A New Year often brings with it a new resolve to clean, detox, cleanse, and downsize. For most people, the home is the first place they turn. Inspired by a “new year, new you” mentality, it’s not surprising that creating a more eco-friendly, organized, and inspiring home environment is high on the list of New Year’s resolutions. The home is where you spend your most important moments, from movie nights with the kids, to romantic at-home date nights with your spouse, to simple day to day routines like going to bed before a busy day at work. Cleaning up your home will truly impact the other aspects of your life, even the ones outside your home, for the better.
If one of your goals for 2018 includes creating an “eco-oasis” that you’re excited to come home to every day, we’re excited to share a few of our best tips to help you “clean house” in the new year. These tips can be applied slowly, or all at once in a giant “overhaul”, but whatever route you choose, know that cleansing your home is one of the most important steps you can take for a life with less stress and more peace of mind.
Swapping out your old bedding for a pair of fresh, organic sheets is one of the easiest and, believe it or not, most important steps you can take to improve your homes cleanliness and eco-friendliness. We may be biased, but the facts are not. Organic bedding isn’t grown with the chemicals required to create most standard beddings, meaning both your skin and the environment are healthier and happier.
Organic cotton sheets, like the ones we sell, are hypoallergenic, meaning they won’t irritate your skin and are safe for even the tiniest of beds. Furthermore, luxury bedding is just that: luxurious. High quality, organic sheets are softer to the touch and are guaranteed to help you get the rest you deserve. Read our blog post on the benefits of organic bedding for more information!
Every house needs a good scrub every now and then, but the products you choose are even more important than the frequency that you clean. Most cleaning products are made with chemicals, artificial fragrances, and ingredients that can not only be dangerous for you and your family’s health, but they can end up damaging the surfaces that you’re cleaning in the long run. Instead, opt for cleaning products made with the most natural ingredients you can find (a good rule of thumb is this: if you can pronounce most of the ingredients on the back of the bottle, you’re probably good to go).
Better yet, many cleaning products can be made from ingredients you likely already have in your home. Things like vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and lemon juice can be powerful cleaning agents when combined properly. See this article for an easy list of DIY cleaning products you can add to your home today!
Everyone loves their home to smell fresh and welcoming, but at what cost? Did you know that, according to an article from Huff Post, most synthetic candles emit “numerous types of toxic chemicals” that can damage the brain, lungs, nervous system, early development, and more?
It sounds terrifying, but something as simple as switching to an essential oil diffuser or an organic soy-wax candle with natural fragrances can make all of the difference, without sacrificing the thrill (yes, thrill), of an intoxicatingly fresh scent.
Although not specifically relating to eco-friendliness or riding your home of toxins, downsizing has been proven to clear the mind and make space for what truly matters in your life. If you feel like you can never get organized, or maybe even like your house can’t “house” all of your belongings comfortably, consider donating a portion of what you don’t use regularly. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in the last four to six months, do you really need it in your home?
Houseplants don’t just make your space look pretty. According to Home Edit, they actually clean the air in your home, by removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen to the air. Plants also remove organic volatile compounds that find themselves in our home through a variety of substances, meaning they’re literally helping “clean house”.
Houseplants can reduce illness in the home, and studies even suggest that they can reduce skin dryness, colds, sore throats, and other ailments. They also reduce stress, and sharpen focus, and increase productivity. (Source).
These changes may feel like a lot to take on at once, but whether you’re planning to implement them all or tackle the tips one at a time, our top five tips for “cleaning house” will make a significant difference in your health, your productivity, and most of all, your happiness and peace of mind at home.
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