Make Your Home Beautiful & Healthy

With changing seasons, many of us change our home decorations to fit the time of year.  We work to make our homes beautiful.  Below the home is light and airy with whites and blues. It looks like a beautiful place to celebrate spring.

 

 

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The home is also usually associated with calm and relaxation. Home is where you can unwind after work and make many memories with family and friends.  It’s a place where you can truly be yourself. It’s important to look after your health. Everyone knows that. But sometimes,  having a healthy home can be a problem. People aren’t expecting things in the home to contribute towards illness. Remember, it isn’t just your ill health. It’s also the health of your family and friends. There are many ways to improve your home’s ability to support wellness. For a start, it depends what kind of home you have. Everyone’s home is unique.  First you must identify the problems areas  before you can improve your surroundings. Here are some tips to get you started.

 

 

Temperature Makes All The Difference

 

If you feel the cold in February and March, you know how important having the right temperature is. You also know how expensive having the heating cranked up all the time is. This is especially the case if you live somewhere where it’s pretty cold for most of the year. There are ways you can get address this. Back in the fall, you hopefully did your fall maintenance to be sure your home was ready for winter.  Check out Fall Maintenance Tips & Checklist  for ideas.  For a start, ensuring the sealant around your windows is in good condition to stop heat leaking out. At the same time, you might want to consider wall insulation, which may lead you to say “where can I get some attic insulation installers near me in the current climate”?  Well they do operate, but before you go ahead, be sure that the move will have real time benefit.

 

 

 

 

 

Although getting a new HVAC is a pretty pricey expense, it can save you a lot of money down the line because it will better process the energy. There will be less of it wasted. New energy efficient units are better for the environment, and your health.  You won’t fall ill shivering on your sofa because you don’t want to turn the heating on. Planning ahead of time for big maintenance items for your home can keep your home temperature exactly where you want it.  Rememeber I just got a new central air conditioner last month, but I was planning for the change for the last few years. I live in Florida and use my a/c year round. I planned for the installation in winter on purpose. Changing HVAC systems in the off season is smart for your health and money-wise.  Let me tell you I just received my electric bill, and it was lower than usual.  This new a/c is very efficient.

 

 

Air Quality Is Important

 

There are several conditions that can impact your air quality.  If you live near a busy road or train tracks, it isn’t just the noise that can be a bother.  Car exhaust has a huge impact on your life too. It can actually shorten your life if it’s really bad.   Keep the windows shut when the road is at its busiest. High-efficiency air filters are a cost-effective way to help improve indoor air quality.  This may be beneficial to family members sensitive to allergens and other particles in the air. Air filters also help keep your furnace’s coils and heat exchangers clean, which may prolong furnace life and keep it running efficiently. See Home Depot’s interesting guide about Best Air Filters For Your Home for information.

In the searing heat of summer keeping your windows closed may not be an option, if you don’t have air conditioning.   For many of us, pollen is another problem at certain times of year. My sister bought window air filters for her son’s bedroom in the fall. They are placed with the window opened for the cool air, but he doesn’t get the fall pollen.  Air purifiers can help too. You can find them at all different kinds of budgets too. Another great option is to purchase some houseplants. They’ll pump fresh oxygen into the air and help get rid of the toxins around the home. See my post Air Cleaning Plants for Your Home & Office for more information.

 

 

Photo Comfort Spring: Air Cleaning Plants

 

 

Find Somewhere In The Home Just For You

 

With a lot of people spending far more time at home in the last year, it’s more important than ever that you find a great spot just for you. This might mean that you want to find a dressing table for your beauty regimen or a little nook somewhere to read. A lot of people retreat to their bedrooms, but this isn’t always doable for a lot of reasons. If you’re working from home, try to stay away from where you work. This is because you’ll confuse work and leisure, and one will creep into the other pretty badly.

Gain a fresh perspective and renewed ambition by refreshing your bedroom design for spring. Toss any dark or bulky bedside accessories, and deck out your nightstand with crisp accents like this chic, white-on-white lamp and dreamy, fresh iris arrangement. Whatever is blooming in your garden add it to your space to make it fresh and renewed.

 

 

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If the kitchen is your haven, fill the floating shelves in your kitchen with a bounty of overflowing blooms from your garden. Create an organic and elegant display by arranging the fresh-cuts in varied vases and unique, vintage pitchers.

 

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Keep The Pests At Bay

 

Some pests are pretty harmless. They’re more annoying than anything. Others can be an absolute nightmare and may even be dangerous.   You’re not going to be able to properly relax or do what you love if you are fighting an insect invasion. See to them as soon as you find them. It might be a wasps nest in the attic, or roaches under the home. You need to deal with them decisively or they’ll simply keep coming back and causing you a lot of stress. This doesn’t mean handling them yourself  necessarily. Make sure you call out the right kind of exterminator or bee handler necessary to deal with the infestation. Living in Florida, I look around my home on the outside for the beginning of wasp nests.  I remove and have them removed immediately.  I also during warm weather must fight small ants trying to enter my kitchen.  Be sure to block any entry points for your pests.  I look on the outside walls for small holes in the stucco and fill them.  On the inside I make sure windows are properly caulked.   

 

 

 

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I hope these ideas are helpful in keeping your home healthy and even beautiful.  Photos today are from HGTV’s great post, 35 Easter Decorating Ideas.  I find beautiful home ideas inspiring and hope they inspire you.

 

 

 

 

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This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own.

 

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

2 thoughts to “Make Your Home Beautiful & Healthy”

  1. There is always room for improvement in my house. I just got rid of many old stuffs recently and looking forward for some ideas to freshen up the home. Love your idea on tossing bulking dark pieces 🙂

    1. in fall we tend to use darker colors as the green outside dims and in spring I say bring out the light and bright! Thanks for the kind words and visit.

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