The Gatekeeper


Security is very important to all of us, otherwise we wouldn’t worry about making sure our doors and windows are locked before we go to bed at night or before we leave the house. As the gatekeeper of your home, you control who can, or cannot, have access to your home. Friends, family, and coworkers all get vetted before you  allow them inside, right?

But do we do the same for the items we bring into our home? What kind of critters, bugs, or germs are we allowing unvetted into our home when we bring in our mail, groceries, shopping bags, new or used furniture, or the box from our Amazon order? What can we do to keep these uninvited guests at bay? (I’m talking about bugs and critters, not your in-laws…) Let’s talk about three areas in which small adjustments on your part can make a large impact on the ecology of your home.

Boxes: I love getting my monthly order from Young Living, but this is not the only box I receive in a month. I also bring home boxes from Costco, Total Wine, USPS and other places. If I didn’t decide to break down and recycle my boxes right away, it wouldn’t be long before Judah and I would be buried in cardboard.

But there’s another reason why I don’t want an open box sit around for awhile: I don’t know where that box has been. So I rip the packing tape off and get that box out of the home as soon as possible! 

The next time you get a package, imagine the warehouse that it came from. You know as well as I do that the package/box is not clean and is sorely lacking fastidious gatekeepers like you and me to keep bugs and critters out. So make a small adjustment and choose to process your boxes immediately; get them out of your home as quickly as possible. (Click here to take part in my 52-week challenge.)​


Bedding: Who are you sharing your bed with? I’m not talking about your mate. Maybe a better question to ask is, how many are you sharing your bed with? We live a symbiotic relationship with dust mites. While they serve a valuable purpose, if left unchecked, the ecology of your home could tilt in their favor. 

Our bedding is a perfect little dust mite reservoir. Did you know that in just two years 10 percent of the weight of your pillow is replaced by dead dust mites and their feces? (There I go talking about feces again–almost every blog this month. If this were a month on the calendar I could call it Craptember, Fecaluary, Turdvember, or even perhaps Poo-ly. But I digress…) ​It is also important to note that the more warm and humid the climate, the more frequently you need to clean your bedding.

Mites thrive in temperatures between 68 and 77 degrees and humidity levels between 70 and 80 percent. 
 So a small adjustment you can make that will have a big impact is choosing to wash your linens every week. This will keep the dust mite population down and keep them from kicking you out of your own bed.  ​


Chemicals: As the gatekeeper of your home, your shift begins when you are standing in aisle 9 of your local supermarket. What you choose to clean your home with can either help or hurt your home’s ecology.

While many believe that antibacterial and antimicrobial household cleaners keep us healthy, science is proving that these type of chemicals are having the opposite effect. Instead, viruses and bacteria are mutating into drug-resistant strains while at the same time lowering our immune system’s ability to mount a defense.


​Consider going a more natural route to cleaning your home. I love my Young Living Thieves household cleaner. It’s natural, effective, smells amazing, and is economical for a family on a budget. It truly is a small adjustment that has made a big impact on Judah and me. Keeping your home clean with Young Living’s line of household cleaning products is a good choice. (Click here to get learn more.)


I want to know that I am doing all I can to keep my family safe and healthy, and I know you do too. By making just a few small adjustments—processing boxes right away, washing linens once a week, and cleaning the home with natural cleaning agents—I am sure that I am making a big impact on my family. And as the gatekeeper, I can rest assured that no uninvited or unvetted guests—be they critters, bugs, or germs—will ever be allowed to disrupt the ecology of my home

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