Staying at home is a big focus right now, and it’s a great opportunity to see things in your home from a unique perspective. This is also a potential time to work on home projects or to-do lists in whatever spare moments you may have. Here are ten things you can do to keep your home well-maintained during your downtime.
1. Water Your Plants
Do you have any plant friends keeping you company? Give them some love! After all, springtime is here. Take care of them by making sure they’re well-watered and getting plenty of sun. If you have plants that you fertilize or put outdoors in the spring, you could do that now, as well. You could even go full green thumb and start planning a springtime garden!
2. Swap Decor
Try experimenting with your current decor arrangements. Maybe it’s time to break out some pillows or throws you have in storage to instantly create a new aesthetic effect. Or maybe you want to create a pop of color or sense of newness by simply moving small items around to other locations. Simple changes like this can make a big difference in how your home looks.
Dust is a quiet companion that easily collects around the home. It’s infamous for showing up on bookshelves, end tables and mantelpieces, to name just a few hot spots. Not only does it look unsightly, but it can also do damage to whatever books or decorations you may be displaying. Dusting these places is a quick task that can make your home look and feel fresh.
If you have small children in the home, you may have heard a request to make a furniture fort. Not only is this a fun opportunity to play with the kids, but by creating the fort, you can also experiment with furniture placement and decor arrangement to see if you like the new look that it gives your space. Who knows? After finishing the fort, you may not want to move the furniture back to where it was! And speaking of the kids, you could also involve them in your next redecorating project, particularly if you already have the supplies lying around.
5. Get Crafty
Creating things is a wonderful exercise for the mind. Use some of your downtime at home to practice your arts and crafts skills, or even to learn new ones. There are all sorts of DIY tutorials on the internet, ranging in complexity, that can be accomplished with items you already have on-hand. You could make new decor for your house, knit a blanket, practice needlepoint, paint a picture or sew a new throw pillow. Once you’re done with making something new, you can display it in your home!
6. Get Ahead of Yourself
Plan ahead. While you’re working on getting things done around the home, take some time to do an inventory of things that still need to be done or can’t be accomplished right now. Be as detailed as possible, and make plans for how you’re going to get those tasks done. When the time comes, you’ll be prepared.
7. Go Through Your Closet
If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to clean out your closet, this is the perfect time to do it! Not only does sorting through clothing open up storage space in your home, but it can also help you decompress emotionally. By choosing to let go of something you’ve had for a long time but not used, you’re exercising your ability to control your situation and determine which parts of your life need to go and which need to stay. This can also help you ease into cleaning up other, more difficult parts of your home, à la Marie Kondo. After all is said and done, you’ll have some unneeded possessions that you can donate to Goodwill, a clothes closet or a thrift store!
8. Find Creative Ways to Use Up Food
You may find yourself doing more cooking or food prepping while spending time at home. This is an opportunity to take stock of your pantry and refrigerator and find food ingredients that need to be used up. All it takes is a quick Pinterest search to find recipes and cooking techniques that can help you whip up a delicious meal out of things you’ve had on hand. Even if you don’t have extra food waiting to be used, you can also take the time to prep and freeze meals for the future so you can have some easy, no-cooking days.
9. Research New Furniture
Perhaps you’ve had thoughts of replacing a piece of furniture recently. You can use your time at home to research good pieces that will match your home and your aesthetic. Virtual technology now exists that you can use through your phone or tablet to “test” out a piece of furniture in a specific place in your home. That way, you’ll know if it fits and if it goes well with the rest of your atmosphere or theme.
10. Reorganize Yourself
Whether you’re an organizer or not, having spare time at home provides an opportunity to take stock of how you currently keep track of your life. Everyone has different systems, from filing to stacking to digital archiving. Also, everyone’s workspaces look different, from where you keep your tape dispenser and stapler to how you sort your writing utensils. So go through your organizational systems and determine if they’re working for you. If they are, awesome, keep up the good work! See if you can get ahead on keeping it balanced and clean. If not, consider other approaches to organization and try out different techniques. You may figure out a new and more effective system that actually works better for you!
We know that being indoors for an extended period of time can be tough, but hopefully you can find that by occupying your mind and filling the time, you are able to be productive and entertained. Good luck with all of your to-do lists and home maintenance!