5 Ways to Detox the Whole Family

Mighty Mommy shares five ways you can cleanse not only your body and mind but your home.

Cheryl Butler
6-minute read
Episode #411


Tip #4:  Get Plenty of Rest

According to the National Sleep Foundation school children ages 5 to 10 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night and teens need about 9 ¼ hours of sleep each night to function best. Getting adequate sleep each night is very important to our physical and emotional health, but, of course, with everything we need to do throughout the day, many of us deprive ourselves of the proper rest. Families are often so busy that they steal extra time from their sleep, creating a bad habit that can last a lifetime.

Families are often so busy that they steal extra time from their sleep, creating a bad habit that can last a lifetime. 

For example, if your 10th grader loves to leave school projects until the last minute, figuring he can pull late nights on a regular basis to get the job done, it’s time to make a change. Establish a family habit that homework, projects, and your own professional deadlines must be completed by 9pm the night before they are due, no excuses. You will set a positive, refreshing guideline for your entire family that once 9 pm arrives, if the school science experiment is still not done and the review of your company’s payroll policy is not even close to being rectified, it’s going to have to wait until the following day.

By establishing a regular bedtime for yourself and your kids, you will not only help cleanse away crazy, hectic days but will also be setting up a very important habit that will not only benefit you, but will carry over into your child’s adulthood.  See Also:  5 Ways to Help Your Family Sleep Better

Tip #5:  Declutter

If you’re wondering what decluttering and detoxing have in common, let me just say “a lot!” To cleanse means to rid yourself of things that are unpleasant or unwanted, things or situations that may cause stress or anxiety, and allow yourself a clean, fresh start. A detox in your body has basically the same goal—to remove "harmful" things from your body—oh, and supposedly detoxing makes you feel better.

The same can be said for decluttering our homes.  When we eliminate extra clutter and items that are just taking up unnecessary space, it offers ourselves and our family a cleansing, breath of fresh air. The challenge is not becoming overwhelmed in the process, easier said than done, I know, but it can be done! Take a look around your living space right now.  What do you see? Is your home orderly, offering up a spacious feel where you can sit, relax and enjoy your own thoughts or chill out peacefully with your family? If so—that’s great! Or do you see toys strewn about in nearly every room, piles of magazines, unfiled paperwork, old newspapers, recyclables, etc., stacked on almost every empty surface and counter in your home? (Never mind what’s going on in the corners of your bedroom, under your bed or in your garage or attic). If it’s the latter, no wonder your household is in a constant source of chaos—I know, because my family was there as well. 

If you want to truly cleanse as a family, decluttering and getting organized is a great place to start. Check out Get-it-Done Guy and Domestic CEO's conversation for some simple and strategic ways to get your clutter under control.  See Also:  Clean, Organize, and Declutter with Marie Kondo's Magic: Part 1 and Part 2.

What are some ways you keep your family unit cleansed?   Share your thoughts in the comments section at quickanddirtytips.com/mighty-mommy, post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page. or email me at mommy@quickanddirtytips.com. Visit my family-friendly boards at Pinterest.com/MightyMommyQDT.

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All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own mental health provider. Please consult a licensed mental health professional for all individual questions and issues.

About the Author

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!