How to Cleanse Your Living Space
Clear away any clutter that's collected on floors or surfaces. Recycle those stacks of newspapers, throw away those old bills, and send out that dirty laundry.
Using an old cloth or your broom, dust the corners of your ceilings for cobwebs. Dust the tops of your curtains and windowsills as well.
Starting at the doorway of your house, sweep the floors in a generally clockwise direction. Sweeping is an excellent example of practical magic, cleansing on both a physical and spiritual level.
Be sure to take the dustcan with you as you sweep. As my mother used to say "bring the garbage to the dustpile, not the dustpile to the garbage."
Once you've finished sweeping, fill the bucket about halfway with hot water and floor cleaner. I recommend Murphy's wood oil soap, or a pine-scented cleaner.
Add a few drops of the pine oil and eucalyptus oil to the bucket of water. Crumble up a leaf or two of sage and add that as well. Drop the pennies in.
Say a little prayer over the water to the God of your own understanding. Ask that your house be blessed, peaceful, and harmonious.
Starting again at the door of your house, mop the floors in a generally clockwise direction. Envision the charmed water clearing away old, muddy energy and leaving your house sparkling and new.
When you discard the old mop water, be sure to save the pennies from the bottom of the bucket. Wash them under warm tap water and say a blessing over them.
Now, place the pennies in the outer four corners of your house, beginning in the north and moving clockwise. Ask the spirits of the four directions to make your home safe, secure, and prosperous.
Using the lemon-scented polish, lovingly polish any wooden furniture in your house. Once again, envision old vibrations being cleared away.
Light your sage or sweetgrass and smudge the outer corners of each room, moving once again in a clockwise direction.
If this feels comfortable, use either your athame or the index finger of the hand you write with to sketch a pentacle in the air over each door and window of your house, envisioning the opening sealed against unwanted energies.
Pagans believe that moving clockwise ("deosil") invokes and that moving counterclockwise ("widdershins") banishes.
If you have wall-to-wall carpeting or are very allergic to dust, you can perform this ritual with a vaccuum cleaner instead of a broom. Simply sprinkle a small amount of the charmed water (minus floor cleaner!) on the carpet.
You may wish to chant softly to yourself while cleaning. Any simple, rhyming chant will do. Here's one example: "Gunk away, good stuff stay."
When I smudge, I like to chant the names of the Goddess to myself: "Isis Astarte Diana, Hecate Demeter Kali, Innaana."
Feel free to experiment with what you place in your mop water. I also like to use rose oil (love) and patchouly oil (prosperity).