Throw These 116 Things Away

Cleaning out clutter can be a tough task, especially if you have been letting it build up for a while. Instead of setting aside a huge block of time to take care of months’ or years’ worth of clutter, take baby steps by throwing away only one type of item a day.

And by throwing away, I mean recycling, selling, donating, or – as the last resort – trashing. Here’s a list of 116 types of items that will take you about four months to dispose of.

How Indoor Plants Can Help You Avoid Getting Sick This Flu Season

Think that the role of household plants is to just brighten up living spaces and look nice on shelves? Think again. Many common household plants, such as ferns, palms, and ZZ plants, can actually lower the infectivity of airborne viruses by raising humidity levels indoors. Yes, you heard that right. One of the secret weapons to fending off or dealing with the common cold or flu may not just be in your medicine cabinet – but also on your windowsill.

According to research, when humidity hits above 40 percent, it is able to greatly reduce the virulence and infectivity of the flu virus. Higher humidity also means lower infectivity of airborne viruses. This is where plants come in: all plants, with the exception of succulents and cacti, have the ability to increase humidity levels through a process known as transpiration.

“Transpiration occurs when direct sunlight strikes the leaves and pulls water from them into the air,” explains Christopher Satch, head of plant science and education at The Sill. “The plant, in turn, pulls water from the soil to replace the water that has evaporated into the air. The bigger the plant, the more transpiration that occurs, and the more water that gets moved into the air. Humidity increases with increased transpiration and having more plants and bigger plants raises humidity the most.”

So don’t be afraid to splurge on plants this year – not only do they purify the air we breathe, but they can also keep us healthy. Read ahead for 15 humidity-generating plants, and where to buy them, that can help us to feel our best.

6 Habits Experts Swear by For More Restful Nights and Happier Mornings

If you feel like you’re moving from one long, groggy day to the next, it might be time to re-evaluate your sleep hygiene, a term coined by experts to describe good habits that can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. If that just sounds like more work, consider the following laundry list of consequences for too little shut-eye. “Poor sleep is hell on our brains, leading to inadequate waste removal (which can contribute to Alzheimer’s), poor cognitive performance, inability to appropriately read others’ emotions, even increased risk-taking behavior,” sleep specialist W. Christopher Winter, MD, author of The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It, told POPSUGAR.

“Poor sleep makes us want to eat more and eat bad things,” he continued. “It also affects digestion, cardiac functioning, hypertension risk, diabetes risk, the immune system, and more.” Convincing enough? Keep reading for six tips that can help you transform your sleep habits and finally get the rest you deserve.

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