12 Superstitions to Keep Your House Free from Bad Luck

Whenever October rolls around, things always seem to get a little spookier (especially with Friday the 13th).

No matter how modern or enlightened we might consider ourselves — and our society — to be, superstition lingers. We can’t help it, it just happens. Check your local high-rise apartment complex with floors that go into the teens or higher — is there a 13th floor? An estimated 85% of U.S. buildings with more than 13 floors actually skip that number.

Those of us who knock on wood, throw salt over our left shoulder, or avoid walking under ladders likely do so because of tradition — and hey, most of us need all the good luck we can get, right? Especially if you’re a young adult in the process of moving into your very first home.

Do you want to believe?

If you’re crossing your fingers and toes and are avoiding black cats at all cost (no matter how cute they are!), here are 12 superstitions you might want to keep in mind when it comes time to settling in your new house.

1. Ditch your old broom in favor of a new one.

Sure, you might hate throwing out a perfectly good broom and spending money on something you don’t need, but if you want to avoid bad luck, you might want to.

In the US, it’s considered bad luck to bring an old broom into your new house. Why? Because you’ll bring all your former bad luck with you. If you insist on bringing your favorite broom, there is hope: sweeping something into the new house first will avoid brushing away all your newfound good luck.

2. Avoid night owl cleaning.

Similarly, in West Africa, it’s advised that you avoid sweeping your home at night, or else you further risk sweeping away your good luck.

3. Break bread with your house.

In the Philippines, you should bring a loaf of bread with you the first time you enter a home to bring good luck.

4. Let loose some change.

Another pointer from the Philippines is to scatter coins around the living room of your new home. This will invite financial prosperity to your new life. (I think we could all use a little extra financial prosperity, don’t you think?)

5. Don’t rock the chair.

The Irish believe that it is bad luck to rock an empty chair, as it welcomes evil spirits into the home. And a chair that rocks itself? Yeah, there are probably already spirits in your house (sorry).

6. Paint it blue.

In the Southern United States, it was traditional to paint porch ceilings blue. This “haint blue” color was meant to keep evil spirits (haints) from entering their home. (Even if you don’t believe, it’s really a lovely shade of blue.)

7. Go in through the out door.

According to folklore from the Pacific Northwest region of the US, its bad luck to exit the house from a different door than the one through which you entered.

8. Which herb for witches?

If you’re looking to keep witches away from your home, consider hanging fennel over your front door, or stuffing fennel seeds in your keyhole (may not come with the same guarantees as your security system).

9. Wake up on the correct side of the bed.

According to a good old American proverb, waking up on the wrong side of the bed really is a thing. If you want to have a good day, you should get out of bed on the same side you entered. (bonus points: make your bed if you want to sleep well.)

10. Keep those shoes off the table.

Putting your shoes on the table is seen as bad luck in the US and the UK — in fact, it could even lead to death. The exact origin to this superstition, however, is unknown.

11. Have the right windows.

When choosing a home, Chinese Feng Shui philosophy dictates that to have good luck, the house must have east-facing windows for the sunrise. If your house doesn’t… I hope you know how to use a sledgehammer.

12. Watch the mirrors (or don’t).

Mirrors can be vessel for misfortune. Not only will breaking one bring you 7 years of bad luck, according to superstition, but even intact ones can be quite ominous.

According to folklore, mirrors can steal souls — which is why Victorians traditionally covered all the mirrors when someone died (to prevent their soul from being trapped inside).

This post originally appeared on CurbAppeal.house.

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