Posted on August 17 2020
Allergies can make life absolutely miserable. To make matters worse, it's possible that the one place where you should be most comfortable, your home, might be the place that actually makes your allergies worse. If you notice that your allergies are worse at home, there are some decorating tricks you can try that might help reduce them.
Clutter is almost never attractive. It also can contribute to the allergens in your home. Clutter means extra surface area that can collect dust, exacerbating dust allergies. Clearing your clutter removes that surface area and the extra dust with it. It also makes it easier for you to clean surfaces, further reducing the amount of dust collecting. You'll likely find that clearing clutter makes your space feel calmer and more organized. It allows your actual decor to stand out and be noticed, instead of being buried in a pile of general stuff.
Hardwood floors and tile are better than carpet at reducing allergies, but hard floorings tend to be less comfortable. If you want to add some comfort to hard floors but don't want the allergens that tend to get trapped in carpet, rugs can be a good alternative. Rugs absorb allergens like dust and dandruff and keep them contained. This can be a problem if you don't clean your rugs regularly. Remove these allergens altogether by making sure you regularly vacuum your rugs really well. If you don't vacuum them well enough, you may find that all vacuuming does is bring allergens to the surface of the rug where you'll be more likely to breathe them in.
Flowers and plants can be a wonderful treat to have in a home for decorating purposes. Plants offer multiple benefits to people in your home that can make them a great asset in addition to their beauty. Unfortunately, those same plants can trigger a whole host of allergies, from pollens to molds. That's where artificial plants come in. Artificial plants don't produce pollen or need watering, so they're not likely to trigger the same allergies that their live counterparts would. Except for dust. Both live and artificial plants will collect dust, so be sure to clean them frequently.
Allergies are no fun at all. With all the coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes they tend to bring, they can make being in your own home a misery if you don't take action to counteract your allergens. Fortunately, there are some decorating tricks you can use to help. Whatever methods you choose to use, make sure they'll be effective at eliminating the allergen that's bothering you.
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