True Confessions and Spring Cleaning
While talking with a good friend about spring cleaning, she said something that I'd never thought of before: “I treat my home with the same respect and care that I treat my body. When I buy products for my home, I focus on natural ingredients, just like I do when deciding what to eat.”
Now I'll be the first to admit that this is still a work in progress for me (both the eating and the cleaning products). My friend's advice struck me though because - it's true. Raising a healthy family is a lifestyle, based on making intentional choices in all aspects of our lives – home included.
Sometimes making decisions can get overwhelming, at least for me. After becoming a mom, I felt like I couldn't 'keep up' with the nutritional knowledge to the same extent as I did before. Ultimately though, living a healthy lifestyle comes down to what we value more than what we know. It's our values that influence our decisions and how we define what a healthy lifestyle means for our family.
For example, the friend I quoted above, works with essential oils. So that's an integral part of her healthy family lifestyle which is different from my family. Her advice got me thinking about what I could do in my home today, that would encourage our family to continue making healthy choices. So here's my list! Simple and easy to adapt to your family ;)
Natural cleaning products
start with what you have! I don't have that many essential oils to make products out of, but I do have baking soda and lemon. Those two natural ingredients alone can clean several areas in the home! Did you know you can wash a toilet bowl with baking soda? Have fun doing a little research and experimenting using what you already have. It's a win-win!
They're pretty décor, AND they clean the air! In addition to bringing in oxygen, certain plants absorb common toxins that degrade indoor air quality. The snake plant, for example, consumes benzene (from car emissions) and formaldehyde (from paint, plastics, treated wood) or there's the jade plant which absorbs toluene (emitted from gasoline, paint). Both of these plants also happen to be hard to kill, in case you have a terrible track record with household plants (ahem, guilty).
This is my favorite home décor tip, and I mentioned it last month! Decorate your home with intention by setting out visual reminders that encourage healthy choices. One example from our family is a fruit bowl. It's always out on the counter and reminds us to choose a fruit snack rather than something else. Also, as the dish gets empty, it tells us to add more fresh ingredients to the shopping list.
So those are a few ideas to keep in mind as you get into spring cleaning mode. I'd love to hear from you, let me know in the comments: What does a healthy lifestyle mean for your family?