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Houseplants!

In the blog this week I would like to discuss some all natural home cleaning tools, house plants! House plants have seen a rise in more recent years as the trend of indoor gardening continues to blossom (pun very much intended). House plants come in many shapes and sizes as well as levels of attention needed. Picking the right house plant for your home or apartment can be very important and yield different results based on your lifestyle. 

All Natural Aroma

One of the many benefits of owning and maintaining a house plant or plants is that it provides a natural scent to your indoor air. Now one thing I want to say and be up front about is the fact that they don’t really “purify” in the sense of removing toxins or pollutants in any measurable way. The old wives tale that house plants will purify your air is akin to the tale that a glass of wine a day will keep your heart healthy. Both statements are in fact true, but the scale at which you would need to drink wine, or in our case, maintain houseplants, would be so great that it would be near impossible to achieve those results without overdoing it.  With that said, having a few houseplants will bring in a natural aroma to your space that will provide a more natural feel to your dwelling in the middle of a concrete jungle, just as a few glasses of wine will be very pleasurable to you as well. 

Picking the Right Plants for You

Picking the right plant for your space is very dependent on two things, your location and your lifestyle. Firstly, your location is highly important. For example, if you live in a garden unit that faces north, having plants that require a ton of sun probably isn’t for you and a Snake Plant might be best. Conversely, if you live in a highrise with wall to wall windows that have sunlight all day, likely a Philodendron would be an option for you, as it’s a quick grower and loves light. If you are a consultant and travel all the time, maybe a Opuntia Microdasys or more commonly known as a Paddle Cactus is a good opinion as it doesn’t need a ton of sun and rarely needs water. Picking and maintaining your house plant or plants will also be a low stress, hobby that will build confidence when you start to see growth with your plants. 

Less Stress

One final benefit, although there are still many not discussed here, is the sense of green/ nature that it brings to your space. As urban dwellers, it is easy to not live within or interact with nature. The reality is we, as humans, evolved over thousands of years living side by side in a symbiotic relationship with nature. A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that plants in your home or office can make you feel more comfortable, soothed, and natural. Work and life are stressful, having a house plant, or ten, can and likely will lead to calming feelings that will help de-escalate stressful situations. 

House plants come in many shapes, sizes and would fit within almost any lifestyle. House plants also provide many benefits from calming properties, confidence boosters, as well as providing a more natural aroma. When looking to improve your space, you might strongly consider picking up a houseplant or two. 
Thank you, as always, for reading the blog this week. Please reach out to Jack@ParkWestCleaning.com with any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you again, and see you next week!

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