In my last post, I discussed how I rearranged my room for greater health. Here are a few more random considerations for your room’s health.
When I was recovering, I left all my electronics outside my room at night. Most electronics, even when they are off, emit some kind of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). While these effects might seem insignificant, they may add up over time. Why not take the extra step for your own peace of mind? Store your computer, cell phone, ipod, and other devices in another room while you sleep. Don’t use a cell phone for your morning alarm, use something battery operated and keep it on the far side of your room as far away from your bed as possible. Don’t use your electronics late into the night and get an app like f.lux (which I’ve used for years now) to cut down on your blue light exposure. When your body is recovering, it needs all the help it can get. The little stuff adds up!
2. Organize Your Room.
There’s something about a clean room that makes it healthy. In my ebook, I stress the importance of personal discipline for recovering from chronic illness. This includes keeping your room (and perhaps other areas/rooms) neat. There’s something health-giving about working, reading, and sleeping in a room that is not strewn with dirty clothes, misplaced items, piles of junk, and papers. Often when we are sick, we can be prone to let these details slide. But the simple act of keeping your room clean and organized has a positive impact on your disposition. It won’t cost you anything but a little time. Don’t go crazy and completely reorganize your room tomorrow. Start small. Set aside 20 minutes per week to clean your room. Then add to that over time if needed.
3. Clean Right. Clean Regularly.
Getting a high-quality HEPA vacuum cleaner is an investment, but certainly worth the cost. I dust with damp paper towels to cut down on adding dust to the air. Then after cleaning, it’s probably a good idea to either diffuse essential oils or run a high quality air filter (like and Austin Air Healthmate) to clean the air of any particles you kicked up in your cleaning.
4. Flooring Matters.
When we had our house remediated one of major changes we made was to replace all our carpet with tile flooring. All our bedrooms have no rugs or carpets in them. That’s intentional. Carpet, in addition off-gassing loads of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), quickly becomes a storehouse for mold spores, dust, and allergens galore. Every footstep on carpet disturbs the storehouse catapulting unseen dangers everywhere. Regular vacuuming only slightly mitigates this problem. Tile is where it’s at.