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Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms & Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  824 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Let your home nourish your soul and uplift your spirits. Swirl magical botanicals into your cleaning supplies, call fairies into your garden, ask a spider for advice. Clear clutter for clarity, perform the oatmeal cookie ritual for abundance, or make a sweet dreams charm for a good night's sleep.

In this delightful book, intuitive counselor Tess Whitehurst reveals how your
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Llewellyn Publications
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Robert Dulaney
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not very magical or very spiritual. Honestly, I felt really weird about even buying this book, but for some reason it called to me. I really felt like I needed to read it for some reason, as I kept finding it in my path. Unfortunately, my long term relationship had hit a sour note right about the same time that I had found "Magical Housekeeping". I opened the book and read it from cover to digital to cover with an open mind. As I began to employ the techniques within the pages to "fix" what ...more
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Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-age
This book caught my eye in the latest Llewellyn catalog. So far it's only reiterated things I already learned in similar books such as "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" and Scott Cunningham's books but the author has an easy to read style and her methods are much more accessible than some of the other magical books out there. For newbies looking to make their home a happier place this is a good starting point and I really enjoyed the fact that she included a recipe from one of my favorite vega ...more
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: magic, home

You know how once upon a time it was sufficient to wash your hands with soap and water? Do that, and you could trust that your immune system would fend off everything except the worst germs. Now if your immune system was impaired in some way, you needed to take extra care, but for the most part a basic cleaning routine was all that was needed. But as we've grown more afraid of contagion (H1N1, anyone?), we've begun adding antibacterial agents to hand soap, dish detergent, and other products, all

Steve Cran
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Your outer world is a direct reflection of your inner world. As within so without. So it makes sense that if your house is a mess then so is the rest of your life. If your house is in order ....... Well you know.

Tess Whitehurst who is a practicing magical worker and feng shui specialist tells you how to get your house in order so you can get the rest of your life back in order.

Every thing in here is really simple to perform . No fact wands, athames or any else of that nature . What Tess represen
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, witchcraft
Honestly, where's the 0 star rating? This book was a woo-woo fake witchcraft book, if you're a real witch/pagan I wouldn't bother picking it up. If you do yoga and say "namaste" and have a buddha statue even though you aren't Buddhist, go for it. It's basically how to appropriate various religions and cultures (while giving them no credit) to be a slightly better housewife or attract "a rich mate." The Native American appropriation is just appalling and unworthy of Llewellyn (of whom I'm a huge ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: witchy-things
Ohhhhh dear. Well, I picked this book up from the library, while looking for other Witchy books and decided to give it a try. I skimmed this entire book in one evening because it was not helpful or useful enough to give it more time and energy.

I truly don't think there is anything new or groundbreaking in this book. It jumped all over the place in terms of traditions and pantheons. (from Greek to Hindu to Celtic to faeries to saints to angels?!) I think it's messy. The rituals called for some e
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I'm not really sure why I read this book. I was in the library looking for something else entirely, and saw this on the shelf. It reminded me of another kooky housekeeping book that I picked up years ago when looking for something else. And when I saw this book, I thought to myself, "Another wackadoo housekeeping book!? I should read all of them. How many could there be?" So, I ended up getting this book not because I thought I would agree with what was in it, but because I saw myself as adding ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
A cute book about housecleaning, decluttering, and Feng Shui that starts out helpful and dwindles into super-fluff midway through. I'm a HUGE fan of decluttering, cleaning, and using metaphysical help to do so: aromatherapy, crystals, even Reiki and visualization. But while I appreciated the descriptions of gemstones, animal guides, and rituals, I found a lot of the information about them unnecessary. The first half of the book contained some useful mini-rituals (not actually spells, more like b ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book practically glows with the positivity and enthusiasm of the author! Excellent, practical tips on polishing the aura and energy of any dwelling place.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but I didn't find anything much that was new, in terms of info.
Coda Calypso
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
This book is great! It like ALL books like this, are meant to be guidelines. Some of the things may not be meant for you so take what feels right to you. It has great references (symbolism of plants and animals, basic protection for your home {great for people not really sure where to start clearing their space}) that can be used over and over. It is full of things to help keep the energy around you clean. You wash clothes to keep them clean, shouldn't you keep the energy around you clean too? W ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
A hodge-podge of various traditions and ideas. This is your average "New Age" eclectic book, combining lots of different religions, cultures, and practices... a bit willy-nilly.

There are some nice recipes for floor washes and such in here, but overall I would recommend readers "Spiritual Housecleaning" instead of this book.
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I love this book. It has very practical and down-to-earth tips for anyone who is seeking to create a more comforting and harmonious atmosphere in their home.
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I'm really not into cleaning or decluttering at all but making it into something more spiritual absolutely works for me. Now if you like to follow strictly a specific path with your craft and you don't like to bring influence from any other culture and hate all new age white light-talk and you absolutely loathe feng shui for some reason, then this probably isn't your book. But for an open minded eclectic witch or just someone spiritual who is open for options it works j ...more
Chromium Kitty
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Much of the information in this book is very useful. It's easy to follow and basically anybody can do it, whether you live in a big house or a small apartment. The rituals are simple and to-the-point. The herbally infused and "green" cleaning supplies are relatively simple to create.

I did have some issues with the attitude the author had in some places. She speaks of throwing things away or giving them away to get new things as if EVERYONE can do that so easily. From my perspective, she comes of
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I had been looking forward to this one since it was referenced in The Good Energy Book by the same author. Unfortunately, if you've read Karen Kingston, Whitehurst uses Kingston's strategies to clear the energy of your home. It's the same things I've read in other books: declutter, clean, and harmony will find you. Not much new is covered in this book. I was hoping for less rituals and more how to live a magical home life instead (a little more like The Good Energy Book, which if you read, you c ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book, especially the first half. It was informative without going very deep in depth, & had more recipes for rituals & other stuff than I thought it would. I reminded me a LOT of Magical Household by Scott Cunningham & David Harrington, just not as...'craftsy'?? It has many mini post-its saving particular pages for future reference! ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! So many practical tips. Easy to read. I didn't feel like I was reading a college textbook. Lots of info, aromatherapy, mudras, crystals,feng shui. A really good read that I recommend to any and all with interest in witchcraft, metaphysical workings , or just for fun!
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s like The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up with a SoCal twist and some actual magick. 👍
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting book that's given me a new perspective on things especially given that I grew up Catholic. Curious to learn more. A good introduction to the "magical" world.
Nicole Luttrell
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful overall advice.
Kerri Connor
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn't really sure how she would pull off an entire book on magical housekeeping, but she sure did. Lots of great hints and tips in here. Not a bad book to read at a time like this.
Josie Yerk
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book. It is simple to the point and yet has fresh ideas that are easily implemented.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love, love, love this book!
May 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
If Pinterest wrote a book on household witchery. Spells are ritual heavy and require you to own a metaphysical shop with all the tools/ingredients required for spells. Doesn’t mention other cleansing methods for crystals other than submerging them in water (some crystals dissolve in water).
Housekeeping made fun even for non witch / wiccan / pagan. I don't think I know much about witch lifestyle, but I happened to notice this book on a side bar and I really wanted to read it. I thought that perhaps this book could help me to bring some fun for the housekeeping. And this certainly did it for me!

Many ideas were familiar to me from other sources and this book kind of combined psychology, meditation, visualization, nice smells, beautiful, functional and junk free home and of course env
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
An okay book, but I wouldn't recommend buying it. As the author herself says, you should only keep those books you find yourself opening again and again, and I wouldn't read this again. It has some useful tips and ideas, but Whitehurst's overabundant New-Age cheerfulness and strange hybrid religion constantly grated on my nerves. For example, she talks about angels like they're some kind of cute fluffy animal that will happily drop whatever they're doing to attend to your slightest whim (like cl ...more
Laurali Star
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that change everything for me! I started becoming interested in feng shui and boom! I found this incredibly well written book by Tess Whitehurst called Magical Housekeeping.

This book lays it all out for you on how to declutter your life. Tess covers everything from gemstones meanings and qualities to spiritual helpers that can help you bring more abundance and love into your life.

The thing that is most appealing about this book is the author's down-to-earth approach, intermingle
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful concept. Love her organized writing style, easy to refer back to. Great timeless tips in here. Reccomend for someone faimliar in house clearing as a reference book, or as a gift to a beginner. But it's not just about house clearing, there is Feng Shui, and mood setting, colors, aromas, sounds, placement.

A few years ago, I came home to what had been a rather horrific death in my home. I couldn't sleep in that room for months, or look in that direction. I could FEEL it all over again. I
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Tess Whitehurst (Boulder, Colorado) is an intuitive counselor, energy worker, feng shui consultant, and speaker. She has appeared on the Bravo TV show Flipping Out and her writing has been featured such places as Writer's Digest, Llewellyn's annuals, and the Whole Life Times blog. She is also the founder and facilitator of The Good Vibe Tribe, an online magical community and learning hub. To learn ...more

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