I was never bothered by seasonal allergies until I was in my early 20s. I remember I had this cold with a stuffed up nose that would just not go away. I mean this thing lasted for months. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore and went to do the doctor and was told it wasn’t a cold and that I had allergies. Oh joy. Every year since then like clockwork as soon as Spring hits, my nose gets stuffed up.
I’m always looking for ways to keep the allergies at bay and to make myself more comfortable- and it all starts in the home! One thing that helps me is to keep the windows closed especially in the morning when pollen is the highest. I know a nice breeze blowing can feel good, but it also leaves me stuffed up. Another way is to use the dryer. I never hang my clothes outside to dry because pollen can build up on your clothes. I’ve never really liked the hard crunchy feel of towels or finding bugs in my clothes when I bring them inside to fold.
The most important area in my home that needs to be allergy-friendly is my bedroom. It’s where I spend most of my time! We recently ripped out the old carpet to expose the hardwood floor underneath. I don’t like carpet and find it harbours more dust & allergens than a bare floor will. I also like the look of hardwood and it’s easy to keep clean.
John are in the process of redecorating the bedroom and I want to make sure we buy a comforter made from a hypoallergenic fabric. Since we are on a budget we are trying to do it as cost-effectively as possible. We’ve chosen our colour combo- red, black and cream and our room will get a fresh coat of paint, new curtains and I’m refinishing the old furniture myself! It’s amazing what a little paint and some new hardware can do! Check out my new and improved desk!
As for outdoor work, I don’t mow the lawn and leave that to John. I don’t even like to be outside when he’s out there mowing because it makes me even more stuffy. We have a small garden with some tomato and cucumber plants and I do all my gardening in the early evening when the pollen levels aren’t as high. I’m looking forward to eating lots of fresh vegetables right from the garden this summer- yum!
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