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More good information about Coronavirus

News and “fake news” about the coronavirus seems to be spreading more quickly than the virus itself these days. But one thing I know is true is that keeping your home clean is just as important as taking safety precautions when you leave your home. Below is a great article from the New York Times about how to clean your house for coronavirus.

Once you have the basics cleaned, here’s a great list of other things to clean when you don’t know what else to do with all that time on your hands: Just 65 Things to Clean While You’re Spending So Much Time At Home.

 

 

Good information about Coronavirus

As we settle into this new reality of living with the coronavirus, I thought it might be useful to collect articles and videos that I have found helpful for keeping healthy. Below is an article about washing your clothes, and the other a video about how to deep clean your home.

How long does the virus live on clothes?  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus is usually transmitted through respiratory droplets (from an infected person sneezing or coughing) rather than through fomites, objects and materials that when contaminated can transfer disease. However, the CDC notes that evidence suggests that the novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, which includes clothing. To read more, click here. 

How to properly deep clean your home?

This video from Good Morning America is quite helpful, especially in this time when most everyone is managing single-handedly to clean their own homes. To watch, click here.

Here’s to good health!

Still slackers on the domestic front…

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While we have come a long way with women and men sharing domestic duties, this article points out we still have quite a ways to go before true equality is achieved! And if you think it’s just the older generations, you will be surprised to find the attitudes of teenage boys are quite antiquated when it comes to traditional roles.

Check it out and let me know what you think: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/us/the-household-work-men-and-women-do-and-why.html

 

Not just a hippy ritual…

Science has recently  proven that burning sage can actually remove bacteria from the air. So all those times when your neighbor told you that they needed to “smudge” their house, well turns out that in addition to the spiritual cleansing effect, it has been shown to remove 94% of bacteria in the air. Not bad! Read more: Burning Sage Can Clean the Air and Improve Your Health. 

Unclear about how to go about this healthy ritual? This article breaks it down: Smudging 101.

For you Boulderites, one of my favorite places to get a smudge stick is the fabulous Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply. This store is a local treasure full of incredible natural herbal-based products for skin and home, and they have wonderful classes, too.

So no excuses  — start smudging for spiritual health and clean air!

Happiness…

I recently stumbled on this from the Harvard Business Review and just had to share. Bottom line — money doesn’t bring us happines, but time can. Time to spend doing the things that make us feel really alive like sharing a meal with friends, going hiking/skiing/swimming/biking, attending a concert, etc.

Below is an excerpt:

“In fact, research consistently shows that the happiest people use their money to buy time. My colleagues and I have conducted correlational, longitudinal, and experimental research with nearly 100,000 working adults from all over the world. We consistently find that people who are willing to give up money to gain more free time — by, say, working fewer hours or paying to outsource disliked tasks — experience more fulfilling social relationships, more satisfying careers, and more joy, and overall, live happier lives.

If there’s one resolution that you keep this year, it should be to focus on making choices based on time, not money. It’s not easy; our entire world and even our brains are rigged to make us value money first. But it can be done, and in this article, I’ll share some smart strategies you can start employing today.”

“Outsource your chores. In the sharing economy, companies like Angie’s List, Rent the Runway Unlimited, and TaskRabbit make it possible and affordable for consumers to “buy” time by hiring out tasks they dislike. Today you can hire people to walk your dog, assemble your furniture, pick out your clothes, chauffeur your kids to their sports practices, declutter your home, and even wait in line for tickets for you. Yet using such services is a big leap for many, who see them as extravagant or unaffordable. It’s the money-first mindset that makes them believe that. In fact, spending money on time-saving services — like shopping, cleaning, and laundry — can reduce stress and increase happiness, even for people with low incomes. “

The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter

I found this article absolutely fascinating and incredibly on target. One of my favorite lines: “The findings add to a growing body of evidence that clutter can negatively impact mental well-being, particularly among women. Clutter can also induce a physiological response, including increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.”

 

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