The beginning of each new year we all make resolutions. Here are 3 that you can do to de-stress and make you live longer.
1. Get rid of “stuff”
Clutter is one of the least expensive ways to feel better. Have a garage sale you make even make money on it.
Resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything you don’t use. Have a “stuff” party with friends and maybe exchange it for something you would use.
Clear your countertops and desktops on a daily basis. You’ll sleep better knowing things are put away.
2. Is your home safe?
All the beautiful tile and stainless steel in the world but if you clean it with toxic chemicals you are putting your health at risk.
Read labels and just clear it out for good. It may seem expensive at first, but the medical costs associated with everyday living with toxic chemicals will cost considerably more in the long run.
If you have gas or a fireplace in your home, make a small investment in a carbon monoxide detector. If a furnace or chimney flue gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you.
When was the last time you cleaned out all the lint in your dryer, not just the lint tray. The vents and ducts need cleaning too. According to the U.S. Fire Administration it accounts for more than 15,000 building fires a year.
If your home was built or remodeled before 1978, consider testing for lead paint and asbestos, it may contain particles that can be released into the air for you to ingest.
3. Lower your monthly bills
. CFL (compact florescent lamp) bulbs have been out for a very long time. The very first energy saving thing I did was to replace all of my bulbs with CFLs. My monthly electric bill went down almost $30 per month.
. LED (light emitting diode) bulbs are now available. The purchase cost is considerably more but they last 20+ years and the energy saving is even more.
. Install low flow toilets, Costco has them for $99. The average toilet uses more than 5-6 gallons per flush. Low-flow toilets use as little as 1.8. For a family of 4 at an average of at least 2 flushes per person per day, that’s 504 gallons of water saved per month.