People all over the world believe that rituals of transition can help you settle into a new living space. What housewarming rituals do you practice when you move? If you haven’t decided on any yet, here are a few you might consider.
Cleaning and decluttering is an efficient ritual that can make it easier and more pleasant to move in. Block out some time to scour the place and clean the nooks and crannies. Some moving rituals suggest buying new home items like shower curtains, drawer liners and houseplants. Others recommend spraying scented room sprays throughout the house and opening all the windows. One tradition claims that sweeping clockwise through a room will freshen up the energy. (At the very least, the floors will be clean!) Do whatever it takes to get your new life off to a clean and uncluttered start.
Banish bad vibes
Some say that stale and negative energy can linger in a new home even after you’ve made it spic and span. If this strikes you the right way, a wise next step might be to rid your rooms of any bad vibes. One popular Native American tradition is to walk through the living space carrying a burning sage smudge stick. These are easy to find at herb and health food stores. If you can’t find a sage stick, you can leave a small bowl of sea salt in each room for 24 hours. The salt will catch any bad energy, and then you can dispose of both! A house blessing, such as a special prayer, can also make you feel safe in your new home. There are countless apartment cleansing rituals that will help you with the transition to a new space. Pick your favorite and give it a go.
Decorate your door
Once you’ve cleaned your new space and scattered any bad mojo, focus on the entrance to your home. It’s fun to prepare your front door for future guests, maybe even a housewarming party. Simple touches like hanging a wreath or placing a welcome mat are great housewarming rituals. Jewish tradition includes the practice of hanging a mezuzah in your doorway. This ornamental case holds a scroll of Hebrew inscriptions that bless your home. Many cultures have unique door decoration rituals that are believed to protect you in your new residence. You might choose the one that suits your style.
To some, rituals like these might seem quirky or even silly. When traditions make the moving transition easier or more meaningful, however, their value becomes clear. Make your home your own with any traditions that make sense to you.
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