A week or so ago I spotted an old bathroom cabinet by the curb that someone had put up for grabs. After I had examined it and found it to be sturdy (if a little dirty), I realized it might be the answer to my herb and oils storage problem. It just needed some scrubbing and smudging and repainting.
I left the cabinet outside the house and gave it a good scrubbing. I generally don’t bring any old previously used item in the house until it has been cleared. If something smells bad I don’t even bother to bring it home. I guess “Clair smelling” is one of my psychic gifts, but even a slight residual odor can really turn me off. Other people’s energy can cling to an object and its best to keep that sort of energy out of your magickal cottage. After the cats had inspected the cabinet and I had blessed it with palo santo, it was ready for a couple of coats of sage green paint. The cabinet had a towel bar that I figured would work well for hanging small bunches of herbs to dry. Rather than hang the cabinet on the wall I decided to turn it upside down and set it on top of my roll top desk (my next painting project).
I have acquired other pieces that I have repurposed in the same way. It’s just important to remember to clear the old energy away along with the dirt and grime. Some good ways to clear an item are: sunlight, smudge, your own energy, wind, or have your feline companion check out the article. Their purring is very healing and great for clearing as well.
It’s so nice to have more space for my magickal ingredients! Now everything is in one place and easier to find when I need it.