A healthy home is dry, clean, safe, pest-free, contaminant free, well ventilated and well maintained. It is energy efficient, flexible, adaptable, ergonomic, beautiful and comfortable. Here are a few tips to create a healthier home. It's a good place to start.
Do: Clear the Clutter
Why it matters: Clutter hides dust and allergens. It also prevents movement and increases stress!
Do: Keep it Clean
Why it matters: Post Pandemic – who isn’t aware of the importance of cleaning? Bacteria and “germs” are everywhere – maintaining a clean home is a solid preventative measure to keep you and your family healthy.
Do: Use Chemical Free products
From the materials you choose to the cleaners you use – choose chemical free.
Why it matters: Chemicals can wreak havoc on our respiratory system, cause skin irritations, allergic reactions and headaches to name a few. If you do decide you just can’t get the “clean” you want with natural cleaners – be sure to open those windows for ventilation and wear gloves to protect your skin.
Do: Consider color
Why it matters: The color you surround yourself with can vastly affect your mood and energy. Warm colors like red, orange and yellow create an energetic feel to a room, while blues, grays and greens are more calming.
Consider how you want to feel in your space and act accordingly, color can be added by painting the walls, or simply by adding a few accent pieces, like artwork, pillows, vases, or area rugs.
Do: Create Comfort
Use all your senses to determine what you want to surround yourself with. Your body will thank you.
Why it matters: Headaches, itchy watery eyes, sneezing and coughing? No thank you! But whether allergies run in the family or not, there are other ways your environment effects your health.
Using all our senses when making décor decisions is a great way to create a healthy home.
Eyes: Add something to every room to trigger a smile. Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, other natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together, these brain chemicals make us feel good from head to toe. Not only do they elevate your mood, but they also relax your body and reduce physical pain.
Ears: Sound travels, even if you don’t have large rooms with high ceilings and especially on hard surfaces – you don’t have to fully soundproof all the rooms in your house, however, a less intrusive way to can dampen sound is to add fabric in the form of wall art, area rugs and window treatments to name a few.
Noise can negatively impact the body in significant ways, including elevated blood pressure, impaired cognitive functioning, cardiovascular and psychophysiological effects, cause heart attacks, reduced performance, provoke annoyance responses and changes in social behavior and can lead to chronic stress.
Mouth: For kitchen and dining areas - studies show that colors like orange and red work as strong stimulants for taste buds, while gray tends to suppress the appetite.
Nose: Odors from chemicals, mold and even some natural fibers can result in a not so pleasant environment. If exposed to a strong odor over a length of time - breathing problems, mood, anxiety and stress levels can be heightened.
Touch – Using texture – an object’s physical feeling – to create interest and the “right” mood. Complex and rough textures are more likely to make a space feel intimate and grounded while smooth textures bring a sleeker and simpler tone to the room. Also note that lighting effects how we perceive texture too.
Decorate with plants and flowers – (had to add that in here somewhere) – bonus if you use air filtering plants – which help clean the air!
And lastly but definitely not least…. room to move
Do: Consider Movement when arranging furniture
Why it matters: When choosing a furniture layout for your room, it’s important to leave room to move. Take care not to overstuff your rooms with either too big or too much furniture. Being able to move about your space is essential to staying healthy. Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle, which then leads to heart problems, obesity, and diabetes to name a few.
A room with not enough floor space to move about freely only keeps us on the couch – or leads us to bump our shins and stub our toes – OUCH! Plus, room for dancing is fun!