With the New Year in full swing, there’s never a better time to get yourself together and make the most of a happy, healthy home in the process. These five simple and easy tips can help you de-stress, declutter and help improve your quality of life.
A simple solution to bring your home to a better and healthier condition and make it more enjoyable is to get rid of pests that can have an adverse effect on your well- being. Cockroaches, mites, spiders, rats, mice and any other kind of creepy crawlies that may have taken up residence are not only annoying, but they can also cause damage and most of all have a detrimental effect on your family’s health. Calling a pest control service would be what most of us would resort to. Alternatively you can try to solve this problem yourself through non-chemical means, such as tossing spiders back outside where they belong or tidying up areas where mites might like to congregate, such as dusty cabinets or hard to reach floor corners. Blocking all the small openings around the house will go a long way in preventing all the unwanted four legged visitors from entering your home.
Mold can be an enormous health hazard in any home. Often mold is a major cause of bad health, it can trigger allergies, lead to asthma and all kinds of respiratory illnesses. Fortunately, it is easy to take care of and there are a variety of household products, including bleach, that can handle surface mold without the need for more extreme measures, such as a professional cleaning service. Just be sure to keep the room ventilated before and after you clean so as to avoid oversaturating your house in cleaning fumes. Additionally, it is a good idea to keep particularly damp or moist areas of your home well ventilated as much as possible year-round, since this help keeps the mold and mildew build-up to a minimum.
Dusting is a task we almost always forget to do when cleaning our houses. That is, until we see a thin layer of dirt and grime on our entertainment wall unit. Luckily, there are many ways to keep dust to a minimum in your house now, thanks to the wide variety of dry dusters and household cleaning products available. You should be mindful of older pieces of furniture or certain kinds of wood when selecting products, as some may damage the finish on these items. When in doubt, always use wood safe cleaning products on any kind of wooden surface. Additionally, never use window cleaning supplies on any surface except windows and mirrors.
We accumulate lots of junk in our lives and, most of the time we don’t notice it until it’s on top of us. Take stock of what you have in your home: papers, books you no longer read or use, clothes, decorations, and other such items. If you think there’s something you can do without, get rid of it! Naturally, if the items can be donated or repurposed in some way, this is the best way to declutter. Even something as small as removing some old office papers can have a room feeling fresh and new.
It’s important to let natural light into your home. Not only does it help make it feel cozier, but natural light has numerous health benefits such as helping regulate mood, sleep patterns and more. Cleaning windows regularly, cutting back outside brush and even bouncing light off surfaces can brighten a home immensely.