We’re all stuck indoors for at least another month due to the stay-at-home advisory in Massachusetts. With so much time spent in our homes, it’s more important than ever to create healthy indoor living space. Here are a few ways to make your home healthier.
1 – Add Houseplants
Houseplants create oxygen and improve air quality in your home. The key is to select the right type of plants for different rooms in your home. Click here for a list of 20 plants with proven health benefits. Also, if you have pets, be sure to cross check the list with pet-safe plants.
2 – Change Air Filters
If you don’t recall when you last changed the filter on your heating/cooling system, then you are long overdue! Fortunately, you can probably order new filters online, so there’s no need to venture to the hardware store. Check the current filter for sizing and/or part numbers, so that you order the correct one. If you have a reusable filter, then a quick cleaning with do the trick. Replacing or cleaning your filter will instantly improve the air quality in your home, and essential step to creating healthy indoor living space.
3 – Brighten Up Your Space
Psychological health is just as important as physical health. There are several things you can do to make your indoor living space more uplifting during self isolation. Here are some ideas:
- Swap Out Dark Curtains for Light Ones
- Install Window Treatments that Optimize Natural Sunlight
- Change Bedding to Spring Colors
- Add More Artificial Lighting
- Tackle a Painting Project
- Place Area Rugs Into Storage (Exposing Natural Wood Floors Instead)
- Declutter Rooms
Take a look at our Spring Home Decorating Ideas for more tips.
4 – Use Natural Products
Toxins in our home come from many different sources. Products that we purchase may be coated or treated with chemicals. Cleaning products may also contain any number of chemicals in them. As you spend more time in your home, your exposure to toxins may increase. Being conscious of the products that you purchase can create a healthier indoor living space. Read our blog post on Green Home Decorating tips for more information.
Summary of Tips for Creating Healthy Indoor Living
Creating healthy indoor living requires a look at both the physical and psychological aspects of your home. Cleaner air can be accomplished by replacing air filters and adding indoor plants. Selecting natural products in our furnishings and cleaning supplies reduces toxic substances in our space. For psychological health, focus on how your home looks and feels. Is it sunny and cheerful? Is is spacious and welcoming? Interior design improvements can go a long way in making you feel happier in your home. Ultimately, any changes that you make, both small or big, can help.