What the world is dealing with right now, is more than just a lockdown. At the heart of it, this is really a global tragedy. People are dying on an unprecedented scale and from a worldwide perspective there isn’t really an end in sight right now.
There’s no getting around that. COVID-19 is devastating and we will probably be feeling the effects of it for years to come. And all of us are kind of stuck at home right now biding our time until this finally passes.
It’s not nice to be holed up in the house all the time, especially now when we are starting to approach the summer, but it’s a necessity and something that we are just going to have to deal with for the time being.
If anything positive can be derived from this mess, it’s the fact that we now have an awful lot of time on our hands that we didn’t have before. And while we could waste that time wallowing in misery, we could also put it to use.
Why not make the best of a bad situation and be productive? All of those projects that you wanted to undertake but never had the time? Well you’ve got the time now. Something that a lot of people have been doing is working on their home.
There’s no better time than right now to improve your living space because that’s where you’re going to be stuck for the foreseeable future. Here’s a couple of ideas for things you could do:
All it takes is a matter of days trapped at home for you to realize how much stuff you have in your house that you don’t actually need. You find yourself looking at that accordion you don’t even want to learn how to play or the food processor which you’ve never plugged in because you never even learned how to cook.
Side note, this would also be the perfect opportunity to learn how to cook, but if you have appliances you don’t need then get rid of them. When we have space, we seem to have compulsion to fill it.
We hear about all of these things that our neighbours have that we think we should also have and we’ve got a place to put it so why not? That’s how you end up with clutter. That’s how meaningless objects start to crowd your space.
So root out those meaningless objects. Get into your attic and your basement and get rid of stuff. Anything you don’t need, anything you’ve got more than one of. Anything that you haven’t touched in years.
I know it’s not easy to get out and get your stuff to a dump or a recycling depot, but you can pile it up somewhere so it’s all together and all ready to go when things are back to normal. You do this and you’ll have a ton of space that you can actually put to good use.
A big part of the reason why people tend not to paint their walls even when they want to is because it takes an eternity to get it done and it upsets the entire household for the duration of the project.
If you decide to paint when you’re working a full-time job, it will have to be an evenings and weekends excursion and you’re just going to be exhausted while you’re doing it because it’s after a hard day’s or a hard week’s work.
And then the house is just a mess because there’s paint cans everywhere and brushes and ladders and sheets and spilled paint and it’s just not a nice thing to be coming home too. That’s why now is the best time to do it.
You can do it during the day, when you’ve got the energy for it and because you don’t have anything else going on, the entire house could get painted within a couple of weeks. It’s a relatively easy thing to master.
And you can get paint delivered straight to your door so you don’t have to worry about the fact that you can’t go out and buy any.
- Sort Out Your Garden
What does your garden look like right now? Probably doesn’t really look like anything. It’s just a garden. Maybe it’s even a place where you’ve got some clutter building up, or maybe you don’t really care much about what your garden looks like.
And that’s entirely fine of course, if you prefer simplicity in your garden then you should keep it simple, but if the reason why your garden isn’t anything is that you haven’t had the time or the energy to spruce it up, well now you have that.
Once again, you can get some stuff delivered to your door. Tools if you need them, because the first steps will involve some digging and preparing. And then order some things to plant and get creative with your flowerbeds.
Maybe you’ve always wanted a pond, maybe some nice paving or a deck. You can do all of that right now. And I know a lot of us are a bit stuck for money right now, but if you want some garden furniture, order that too.
SEE: Planting Calendar
I’m not accusing you of being unclean or anything, but what you have now is an opportunity to be really, really thorough. Usually we don’t want to waste our free time cleaning, so instead we just do the bare minimum.
But now you can spend a couple of days tackling the dirt. You can dust all of the tops of the cabinets, you can empty your fridge and wash the shelves inside, you can scrub your bathroom until it looks like an Ancient Roman Bathhouse.
Well actually those places might have been filthy I don’t know but the point is, your bathroom is probably due for a major cleaning and you can give it the best one possible right now.
- Try Building Some DIY Furniture
While this is definitely an opportunity to do a lot of cleaning and decluttering, you could also take a little time to be creative. Do you fancy a new bookshelf? A wine rack perhaps? Or maybe a new coffee table.
Build one yourself. Or at least try to build one yourself. DIY doesn’t have to be complex, you can build some great stuff with minimal materials and minimal tools. And there are tons of tutorials online that can help you with all kinds of fun and practical projects.
Being at home all the time is probably going to make you a little sick of constantly looking at the same stuff. Your kitchen is going to start to look really old after the first couple of weeks and that’s not pleasant.
The kitchen should be a place that you enjoy being in. That’s where the fridge is, and the fridge is everybody’s favourite thing right? Maybe. Anyway, kitchen’s get redesigned more than any other room in the house.
When was the last time yours got an overhaul? You probably won’t be able to do this yourself, but what you can do is plan it and that can be a really fun experience and also the knowledge that change is coming can make the room feel less stale.
Look online for some ideas, draw up some plans and get creative with how you want it to look. You could probably make some minor changes yourself but even if you just work on the ideas that will keep you occupied and speed up the process for when you actually get the job done.
- Designate a Workspace
A lot of people are now going to be working from home for the first time in their working lives. And depending on where you are and what your job is, this could be the norm for quite a few months yet.
It’s a bit of a shock to the system and it has its advantages and disadvantages. The most significant disadvantage probably being the fact that you haven’t prepared your home to also double as your place of work.
You’ve probably been finding it hard to find a place to set yourself up. You do it in your bedroom or the living room then these rooms will no longer be places of relaxation. You do it in the kitchen you’re going to deal with a lot of distractions from your family or roommates.
So it’s important that there is a place in your home that is exclusively for work. Even if you’re not working from home and you’ve actually been laid off, set this up anyway because you might need it when you get another job.
You’re probably not spoiled for choice when it comes to space, but maybe you can repurpose another part of the house, at least for the time being. Think outside the box, it’s important for your workspace to be distinct from your living space.
Alter your perspective on this unfortunate situation. Mourn the tragedy of course, we’ll all be doing that on some level, but don’t think of this time as restrictive. In a sense, it’s the opposite. You’ve got freedom to be productive and to make your home the space you’ve always wanted it to be. So get up and get to work!
See: 5 Great Tips For Improving Your Home’s Look and Increasing Value