Simply put, your home is your safe space and where you let your guard down. A new home is full of promise, but you have to put in the necessary work to make it feel like your sanctuary. However, once you get settled into your new house and acquaint yourself with the new neighbors, you’re well on your way to a healthier home environment.
Making your home healthier and safer requires more than just existing in it. While time does help with this feeling, there are other things you should make sure to do to ensure that you live in a healthy home. Most importantly, you’ll want your home to have clean, breathable air. You’ll also want to host a housewarming party once you’re settled in to set a precedent with your neighbors, so there’s less awkward tension at the beginning of the move to a new neighborhood.
Clean air, don’t care!
We literally cannot see the air we breathe, so how do we know that it’s clean and safe? Things like indoor air pollution, carbon monoxide, mold, and other toxins can cause health problems like asthma and other respiratory problems. Not to get too serious, but radon is a volatile organic compound with no smell or color but is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The only effective way to detect this gas and other deadly gases is to regularly have the air tested, install a carbon monoxide alarm, and ensure that your home has good ventilation.
You live among what floats in the indoor air of your home, so you want to be certain that you take the necessary steps for creating a healthier home environment. Your living space and bathroom should have good ventilation to reduce moisture in the air, in the tiles, and in the carpet, where mold tends to thrive. Having houseplants is another way to encourage a home environment with safe, breathable air because plants act as natural air filters. They not only provide your home with continuous fresh air; they also act as excellent dècor to really bring your space to life.
Proper ventilation will be important if you decide to paint your house’s interior walls or spray pesticides for pest control. Paint and pesticides often have trace amounts of toxic chemicals that are harmful when inhaled. While lead paint is no longer used, the fumes that paint emits can be harmful if inhaled too deeply and can cause headaches and other serious health issues.
Have a house party.
Having a housewarming party is an exciting venture, but it’s not for the weak at heart. This means that you won’t be able to take your precious time unpacking. After a certain amount of time, you won’t be considered a new neighbor anymore, so your party will go from housewarming to just a house party if you wait too long. This housewarming party will be just the thing to lift the energy of your home.
If you’re not sure of how to throw a housewarming party but are fully committed to being the talk of the neighborhood until the next new resident comes along, you’ll need to do a few things ahead of time. The most important thing is to have your home ventilation issues completely taken care of so that you know the air quality is top-notch for your guests. Also, make sure to have a table for housewarming gifts and comfortable chairs for guests to relax in.
Once you’re certain that the air in your home is safe and comfortable, you should decide whether you want this party to be an open house or by invite only with a guest list- either way; you’ll want to make housewarming party invites to let everyone in the neighborhood know, and don’t forget to have them RSVP. Some other things to consider are the kinds of refreshments you’ll provide. You shouldn’t be serving meals because this type of party is casual, but you will want to have a menu planned out in advance to really impress your guests.
The best foods to have are finger foods served buffet-style, and you absolutely cannot forget dessert. It would help if you also considered serving a signature cocktail at the drink station for a great way to get the adult party guests to loosen up and enjoy their time in your home. Send your guests home with a simple party favor to remember you by.
A healthy home starts with clean air, but it ends with the energy that is present in the space. The answer is pretty simple: make sure that your home’s air quality is safe and livable and bring positive energy into your home by welcoming future friends.