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New Year, New Goals
It’s that time of year; time to reflect, analyze, and make changes.This time, you need a plan that serves you, not the other way around. Instead of falling into old habits of sacrificing an entire weekend to clean, follow along with us on our detox journey! We’ll guide you through a new approach to cleaning–one that is realistic, easy to maintain, and effective at removing toxins.
To start, all you need is 15 minutes a day! No matter if it’s the crack of dawn, the middle of the night, or anytime in between. A little time is all you need to create the stress-free, clutter-free and non-toxic environment you deserve!
We’re not here to judge– psychologists agree that the state of organization in your home is a representation of how you feel about life in general. Studies have even shown a correlation between how much clutter you have and carrying emotional weight around. When our personal spaces are a mess, it’s hard to feel settled and in-control…and it is SO easy to let things get messy (especially when there are kids around).
Did you know that what you keep in and around your home can not only affect your mind & mood; it can also affect your body on a cellular level! Think about it…from what you wash your clothes into which household cleaners you use in and around your home, it all gets absorbed into your body.
That’s right–everything. Your laundry detergent, everyday surface cleaners, air fresheners, even your candles! You are touching & breathing in everything that is used and sprayed around your home. Now, assuming you don’t want to be a walking collection of toxicity, it’s time to make a change!
So…can you commit 15 minutes a day to make a positive change in your mental and physical health?
Of course you can!
Starting this journey will help to:
- Improve Focus
- Build New Habits
- Save Money
- Boost Confidence
We want you to feel in total control of what you bring into your home AND know that you can create a real and lasting impact on your physical and mental health!
Improve Your Ability to Focus
Focusing on one task at a time is easy for some and quite difficult for others. So, if you’re having a hard time focusing or figuring out what to focus on first, having a helpful guide like this one is the best way to start.
So, how exactly do your surroundings and their level of tidiness affect your mind’s ability to lock onto a task? Excess clutter = Stimuli. And just like any situation, more stimuli means more distractions. Trying to get work done in a messy room is like trying to study at a concert.
While you may not have a full-on light show happening in your room, the piles of clothes, mountains of dishes, and dressers piled with ‘stuff’ are doing the same thing to your brain. Your brain is trying to keep tabs on all the things it needs to accomplish–the mess and the work. Just like if you were trying to study and enjoy a performance, your brain won’t be able to focus.
Long story short:
- Get rid of clutter
- Get rid of distractions
- Improve your focus today by taking 15 minutes to tidy up the space you spend the most time in.
- Feel the difference in productivity
Build New Habits
According to a study from the European Journal of Social Psychology it can happen in as little as 18 days. The key is consistency, so just make sure to really take those 15 minutes each day to work on a new objective. Once it becomes muscle memory to take that time out to work on your space, you’ll get a consistently clean home in no time (30 days to be exact)!
Think of something you learned at some point in your life; riding a bike, reading, writing cursive, anything. Chances are it wasn’t so easy the first time around, or even the second…or third. BUT, what matters is that you eventually became a pro at it. How? By doing some kind of practice repeatedly until it became second nature.
We are doing the same basic principle with maintaining a clean home– practicing in small increments until it comes naturally.
Time = Money. Stop wasting both of them! Spend less time (and money) on cleaning and enjoy more quality time with family–no matter how messy the house is.
We understand that sometimes you simply have to spend more time cleaning than you care to because mess can become too big without warning.
We’ve all been there–you blink and the mess appears. Cups are incubating bacteria of all shapes, sizes, and smells. Silverware is caked with chunks of food so old it can no longer be identified. Things are so gross you’d rather toss the lot of it than clean it by hand. No one wants to admit it, but it happens (and we don’t blame you). There are some things you can’t un-experience, and getting fuzzy mold under your fingernails is one of them!
Even if you do decide to tackle the mess, it’ll take you way longer than just 15 minutes to get everything cleaned, sanitized, organized, and properly disposed of. If time is money, then the more time spent on cleaning heaping messes is just more of your hard-earned income being wasted. You can save time on both just by taking those 15 minutes a day to tidy up.
You already know how having a tidy space lowers stress levels. When you’re less stressed, it’s easier to stay confident for longer. Think about it–nothing dampens the mood quite like being stressed. Whether you have unexpected company, need to jump on a video call, or just want to relax. It’s hard to stay confident when looking at reminders of all the things you haven’t gotten to yet.
Add a new time slot into your routine to fix this problem. By adding 15 minutes each day of detoxing another room in your house, clutter will fall to the wayside. This added room to breathe will give you improved feelings of confidence! No more scurrying around, stuffing piles into the closet.
Get Started Today
4 Steps To Manifest Your Dream Home RIGHT NOW
- Keep an end goal in mind
- Visualize your goals! We can show you how to get there here > Simply look through the home styles and pin your favorites to your own “Home Detox Mood Board”
- Having a picture in your mind of what you want the end result to be will keep you motivated. Any time you don’t feel like taking your 15 minutes, just look back to the board you made to inspire action!
- Let go of perfection
- Remember! The pictures you’re seeing are just a snapshot of that home–a moment in time. It doesn’t look like that all the time–mess happens! These pictures are meant to inspire you, not add more pressure onto feeling perfect. Keep in mind these are EXAMPLES. Whatever you create will be totally unique, just like you!
- The whole goal with taking 15 minutes a day is to accept that your home will not stay in perfect condition 24/7. BUT, we will develop a method of realistic habits that will help you to maintain that effortlessly chic yet lived-in home you’ve always wanted!
- Set time for focus
- We are so serious when we say 15 minutes is all it takes! <>
- YES!! That’s really all you’ll need to keep your home clean AND toxin-free!
- Start a checklist
- Find ours here
- If you don’t want to print, you can save them to your “Home Detox Mood Board” you made back in step 1 so you always have it on hand!
- Keeping checklists will help you to stay on task, and to remind you of just how much you really accomplished. It’s easy to forget all the little things we do throughout the day, which is where keeping a checklist comes in handy!
- Find ours here
Find Non-Toxic Brands
Keeping your home clean is only the beginning! Before you go buying whatever cleaning products jump out at you from the store shelves, you’re going to want to know this first.
Avoiding chemicals is very trendy right now, but there’s a lot of misinformation out there on what you must avoid at all costs–and “chemicals” aren’t it. Avoiding chemicals in general is actually impossible. Everything in life is made up of chemicals, specifically Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Phosphorus, & Sulfur. These are the 6 elements that make-up EVERY living thing on planet Earth; we couldn’t survive without them.
Why are we telling you this? Because not all chemicals are toxic. In fact, some chemicals are necessary for living organisms. Ever heard of water? Seriously, water (chemical formula H2O) is a chemical, yet you don’t see ads saying to avoid it.
Chemicals fall onto a scale of varying degrees of toxicity. Some chemicals are perfectly acceptable to the human body–but only in very small doses. Some can dissolve any element they come in contact with, while others are completely harmless. Because of the misinformation fueling the advertising industry, it’s up to consumers to be able to tell the difference in what is safe & what is potentially poisoning your family.
Luckily for you, all the answers are right in front of you! We’ve made an easy-to-understand list of the toxic chemicals to look out for while you’re shopping. Simply turn over each product you want and search the fine print for these.
Chemicals that should NEVER be touching your skin:
- Ammonium Sulfate – This ingredient is so harmful that the Safety Data Sheet recommends that it be used outdoors only or in a very well ventilated area. It is listed as a serious eye irritant as well as an irritant for skin and the respiratory system. One form of this ingredient, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES) is especially harmful to small children and animals.
- Chlorine – Bleach can create halogenated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful for respiratory health. Use of chlorine has been shown in studies to pose an increased risk for adult-onset asthma as well as an increased risk for cancer. Additionally it can destroy beneficial bacteria in the septic system.
- Optical Brighteners/UV Brighteners – This chemical coats the fabric in such a way that it absorbs and re-emits light. This fluorescent type of effect makes your fabrics look brighter even if they’re not. Optical brighteners have been linked to allergies. They don’t break in waterways and are dangerous to aquatic life. They biodegrade so little that they can be reliably tested for to examine waterway contamination (including sewage spills).
- Phosphates – Banned in other countries this chemical is very harmful to aquatic life, waterways, and wastewater treatment facilities. It has been directly tied to eutrophication – a process where the detergent run-off changes the mineral and nutrient levels of water leading to overgrowth of algae and possible oxygen depletion of the body of water affected.
- Sulfates- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLS/SLES). This tends to be the primary ingredient in most commercial detergents. It’s a surfactant which is supposed to create suds and remove dirt. However it can also cause damage to the eyes, skin, and lungs. A known irritant, it’s used in laboratory settings to cause irritation when performing case studies.
- Formaldehyde – Yes, the toxic chemical used to preserve dead bodies is in many laundry products and dish detergents. Exposure, even at low levels, from breathing or smelling formaldehyde increases your risk of cancer according to the CDC. It has also caused spots of dying tissue with regular exposure (necrosis), and an immune response consistent with parasitic infection, an allergic reaction, or cancer. The EPA calls it a class B1 probable carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) and says it causes acute toxicity when in contact with skin.
- Dioxane (1,4 Dioxane/ Diethylene Dioxide/ Diethylene Ether/ Dioxan) –This laundry additive belongs as far away from your home and family as possible. Its liquid and fumes can spontaneously combust; it’s a known carcinogen (known to cause cancer since 1988); it causes skin, eye, and lung inflammation (some irreversible); it should only be used with protective gear including respirators; and once you are exposed (via inhalation, skin contact, or eye contact including fumes in your eyes), it targets the following organs: kidneys, central nervous system, liver, respiratory system, eyes, and skin.
- Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (Nonoxynol, NPEs) – In addition to many warnings of harm to eyes, skin, and lungs, this laundry detergent ingredient states that prolonged exposure to inhaled fumes or mist may be fatal!
- Dichlorobenzene (P-Dichlorobenzene/ Benzene) – Benzene has an immediate, highly toxic effect on aquatic life that can continue poisoning the watershed for years to come. The fumes cause optical damage, and it is listed with a carcinogen warning for humans.
- Benzyl Acetate – Used in many scent boosters and dryer sheets to reduce static. It is very important to avoid any laundry products that include this toxic chemical. It has also been linked to pancreatic cancer. This additive is harmful if inhaled or spilled on skin and targets the kidneys and nervous system.
When it comes to manifesting your dream home in 2022, you’ll want to kick those toxins to the curb. Whatever you use to clean settles in your lungs, sinks into your skin, and courses through your bloodstream. That’s right, you’re more than just what you eat– you’re what you clean with too!
The Best Solution
To rid your home of these poison-infused products, you could spend hours reading through every label on a grocery store shelf. But, that could add hours to your shopping trip, and no one needs that.
The best way to detoxify your home in the least amount of time is to find a brand you trust, one whose entire mission is to help families rid their homes of toxic chemicals.
Where do you find a company that cares more about people than profits? Why, right here of course!