Granted, our family has been distracted. The upstairs toilet developed a slow leak while we were out of town last month, and we came home to three rooms of wet carpet. No amount of disinfectant and fans could rectify the damage. We had to replace the carpet in the entire second floor. Which means, we had to move all the furniture out of the upstairs. Oh. My. Goddess.
So now we have fresh, new carpet. It's a muted mystical blue-gray and I love it.
Unfortunately, we also have crap everywhere, waiting to be either sorted and discarded, or cleaned and put away. It's a discouraging amount of work. To make matters worse, I decided to hold a garage sale last weekend, to sell some of the some of the stuff we've accumulated during the 22 years we've lived here. Not only is the upstairs in disarray, my front hall is full of displaced junk, and the garage has all the leftovers from the sale to box up and drop off at donation sites.
I realize that my state of mind is intertwined with the negative energy in my home. The chi energy is blocked by clutter and grime, which produces a depressed state. It's reflected in my life and emotional landscape. A personification of, " As above, so below."
So I'm also not writing. Falling behind on deadlines. Stressed and cranky. And my blood sugar is spiking.
For the entire month of April, I'm going to clean and Feng Shui my entire home. Please join me each Friday and we'll make the journey together.
Get your brooms ready, let's do some…magical housecleaning!!
This week's Magical Housecleaning Chores
Cleaning house is powerful magic. Done with intention, it increases your energy, clarity and happiness, which in turn increases your ability to manifest your desires.
According to Feng Shui principles, our homes are a mirror of what's happening inside us, so clearing them out can literally clean up our mood and improve mental energy. Sounds better than bleach, if you ask me.
So, let's start there.
Magical Chore #1: Get rid of the toxic cleaning chemicals in your kitchen, and replace them with citrus-infused vinegar. I'm infusing mine with lemon because I have an abundance of lemons on the tree in my backyard, but you could also use oranges.
Fill a mason jar with lemon peels and pour white vinegar over the peels. Close tightly and let it sit for a week or two or three (depending on how lemon-y you want it to smell. Open, strain out the lemon, including any little pieces, and pour the vinegar into a spray bottle to use the next time you clean.
Magical Chore #2: Sweep and mop your floor with intention. As you sweep, visualize the stagnant energy being swept up with the dirt, and repeat, "I sweep away all negative energies, leaving only good and light," as you sweep. Then use your dustpan to dump all the dirt outside the house.Mop, using a magical floor wash. Here's one of my favorite recipes. In a mop bucket of hot vinegar water, add the following essential oils:
2 drops rose geranium (protect)
2 drops cinnamon (clear problems on the material plane)
Repeat as you mop, "I call upon these herbs to drive out negativity and chaos, and bring thy blessings of peace and accord in their place."
Magical Chore #3: Spring clean the kitchen
Take everything out of the refrigerator and freezer, and clean. (Use a natural cleaner if the citrus–infused vinegar is not ready). Throw away any expired or spoiled food and condiments (I tend to overlook the condiments).
Clean the stove, microwave and all the pots and pans. Get rid of or give away any pans you don't use or don't like.
Clean out all the drawers, surfaces, light fixtures, etc.
Next, minimize the clutter. Look at the items on the counters. Do you use each item weekly? Does it make you happy?
Take everything out of the cabinets and survey what you have. Get rid of stuff you don't use. Donate food that you haven't used in six months or longer.
The purpose is to create space, to make room for that which better serves you, and to create a fresh pathway for strong vibrant chi to flow around the room.
Think about bringing whole foods, plus three live plants or potted herbs into the kitchen to make it more "alive" again. Locate them in an east window for proper Feng Shui and happy plants!
I'm going to stop here for the week. Have fun practicing your magical housekeeping. Let me know if it worked for you, and what part of the house we should tackle next week. I'd love to hear your ideas!