5 Easy Upgrades For A Healthier Apartment

Your apartment should be a sanctuary where you can relax and prepare for everything the day brings. The items in your home and their condition can reflect your mental and physical health. You can live a healthier life when you surround yourself with beneficial things.

Create a better life with these five healthy apartment upgrades. 

1. Use plants for cleaner air 

You can place house plants around your apartment to bring life into a concrete jungle. Plants can boost your mood, provide nourishment, and improve your home’s aesthetic.

A significant benefit of many houseplants is their ability to remove toxins from the air. Dozens of common houseplants can purify your home’s air, adding oxygen and removing pollutants. These plants help you breathe easier, especially if you have allergies. Plus, many plants can trap dust and mold that might trigger your symptoms. 

Common choices for apartments include spider plants, peace lilies, English ivy, and areca palms. 

2. Keep a clean kitchen

You probably already know dirty kitchens attract pests, like ants and mice. However, wiping down the counters might not remove the smells and tastes these animals love. Bugs and rodents can carry diseases you don’t want near your food. 

At least once a week, thoroughly clean your surfaces with warm water and your favorite cleaning agent. Doing so removes any small food and beverage particles that could attract pests. While almost everyone sometimes leaves dishes sitting, aim to keep your sink basin clean and avoid leaving out any old food. 

3. Get efficient lighting 

Part of staying healthy is keeping your apartment safe, and you can do so with appropriate lighting. If you don’t have a lot of natural light to work with, strategically placing new light fixtures around your home can help you safely navigate the space, even at night. 

Consider investing in light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs that stay cool to the touch, last longer, and use up to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Aside from the safety benefits, they are also environmentally friendly, reducing your carbon footprint. 

4. Create an exercise area

Most of us can’t fit an entire home gym in our apartments. But creating some space for exercise can encourage you to improve your physical fitness and mental wellness. You can roll out a mat to do bodyweight exercises or practice yoga. 

Many companies now design walking pads and other compact exercise machines you can fold away when not in use, making the space more versatile. Having room in your apartment to work out is cheaper than going to a gym and makes it easier to achieve your fitness goals. 

5. Invest in essential oils

While many essential oils smell good, certain ones can trigger positive emotional and mental responses. Lavender, eucalyptus, and chamomile can all calm your mind, while peppermint and citrus scents can energize you when you feel tired and sluggish. 

There are many ways you can utilize these oils in your apartment. Classic and electric diffusers distribute the scent throughout the air in particles, while candles release them as they burn. You could also go directly to the source and purchase the plants these oils come from to get the freshest scent possible. 

Making healthy upgrades to your apartment can help you live a better life. Your home is a place for renewal. So by making the right changes, you can make it the best environment possible.

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