When we bought our home in 2002, my mom came over with bread and salt. She said that bread and salt were a traditional housewarming gift. She handed me the bread and proceeded to go around the house, sprinkling the salt.
I thought she was insane. But she was Mom, and southern girls don't argue with their mothers, so...okay.
Fast forward to today: I took a mixture of salt, dried sage, and lavender over to the House. I sprinkled the salt on all the window sills and the entrances, then saged downstairs, upstairs, and the magnificent landing. Truth: burning sage does not smell like one would expect and it always surprises me.
A friend asked me why, and the answer is part of the transition. Salt and sage are purifying and protecting in many cultures and belief systems. Lavender offers peace and tranquility, calming. After all of the cleansing, I swept the entire house. It made it more mine.
After Brian got off work, we moved another truckload of random shelving, chairs, the cash register (happy businesswarming to me!), some paintings Brian picked out for his room (courtesy of the very Nice Rock Shop -this store also carries an excellent sage spray for those of you who have a little interest in cleansing/smudging) and photographs my little brother bought for me because he said they "look like fancy spa pictures". Find this artist (@resa_b_ on IG or here). I'm biased, but whatever. She's fantastic.