A happy and healthy life starts in your home. It’s the place where you spend the most time, after all. The problem, however, is that with a busy schedule and trying to enjoy time with your family, maintaining a healthy home sometimes seems hard to accomplish. If you’re moving, now is the perfect time to set fresh intentions—here are some tips to get started.
1. Combine comfort and safety
Comfort and safety are two of the most important factors you’ll want to consider for a healthy home environment. Sometimes, these two aspects don’t go hand in hand. Try to find a sweet spot between a cozy and comfortable home that’s also safe. Some comfort factors to consider include having the perfect temperature in your home without fiddling with the thermostat or having furniture that speaks to your style and needs. For safety, do an audit of your home to make sure that everything is safe and secure.
2. Get rid of the clutter
A tried and true strategy for a healthy home environment is getting rid of the clutter. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially when you’re bogged down with daily chores and work. With a move on the horizon, now is the perfect time to get rid of unnecessary items that serve no purpose in your home. If you aren’t moving any time soon, try decluttering slowly and working your way up.
3. Consider all five of your senses
Think about different types of fabric and colors that you enjoy and plan a new look for your home around what makes happy. Delighting your senses is a key element in creating a healthy environment. Find artwork that speaks to you, hang photos of loved ones, and consider an ambient noise maker so you can enjoy the sound of running water. There’s no “hard and fast” rule here, just work with whatever makes you happy.
4. Fix questionable noises
Loud and unnecessary noises can be distracting and even detrimental to your health. Things like a rattling dishwasher or HVAC system can be fixed with your home protection plan. Make sure to repair any faulty appliances that can cause underlying stress in your home. Take note of these noises and fix them as soon as you can.
5. Bring nature inside
Being surrounded by plants and greenery is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but also helps cleanse the air and have been proven to help reduce stress. Not everyone has a green thumb, but thankfully you can go to your local greenhouse and speak with a specialist to find many low maintenance plants that work well indoors.
6. Opt for natural light
Natural light indoors is proven to boost mood levels, lower fatigue, and enhance overall morale. Try to take advantage of natural light when you can, and use mirrors to bounce the natural light from one side of the room to the other. If needed, use other light sources like lamps to lighten up a room.
This post was written and contributed by Emma Cook | firstname.lastname@example.org.