Our homes are sacred temples. They are safe spaces to dwell within, deserving of utmost care for the care they offer us.
Not all of us may be able to say that we feel safe in our homes, but there are things that we can do to keep them as clean, tidy, and comforting as possible.
Spring is here, as is a massive pandemic. Now is the opportune time to clear the air, donate and be rid of those things that are just taking up space, and cultivate a more spacious environment that we may express ourselves within.
Another vital environment to keep clean is our own body and mind. Though this post will go over some ways to keep our spirits high, I recommend checking out Part 1 (Body) and Part 2 (Mind and Emotions) in the Spring Cleaning series if you would like to learn more about these topics specifically.
In this post, we will cover the care and keeping of our homes to keep the energy flowing well and the spirit light, free of stagnation. Without further ado…
It would be rather difficult to clean a house with nothing to clean it with, don’t you think? Many of you likely already have tools to clean your homes, especially since the start of this outbreak. I still thought it would be beneficial to offer some Zero Waste cleaning times, keeping in mind the importance of ensuring our homes stay clean as well as the Earth.
Below is a simple universal cleaner. For more information on cleaning, check out this post.
All-Purpose Spray and Floor Wash
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- 1-2 Cups Lemon Peels
- 1 Cup Water
- Essential Oils (Optional – I like Pine)
- 16 oz Spray Bottle
- Mason Jar with a plastic lid, or metal lid with parchment paper.
Add Lemons to a mason jar and cover with the vinegar. Use either a plastic lid, or a metal lid with parchment separating the metal and the liquid (vinegar can corrode metal).
Allow the solution to sit for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Strain the vinegar from the lemon peels into a spray bottle.
Fill the spray bottle the rest of the way with water.
Optional: Add your favorite essential oils
Note: Not for use on marble or granite. The acid will eat away at the stone.
Clear The Clutter
That cooking ware you haven’t used in over a year? Those clothes that fit you when – yeah you may have looked good but were you mentally okay?
Having a space free of clutter, and those things that cause negative emotional reactions, helps ourselves to feel free and light.
When we are bringing things into our space, like Marie Kondo often advises, it is best to only keep those things that “Spark Joy.”
The less we have in our space, the less that our minds and bodies must process. This frees ourselves to start feeling and thinking for ourselves without the interruption of overstimulation or negative stimuli. It makes it easier to start new habits and think positively when we dwell in a space that feels neat, clear, and uplifting.
I used to be the poster child for a messy bedroom. It felt like “Did a tornado go through your room?” was a more popular phrase in my home than “Hey, how was your day?”
As I grew older I started to understand the importance of organization and keeping a space clean. It has helped me with anxiety, depression, and overall feeling unmotivated or apathetic.
A clean space that is purposefully organized has caused the energy within each room, and within myself, to flow with ease.
How many of you have a “junk drawer” or throw things under the bed, in the closet, in the cupboards with no real thought about how it is organized?
Living this way can cause unnecessary frustration. When we become frustrated or upset, this uses energy; Energy that could have been channelled toward more productive things such as our passions and creative projects.
Finding an organizational method that works for you will be very helpful in keeping the mind clear and the home feeling light.
Out of clutter, find simplicity.
From discord, find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.Albert Einstein
Feng Shui is a 4000 year old multicultural system that assesses how light, color, architecture, geology, and astrology combine with surroundings to affect where we live and work. It acknowledges that everything has energy, prana, or ch’i. From the air we breathe to the lamp by your bed. In feng shui, we take into consideration those things aforementioned to ensure the ch’i of our home is flowing well and uplifting, rather than draining, our own ch’i.
To fully dive into feng shui would require a more personalized approach for you to receive the full benefit it can offer. There is a wealth of information and possibility within this system, but for the sake of a short article I will be offering a few simple tips to clear stagnant energy from a space based upon feng shui.
If you would like to learn more, comment below and I will make more posts on this topic in the future. It may also be beneficial to pick up a book and start mapping out your own home’s energy flow based upon a bagua map.
Knowing the layout of your own home in regards to feng shui can be helpful in knowing where and how to shift energy.
Easy Ways to Keep Ch’i Flowing
- Keep fresh potted flowers and plants in the home. Never keep dead plants.
- Hang wind chimes by your doors to clear stagnant and unwanted energies.
- Opt for round furniture instead of squared and pointed. The edges (especially those on nightstands) drain energy from you.
- Keep the front door clear and free of clutter. This includes any coat closets, shoe rack, or other organizational systems by the front door.
- Place rocks in the sink to avoid ch’i escaping down the drain.
- Always keep the lid of the toilet down and the bathroom door closed to avoid flushing abundance down the drain.
- Use aromatherapy or fresh home cooked meals to fill the home with a grounding and uplifting scent.
Plants are known to be purifying to the air, removing toxins and other nasties that could potentially cause harm to your health. NASA has identified 19 plants that can remove pollutants from the air. Check out the chart at this link to discover what plants remove which toxins, and what ones may be best for you.
Keeping plants is also a great stress reliever, as well as an essential in Feng Shui to keep Ch’i moving effectively.
Visualization in meditation can be an amazing way to clear stagnant energy and infuse a space with love, protection, and blessings.
Many people meditate on the chakra centers or different areas of the body to clear stagnant energy. We even have energy healing techniques, such as Reiki, where we can heal each other with conscious intention and love. Not many know this can be done beyond our bodies and work for our homes as well.
To do an energy clearing meditation, begin seated or lying down as you would in a normal mindfulness meditation. Begin by settling awareness upon the heartspace. Breath.
As you inhale, visualize a white light growing from inside the heartspace. See this light move throughout your entire body until you are filled with light. Bring this light further out to fill the aura around you.
From here, you can begin expanding this light to your physical surroundings. Fill your room, the floor you are on, and eventually the whole house. You can explore each room, one at a time, feeling for stagnant energy and transforming it by inhaling the stagnant energy as “smoke” and exhaling it as light.
Once the whole house has been covered, say a prayer for peace and blessing to the house. Thank it for all it does to support and protect you to the best of its abilities. Whatever you feel called to say.
If you have a difficult time visualizing, that is okay. Instead, sit with the intention of transforming stagnant energy into love and say a prayer for the home. That is enough. Do this for as long as you feel guided to.
There are many ways one can infuse their home with the magic of crystals. Whether you truly believe in their power, or you see it as more of a mental reassurance, crystals can still be of benefit.
When it comes to “Spring Cleaning” a home of stagnant energy, black tourmaline is the first that comes to mind.
Black tourmaline is phenomenal at absorbing all negative and stagnant energy. It helps to uphold boundaries and to keep others from draining your energy.
Place a black tourmaline crystal in each of the four corners of your home to create an energetic wall around your home.
It may be beneficial to cleanse these crystals on the new moon with smoke from a smudge stick or incense, and to charge them in the light of the full moon.
Bundling up herbs and burning them for their abilities to clear a space and imbue it with positive energy is a ritual that humans have done for centuries. Whether in first nations or a catholic church, all spiritual practices have some sort of ritual involving the burning of herbs for their cleansing and blessing abilities.
There are various types of herbs that one can use for smudging.
Sage, Palo Santo, Cedar, Pine, Lavender, Myrrh, Frankincense, Mugwort, Yerba Santa, Rosemary, and Sweetgrass are just a few of many.
When deciding to smudge, be sure to do research before making a purchase to ensure the herb you have chosen is one that is not endangered. It is best to go out and harvest herbs for smudge sticks, grow the herbs ourselves, or support local farmers by buying their herbs (such as sage, lavender, rosemary, etc) if you want to ensure the plant was grown with respect for the whole Earthly ecosystem. Choosing the herbs yourself and making your own bundle can also help to connect with your smudge on a deeper level. It gives the plants a chance to connect with you and learn about your own specific needs and areas of healing.
Other easy plants to add to smudge sticks include: Yarrow, Roses, Lemon Balm, Juniper, Holy Basil/Tulsi, and Fir.
Look into plants you already connect with and see what their properties are, if they are safe to burn, and where to find them near you/if they are legal to harvest.
How to Make a Smudge Stick
Gather your desired herbs (fresh is preferred). If you are harvesting them yourself, do so in the morning daylight after the morning dew has lifted.
Allow the herbs to sit for a few hours or overnight to wilt and release a bit of their moisture. This will prevent molding.
Bundle the herbs up together and wrap them in some thread or string. This doesn’t have to be super tight. Allow there to be some breathing room to avoid molding, but not so loose that it will lose shape once it shrinks from drying.
Allow the smudge stick to sit on a screen or in a basket for 7-10 days to further dry out.
All done! Enjoy!
Sound is a primal way of releasing pent up energy. When we are overwhelmed with emotion, we wail and cry. When we are upset or angry, we scream and shout. When we are overjoyed and happy, we celebrate with laughter, words of praise, and other exclamations.
Noise can be utilized to clear the air around your and keep energy flowing well.
Here are some ways you can utilize sound to clear a space.
Any space that feels dense or heavy, start clapping until the energy breaks up and dissipates.
Similar to clapping, a bell can be rung in any spaces that need an energy boost. Walk around your room or home to break up stagnant energy and lighten the space.
As mentioned in Feng Shui, wind chimes are particularly helpful on the outside of the house to prevent any stagnant and dense energy from entering the home. Keeping wind chimes outside the home creates a protective barrier that ensures the energy flowing in is healthy.
Everything in this universe carries its own frequency. Every atom and molecule in our body is vibrating at its own frequency, as do those of our tables and beds. These varying frequencies are what keep us from falling through a floor and give life its form.
We also emit energies through our thoughts and emotions that can influence the energy of those things around us (such as our living space).
When we listen to music, we are “consuming” various frequencies that have influence over a space and our bodies. This is why when we listen to classical music, we can often feel calm and relaxed, while if we listen to heavy metal we may be more on edge, pumped up, and ready to run through a wall.
We can consciously choose different genres of music to infuse a space with the frequency thereof.
A popular way to do this is through Solfeggio frequencies. These are based upon a 6-tone scale that was popularly used in sacred music and Gregorian chants throughout early history. These sounds are connected to various parts of our body and can aid in healing.
Various videos on YouTube can be found of music at the varying notes. You can play one of these videos in a space to clear energy and infuse it with the intention connected to that frequency, or you can simply chant the syllable connected to that tone.
Keep in mind that many of those recommendations mentioned in this post are also highly beneficial for the body and its own energy field as well.