Keli’s Clutter-Clearing Spell When you Want to Make Clutter Disappear in a Snap by Jennifer David Hesse


Keli Milanni, hero of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries, is a practical Witch. Sure, she sometimes wishes she could twitch her nose and watch her house clean itself while she stands by sipping a martini. (Who doesn’t want to be like Samantha Stephens?) But Keli isn’t that kind of witch. She’s a solitary eclectic Wiccan. This means she draws on many Pagan traditions to craft her own earth-based spiritual path. Above all, she honors the divine in nature; she believes in a twofold creative power which she understands as the God and Goddess (a sacred power that goes by many names); and she recognizes an inner world that is as real and vital as the outer world.

Following her heart and her intuition, Keli is fond of creating her own magic spells. She jots them down in her Book of Shadows and pulls them out whenever a situation seems to call for a little magical assist.

The spell below is one Keli has used many times to clear clutter in a jiffy. She knows from experience that the things in her environment affect her energy. And clutter of any kind (whether spell books, charms and trinkets, or clothing from the Pyramid Collection) can block the energetic flow and cause all kinds of bad juju.

So, if you’re feeling stifled by your stuff, jinxed by your junk, or just plain overwhelmed, why not give Keli’s spell a try?

It just might work wonders.


Choose an area to declutter. It can be any defined area: a countertop, tabletop, closet, bench, or corner, for example. Any space with a specific boundary will do.

Pick a time to cast the spell. The optimal time for a banishing spell (even banishing clutter) is when the moon is in a waning phase. This is the period following the full moon, leading up to the new moon. But it will work anytime.

{Keli’s secret tip: If you really need some extra motivation, schedule a visitor who will see the area you want to focus on. Plan a party, hire a handyman or book a cleaning service: anything that will ensure somebody will see this space. Then you have to clear the clutter by that date, one way or another!}



  • A spray bottle filled with a lovely-smelling natural room spritzer

(Make your own with water and a fresh-scented essential oil such as peppermint, tangerine, or sage; or buy a pre-mixed blend from a natural foods store.)

  • Cleaning supplies appropriate for the area you’re working on

(E.g. A lemon-water mix for kitchen counters, a natural wood cleaner for cedar chests and desks, a vacuum cleaner for carpeted floors, etc.)

  • A few bags or boxes, large enough to accommodate all of the clutter you’re working on (Just in case!)
  • A marker or pen
  • Optional: A bell, finger cymbals, or other small musical instrument


Instructions – 13 Steps to Clarity

  1. Stand in front of your cluttered area, take a deep breath and release it. Take a moment to picture the area completely clear of the stuff that’s there. See it spotless.
  2. Rub your hands together, creating some warmth. Then hold your hands out in front of you, above the clutter, as if you can draw energy from it—or throw a fire ball at it!
  3. Begin to move your hands in counter-clockwise circles, as if you are washing a table or erasing a chalkboard. (Wax on, wax off!)
  4. As you move your hands, make the circles larger and larger, and say these words out loud:


The space beneath is empty space

The stuff above does not belong

I bid it to its rightful place

To clear the air and right this wrong


  1. Make a sweeping motion over the whole pile, while saying: “One, two, three, go!” Then snap your fingers with both hands.
  2. Now, quickly, pick up any item from the top layer of stuff. Take two seconds (no more, no less!) and decide if you know where it belongs.
    1. If you do know, then go put the item away. (You can take whatever amount of time it actually takes to put the item in its rightful place. Then go immediately back to the defined area.)
    2. If you can’t decide where it goes in two seconds, then drop or place the item on a nearby surface (floor, bed, table, etc.).
  1. Pick up another item and repeat step #6 until your defined space is empty.
  2. Once your space is empty, bow in front of it and admire the effects of your magic. So far, so good! Then, dust, mop, or otherwise clean the area with your cleaning supplies.
  3. Spritz the newly-clear area with the nice-smelling air freshener.
  4. Now, go to the new pile and, one by one, pick up each item as before.
  5. This time, take about one minute to think about where the item belongs. Does it have a place in your life? Or is it time to give it away? Trust your instincts here—don’t overthink it.
    1. If you realize it is time to let the item go, place it in a bag or box. Then label the bag or box to seal its destiny: E.g. “Donations,” “Recycling,” “Gift for ____.”
    2. If you want to keep the item (and this is perfectly fine!), think about its ideal storage space. Does it need to be easily accessible or visible? Or can it be stashed out of sight in a drawer, cabinet, or cubbyhole? Then go ahead and put it away in its rightful place.
  6. If you run out of time or need to pause for any reason, stack the remaining items as neatly as possible and repeat the spell on another day.
  7. When all items are put away, ring a bell, sound an instrument, or simply snap your fingers above the entire space—both the original spot and the overflow spot—while saying the words below. (By the way, you are directing these words to the divine within yourself. You rock!)


Clouds doth part, chi doth flow

As above so below

Grateful to be clutter-free

Namaste and Blessed be.

 Final Thoughts

That’s it! It’s a very simple spell, right? You can use it anytime a cluttered space is frustrating you or bringing you down just by the sight of it. To ensure success, be sure to follow all the given steps, from the prep work, intention-setting, and visualization to the gratitude and acknowledgement of completion. Remember, all action begins in the mind. Keli’s technique can help speed up the process.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, following this spell does not make you a witch. (There’s more to being a Wiccan than casting a spell!) But sometimes it can be fun to pretend.



JenniferDavidHesseAbout the Author

Mystery writer and environmental lawyer Jennifer David Hesse is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries, a series of cozy mysteries that take place around the holidays in the Wheel of the Year. Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jennifer now makes her home in Chicago with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing, Jennifer enjoys yoga, hiking, and movie night with her family. You can find her online at and


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