Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Take a Big Giant Step Towards a Healthier Household

updated Jul 18, 2020
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Keeping your home environment healthy is easier than you might expect, and it won’t take much time out of your schedule —just a few tweaks and tasks now and again. This springtime chore is guaranteed to make you feel better both mentally and physically.

Want to Spring Clean with some support? Then sign up for our
2017 Spring Cleaning email list and we’ll send you simple, one-thing-at-a-time spring cleaning tasks. By the end of the month, you’ll be able to check all the big once-a-year things off your cleaning and maintenance checklist, in only 20 minutes a day for 20 days.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Identify some neglected spots in your home and clean away all the dust and grime that’s making you feel lousy.

Breathe Easier: If the idea of dust mites raining down on you from above just gives you the heebie jeebies, or actually triggers asthma attacks, get out the ladder and attack your lighting and ceiling fans all at the same time. Get those actual cobwebs while you’re at it. Lampshades, window blinds, ceiling fans: these are the spots that don’t get regular attention, but can really do a number on your health and well-being.

→ How To Clean Your Lampshades

→ How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan The Easy Way

→ Dust Your Ceiling the Easy Way

(Image credit: June Bhongjan)

Protect Yourself: Protect yourself while you are actually cleaning, then keep improving the long-term air quality in your home. Although it looks goofy, face masks help prevent you from inhaling gross stuff while you dust. If you have a forced air system of heating and cooling, turn on the fan to catch all the tiny particles before they hit the floor. Change your system’s filter regularly.

→ How To Avoid Dusting (And Still Live Happily Ever After)

How Often Do You Change Your Furnace Filter?

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

  • Help motivate others by letting the rest of us know how things are going! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.
  • Check out 2017’s entire Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all Weekend Project ideas, so you can pick and choose what to do this weekend.
  • Download our April Home Checklist. It’s a free, downloadable, low-pressure list of things to try this month if you want to keep your life and home running like a well-oiled machine. Pick and choose what and how much you want to tackle, and have the satisfaction of crossing them off the list!