Space clearing needn’t be complicated; it can be easy to cleanse negative energy and create balance throughout your home. Our resident psychic and founder, Fiongal Greenlaw shares his go-to ritual:

All of our homes contain energy, and sometimes, that energy needs cleansing. 

Just as you clean your home of the accumulated dirt, you need to do so on an energetic level. Space clearing is the act of improving the energy that has built up over time. Here’s a simple but effective ritual anyone can do. See below for more on why we clear space and when.

Why do we need to cleanse space?

Many things can impact the energy of your space or home, both positively and negatively. Everything you bring in with you from outside will impact the energy, including guests (invited or uninvited!). Events within the home will add energy—an illness, strong emotions like anger, grief, or depression, or a party, celebration, or another kind of ritual. Have you ever argued and felt the tension in the room lingering afterwards? 

We ask a lot of our homes energetically. That feeling you get after a long day of wanting to collapse on the sofa is a form of energy transference. We ‘dump’ a lot of energy in our spaces of rest, and so we should. 

How often should I cleanse my space.?

The short answer is it depends.

Many of us will feel the pull to cleanse our spaces at particular times of the year and in our lives. A life event, a new baby, and of course, once you’ve moved into a new home are all space-clearing times. Others feel a need to make energetic changes to the home because something doesn’t feel ‘right’ – maintaining spiritual connection with our home (literally feeling ‘at home’ in it)  is so important.

If you’ve been working on building an intuitive practice, you may find yourself more in tune with your home’s energetic health. For example, the students in our Spiritual Development Course Training learn to cleanse space as preparation for deepening other practices like chakra work, astrology, or crystal practices. 

Some people like to cleanse their homes in tandem with the seasons. The obvious one is spring. Space clearing is particularly powerful around spring as it mirrors the seasonal arrival of the new. It is best to be seasonal, but though springtime is a wonderful time to cleanse your space, it isn’t the only time.

To get started, choose at least one item from each of the 6 categories:

Choosing the right tools is essential for space clearing. Take a look at the list below and pick the item that resonates most with you. You’ll only ever need to use one tool at a time:

1. Sound instruments: Bells of any kind, Tibetan singing bowls, rattles, handheld chimes, rain sticks, clap sticks, chimes, drums, gongs or harmony balls.

2. Earth: Pine needles, a crystal, a plate of soil or salt.

3. Air: Sage or Incense. Ideally, you need specially crafted incense for space clearing – here’s ours. Alternatively, you can use a feather.

4. Holy water: You can make your own by putting purified water in a bowl and adding your prayers or healing intention.

5. Fire: Candles are the best source (placed on a dish for safety).

6. Nature: I float flowers in a bowl of water, add a drop of holy water and put one in each room (you can add stones, rice, a crystal, etc.).

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7 Simple Steps to Cleansing the Energy in Your Home:

The precursor to this ritual is to thoroughly clean and declutter your space (as mentioned above). You also want to take a shower that morning and make sure to take another one that evening. If you can’t do that, at least wash your hands thoroughly before and after.

Then open the windows to let the old energies out. Windows must be open. Try to do this during the day as well, not at night.


1. Create an ‘altar’ in every room: Place the objects representing the four elements in the following order: North: Earth, East: Air, South: Fire and West: Water. You can also add something from nature, such as your bowl of flowers and/or incense. You might want to sprinkle a little rock salt in every room. This altar allows the intention and new energies to have an anchor of sorts.

You can also decorate the space with colours. You can use your intuition for what hue the room/house needs or base it on chakra colours, etc. (I tend to use white as it encompasses all shades).

2. Call in your guides: These are the personal guides, angels, and deities that have meaning to you. Ask for assistance and protection in clearing out the old energies and bringing in the new. Try to say a prayer- maybe have it written beforehand or just see what arises – whatever feels right.

“I now let go of old stuck energy from my home and life and invite in new opportunities beginnings.”

3. Ground yourself: You can do this by closing your eyes and visualizing huge roots going down into the earth from your feet and attaching them to a huge ore of iron at the earth’s centre. What is grounding?

4. Set your intention: Be clear about what you’re bringing in. For example, “I now let go of old stuck energy from my home and life and invite in new opportunities beginnings.” Connect with your intuition, and add any specifics of what you want to let go of and invite.

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5. Use your sound instruments to do a deep cleanse: Once your altars are set, start at the front door and walk around counterclockwise. Clap, sing, or clang your instruments to shake up the stuck energies. Move up and down the walls, get into the corners, and under and behind furniture. Do this with the intention of clearing out all past energies that no longer serve. Ask that those unbalanced energies be transmuted to violet fire. Concentrate on areas of ‘thick’ stagnate energy or where any discord might be felt.

Sage on its own does not cleanse…

6. Now that you have loosened the stuck energies: smooth it out using a soothing instrument, such as a Tibetan Bowl, harmony balls, rain sticks, or chimes. I also tend to play music – what’s some good music for relaxation? If you cannot access any of these things, use the Gayatri mantra or the sacred sound of OM. Use your incense, ethically sourced palo santo, smudge stick, or all three for an extra deep cleanse. But, contrary to what most people think, incense and sage on their own do not cleanse – instead, we need to work with intention; you, therefore, need to direct the energy away after smudging, something like, “I send any negative energy back to Source, where they can be transmuted into their highest potential for the good of Mother Earth and the Universe.”

Again, start at the front door, but this time travel clockwise. I stand in the middle of each room, and as I smooth the energies, I intend with gratitude all of the new things that I want to bring into my life and welcome them into my home for the new year (Springtime).

7. Complete each room with intention: bring in Reiki or envision white light, seal the space, and ask that the new energies be held. Go back to the front door, thank your guides, and release them. Then, carry the vision clearly throughout the day.

Do I need a professional space-clearing practitioner?

Most people won’t need to enlist the help of a professional, though in some cases, the support of an experienced practitioner can be really helpful. Space clearing is an ancient practice, so we have many wonderful people who carry the tradition of space clearing for others. Contact us here if you’d like to chat with a space-clearing practitioner.

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