Our homes are an outward expression of who we are as individuals.
Even when there is a large family under one roof, our tastes can expand beyond the borders of our bedrooms.
For many people, it’s paramount that the home is healthy beyond their homes becoming works of art.
Though products to clean your space, wash your laundry, and yourself have come a long way in keeping us healthy with natural and alternative options, you may not think how you decorate can impact your health.
Whether you’re looking to redecorate and include a health boost as part of it or add elements with health benefits to your existing decor, keep reading for easy, healthy ways to make it happen.
1. Declutter Regularly
Clutter can creep up on even the most organized people, and its effects are often unpleasant.
One of the first things you can do to boost your mental health is to declutter your living space.
Leave no junk drawer unopened and no closet full of ill-fitting or damaged clothing behind!
Decluttering regularly has not only mental health benefits but can also lessen dust and dander in the home that could be triggering allergies and more health concerns.
If you have children, train them to be organized declutterers from a young age so you’re not living with piles of unused toys and broken crayons.
Decluttering may take some work, but it’s free and works wonders.
2. Bedroom Bliss
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, where you get to rest and reset at the end of a long day or spend a self-care day in bed, binging your favorite show or devouring a good book.
Too many use their bedrooms for catch-alls of school work, dirty laundry, and even an office if they work from home.
Create a healthy bedroom by using soft, all-natural bed linens, the highest quality mattress you can afford, and neutral colors that set your mind at ease.
3. Try Minimalism
While decluttering can get you far in reducing dust and allergens in the home, minimalist living may be the answer for those whose health is extra sensitive to irritants.
Plenty of allergy sufferers ditch their rugs to breathe better; minimalism can boost your health even more.
With fewer possessions to collect dust and allergens, you also have less to tidy up, which can help your mental health.
Add to that the ease of cleaning in a minimalist home and deep cleaning to address issues as benign as pet hair to more serious things like mold are worlds easier.
4. Buy Plants for Your Home
While plenty of people have turned their homes into virtual rainforests, you may not have yet dipped your toes into the plant aesthetic.
Not only do plants help purify the home in your home from harmful toxins like formaldehyde, but they also provide an instant mood boost which is healthy for your emotional state.
Whether you buy plants online or visit a local nursery for more native plants for your home, decorating with the natural beauty of houseplants is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and your home.
5. Set Up a Shoe Shelf
If you’re the type of person who takes their shoes off as soon as they walk into their home, it’s an excellent habit to keep up. Shoes can track allergens and chemicals; before you know it, they’re spread throughout the home.
While you may not be comfortable asking guests to remove their shoes, setting up a tasteful shoe shelf or rack by your entryway says it for you.
Even if you don’t entertain guests, the shelf and the organization it provides are a healthy addition for you and your family.
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6. Blackout Curtains
We spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping, so decorating in a way conducive to a good night’s sleep is a no-brainer.
Sleep is when our bodies can do the most resetting, and recharging and blackout curtains can keep more than pesky sunlight out of your bedroom.
They can also lessen the noise that may come in from outside the home, meaning you stay asleep easier and longer.
Other healthy ways to decorate, like essential oil diffusers, installing air purifiers or water filters, and starting a home garden, are great options.
You’re on your way to a cleaner, safer home using the above suggestions.
Here’s to your health!