energy
Sound is one of the most effective ways to move energy, and as counterintuitive as it seems, once the sound stops, it promotes a deeper sense of peace and quiet, and you become more aware of the silence it leaves behind.
I’m not suggesting you go out and buy a human-sized gong to set up next to your TV, but you can use a few different tools. Your voice is a powerhouse, plus it’s free to use. You can chant an affirmation as you walk around your home or find a deep vibrational sound that resonates with you. If in doubt, you can always use the universal sound of om.
Tibetan bowls, cymbals, bells and chimes are also special tools for sound healing, and you can use them to move the sound into the corners of each room to clear the energy. If you don’t have one left over from your school percussion days, you can get them online quite easily.
Visualisation is accessible to everyone, and if you don’t connect with any of the above tools, it’s is an easy way to clear your home. All you need to do is close your eyes and imagine a pure white light filling every room, and as the light starts to disappear, it takes all of the negative energies away with it, leaving only light and high vibes behind.
With all of these energy clearing methods, you’ll notice that you're allowing more space for good things to come into your life and home.