Cleaning your house twice or thrice a week may not be enough in order to create a truly healthful environment for you and your family. But, a few minor home improvements and adjustments might do the trick.
“The home is an indirect reflection of your personality,” says Rosemarie Serrano, M.D., a fellow at the Philippine Pediatric Society. “If you make improvements in your home, you are improving yourself and the members of the whole family as well. You become harmonious if the home is pleasant to live in. However, if your home is disorganized, your mind [also becomes disorganized].”
A leading brand of U.S. household items commissioned and released in February 2011 the results of a survey that showed 91 percent of Americans feeling anxious, stressed and overwhelmed by all the clutter at home. Nearly half of the respondents said they wouldn’t ever invite their friends over to their houses.
“In fact, when you become stressed, the whole family members become stressed too,” confirms Dr. Serrano. “When you become stressed, you get headaches, cardiac problems, heart attacks, even diabetes. If your home is cluttered, these accumulate dirt and breed diseases which can give rise to respiratory sicknesses such as cough and colds, allergy or asthma.”
So what home improvements should you do to make your home healthful for you and your family? Here are some tips and advice to de-clutter, one room at a time.
Living room redux