Did you know the part of your brain that processes smells is located in the same area that processes memories? That’s why smells can trigger memories and emotion. And, breathing in nice aromas naturally puts us in a happier mood. So, light those candles! Not only do they smell great, but they give your house a cozy look and feel.
Or, put some essential oils in your diffuser. When I’m trying to psyche myself up to be productive, I use a blend of wild orange and rosemary in my diffuser. Breathing in essential oils actually stimulates your olfactory system—your nose and the part of your brain that processes scent. Not only that, but when you diffuse essential oils in your environment, their molecules flow through your nose, your lungs, and get absorbed throughout your body and your brain. They have then have a stimulating or calming effect (based on the essential oil or oils you’ve chosen to diffuse) on you limbic system—affecting your mood, breathing patterns, heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels, breathing patterns, your memories, and even your hormones.
Also, the minute I feel a sniffle or a cold coming on. I use doTERRA’s On Guard oil in my diffuser to purify the air and banish the germs. This is especially helpful when one person in your house is sick, to prevent others from contracting the virus in the air of the home. Bonus, it smells amazing and makes your entire living space smell like a spa.
If you haven’t tried diffusing essential oils at home or your place of work yet, I think you should give it a try. Personally, I use doTERRA; you can get a complete kit here.
4. Declutter Your Home
Get your Marie Kondo on! And by that I mean actually do some decluttering; binge watching strangers do it on TV does not count. Start small so that you don’t get overwhelmed. And don’t move on from one project until you have finished the previous one.
I suggest starting with your junk drawer. Everyone has one. Some of you may have more than one. It’s ok, no one needs to know, just go tackle one of them, like pronto!
After junk drawers, I like to attack piles. Do you have random piles of papers and stuff? I do. I have a pile right now that I’m going to take care of as soon as I’m done with this. It’s the pile of mail that I deemed too important to toss out, but yet, somehow, not important enough to open. Do you have one like that? Then join me in taking care of it. One way I’ve reduced that size of this particular pile, is that I now refuse to bring any mail that I know I don’t need or will never open in to the house. I keep a recycling bin in the garage, and I toss in all junk mail before I ever enter the house.
The next step in your declutter detox is to take care of the dreaded closets. Sorry, sis, but it’s got to be done. Things you don’t need, are just things you don’t need. And the honest truth is, you don’t need much. You certainly don’t need many of the things in your closet. Shoes you bought because they were drop dead gorgeous and on sale, but you can’t take 2 steps in them without crying in pain---you don’t need it. The 15 pairs of jeans that sort of fit but not really---you don’t need it. Lonely, single socks who’ve lost their mates to the dryer monster---you don’t need it.
5. Swap Out Toxic Home Cleaning Products for Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
It’s highly likely that your broom closet and the area under your sink are full of cleaning products that are loaded with harmful chemicals. Yes, they clean your house, but they leave behind a chemical-laden residue, and produce fumes that are harmful to your olfactory system and lungs. No thank you, very much! It’s time to flip out your chemicals for some non-toxic cleaning products.
Toxic Cleaning Products to Look Out For: