It’s that time of year to bring new energy into your home.

Whatever your personal beliefs are, there is one sentiment most of us can agree on:

The first quarter of the new year is an effective time to remove the bad, and bring in the good.

That might be oversimplifying it. Let me explain —

New Year’s resolutions (and the spring cleaning that follows) are pretty good annual to-dos for the majority of us. But, to those of us who also practice energy work – and believe that a good flow of energy is important to maintain daily forward momentum – it goes much deeper than that.

A big part of my end-of-winter and beginning-of-spring season is giving my house a good once over, both physically and spiritually. It’s a time to open the windows to welcome fresh air, after an entire season of squirreling away in the warmth.

If you’ve never done energy work before, lingering old energy in a house just feels very blah. It can be summed up physically in those Christmas presents you still haven’t found a place for, the clothing you’ve been meaning to donate forever, and the carpet you’ve planned to clean since last year.

In short, old energy is just that – old, heavy, and stale.

But! One of the good things about old energy is that you can replace it with vibrant, new, energy.

Bring New Energy Into Your Home

Bringing in new energy isn’t hard, even for beginners, and you don’t have to believe in ~a higher power~ to do it. It can be as simple as:

Cleaning Your Carpets

As someone with pretty bad allergies, there’s nothing better than a fresh carpet.

To bring new energy and life into your carpets, sprinkle baking powder, or another type of cleaning deodorizer, into your carpet before vacuuming.

You can also add rosemary, which is said to cleanse negative energy (and is also a antimicrobial!)

Emptying Out Dusty Corners

Get deep into the nooks and crannies of your house, and throw out or organize all the junk that doesn’t belong. Doing this will not only clear up physical space, but also bring freshness into the corners of your home.

Empty, clean corners also promote a good flow of energy.

If you want to take your clean up-and-out a step further, you can also place herbs in the corners of your home to receive their added effects.

Try:

Betony, a perennial plant that banishes and removes negative energy.
Marjoram, a herb that protects your home.
Pine, a type of evergreen tree that energizes and protects.
Rose Geranium, a flower that protects and blesses a new home or space.

Just be careful if you have kids or pets, and put these things where they can’t be knocked over or eaten.

Burning Candles

The smell and flame of a candle is an easy, effective way to clear the old energy from your home.

I usually burn a candle in the kitchen while I’m cleaning, and then burn another in the living room when I’m done. If weather permits, I’ll also open my windows to promote a flow of energy through the room.

You can burn different colors of wax, too:

White is used for cleansing and purification.
Good for burning: when a roommate moves out, or after a fight or altercation.

Gold is used for good fortune and luck.
Good for burning: when you could use a little extra something-something.

Purple is used for dispelling negativity.
Good for burning: when you live with someone that lives under a perpetual raincloud.

Brown is used for warding off bad omens.
Good for burning: when someone visits your space that leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.

Lavender is used to soothe and relax.
Good for burning: at the end of the day when you’re winding down.

Opening Your Windows

One of the greatest days of spring is that first one where you can really fling your windows open and let the air and sunshine in.

Weather permitting, open your windows, and leave them open for a good couple hours to let all the stale air out. If you have two windows on opposite sides of your apartment or house, open them both to get a good cross-breeze going.

Bringing in fresh air will make you feel energized, and will also help neutralize stale energy.

Moving Around Furniture

Remember when everyone had a bone for feng shui in the early aughts?

Me too. After my grandma got into it, she placed a mirror at the bottom of the staircase in her home. Within twelve hours, both myself and my papa took headers down the stairs. Maybe we were just dazzled by our own reflections, it’s hard to say.

A successful venture into the art of feng shui or not, it definitely made me think about how furniture and decor can impact the flow of a home’s energy. I change my living room furniture around twice a year, usually, once in the spring, and again in the fall.

Rearranging a room doesn’t have to be a big commitment, either. Sometimes switching a chair and a table is all you need to see – and feel – a difference.

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