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10 benefits of a healthy home


6. Tidy cupboards

Do you feel the anger and frustration boiling up when you open a kitchen cupboard looking for something, only for a cascade of plastic bowls and beakers to fall out? It's time for a clear out!  Get rid of anything you haven't used for 12 months. If there's a pasta maker, juicer, coffee machine that you don't use and it's taking up valuable space - give it to charity. The act of donating will make you feel better too.

Having good storage and a place for everything means you won't spend ages looking for something. "Ask yourself have you arranged the things you use most frequently with easy access?" says Lesley. "Make sure you have the right storage, using vertical space more effectively to maximise your cupboard space without overstuffing them. Think about using baskets on shelves for a more streamlined look."

7. Temperature control

Germs thrive in hot environments so you may want to turn your heating down. If your home is too hot it'll also encourage you to fall into heat induced lethargy.

It's not a case of keeping your home at polar levels either that's not healthy too especially for babies, children and elderly people. It's a case of making sure the balance is right.

The World Health Organisation's standard for warmth suggests 18C is the right indoor temperature for healthy, appropriately dressed people. If you have allergies or breathing problems WHO recommends a minimum of 16C. A 20C minimum temperature is recommended for sick or disabled people and people who are very young or very old.

The basic level of warmth for an indoor temperature is generally between 18C and 21C.

8. Benefits of nature

Not only do plants in the home cheer the place up, some houseplants can help make the air cleaner too. A survey by NASA found a variety of plants including the Spider plant and Peace Lily, neutralise some of the chemicals found in paints, furniture and household products.

If you have a garden make the most of it. Being at one with nature can make us feel better psychologically. The mental health charity MIND recommends ecotherapy, which is a way to improve your mental and physical wellbeing through doing outdoor activities in nature. This can be as simple as growing herbs on a windowsill or planting seeds to grow vegetables.

9. Risk of injury

A home that is messy and over-flowing with stuff is likely to be an injury risk too. If you can't walk anywhere without stepping on a plastic toy or tripping over a pair of trainers, accidents are going to happen. It is especially bad to stack stuff on the stairs where if you fall you are likely to seriously hurt yourself. Make sure you have a safe path through your home. Try to get kids to put away their school bags and shoes as soon as they get home rather than dropping them just as they get over the threshold. Make sure you have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector fitted to alert you to health and safety dangers.

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