Hey all – seems like I have another pearl of wisdom floating along by, and this one is just as obvious as that entire post about walking from a few days back. If you’re going to be trapped within the fluorescent-lit, blue-mattress-standard dorm we’ve all come to know and expect, sometimes a bit of freshness is appreciated. So if you have the space to spare–and don’t lie, I know you do, even if between yourself and your roommate you have enough (heavy) text books and little trade paper-backs to stack to the ceiling–you can make space for a house plant! Or flowers, if that’s your thing.
Plants in general have so many benefits: they remind you of the glory of the outdoors, they’re easier to take care of than a goldfish (And more forgiving), they brighten up the place especially when finals are coming, I suppose you can bounce ideas off of your plants if there’s no-one else to talk to, and you’ve just bought yourself another potential Instagram subject. Go you.
But no, seriously, plants have a lot to offer with their soothing presence, nice scent, and air-purifying qualities.
I’ve kept some dried eucalyptus and some hyacinths and a lovely bunch of daffodils this past year alone — and they’ve all been a nice center-piece to an otherwise tiny, cluttered space.
Of course — there are many, many in-depth guides and more compelling reasons for keeping indoor plants; I do plan on writing a bigger, and better, well-researched piece after I return home and bug my mother (Who has a bit of a green thumb and lot’s of determination) about some plant-keeping tips!
But for now — please enjoy this lovely informative graphic that pretty much spawned this post in the first place:
- Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
- Snake plant: It t absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.
- Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
- Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.
- Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.
- Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.
Personally I come from a family of spider plant collectors — they’re really lovely plants with their stripes and such. An knowing that they remove carbon monoxide and are NASA approved is a plus; you can definitely use that on your common kitchen table or near your window in the dorm!