You’re not a chinchilla, you know.
When was the last time you dusted your room, if ever? Dusting is one of those things that you don’t realize the importance of until you do it the first time. You look at your desk and think, “it’s just my desk, there’s nothing on it,” but then you run a duster over it and realize it’s like the surface of the moon. Regular dusting is important, not just for the sake of cleanliness, but for your own good health.
Dust allergies are a major cause of many respiratory issues. When you’re at home, do you cough or clear your throat frequently? Does your throat feel really itchy? It’s not the spring pollen (not just that, anyway), there’s a good chance it’s your home’s ambient dust. Remember that surface of the moon I just mentioned? Imagine all that dust flying into the air whenever you exhale near your desk. At least some of that dust is probably ending up in your mouth without you realizing it. Gross, right? That’s why having a dust allergy can feel like having a perpetual cold; all that crud in your living space is constantly orbiting around your head.
To keep dust away, make sure to clean your home on a regular basis. Vaccum your carpets, sweep and wash your hard floors with a broom and mop, clean your bed sheets at least once a week, and of course, dust your furniture. You can buy single-use dusting sheets in packs from your local grocery store, as well as a little wand thing to attach them to. With some regular dusting and cleaning, don’t be surprised if your eyes, nose, and throat start itching a lot less.