Well, I am please to report that we had Spring in Nashville, and we have moved into shorts weather already. Yesterday I was wearing shorts for a brief period of time. If it happens again, let this be a PSA to not look directly into my legs...unless you still have your eclipse glasses handy. You'll thank me.
Any time there is a hint of a nice day, I get the urge to get rid of most of the things in my house and start over. My restless soul also starts dreaming of an entire new house, but that isn't in the cards just yet. We just signed the lease for another year in our house. We've been here for three our four years, and while I do love it, I can't help but get that little tug of wishing for the excitement of new surroundings. Since we aren't going anywhere quite yet, I plan on doing something a little more than your average spring cleaning. If you know me, you know I am very into energy and vibes and crystals and all that other woo woo stuff (or hokum, as my hubby lovingly calls it). This whole "spiritual movement" seems to be quite popular now, which I am loving. Today I am sharing some things that I do in my own home that have helped when doing my "Energetic Spring Cleaning".
Diffusing Essential Oils This is one of my favorite ways to clear out the stagnant air in my house. Fun fact, none of our windows open, so opening them to let in some fresh air isn't a possibility. Last year we bought a diffuser from Whole Foods and I love it. My son likes to choose the color from the chromotherapy (always blue) and I really like watching the steam puff out. My favorite recipes for oils is five drops of grapefruit, and five drops of lemon and eucalyptus mix, and sometimes I'll add one drop of lavender. It's a clean, fruity scent that smells like summer. If my allergies are annoying me (which is usually the case) I'll diffuse just eucalyptus, since it helps with congestion. It also makes the house smell like a spa, and who doesn't love that?
This is the diffuser we bought. I think it was $50, and we love it.
Crystals This trend is everywhere and I LOVE it! I saw my first crystal at a flea market when I was a teenager and have been obsessed ever since. Up until recently they've been hard to find unless you know of a good metaphysical shop. Thankfully now, you can get great ones at HomeGoods, Etsy, and various other online retailers. If you live in Nashville and don't know about Cosmic Connections, go check them out! They have tons of crystals.
A few months ago I went to a natural health and wellness fair called Illuminate Nashville, and brought these beauties home. I will need to get another tigers eye sphere, because I gifted that one to my hubby because he liked the shape of it. I also bought my son a pebble that glows in the dark after it sits in the sun. He keeps that on his bedside table.
Isn't this beautiful?! I picked this up about two years ago at a shop in Murfreesboro, TN. I am more drawn to the natural cut crystals instead of the tumbled ones, but as you can see from the photo above, I do have a few tumbled (or smooth) ones that I will meditate with if I feel I need a little help with my focus.
This tea light holder came from HomeGoods. It is amethyst, and in real life is way more purple than the picture is showing. I am very drawn to purple, so this is one of my all time favorite crystals. The smaller chunk is citrine, which is known as the success stone (trust me on this one, it works!). I keep these two on my desk in the office, as the amethyst is also supposed to aid in creativity. Usually there are more on my desk, but I am rehoming them based on where I need them.
Fresh Flowers If you have been reading for any length of time, you'll know my love of fresh flowers all over my house. They are an inexpensive way to add some beauty and new life to a room, and you can get creative with the arrangements to make something very beautiful. This week, my bouquet of choice is just a simple bunch of red roses I purchased at Publix for $11.
Saging/Smudging Saging or smudging is when you use white sage to "clear"out the bad energy of a space or thing. I swear by this. It's simple, and it will make your house smell good (I am all about multifunction!) All you do is light the end of the sage bundle and then blow the flame out so the ends smoke, similar to incense. Open your windows and then go room by room, making sure you get door ways, all four corners, etc. an "banish out the negativity". Fun fact, none of the windows in our house open, so to do this I have to open my front and back doors. Another fun fact for those of you thinking I am crazy, I've done this before and it has worked. Several years ago, I was in a situation where I had an incredibly toxic coworker. One day before everyone was scheduled to come in, I saged the entire building and things go much better with this person. Meaning after a while she quit, so I am telling you, this shit works.
This is my well loved sage bundle. The feather came from the totally bad energy free design shop where I used to work, and the necklace was given to me by my son after he won it out of a gum ball machine. Again, I usually have more crystals in this feather dish. You can by a double bunch of mini-sage bundles at Whole Foods for $10.
Clutter Your standard spring cleaning duty: Decluttering. This really works to lighted up the energy in a house, I feel. I once heard someone say that each piece of clutter has a "voice" and it is screaming at you for your attention. I completely agree with that. Clutter affects people differently, but for me it gives me major anxiety. I have to make sure certain areas are clutter free or I cannot function. Besides, if it is something that has been lying around for weeks, is it really serving you? Do you really need to hang on to it? Get rid of all of the things that are not serving you so you can make way for the things that you really love. Example: I donated two bags of clothing and a bag of shoes to a local thrift store earlier this week. The next day, I found my dream loafers that I have been searching for for over a year (I'm picky). That is just one example. I actually plan on getting rid of a ton more stuff in the coming weeks. The store I donate to employs adults with special needs, so I feel good about making sure they have a good job, and I can get rid of stuff that no longer serves me or makes me happy. Again, win win!
Those are the main things I do when I feel it is time for a good energy clearing, or a good spring cleaning that goes a little deeper than just cleaning the windows and washing all the curtains. I've tried all of these and have had great success with all of them, and I say that because I know some of these tips can be a little too new agey for some. Give them a try and see what you think! You'll be pleasantly surprised, and at the least, be surrounded by beautiful things. If that doesn't shift the energy in your home, I don't know what will! :)