We all want our homes to be safe and healthy places. After all, we spend a lot of time in them, especially these days. Our homes reflect who we are, and they can influence how we feel. When our living spaces are cluttered and dirty, it can lead to feelings of unease or even sickness. But when our homes are clean and organized, it can make us feel happier and healthier. The best news is that you don’t have to spend tons of time and money to have a healthier, happier home. Here are our best tips to help you achieve it.
Leave your shoes at the door
One of the easiest ways to keep your floors clean is to take off your shoes when you get home. There’s a reason why many cultures have embraced this practice. When you take off your shoes you don’t track in dirt and bacteria that you picked up outside. Plus, when you slide your shoes off, it gives you a mental cue that it’s time to relax. So leave a comfy pair of house shoes or slippers by the door to slip into when you get home.
Use the good dishes
Do you have a set of dishes you use every day and a set that you only bust out for special occasions? Why not make every day a special occasion? Using your nice china can make even an ordinary meal feel special, and there’s no reason you can’t use your good dishes every day. If those nice dishes make you feel good, then by all means use them regularly.
Play soothing sounds
It’s easier than ever to play music at home. With our smartphones, home assistants, and integrated technology, we have an entire music library at our fingertips at all times. But instead of blasting your favorite band, why not play some soothing sounds when you want to unwind? Nature sounds are a wonderful way to feel relaxed, whether you’re listening to a babbling brook in a forest or the waves crashing against the beach. This is especially good when you’re winding down for bed.
Vacuum under your bed
When was the last time you actually vacuumed under the abyss of your bed? It’s a spot we often forget. Yet it’s a place where pet hair, dust, and dirt can easily accumulate. If you have sensitivity to these things, then regularly vacuuming under your bed can help ease those reactions. Plus, the American Heart Association says 20 minutes of vacuuming is like walking one mile, so go ahead and do a few more rooms while you’re at it.
Open the windows
This is one of the easiest ways to refresh your living spaces and your mood. Open the windows! There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air to reinvigorate you. Just make sure it’s on a day when there isn’t an air quality alert or high pollen counts.
Take screen breaks
We spend so much time staring at screens every day, whether it’s our phones, computers, or televisions. Make sure to have some time each day that is screen-free. In fact, when was the last time you read a good book? Maybe now is a great time to finally put your library card to use!