Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bedroom is where we spend a third of our life.  Maintain it properly.
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
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Typical Bedroom.  Can you identify it features? (Follow the numbers)

The bedroom is where we spend one third of our life resting and finding recourse from the stressful world outside.

It is a shell call our own. It is where we truly exercise authority over things private and personal, things we are prevented for one reason or another to do in the presence of people.

It is a special place, exclusive and intimate, to submit ourselves to two primordial needs of man, which is Maslow's Herarchy of Needs, are referred to as biological needs attached to survival of any species - rest and sex. It is therefore the sanctuary of two functions of living things: rejuvenation and reproduction.

But too often, the bedroom is one of the neglected places in the home. If not, it "misused and abused."

The one place we least expect to find dirt in is under our bed.

Here clouds of talc powder settle down, particles slowly crumble from paper, paint, plastic, clothes and foam as they slowly disintegrate. Flakes that fall off daily from our skin and hair attract countless mites that co-habit with us in our room. Wiping and sweeping often miss them stuck in corners and crevices.

We sneeze as if struck by an allergy. Our nostrils clog and we mistake our misery for colds. Our sleep is shallow and disturbed. When humidity is high our room smells musky. Imagine how bad the smell is for those who are bed smokers.

Many of us are living in this kind of room. While we can hide dirt under the rug, we cannot hide the dirt under our bed.

Allergy-proofing the bedroom
  • Keep pets out.
  • Encase sleeping place
  • Clean sheets with lots of heat
  • Run your air through filter
  • Banish the blinds
  • Steer clear of soft seats
  • Filter the vents
  • Pluck pillows and comforters wisely
  • Stow gewgaws away
  • Wash away the pollen
  • Debunk the mites
  • Give Teddy a bath

Simplify and organize your bedroom

1. Have a general cleaning in your room, say one weekend in March to coincide with springtime. It is best to take the bed out so that you can expose it under the sun for at least two hours. This will drive out all the mites, bedbugs and other vermin. Scrub, beat if it is foam, and vacuum it, if necessary. Clean the room walls and ceiling with warm water and mild detergent. As for the floor, scrub and polish it.

2. Simplify and organize your room. The fewer things we have in our room the better. Take out those books, magazines, and old newspapers. Remove unneeded cosmetics and medicine. Keep no food in the bedroom. Dispose of those racks and shelves that tend to accumulate dust. And keep that computer out of your room. You can have a TV, radio, study table, and a few of your “favorite things”. Try not to make your room into a collector’s showcase of figurines, dolls, posters, mementos, etc.

3. Next, clean the apparador or closet. You are likely to encounter another pest there – the silverfish (Lepisma saccharina). This is an insect that eats on old clothes and paper. It is a most primitive of all insects, and perhaps the most resistant. If your barong (Filipino formal shirt) bears some poke holes, it is likely the work of this pest. The silverfish likes starchy materials, and natural fiber.

Other tenants in your room are the fungi. Fungi live on old materials, especially under humid conditions. They are the moldy growth on your shoes, bags, at the edge of the mirror, on top of cosmetic cream, on the armchairs. They cause buni, an-an, and athlete’s foot. Because they cannot produce their food by photosynthesis, unlike the plants, they have to become saprophytes (nature’s scavengers), subsisting on almost anything, including the lens of the camera.

4. The number one enemy of fungi is sunlight. Allow sunlight to penetrate into your room as much as possible. Do not store moist materials, especially clothes in your room. Expose fungi-prone materials like shoes and bags to the sun by bringing them out, or letting the sunshine in. Open the case and click your camera directly toward the sun if you intend not to use it for sometime.

5. Your room should be clean, cool and dry. Air conditioning is good, but a room that allows natural ventilation and sunlight is best. The ideal kind of room is one integrated with the outdoors where one step leads to the garden and to nature, which is the essence of the American bungalow architecture. Here the confluence is not only defined by aesthetics, but by spiritual communion.

It should be a room where we can find time to meditate. Away from the maddening crowd, we seek refuge from the fast pace of life outside. Here is a poem for meditation.
Dust in My Room

Alone in my room, I wrote and wrote:
The door was locked, my meal was cold;
With clumsy hands, my pen dropped,
On all fours I groped in the dark.

There to a curb, it rolled and rolled.
Into a mat of dust and web.
Whence I found, a tale untold
Of my life like the tide in ebb.

Words flowed, like a river on rush,
To be weaned, yearning to be free;
Chronicler, vanguard too, oh dust,

Like lost jewels in the blue sea.

Our health is greatly influenced by our room, the place we rest our tired bodies, where we keep ourselves away from the rigors of work. This is where we spend half of our lifetime. 

It is the very core of Home Sweet Home.

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