Making Your Home a Retreat During Social Distancing
Spring is here! And just as the days are becoming longer, and the weather is getting warmer, the CDC tells us that we’re all supposed to stay home. We know it can feel inconvenient, frustrating and boring, but staying home during this pandemic is a small action that you can take that will potentially benefit many while we try to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
So while social distancing plays out for a few weeks, we encourage you to look at it as a joy to get to spend time in the home you’ve created with the people you love rather than seeing it as being stuck.
Now is a great time to tackle a few small house projects and turn your home into a retreat for you and your family. Here are a few of our tips that we are all trying to put into action.
Start and End Your Day with a Chore
Begin your day by throwing in a load of laundry and tackling one other chore from your list. Maybe it’s cleaning out one drawer or closet? Don’t try to tackle too much – just one small thing. End your day by putting everything back where it belongs so that you can start fresh in the morning. Moms – this means putting your kids’ toys away each night even though you know the playroom will be a mess again the next day. Get them involved as part of their bedtime routine. Having a few minutes of a clean home each day will help you feel more at peace in your space. Pinterest is a great place to find chore charts where you can check things off to feel accomplished!
Bring the Outdoors In
House plants are a great way to brighten up your home. Indoor plants aren’t just pretty, they also make us feel good both mentally and physically. Plants help to boost your mood. They also help clean the air in your home by absorbing toxins (like that pesky virus), increasing humidity, and producing oxygen. And who doesn’t want a natural home air filter right now? Especially one that you like to look at!
Make Your Bed Each Day
Making your bed is a simple step you can take each day to feel like you’ve transitioned from one part of the day to the next. Just like its recommended that we still get up, shower and get dressed while social distancing, making our bed will immediately make our home feel more put together. I’m reminded of the saying “a messy home, a messy mind” – you’ll feel more productive if your home is clean, especially if like me, your bedroom is now your home office.
Create a Space to Workout, Practice Yoga or Meditate
You don’t need a lot of space to create a home workout zone in your home. If you already own a piece of cardio equipment, that’s awesome, but if not, all you need is a yoga mat. The standard yoga mat measures 68 inches long and 24 inches wide. Find a place where you can unroll a yoga mat, and your space is created. Want to take it a step further? Make room for a few weights or bands. I also like to have a mirror so I can see what I am doing and make adjustments. Bodyweight exercises like pushups and burpees are great exercise while social distancing, but there are also a lot of digital resources that are offering free subscriptions right now to help people stay active during this period of distancing.
Add Some Color to Your Home
Color does a lot for our moods, so now is a great time to brighten up your home with a pop of a color you love. If you’re like me, you have a basement full of paint cans from old projects. Take social distancing as a chance to dust off one of those cans and paint a piece of furniture that needs a facelift, update that powder room or maybe add an accent wall? No paint in your house? You can order some peel and stick wallpaper online or call up your local hardware store and see if they will mix up some paint for you and pull some supplies together. Ask if you can pay for over the phone and if someone will run it out to your car when you get there. Local businesses need our help right now, so I’m sure they will gladly accommodate you!
Get Some Fresh Air Every Day
No one said that social distancing means you have to stay indoors. Now that its spring, there is even more of a reason to dust off that porch furniture and get outside, even if it’s only for an hour! Put on a warm jacket and have your coffee on the porch. Head out for a dose of the afternoon sun. Or maybe grab that yoga mat and move your workout outdoors. Your porch and backyard are en extension of your home. Make sure that you have a space to enjoy!
Have other ideas to share? We’d love to hear how you are making your home an enjoyable place to be during social distancing in the comments.
Needing a little help to get your home feeling fresh and relaxing? We’re here to help remotely. Give us a call in the office to see how we can help!