Three C’s to Improve Your House Health
It doesn’t make much sense to work so hard on the health of your body and your family without taking a cold hard look around your home for other potential detriments to your health. So, we’ll assume you have your kitchen in order with healthy foods in the refrigerator and pantry, and any residual preservative-filled foods now (quick, right now!) in the trashola. Whether hidden or glaring, go with eyes wide open around the rest of your home and look for these “Three Cs” areas to address for a healthier home (and healthier humans):
One of the hottest home organizing trends has been sparked by Marie Kondo, the Japanese author of the best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She recommends you look at everything in your home with one question in mind, “Does it tokimeku” —“Does it spark joy?” If it isn’t’ something that is contributing to your joy and your happiness, she says to let it go, send it on to a new life: purge, baby, purge.
Several other books, from different authors, are in the queue, with supportive research on the effects on our mental health of having too much stuff, and how it contributes to stress levels. Other books are set to publish in the next year, urge readers to invest in experiences and adventures instead of “things and stuff.” So, start asking the question “Does it spark joy?” and carry on appropriately. Free your home of excess, free your mind, and the rest will follow.
How do you know the cleaner you are using is filled with dangerous chemicals? You know that light-headed, high as a kite feeling you experience mysteriously every time you scrub the tub? Yeah, that. If it’s making you high or choking you up or making you dizzy or it takes away your breath, ditch it. Those nasty chemicals build up in our systems as toxins over time, and eventually contribute to the breeding ground for disease and cellular destruction.
There are a plethora of natural ingredient cleaning supplies for those domestic duties that call for more than a little scrub brush and some elbow grease. Stop choking up and eroding the skin off your hands with the harsh cleaners, and seek out the those cleaners that get the job done without the detrimental side of effects of chemicals and nasty fumes.
Get real with yourself here. Humans are nasty creatures! And we are becoming nastier the busier and more stressed we become as a species. Our homes, just like our familial relationships, tend to receive our attention last and therefore suffer most. Make it a priority to devote a space for everything and keep everything in its space. This will be a whole lot easier after you work through the clutter recommendation above. Use a smaller trash bin to encourage a swifter process of moving throw aways out of your home and don’t forget to wipe down door handles/knobs and other high-traffic areas of the house (door jams, stairwell rails, etc), where germs meet up to party and throw germ-making orgies with one another. And, of course, encourage a “wash your hands” all day long policy. Or frequently, whatever works best for your lifestyle as long as hands are being washed often.
Tidying up for mental clarity, getting rid of chemicals to reduce exposure to toxins, and keeping your spaces—and your hands—clean are three ways to ensure your house receives health blessings from the wellness gods.