Today I’m sharing a tour of my current altar and how I keep it organized!
My primary altar is on top of my dresser, which is convenient for a number of reasons. For one thing, it utilizes an existing structure in a space I spend a lot of time in: my bedroom. It also provides easy storage for altar supplies in the dresser drawers.
On my altar, I have lots of crystals, some of which are divided up by type, such as all of my amethysts in a glass terrarium and all of my moon crystals grouped together. I utilize cake stands and other containers to protect the dresser top from candle wax. In addition to practical supplies, I also have some decorative, personal items on my altar like a vintage typewriter.
Now, I am lucky enough to have a unique, vintage dresser with very convenient narrow drawers at the top, so I don’t have to sacrifice clothing storage for altar storage. However, if you can relocate the clothes in your top dresser drawer to bins or the closet, a normal dresser will work perfectly for altar storage as well.
In the drawers, I store my extra candles, incense, herbs and tarot and oracle decks. The drawers are pretty deep so I have floating candles, votive candles and taper candles all towards the back. Then in the middle, I have a row of decks and bundles of incense. To be honest, I’ve outgrown this space for storing my tarot and oracle decks so I need to find a better way to keep them all accessible!
In the front of the drawers, I have a row of small glass jars filled with some of my most frequently used magickal herbs. Each is labeled with the name of the herb and its most common use, plus a few extra empty jars. This is really handy so that when I’m in the middle of something, I don’t have to run downstairs to the apothecary for a common herb!
The most important thing when organizing your altar is to make it accessible for you. It doesn’t matter how anyone else set up their altar, although I think it is helpful to see what others are doing and how you might be able to implement their ideas into your own practice. What really matters is that your altar makes sense for your life and your spiritual practice.
How is your altar organized?