Simple Changes to Your Home and Yard That Can Make You Happier and Healthier
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As Psychology Today explains, the environment we live in has the power to make us happier and healthier. For instance, things like eliminating clutter from our homes can help to boost our focus, productivity, and energy. To learn more about the modifications you can make throughout your home to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health, read on!
Create a “Me Space”
We’ve all heard a lot about self-care and “me time”—but do you have a great place for savoring your restorative moments? You can improve your health and wellness by designating a spare room or corner to a space for solitude. Whether you’ll use the quiet space for reading, meditating, or practicing yoga, this room should be free of electronic distractions—making it easier for you to relax and disconnect from the outside world.
Remove Old Carpeting
While carpeting can feel soft, warm, and luxurious on our feet—especially during the colder parts of the year—some medical professionals believe that carpeted floors may lead to worsened allergy symptoms and poor indoor air quality.
Instead, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends installing solid-surface flooring such as solid wood, tile, or natural linoleum. Of course, this isn’t a quick and easy change. In fact, it costs most homeowners between $2,400 to $4,000 for 200 square feet of hardwood floor.
If you can’t remove the carpeting from your home, there are a few things you can do to reduce allergens and improve your home’s air quality. These include:
Vacuuming your carpeting and area rugs at least twice per week. If you live with pets, however, you may need to vacuum daily.
Running an air purifier to remove harmful pollutants from your home. Several popular sellers of air purifiers include Dyson, Molekule, and Coway.
Regularly replacing your home’s air filter and household appliance filters.
Additionally, it’s important to clean your home’s air ducts every few years.
To improve your home’s air quality even further—regardless of whether you use carpeting or solid-surface flooring in your home—Country Living suggests adding air purifying plants like the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, English Ivy, and Spider Plant in different parts of your home. For instance, the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is an excellent addition to any bedroom, while the English Ivy can purify the air in a windowed bathroom.
Greenify Your Home and Yard
You may know that an environmentally friendly lifestyle is better for the world we live in, but did you know that greenifying your home can also improve your health and well being? To greenify your home for better physical, mental, and emotional health, try the following:
Install low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets
Fix leaky pipes to reduce water waste
Weatherize your home to save energy
Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL bulbs
Use less water in your landscaping
Install and maintain a native lawn
If you’re looking to make a few effective, yet budget-friendly changes to your home, try switching to natural cleaning products, buying organic produce as often as possible, unplugging your appliances when they’re not in use, and installing a programmable thermostat.
Create a Personal Outdoor Retreat
While you probably can’t set off to a tropical destination whenever you’re feeling stressed or anxious, you can create a backyard oasis that helps you to destress and disconnect from the chaotic world we live in.
To create a peaceful paradise in your backyard, install a water garden, plant some of your favorite flowers, and purchase the most comfortable outdoor chair you can find. If money allows, install a wood fence for added privacy and relaxation.
While you can expect to pay an average of around $2,750 on the installation of a new fence, your total will depend on the wood type, yard size, and the height and length of the fence. Keep in mind each foot of lumber ranges between $7 and $15, while installation fees run $10 to $30 per foot.
If you’re looking to improve the way you look, think, and feel, these simple home modifications may do the trick. Plus, many of these home modifications are environmentally friendly—meaning they’ll also fight climate change and better the world we live in. Home sweet home can make you happier and healthier with these simple changes.