06 Apr Self-isolation: your opportunity to show your home a little love?
You’re at home, your partner’s at home, your kids are at home, the dog, the cat and the tropical fish are all at home (ok, so where else would the pets be), but the point I’m making is that home, all of a sudden, has probably started to feel a little on the crowded side. So, what do you do when you have the prospect of weeks or even months at home together?
Once you’re bored silly watching the news and playing Monopoly for the 500th time, have read every book and magazine in the house and maximised your Sunday morning sleep-ins by having one every other day of the week as well, what can you do to keep sane? We have a suggestion for how you could spend your self-isolation time in a more productive way – show your home a little love.
The government has advised us that we should stay at home, but they have acknowledged two things: 1) that this is likely to be for an extended period of time, and 2) that there are likely to be mental health effects from this action. We’re breaking our daily routines and forcing ourselves into isolation, and because as a species we’re designed to be sociable, this is going to be uncomfortable, so it’s important to stay busy. One way to do this – and to do something really useful at the same time – is to look around your home for something to improve.
Many of us love our homes, but that does not mean we love every aspect of our property.
- Banish the dark. If some rooms feel a little dark, why not consider new windows, skylights or curtains to frame them better, decorating walls a lighter colour or changing old, inefficient lighting for LEDs or additional uplights can all help.
- Tired? If your home looks a little tired or frayed around the edges then it may be time for a spruce up, a tidy around and a makeover. You may or may not fancy yourself to be a bit of a Kirstie Allsop, but we can all have a go at refurbishing to renew our love for our home.
- Why do tomorrow what you could do today? There are likely to be many jobs you’ve been putting off for years which have built up and up. Why not tackle a few of them yourself (so long as you can do so safely, of course). These could be painting and decorating, fancying up your storage solutions, or fixing fences. Please do not attempt any plumbing or electrical work as, I’m afraid, there are some things that really do need to be left to the experts.
- What you need from your home will evolve and change. Rooms become redundant and are left as storage areas, new demands come up, and that’s not just when you have kids and need to change a bedroom into a nursery and a dining room into a playroom. What if you needed to convert a room into a home office, especially important in today’s situation when you still need to stay in touch with your suppliers, customers and staff, keep up with paperwork and Skype without interruptions.