Hello dear friends. It’s been a little while since my last post and boy, has it been a little crazy around here. I don’t know about other parents out there, but it seems like when the munchkins get sick, routine gets thrown out the window. Between two sniffly toddlers and a hubby who acts like a toddler when he’s sick (just kidding… mostly) ;), it’s been a constant stream of tissues, cuddles, and lots of watching Frozen while naps are taken on the couch. Add on work and keeping up with the house to all that, and it’s been a busy few weeks. But I know I’m not alone. It’s that time of year for germs to make their way into our homes and bodies.
All that got me thinking about how the state of our home contributes to our health (or not). And even more than illness-related issues, but to our overall health in general. In terms of illness and germs, it makes sense that counters are easier to clean/disinfect when clutter has been removed. It’s easier to wash a load of sheets after someone’s had an upset tummy at 2 am when the washer (and dryer!) is empty because laundry is all caught up (or mostly).
And I don’t know about you, but have you ever noticed that when one area of your life feels under control (in this example, your home), it makes you want to take control over other areas of your life (like your health)? It feels like a cycle that can either go in a positive direction or a negative one. For example, when my kitchen is clean, I’m more likely to prepare a healthy dinner vs. picking up take-out on the way home from work. Choosing healthy meals makes me and my family FEEL good. Feeling good makes me feel like I have the energy to clean a bathroom, or do a load of laundry. Having those things done in turn make my home feel more peaceful and contributes to our overall well-being.
It is a cycle that starts with one small step in the right direction. That one step leads to another and pretty soon, that series of small steps has led to great accomplishments. This year, I’m determined to take steps big and small in an effort to establish healthy habits and create a healthy environment for my family. And it’s never too late to make a change. It just starts with that first small step.
How does clutter (or lack of) impact your health? And what small step have you made lately (or can make in the near future) that will benefit you in more ways than one?