May 22, 2019

Why Cleaning Your House Helps With Paranormal Activity

I love clutter

Is this cluttered area opening the door to paranormal activity in your home?

Happy Wednesday, dark passengers. Today I want to talk about a subject that’s been near and dear to my heart since the house flood I had several months back: Clutter.

More specifically, how does clutter contribute to the nature and frequency of paranormal phenomena in your home?

I should probably preface this by stating that my house seems to be a beacon for spirits because I live here, not because of the level – or lack thereof – of clutter. That said, I’ve definitely noticed an increase in the level of negative energy around me since the flood. In fact, the spirit one of my cats quite liked left that day and never returned.

Yes, I’m aware how odd it sounds to be talking about my cat’s best good ghost buddy…

Anyway, let’s talk about why clutter can contribute to paranormal activity and what you can do about it.

Clutter’s Effect on Paranormal Activity

Keeping a cluttered home can affect more than your ability to land a feature in your favorite home and garden magazine. For every person you talk to about the subject of clutter and paranormal activity, you’ll get a different explanation. Here are the top reasons there could be a connection.

Clutter Kills Chi

Okay, so maybe that stack of paperwork on your desk and the junk drawer aren’t killing your chi, but they aren’t helping it either. For believers of Feng Shui and other Eastern practices, chi is energy. In order to maintain balance in your life, your chi needs to be able to flow freely around your space.

This is especially important in your home because each corner or section affects an area of your life – wealth, career, relationships, etc. Clutter in the career section of your home could cause disharmony in your professional life.

Clutter Messes with Your Mind

Have you ever tried to read a book or work on the computer while everything around you is in utter disarray? I have. Everything usually starts out fine, but then my eyes will become more and more aware of what’s in my peripheral vision. Soon, my eyes have to dart away from what they’re looking at every few minutes to glare at the offending clutter in the room.

And if they don’t, my mind is so busy consciously trying to block out the clutter that I end up having to redo everything I just did. Yes, my ADHD brain is a frustrating place to be in around clutter.

More than the distraction it provides, clutter has a negative impact on your emotional state. Rather than being able to come home and enjoy a few relaxing hours, your mind must constantly cope with the fact that your place is a wreck. So, either you spend your free time trying to shove clutter out of sight, or you end up in a guilt spiral because you haven’t gotten around to cleaning it yet. For some people, they end up feeling jittery.

Clutter Manifests Clutter

When I say clutter manifests clutter, I mean that on multiple levels. Junk drawers grow so full that they come off their tracks. Desk trays overflow with paperwork. As the clutter in your home grows, so does the chaos in the rest of your life.

If you think I’m kidding, just remember the last time you couldn’t find your shoes and car keys in the same morning and how much it threw off your entire day.

It works the other way as well. When your life is getting nuts, it’s easy to let your household chores fall to the wayside. A tough day at the office¬† might make you blow off cleaning the kitchen in favor of vegging out one night. Family troubles might put you in a funk that makes it hard to get out of bed, much less vacuum the house and clean the mirrors.

Now, by itself, none of this gives a conclusive correlation between clutter and paranormal activity; however, clutter affects your mood. Once your emotions go haywire, it can be easier to detect paranormal activity you normally wouldn’t notice. According to some spiritual belief systems, people suffering from severe depression can actually attract demons or other negative entities.

As if the upcoming holiday season wasn’t enough incentive to clean your closet…

Does Clearing Clutter Alleviate Paranormal Activity?

When it comes to paranormal phenomena, I’ve found that most things are largely symbolic. Consider this:

  • In the Christian faith, people wear crosses for a number of reasons, one of which is protection. If a malevolent demons comes to create havoc, is it your nifty cross necklace that keeps them at bay, or is it your belief in what the cross hanging around your neck represents?
  • For those who use sage during house clearing or smudging rituals, sage helps them rid their homes of unwanted spirits. Now, perhaps sage has properties that repel negativity, but it doesn’t always work for everyone. This tells me that it’s a person’s belief in the sage coupled with their words and intentions during the ritual that clears the negativity, not the smoke alone.

Applying the Belief Concept to Clutter

Now, let’s turn our attention back to your cluttered home…and mine, too. It’s always possible that spirits are attached to a specific item in your home that gets tossed out with the clutter, but let’s consider the non-tangible explanations as well.

  • Clearing clutter puts you in a good mood, thus making you less attractive to negative beings
  • Clearing clutter is a physical representation that you’re taking control back over your life and your home
  • Clearing clutter changes the way you view your home and makes you project positive thoughts towards it
  • Clearing clutter makes a path for the free flow of chi.

Can you think of any other ways clearing clutter helps alleviate paranormal activity in your home, dark passengers?


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Jen Whitten is a paranormal researcher and writer, specializing in psychic development, Empaths, modern day vampirism and dealing with entities. She regularly discusses the paranormal realm, as well as the dark inner workings of the mind.


  1. Shakespeare says:

    Fascinating post… the clutter in my house has been bothering me for a week, for I normally keep it really clean.

    I’m cleaning now. Right now. I need to get my Chi flowing again.

    • Jen Whitten says:

      Right now, my whole house is one big pile of clutter because we’ve both been so busy since the flood repairs completed. I feel the most ill at ease in the room that are in the worst condition for their size though…my office being one of them. I’m tempted to rush through a bit of work today and give it a good cleaning and organizing before I start working on my NaNo project.

      I don’t have a clue how to do much about Feng Shui, but I know this sure isn’t it. :S


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