When you think about detoxing how often do you think about your home? It’s a place that you spend time in every day (and night!) so it should be at the top of your list when it comes to maintenance and cleansing. Making your home a safe, secure and stress-free environment will help with your overall new year detox, so let’s get started!
One of the simplest ways to begin a detox is with a good old-fashioned Spring clean. Go room by room, through each cupboard and closet, removing anything that you no longer need or want. Now is the time to be ruthless. Ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” / “Does this make me happy?” / “When was the last time I used this?” Remove anything that has expired, including cosmetics and medicines and make a list of anything you may need to replace.
You’ll soon come to realise that you’ve hoarded a bunch of stuff that you actually don’t need and it’s time to let go. Most of your unwanted items can be re-used or re-loved by someone else, so you can either sell them for a small price (try Facebook Marketplace, eBay or Gumtree) or you can donate them to your local charity collection. For anything else, make sure you recycle as much as possible before simply throwing in the trash.
Replace synthetic chemicals
Synthetic chemicals can be found throughout your home, from cleaning products, cosmetics and beauty products, to even toys and some foodstuffs. These man-made formulas can cause an array of health issues so why not replace them with natural and organic alternatives to make for a healthier home environment.
Swapping out these products doesn’t have to happen overnight. Simply replace products as they run out with natural alternatives. Or, you can even make your own homemade cleaner. Bicarb or baking soda, vinegar and citrus are some of the most versatile ingredients when it comes to cleaning.
The process of detoxing your home from synthetic chemicals may take a few weeks or even months, but it will be worth it in the end!
Now that you’ve made some room, it’s time to clean – thoroughly! Dust, vacuum, wash and rinse to leave your home sparkling clean and smelling fresh. Using natural cleaning products will ensure no harsh synthetic chemical residues are left on your surfaces or on your clothes, so there’s no need to worry about little ones or pets. Ridding your house of dirt and grime will also reduce allergens which can flare up a range of allergies, helping your immune system get a fresh start.
Time to organise what you have left. Place any seasonal or barely used items in sealed storage containers and store in your garage, loft space or at the back of the cupboards. Organise your clothes in a way that makes sense (workwear, outerwear, casual or smart) and do the same for your cosmetics and toiletries so that you can see everything clearly. Doing this will not only make your life simpler, but will also prevent you from buying things that you already own!
That goes for the kitchen too. If you can’t see what’s at the back of your fridge or cupboards, then it may end up getting wasted. You can purchase clever storage solutions for tins, cans and spices so you can see your food more clearly and stop unnecessary waste.
For kids, storage containers can help to keep toys tidy and rooms clean and can be easily stacked in cupboards or closets when not in use. Less clutter makes for a less stressful home life. Put things away when not in use and if you have lots of trinkets, try to keep them to a minimum (you can always rotate items in and out of storage!) Less is most certainly more!
Every home, not matter how small, should have a space reserved for you. Yes, just you. This space should be calming, relaxing and available for you to use whenever you need some time alone. Adding plants and natural wax candles can create a calming atmosphere, whilst natural lighting can help to lift the mood. After all that detoxing, you’ve earned it!