Okay, so we’re all stuck at home for a good while, and it’s important to find meaningful ways to spend your time during the long days at home. New routines are a necessity to stay healthy and maintain a high level of productivity whilst maintaining a sense of order and peace.
The tasks below will lighten your home by helping you organise and get to things that have been long overdue.
Move the furniture into one room and do a deep clean
Get your family to help you move all the furniture from one room into another and clean. As you move each item back, vacuum and clean them. Don’t forget the cushions too.
Renew your bookshelves
Take all the books down from one bookshelf in the house. Take all the books from that pile that you no longer want and store them, sell them or pack them in a bag to donate. Wipe down the shelves and configure the books you do want on there.
Get your bill payments streamlined and up to date
If you’re not all set up with online bill paying it can take some time to set up, but you don’t have to do it all in one go, and time spent on it now can save you hours and hours later on.
If you’re already set up, take a look at your beneficiaries and make sure they’re up to date, and add any that aren’t on there yet. Alternatively, contact all the companies you pay every month and set up debit orders through them.
Review and set goals for the rest of 2020
You may have started a list at the beginning of the year, but if you didn’t, now is a great time to start. It’s never too late to set intentions for how you’d like the future to unfold. If you already have a list, it might need some review and what a perfect time to do that. Start by visualising what the rest of the year will look like after the lockdown has ended, think of your home, your family and professional goals. Stay optimistic, we’re all going through this hard time together and we will come out of it, failure is never fatal.
Organise and reduce the size of your inbox
Spend half an hour decluttering your inbox by archiving important emails and deleting ones that don’t need to be kept. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter your inbox will become with just a little time spent doing this.
No more packed lunches and so easy to get everyone fed now that we’re all at home. You might’ve felt this way at the beginning of lockdown but you’ve probably gone from a quick breakfast, a packed lunch and cooking supper to cooking 3 meals a day. Meal prep might come in handy. Spend 15 minutes at the start of the week and think about and plan lunches and dinners. This will help you be prepared by having everything you need in advance and make mealtime less frantic.
Organise photo albums
Do you have a pile of family photos you’ve been meaning to organise for a while? Use this time to plan what you want to do and finally get round to putting them in albums.
Wash reusable bags
When was the last time you washed your gym bag, your reusable shopping bags or the kids schoolbags? For most people, the answer is never, and, sure, this might not change your life but it’ll give you and your kids a fresh start when things go back to normal.
Refresh your kitchen cabinets
This might be a bigger task, but you could break it up into smaller chunks by doing a little each day. Empty each cupboard and wipe down the inside before packing all it’s contents back neatly. Get rid of things you don’t want to keep, such as tupperware without lids, and make sure to throw out that expired food.
There are a number of us that have longed for more time at home to get things done. Using this time at home to do some organising and cleaning will save you time later and give your home a fresh feel and give you a sense of accomplishment.