This week I'll be starting a new job working from home. It's been a bitter sweet transition to be leaving my nurse friends at the hospital, but I am, of course, excited to be home and more available to my family.

As I've been planning my new home office, I knew I wanted to create a space that would be functional, but also warm and inviting. Of course layout is important, but I've also been considering ways to make it a place I really love to be. For me, that means including pops of color (I especially favor aqua), ample amounts of “blank” space… and plants!

I've also been thinking about how so many people were confined to their homes and home offices this past year. Some were reluctantly thrown into the situation, and some have relished the ability to be home more!

Whether you've been forced into a work-from-home position, or you've just been hiding out more at home, air-quality has been a hot topic this past year. I've previously written about simple ways to reduce toxins in your house. Home should be a safe place… safe from danger without and safe from danger within. We know that fresh air is critical for health, but what happens when you're stuck inside all day?

For decades now we've been tightly sealing up our homes to conserve energy. As heating and cooling costs have risen, so has the effort to weather-proof our houses.

This is all fine and well when it comes to saving money. After all, who needs to let their conditioned air leak out of cracks and crevices around doors and windows? We spend good money to get the temperature inside our homes to a comfortable level.

In the words of wise dads all across the country… “Let's not let all the bought air out.”

However, since we've started super-sealing and insulating our homes and businesses, we've found one drawback – the lack of fresh air. These tightly closed environments became associated with illnesses related to the pollution created in buildings that were sealed off from any source of air cleaning or filtering mechanism.

After years of study by NASA researchers and scientists around the world, the answer became evident. Man does not live on this planet alone. In fact, our existence depends on our close relationship with other living things; namely plants.

Yes, one of the answers to indoor air pollution is the simple houseplant!

Which brings us to our healthy home office.

Whether in a traditional setting or at home, many of us work in a tightly closed environment. If you have a home office and a busy family, you probably spend most of your time with the doors and windows closed.

If that's the case, your air quality may not be as healthy as it should be. Air pollution can be causing you and your body stress. You might be getting headaches more often than you should or be battling a cold constantly. Itchy eyes, a nagging sore throat, or other ailments may be caused by what's in the air in your own home office.

According to a NASA study, if we are to close ourselves into these sealed environments, we must take along with us our own natural fresh air system – plants. In their research, NASA found plants, along with their eco system (roots, soil, etc.), reduced the air pollution created by man within these air-tight environments.

The Best Houseplants for Purifying the Air in your Home include…

English Ivy

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Golden Pothos


Chinese Evergreen

Spider Plants

These plants are typically low-light loving and easy to grow with just a bit of care.

Consider the air quality of your home office. Are you constantly feeling ill when you are in your home office? There could be reasons why your tightly closed office isn't feeling like a healthy haven.

Now we know that little houseplant does so much more than brighten up a room – it actually cleans the air.

Isn't it time to add a bit of greenery to your home office?

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