With the hectic pace of modern life, it can be hard to achieve your ideal work-life balance, especially if you are raising a family and working at the same time.
Your home is the central part of your life, and you need somewhere that is pleasant to be in for your rest and relaxation. With the ultra-busy metropolis on your doorstep, a place of refuge from the hustle and bustle is essential to maintain your equilibrium and, very importantly, your health.
How can you create a healthy home? It’s easier than you might think, and won’t take up all the spare time you have when you want to be putting your feet up.
Keep your surfaces clean
Dust can be a real obstacle to making your home healthy. Those little particles can hide a host of toxins, and it’s easy to stir them up by accident or design, so you could be breathing in some unpleasant chemicals.
Dust regularly and keep an eye out for corners or under furniture where dust gathers. It’s best to use a vacuum cleaner, especially for carpets where you often can’t see the dust, and using a damp mop for surfaces without carpets will help prevent you inhaling those particles.
Use a moist cloth to wipe down furniture and don’t forget the tops of pictures and doors where dust can linger. Keeping a clean home will help you provide a healthy environment for everyone.
Let in natural light
We’re all used to artificial light in the home, but wherever you can, try to let in natural light. It’s better for your eyes, and as long as you protect delicate furniture or coverings from direct sunlight, you’ll add a lot more warmth to your rooms.
Curtains can be a bit of a hassle when you want to let in light, so for something much easier to manoeuvre, consider putting in some shutters. You can choose from a wide range of materials and colours, and you can also get them with slats that open and close, giving you complete control over exactly how much natural light you allow in.
Use houseplants to create a wholesome atmosphere
Houseplants are an inexpensive way to add to a healthy home environment. Not only do they look attractive and, with the right choice, provide additional colour with their flowers, but they also release oxygen and help remove airborne toxins. Bringing the natural world into your home makes for a calm and peaceful atmosphere, adding a fresh and clean look to your living spaces.
Cut down on the chemicals
Cleaning products are packed full of toxic chemicals, and although they are necessary, there are many products now available that have reduced amounts of chemicals and can be safer to use. Next time you’re shopping, look for what different cleaners you could make use of.
Make a plan
Creating a healthy home doesn’t have to be hard work, but take some time to plan what you’re going to do. Keep a clean environment with plenty of good light and think again about those chemical cleaning products.