Every parent wants their home to be as healthy as possible. But this is easier said than done. For one, it shouldn’t fall entirely on one person to make the house healthy. Everyone needs to work together to improve the household environment and ensure you, your partner, and your kids are living your best life. So, how can you create a healthier home? Here are ten ideas to help.
Cook Healthy Meals
The easiest way to promote a healthier household is to eat healthy meals. It’s as simple as that. This approach gives you and your family a fantastic platform to change your lifestyle and embrace healthy eating habits to make a huge difference. However, don’t think you have to survive on salads for every meal. There are plenty of healthy and delicious dishes you can make that ensure you get your five-a-day and expand your culinary horizons. Make food with your kids and partner to help them develop a better appreciation for healthy eating.
Encourage Safe Habits
Although you can’t keep a close eye on your kids at all times, you can ensure they know how to look after themselves. Encouraging safe habits, whether brushing their teeth (at least) twice a day or applying sunscreen if they’re outside all day, can ease your worries and improve your household health. It’s also worth looking out for potential illnesses or conditions like dehydrated skin symptoms, coughs, and infections. Remind your kids to tell you when they feel sick so you can take them to the doctor or treat them at home.
Check Your Home’s Air Quality
Your home’s air quality can be more damaging than you think it is, and this could affect your family’s health in more ways than one. Poor air quality can lead to respiratory infections, while carbon monoxide could be deadly if not solved quickly. If you have pets, their hair and dander can also cause allergies to flare up. Thankfully, you can purchase an air quality monitor and invest in a dehumidifier to remove mold and bacteria, especially in your bathroom. All of these solutions can improve your air quality and make it easier to live in your home.
Keep The House Clean
A messy home is never a nice place to be. While you expect some mess, especially if you have young kids or pets, you still want to keep the house tidy because otherwise, it feels too chaotic. Furthermore, you won’t want to invite friends over because you’re ashamed of the state of the house. Everyone should play a part in keeping the house clean. So get your kids to clean their bedrooms and clean up after themselves after they make food. This can take some of the pressure off you, so you can relax.
Keep Pests Out
Pests can be a problem at any time of the year. Whether it’s wildlife trying to find some respite from the winter chill or flies and wasps eager to sample the contents of your fruit bowl, knowing how to prevent infestations is a must. You should check your home regularly to make sure there are no gaps, especially around the roof. Other than that, laying humane traps can prevent too much mess, but if the problem becomes too much, a pest control firm can help.
Cut Down On the Clutter
Cluttered homes do not happen overnight. It can take years of gradual accumulation until you realize you don’t have enough space to move and every shelf or cupboard is at risk of spilling over. Regular spring cleaning can reduce this clutter but you have to be brutal. The same goes for those clothes, games, or toys your kids are desperately clinging to. If they don’t use or play them anymore, they can go to someone who will use them. It’s as simple as that.
Make Every Room Comfortable
Comfort is key to a healthy home. No one wants to lay on a lumpy sofa or feel cold all the time. You can focus on the most commonly used areas, such as the bedroom and living room or den first and then consider how to improve other rooms. Your kids might prefer to organize their own rooms, so that’s one thing you don’t need to worry about.
Promote Good Sleep Habits
Excellent sleep is another crucial component of a healthier home and lifestyle. However, if you’re someone who goes to bed as late as possible because you always want to watch one more episode or read one more chapter, you might not be as healthy as you’d like. Setting a bedtime and waking up at the same time every day can change this and it ensures you get your full seven, eight, or nine hours to feel refreshed and energized first thing in the morning.
You and your family might already have workouts and activities you do independently. Your kids might be on sports teams at school, or your partner goes for runs regardless of the weather. If not, you can encourage a healthier lifestyle by exploring family exercise options. These are a great way to hold each other accountable and can be fun, which is really the most important aspect of working out.
Fill the Home With Plants
If you’ve not yet leaped onto the houseplant trend, you’re missing out. Plants are a great way to make the home look and feel healthier. The various colors can add something different to your existing decor but they also bring both mental and physical health benefits. An abundance of plants can improve the air quality while taking care of the plants and seeing them bloom and thrive is always rewarding. You feel like you’re responsible for them, so seeing your hard work pay off gives you the win you might have needed.
A healthy home will make a significant difference to your everyday life. You’ll feel happier but also more energized. You’ll come home to a house that is neat and smells amazing. Furthermore, you won’t be embarrassed to invite friends because you’re worried about the mess. Instead of chaos, you and your family can thrive in a tidy, healthy home.