Detoxing in the Spring isn’t just about your house, but also your health. This is one of the reasons people like to do Spring Cleaning–it gives you a fresh start on your home, but in a health sense, it resets the body. And, for people struggling with anxiety, clutter and chaos only make things work. So if you’re looking for a few quick tips on how to detoxify your home AND your life, read on my friend!
Welcome in the Fresh Air
The first way to help detox your home and health is by airing it out. Sounds simple, but I’m amazed at how many people aren’t doing this on a regular basis (I’m a huge fan of weekly). Open all of the windows to let in as much fresh air as you can which not only improves the smell of the house (especially if you’ve been using the heater), but also releases the toxins that are in our furniture, paint, etc.
Another way to get cleaner air in your home in the spring is to change or replace air filters in your HVAC system and mobile units. Some of them will have air filters you wash, while others are disposable and need to be replaced. This includes in your heating and air conditioning unit, and portable units like fans, portable air conditioners, and dehumidifiers.
Bring in Fresh Flowers and Plants
Spring is the perfect time to start bringing in the outdoors. They also serve multiple purposes: they’re beautiful, help eliminate pests, smell great, and can help clean the air in your home. Greens help reduce stress and re-oxygenate the house, making it easier to breathe. Some good plants and flowers for spring include lilies, daffodils, primrose, and viola. Though there are many different varieties if you check your local nursery.
Declutter Your Home
With spring cleaning happening this time of year, you might want to start by decluttering your home. This is going to make it much easier when you get to actually deep cleaning your home. Decluttering isn’t just cleaning up messes and putting things away, but deciding on items you might not want or need anymore. Go through each room of your home and decide what to keep, what to throw away, and what to donate or give away. If you’re an allergy sufferer, decluttering is crucial to get rid of dust and dander.
Declutter Your Life
This is a powerful one for health. Take a step back and look at items, friendships and activities you do regularly that no longer serve you. If something or someone is consistently bringing you negative energy, it’s time to let go. By doing so, you free up space for other wanted things in your life that bring you joy, and in turn it leads to less stress and better health.
Clean Out the Food
Take some time to go through your food items and spices. They all have expiration dates, and if you’re anything like me, you completely forget about items that get pushed to the back. Make more space for wanted items that are nutrient-dense, like vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, and fewer processed items.
Clean out your food choices as well. If you find yourself constantly reaching for sugary items, get them out of there! This is a great time to find substitutions. Dates instead of cookies, carbonated water instead of soda, nuts and seeds instead of chips, etc. Make a list of your favorite items and see if you can find a healthier alternative to keep on hand. If you’re stuck on healthy recipes, I’ve got a free 5 day meal plan here that’s all yours (just click here)! A perfect ‘spring cleaning’ start.