With the recent wave of warmer weather everything is in bloom here on the West Coast, and while I'm enjoying the colorful flowers, it also means seasonal allergies are starting to kick in.
While medicating to get through the season might be tough to avoid if you plan on setting foot outside, there are a few things you can do to minimize the effects indoors and help you sleep better at night.
1. Take off you shoes.
A good practice any time of year to avoid tracking in grime, it can be especially pertinent around allergy season to help keep irritants at the door.
2. Get changed.
Changing your clothes when you get in can help you keep from transferring pollen from your clothes to furniture like the sofa, rug and most importantly the bed.
3. Vacuum and launder regularly.
Even if you do manage to minimize what you track in, regularly vacuuming and laundering sheets and blankets will help further keep things in check and help you sleep easier.
4. Close the door.
While it can be tempting to let the fresh air in, if you follow all of the above steps and then "air the place out", there is a good chance you just invited all of that pollen right back in.
5. Use an air purifier. I keep mine running every night year round to help keep the dust at bay but a quality air purifier can also help filter out irritants during allergy season.
If you have any tips to share pleave please let us know in the comments...
(Image credits: Kim Lucian)