The tradition of clearing out the home crosses several cultures, be it the daily ritual of flower and food offerings in Bali, or the annual cleanses that people in Japan do at the end of the year to welcome in the new. And of course for the Chinese New Year that Singapore will be celebrating this week.
Clearing a space is also a good idea before shifting into a new home, after a major change, if guests have been staying for an extended period of time or if someone has been sick.
A good space clearing can shift the energy in a home, and remove toxicity.
Here are some simple tips to clear your home of the old to allow some space for the new:
1 Clear the Clutter
Get rid of anything not useful, broken, or that you don’t absolutely love.
If it has sentimental value or is useful, keep it – only if it raises your vibrations! If that jacket with the broken zipper has been lingering in your closet for several months, repair or donate it. If there are any items that cause consternation, it is best to let them go.
The mental associations with unfinished projects or simply something that you don’t like sitting in the house can cause stress and bring down your energy.
2 Physically Clean the House
Give the house a good once-over by removing dust and dirt. Get rid of any cobwebs and get soft linens cleaned. Don’t forget the ceiling fans, underneath furniture, books, and all the nooks and crannies.
3 Clear the Space with Sage
White Sage is known for its cleansing properties. Light some sage, open the windows, and go through each room to clear the space, especially the corners. Begin at the front door, and move in a clockwise direction.
4 Use Salt
Salt not only absorbs bad odours but also negative energy. Leave a bowl in the corner of a room to space clear. Use Himalayan crystal salt, or a pure sea salt. Let it sit for several hours or overnight, and toss when finished.
5 Use Sound and Music
Singing bowls, bells, and just music can alter a space significantly. Not only do the harmonics uplift the energy, but sound can break up stagnation.
6 Set an Intention For the Space
Intentions are very powerful. Setting an intention can set up the right energy for a space, whether you plan on using the area for meditation, creative activities, or for work.
In today’s hectic lifestyle, our home really is our sanctuary. Regular space clearing can help maintain energetic lightness that is both supportive and nurturing. For the heavy duty stuff, check the What Therapy directory for a professional space clearing. Looking for more benefits to space clearing? Check out this Daily Om course – Clear Your Home, Clear Your Life