How to Give Your Space a Proper Limpia to Get Rid of Negative Energy

The new year calls for resolutions, new beginnings and, most importantly, a spiritual cleansing for your living space and, if possible, work space

Photo: Unsplash/@sarahdorweiler

Photo: Unsplash/@sarahdorweiler

The new year calls for resolutions, new beginnings and, most importantly, a spiritual cleansing for your living space and, if possible, work space. Think of all the energy you bring into a space, people you have over and actual things you bring into your home. Objects carry energy as well, so it’s best to use this time to declutter your home a bit as well, and finally get rid of the negative spiritual baggage. We are only human and it’s natural to collect energy, good and bad, but now you can finally empower yourself and do something about it.

Spiritual space cleansings should be done once a week. Because just like your mind and body require maintenance, so does your space. If you aren’t used to doing a weekly spiritual check-in, start slow with every two weeks but try to be consistent for maximum results. Once you start to see the emotional and physical benefits, you will want to do it more and more. Clearing your space of negative energy will reset you on an ongoing basis. You will start to notice your mind more at ease, get better sleep, more positivity and your productivity will shoot up too.

The suggestions below work well for your living space like your bedroom or home, but if you want to clear some funky energy from your workspace, placing crystals and stones on your desk is your best bet. Crystals generate positive frequencies. A personal favorite of mine is amethyst, because of its healing properties and purple color. But it should be noted that no one else should touch them but if they do touch them, just rinse them in warm water. And, every so often, take them home and rinse them with a little salt and water and set them on your windowsill for the evening to absorb the moonlight’s energy.

Tonight, is a good night to start clearing your home of negative energy because there is a new moon in Capricorn. The new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle. So it’s the best time for the beginning of new projects which is perfect for new year. It should be noted that I am not an expert but I do identify as a bruja learning more each day as I open up my heart to my spiritual journey. These are rituals and traditions that are being passed down from my parents, grandparents and those before them.

Some things you’ll need:

  • Limes
  • Sage/Palo Santo
  • Crystals and stones
  • Camphor cubes
  • Sea salt
  • Paper and pen


According to my bruja mother, limes absorb bad energy that comes into your home. Every so often I’ll come home and find limes deliberately placed in the corners of my apartment. You’ll know when it’s time to get rid of them.

Sage/Palo Santo:

Sage is traditionally used among Native American peoples and palo santo has been used by the Incas for many years. Both have similar healing and negative clearing energy properties so it just depends which one is your preference. Burn and wave the smoke into the corners and shadows of your home while saying a little prayer to yourself setting your intention for the week. And, according to recent studies, burning sage can clean your air and improve your health.

Crystals and stones:

These can be placed in your living room and bedroom on a daily basis but should be rinsed and cared for on a weekly basis or so. Crystals and stones often collect dust and should be held when meditating or praying. They can also be strategically placed throughout your home creating a sort of grid-like protective shield.

Camphor cubes:

Another personal favorite from my mother. She places these cubes in lukewarm water in a clear glass under my bed to help ward off evil spirits and help me sleep better. So if you are tossing and turning at night, this should be your jam. They often dry out after a week so be mindful.

Sea salt and oils:

After I am done cleansing my home, my personal energy is often tapped out. So I regain some of it by taking a bubble bath and filling it with sea salt and oils. The oils I use are lavender (relaxing), eucalyptus (naturally cleans the air) and tree tea oil (strength and anti-inflammatory).

Paper and pen:

There are only so many hours in a day but even if you have just 5 minutes, write down what went well, wrong and what you learned the week prior. It can be a paragraph or bullet point style as long as it’s genuine. And, then I write down three things, even in list form, of what you want for the week. It helps regain focus and you might be surprised at how productive you are that week.

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