Where do you go now? Do you rent an apartment? A house? Do you try to become a homeowner again? Should you live in an R.V.? A converted shipping container? Should you just camp out forever, living life in nature?
This is a VERY difficult decision and a scary one at that. Anyone who has lost everything to toxic mold will tell you that the next steps are incredible scary. Anxiety ridden actually.
Aside from the fact that you want to test the heck out of any indoor living environment to ensure that it is not contaminated, there is no real right or wrong answer about what that living space might be. However, people with mold-related illness have a long road of recovery ahead of them and as such, need to take a rather long list of things into consideration when looking at future living arrangements.
This list isn’t a hard and firm “do as I write or you will regret it” kind of list. This is basically the ideal “perfect living environment” list. The one where you are surrounded by unicorns that poop glitter in your perfect home.
In all serious though, if you suffer from mold related illness, it is imperative that you give your body every opportunity to heal and detox. And that means making wise choices about chemical avoidance, air quality, and of course minimizing the potential for mold growth.
I have provided a list of what constitutes the perfect home based on my research and discussions with those professionals who have been instrumental in my mold journey. Let this serve as food for thought as you take the next steps and make tough decisions about your future living environments. Remember – your long term health and well-being is more important than anything.
15 Things A Perfect Home Living Environment Should Have:
- Tile flooring (carpet is a haven for mold spores and laminate and wood flooring have a lot of chemical compounds)
- Air exchange system (as opposed to a traditional HVAC. The exchange system constantly swaps indoor air with outdoor air.)
- Advanced HEPA filter system for HVAC if not using an air exchange system
- Built in vacuum system (allows mold spores to be dispersed outside instead of trapped in a bag or container)
- Air filters in every room
- Dehumidifier in bathrooms
- Whole house water filter
- Additional shower and bath filters
- Additional drinking water filters
- No VOC paint and stains on walls and furniture
- Limited “décor” and possessions (this equals less airborn particulates)
- Non fabric furniture (leather and heavy, unfinished wood are ideal)
- No houseplants (mold grows in dirt)
- Ethernet not wireless (EMFs can wreak havoc on the health of those with mold related illness)
- No Smart Meters (see above)
In addition, your perfect home will be downwind and nowhere near:
- Heavily traffic areas (freeways)
- Dry cleaners
- Agricultural sites where chemicals are used
- Golf courses
- Toxic waste dumps
- Industrial sites
The chemical burden your body must deal with is simply too much. This is also why you want to avoid using pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers around your home.
While I agree that this list seems impossible I realize that my health is worth every penny. No, I won’t be able to afford the perfect home all in one fell swoop but there is a lot I CAN do now and plenty I will need to save for.
What about you? Are you a mold related illness suffer? Please share what your perfect home living space looks like and how it has helped you recover.