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What Is Space Clearing? - Using Feng Shui To Space Clear

Updated on December 12, 2015

Feng Shui Symbol

Feng Shui Symbol Representing The Five Elements
Feng Shui Symbol Representing The Five Elements | Source

What Is Space Clearing Using Feng Shui?

Space clearing is a cleansing, and purifying of the energy in a home or business by working with feng shui energy. Everything that has taking place in a home, or business is energetically recorded in the walls, ceilings, floors, furnishings, and even the air. Take a look at your home or business and imagine if the place has never been cleaned from the day it was built. The buildup of dirt, dust, cobwebs, and trash would be overwhelming. You wouldn't feel welcome, and relaxed. It's probable that you and anyone who entered the home would feel irritable, depressed, nervous, exhausted, and wanting to leave as soon as possible. Since many homes or businesses have never been space cleared there may be quite a buildup of psychic residue. Jane Alexander said, "most of us are living in the psychic equivalent of a rubbish dump."

Space clearing is somewhat different than the clearing of clutter in harmony with feng shui, as well as focusing on specific areas such as your front door and doormat with feng shui in mind.

Most homes and businesses can be easily space cleared. I will give you ideas and tips about space clearing your home or business below that will help guide you with space clearing your own space using feng shui.

When Is Space Clearing Recommended?

While anytime we can clear the energies of our homes or businesses there are certain times when space clearing is highly recommended using feng shui.

  • If everyone in the home is bickering, or fighting. The irritability level is very high.
  • After an illness-especially major surgery or caring for a loved one who has been ill for a while.
  • ~When a job has been lost, a divorced finalized, or major changes in one's life.
  • When you feel professionally, or personally stuck in your life.
  • Feeling tired, and drained of energy, and you notice when you leave the home your energy level rises.
  • If you purchase a foreclosed home, or business.
  • Items you bought from an estate sale, pawn shop, and garage sale items especially if the items come from a home going into foreclosure.
  • When there has been a robbery, or worse in the home or business. (Please note there are truly some places that the fear is so extreme the bad energy just can't be cleansed)

Some Space Clearing Tools For Feng Shui

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Various tools, including sage, that can be used for space cleaning feng shui.Candles are excellent for space cleaning with feng shui.The use of a drum works well for space cleaning with feng shui.Sea salt is the recommended salt to use while space cleaning with feng shui.A bell works wonders when spacing cleaning using feng shui.
Various tools, including sage, that can be used for space cleaning feng shui.
Various tools, including sage, that can be used for space cleaning feng shui. | Source
Candles are excellent for space cleaning with feng shui.
Candles are excellent for space cleaning with feng shui. | Source
The use of a drum works well for space cleaning with feng shui.
The use of a drum works well for space cleaning with feng shui. | Source
Sea salt is the recommended salt to use while space cleaning with feng shui.
Sea salt is the recommended salt to use while space cleaning with feng shui. | Source
A bell works wonders when spacing cleaning using feng shui.
A bell works wonders when spacing cleaning using feng shui. | Source

Space Clearing Preparation and Tools

Before you space clear your home you want to do some preparation first. Take time to think about how you would like the overall energy to be in your home or business. If things have been very slow and stagnant you would want the energy to be flowing again. If things have been so hectic, and chaotic you would probably want your home to be calmer, and slower paced. You might want the energy to be more uplifting, or more relaxed. Remember energy goes where intention flows so just take some time to think about how you would like your home to feel.

The day before space clearing you want to clean your home. If you have so much clutter and it's hard to clean please know that space clearing will break up the stagnant energy and get things moving again.

Be sure to get the trash out of the home by emptying all garbage cans.

You will want to make sure the day of space clearing you have fans off ( ceiling fans, or stationary fans), TV and radio off, no machinery ( dishwasher, washer, dryer) going. You want to take any jewelry off. If your wedding ring can't, or you won't remove it that's perfectly fine. You just don't want to be decked out in head to toe with jewelry.


The most important tools you will need is your intention, and your hands. These are the best tools for feng shui. There are other tools that you can use, but they are not necessary. Do what feels best for you.

  • Anything that breaks up the energy; it can be your hands, drum, or using two sticks banging them together.
  • Candle(s) you can light a candle when you begin your space clearing ceremony. If you like a lot of candles by all means light up those candles!
  • Salt - you can use sea salt, or honestly you can use regular table salt. Salt is best used for homes where there has been a lot of weeping, or sadness. The salt will be very grounding.
  • Smudge stick (if using a smudge stick you will want to disconnect your smoke detector, as nothing will cause you to lose your concentration faster as a smoke detector going off). There are all kinds of smudge sticks out there, and finding one you feel comfortable with is the best one for you to use.
  • Bell - A bell that has a beautiful tone can be used. There are some "experts" who swear you have to use "their" bells. This is not the case. Find a bell that makes you feel good and you'll be ringing in the freshly cleared space.

When to NOT Space Clear

While Space Clearing can be done anytime there are a few exceptions when NOT to space clear.

  • Don't space clear when you are pregnant. It's not that anything bad will affect the baby. It's just the energy level may be low and it would be best if you have a friend you are close to that could space clear your energy if it's needed.
  • It is not recommended to space clear at night. It is much better to clear the space during the daylight.
  • Never space clear the energy of another persons home or business without their permission. Many people have had great success space clearing their own home and may decide to do a relative a favor while the relative is at a doctor's appointment or visiting with friends. The change which may really be needed will not be welcome when the person comes back home. They will not feel comfortable in their own home. It could be as traumatic as a person out of their home while shopping and come home with all their furniture changed without their permission. If you are living with someone in their home who is against space clearing for fear that you are welcoming unwelcome spirits, or whatever reason they may have you have to honor them by not doing a space clearing ceremony. The best thing you can do is help them clear their clutter which in itself is a form of space clearing. If they are also afraid to let things go you can just keep your area clutter free, and as clean as possible.

Energetic Space Clearing With Feng Shui and Clapping

Space Clearing Technique Using Feng Shui

The technique I am writing about is a technique I've used many times working in harmony with feng shui energy and found to be very effective. However, nothing is written in stone and feel free while space clearing to go with what you feel your home or business needs. After you have space cleared your home a few times you will know exactly what is most effective for your environment.

  • Find a table near your front door where you can put down your tools; candles, smudge stick, salt, bell. You will begin at your front door so it will be easy as you go on to the next step.
  • Open a window even if it's just a crack for a 'visual' of the stagnant energy leaving the home. Don't worry that you're going to send bad vibes, or energy into the neighborhood. All the negative energy will be transmuted into the light. You will also not be removing any love, or great memories from your home. Space clearing will remove just the bad or sad energy from the home. And remember there is nothing to fear as you will not invite any negative spirits into your home while space clearing.
  • If you have candles feel free to light them now.
  • Begin at the front door. Mentally let your home know your intentions for space clearing. You may ask your guides, angels, gods, goddesses and any unseen helpers to be with you at this time.
  • Begin to clap using your hands, drum, or two sticks together that will break up the energy. Walk around the perimeter of each room clapping. You can go clockwise, or counterclockwise. Whatever feels the best for you. You may notice in some areas the clapping has a muddled sound. This is stagnant energy which seems to build up the most in corners (and most likely where you will find cobwebs as they seem to be strongest where there is stagnant energy) Some rooms you may clap in and the sound is the same. The rooms that tend to have the most muddled sound go clap the perimeter again until the sound changes. Walk around clapping until you return back to the front door. If you have two levels you will want to clap on both levels. If you have a basement, be sure and walk around as best you can and clap the perimeter.
  • **When completely finished clapping wash your hands very well. This is very important before you begin the next step.
  • If you are using a smudge stick now is the time to light it. You may want to have a bowl underneath to catch any embers that come off the stick. Smudge yourself first. Begin at the front door and follow the same pattern you did as clapping with the smudge stick. You may notice some areas the stick will smoke very strongly, and other areas there will be just a small stream of smoke. The stick seems to know what areas need the strongest smudging. When you are finished smudging you may want to place the stick in a bowl and let it burn out on it's own near a window, or you can extinguish the stick in a bowl with some sand.
  • If you are using salt you can place some in a bowl. Begin at the front door and toss a little at the door so only great energy will come into your home. There are many different ways you can work with salt. Some people just take a small amount and twirl it around in a vortex pattern in the middle of each room. Some people will want to line each room with some salt, and some people just take salt and toss is in each room letting it land anywhere. Do whatever feels best for you and have fun tossing the salt around.
  • Again at the front door take your bell and begin to ring the bell.You will follow the same pattern that you did with the clapping, smudging, and salt. You will find you may want to just ring once and wait until the tone is gone before ringing it again. You may just walk around ringing the bell to what feels best for you. Some homes need just a little ringing here and there. Other homes need a lot of ringing. When you are finished ringing the bell and back at the front door make a figure eight (infinity sign) with the bell. You can then say "all is well" "thank you", or whatever statement you will feel is best to thank your home and your cleared space.

Congratulations you have just space cleared your home! You may notice changes instantly, or it may take a few days for the energy to settle. Space clearing is very powerful, and yet very soothing at the same time.

Keeping Your Home In Feng Shui Harmony Using Space Clearing Maintenance

Once you have space cleared your home you can do some space clearing maintenance. It's very simple, and can be done anytime you want to refresh the energy of your home.

  • when you vacuum, or anytime you clean your home
  • play uplifting music
  • bring in fresh flowers
  • open windows or doors in your home

The more in tune you are with your home, the more it will open up to you and let you know exactly what it needs. Continue to use these steps and your home or business will be brought into feng shui harmony.

Feng Shui Space Clearing Altar

This is an example of an feng shui altar that can be used for  space clearing involving predecessor energy.
This is an example of an feng shui altar that can be used for space clearing involving predecessor energy. | Source

Predecessor Energy and Feng Shui

Predecessor energy is energy events that are recorded into ceilings, walls, floor, furniture, and even the air. If you've ever walked into a room after an argument took place you can 'feel' the tension in the air. That argument has left predecessor energy. Have you ever noticed a building that always has a new business only to fail a short while after opening? Have you noticed some of the same homes in your area the owners are getting divorced, gain weight, or get sick, and put the home up for sale only to have the new owners experience that same things previous families had experienced? If there was anything bad that took place like a robbery in the home, or worse the energy can feel very uncomfortable. This is predecessor energy. Even if you move into a new home there is predecessor energy left by the workers whether it's tension and arguments, or feeling great about the pride they put into the home. Predecessor energy doesn't have to be bad, or negative. The Chinese believe predecessor energy is like wearing another persons shoes. If they are successful, the new 'shoe' owners will be successful. If the previous 'shoe' owner was ill, lost their job, or filed for bankruptcy chances are very great that the new 'shoe' owners will experience the same future.

There are many ways to remove negative predecessor energy using feng shui, and add your own energy by Space Clearing incorporating feng shui as mentioned above.

Space Clearing With Feng Shui Sells House


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    Melissa Orourke 

    3 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

    Cleared our house very recently! Good Hub!

  • Dale Hyde profile imageAUTHOR

    Dale Hyde 

    3 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    So glad to hear that you enjoyed the article VioletteRose. Wind chimes are excellent as well. One of the important things to remember when dealing with chimes is to keep them small if noise tends to bother you while you sleep. Some of the bigger chimes can create a problem in that regard.

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    3 years ago from Chicago

    This is very interesting and informative, thanks for sharing. I always want to know more about feng shui. I especially love the idea of using salt, and lighting candles and fresh flowers. I have also heard about the use of wind chimes, which I would like to try since I very much love the sound of wind chimes.

  • Dale Hyde profile imageAUTHOR

    Dale Hyde 

    5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Thanks so much! I am glad that you were able to pick up some new things from the article. I do appreciate you stopping by, reading and commenting. :)

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    5 years ago

    Great hub. I always enjoy reading about Feng Shui. I certainly learned some new things. Thanks so much for the info.

  • Dale Hyde profile imageAUTHOR

    Dale Hyde 

    5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello VisionAndFocus. Thanks for stopping by, reading and sharing in comment. We also are planning on moving into a newly constructed dwelling by the end of the year, so we should not have issues with clearing predecessor energy, however, other areas of what I covered here will certainly be incorporated with the new place. Glad that you were able to find a book that resonates with you and that you enjoyed the last video. :) Thanks as well for sharing and voting up. :)

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    Dale Hyde 

    5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Glad that you found the material soothing, well the information, Carol. :) You are most welcome. I do appreciate you stopping by, reading and commenting. :)

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    5 years ago from North York, Canada

    Wow, this is a great hub for me as we're be moving in a month and I would definitely want to do something about clearing predecessor energy. Very informative hub and I've added one of the books to my wish list. I loved the last video. Thank you for sharing. Voted up!

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    carol stanley 

    5 years ago from Arizona

    Great hub and lots of soothing information. I am going to have to read this over later so bookmark it is. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas. Will up!


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