How Healthy is Your Room? (Part 1)

Supplies (raw milk and broken keyboard optional) 

Supplies (raw milk and broken keyboard optional) 

This weekend I rearranged my room.  My original purpose in rearranging was increasing my room’s organization, but like many things I do, I considered my health heavily in the process.  Many do not realize there are simple changes they can make in their room’s layout that can greatly increase their health.  In future posts, I’ll write more about the details of some of these dynamics, but for now, here’s the process I used to rearrange.

Prep work

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The first thing I did was start up my cold air essential oil diffuser.  I clean my room and vacuum it every week and always diffuse essential oils afterwards.  This helps with the dust particles you’re bound to unearth as you move and clean.  I then made a quick list of the health factors I wanted to be mindful of as I rearranged everything.  The list was not necessarily in order of importance.  For some people, the list might be reversed.  Everyone is different.

EMFs

The first item on my list was EMFs.  I used the Gauss meter pictured to measure all directions and angles of the room.  Thankfully my room is very safe except for a few hot spots along the walls.  I have a Mac computer which doesn’t put off many EMFs, and then there’s my cellphone which is probably pretty bad.  I don’t worry about it.  (I’m recovered now; cellphone are a part of modern life, and I do enough good to counteract the bad.)  You should know that the Gauss meter only measures certain kinds of EMFs.  It does not pick up the types of EMFs emitted by cellphones and Wi-Fi very well.  So you’ll need to guess on those or pay for a more expensive reader.  Once I had the lay of the land, I knew EMFs would not be a major factor in determining the placement of my furniture.

Porous Materials

This is a huge factor for those who’ve had trouble with mold.  If you had mold in a previous location and you moved, or if you just have dust and mold allergies in general, then you’ll want to be mindful of where your porous materials are in the room.  For me this is clothes (which are all in the closet) and my bookshelf.  

Be careful where you place your books! 

Be careful where you place your books! 

Books collect mold spores and are extremely hard to remediate.  In this rearranging event, I finally threw away the only book I had left from the pre-mold house.  You never know what books have picked up.  Used books can be especially problematic.  Keeping books out of the room you sleep is a good idea if it’s possible.  



Clean clothes should not be a problem, but dirty ones may be.  If your work environment is not healthy, then work clothes should be quarantined.  I use a big plastic bin which is in my closet.  I’m not sure how healthy or unhealthy my work environment is, so I do this just to be safe.  I also keep my computer bag (which travels with me to work everyday) in my closet to keep it secluded from my room’s airflow.

Fresh Air

Outdoor air is very good for most people.  I’ve write about this in my ebook.   Sometimes my house is downwind from a water treatment plant so outdoor air is not always safe, but most of the time it is.  As I was rearranging, I wanted to think about where the window was and where the fresh air would be coming from.  I remember once when I was very sick, I slept with the window open one night and the next day I had SO much energy!  So this was another factor I considered.

Sleep is First

Once I had the lay of the land, I began considering the placement of everything.  The most important aspect of my room is where I sleep.  The time I spend sleeping is relatively short, usually just 4-6 hours a night.  My time spent in my room doing other things is greater than my sleep time. However, I still think sleep location is most important and should be prioritized.  

My bed was positioned as far as possible from the closet, away from the bookshelf, and as close as possible to the window.  A little quirky note: I’ve also heard that sleeping with your head pointed north actually has health benefits.  Somehow it’s healthy for your electrical alignment similar to the benefits of grounding.  I haven’t seen any evidence but it makes sense.  Thankfully, my closet is in the south side of the room so I can have my bed face north and be as far away from the closet.  If I was forced to choose, though, I’d put avoiding the closet above having my bed face north.

The bookshelf was placed as far away from the bed as possible and my desk was also placed further away from the closet and bookshelf.

There’s nothing super complex here, just a simple steps taken to provide the body with a safe haven of recovery.  You want your room to be a safe place for your body to rest and recover.  Little things like putting your briefcase in your closet and dirty cloths in plastic might sound insignificant.  Don’t be deceived!  These little steps add up over time.