When you’ve got an airborne allergy like house dust mite, it’s critically important to create an allergy free home. But that’s a lot easier said than done. I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the bedroom. For the uninitiated, making their first steps towards avoiding house dust mites altogether, I’ll recap briefly.
The bedroom is when you spend most your time. Normally for sleeping, and a few extracurricular activities if you’re lucky *wink*.
That’s why making your bedroom dust proof is your #1 priority if you’re serious about an allergy free home. It’s basically a matter of exposure. You spend more time in there than anywhere else.
With an emphasis on your bedroom I’ve talked extensively about covering and protecting mattresses, replacing pillows, vacuuming etc. By now I’m assuming everyone understands the importance of dustproofing the sleeping environment and is well on the way to taking positive steps on that front.
So assuming we’ve got that area nailed I’ve started thinking about creating a totally allergy free home. A home so clean and fresh the word will get round the local house dust mite community like Chinese whispers, putting them off visiting in the first place.
Creating an Allergy Free Home
One of the first things you’ll read when you start to think about allergy-proofing your home is clutter. Junk. Stuff lying around that you don’t need.
It’s of absolute importance that you don’t have too many belongings lying around if you’re to keep dust to a minimum. That’s why I’ve started to take a totally minimalist approach to my entire house.
I don’t know what it’s like in your area of the world, but here in the UK houses tend to follow a generic formula of how you should live. Thick carpets. A three piece suite to sit on. Television in the corner. That type of thing. Oh, and often a dog or cat thrown into the mix, adding all that lovely pet dander all over the place.
When you consider we’re also a cold country, and we spend most of our time indoors with the windows closed, it’s an absolute recipe for disaster.
You need to turn that thinking entirely on its head.
First of all, the pets. They’ve got to go. it’s non-negotiable I’m afraid, if you’ve got an allergy. Then what about the carpets? They’re like the sponges of the home, locking in house dust, hair, skin cells and all sorts of horribleness.
What about stripping your floors back to bare floorboards, or laminate flooring? That’s so much more efficient to vacuum. And then you could maybe add a simple rug, which you will be able to clean or even put in the washing machine to keep extra clean.
And that’s just the flooring. To keep house dust mite to an absolute minimum, we can take this approach and spread it out right across the home.
Minimalism in the home
If we take this approach to carpets to other areas of the home, the end result is something simple, clean, fresh and low maintenance. It’s a growing phenomenon and it’s called minimalism.
The way I sum up minimalism is simply this. Do you really need it?
OK, I know you really like that ornate, porcelain dog that’s sat on your fireplace but A) it’s a pain to have to polish all the time and B) it collects dust.
One simple houseplant can liven up a room. You don’t need endless ornaments and furnishings. They call collect dust and take up your precious time when you could be doing other things you love.
And most importantly, a minimalist home is an allergy free home.
There are far better people than me to explain the principles of minimalism to you such as Becoming Minimalist or the Minimalist tag on Pinterest. You can find loads of ideas.
But the key to an allergy free home, particularly if it’s house dust mite allergy you’re suffering from, is less is more. Endless clutter collects dust.
And ultimately, you’ll find you don’t really need it after all.