During a time where social distancing is encouraged and most of us are working from home every day, this is a great time to work on any home projects you have put off. As we go through this difficult time, it's oftentimes helpful to take the time to turn inward, spend time with family, and complete home projects. Working on home projects you have been putting off will add some distraction and accomplishment to your days!
Declutter Your Home
Clutter adds stress and anxiety to our lives and that is the last thing we need right now. Your home is your sanctuary. By keeping it clutter free and organized, you will start to feel more at ease, and happier knowing your home has a light and airy feel.
Start by making a list of every room in your home, then create a subdivision under each room of each space that needs decluttering. For example, under your bedroom you'd write nightstands, master closet, armoire, and dressers all as separate spaces that need decluttering.
Depending on what makes you less stressed, you can either start with the easiest room to work your way into organizing or start with the toughest room to get it out of the way.
As you declutter, throw out the garbage, and if possible donate items someone else can use. If you are looking to make some extra money, sell your unused items.
Hang Up the “I Will Do It Later Pile”
Picture frames, shelves, hooks, awards, art, and mirrors all fall into a category that often gets put on the back burner for when there is more time. Time passes and before you know it, a year has passed and you still have not hung that beautiful family photo. Dedicate one day to hang everything you have been putting off.
Touch Up Furniture
Over time, furniture is scratched or chipped. This is a great time to touch up any furniture that looks a little worn. A few items to pay extra attention to are wooden pieces of furniture, like bookshelves and chairs, that can be brought to life with furniture wood polish or finishing wax. There are also touch-up pens for little nicks and scratches. You may also consider refreshing furniture that looks weathered or old with a new coat of paint—it can do wonders!
Organize Your Greeting Cards, Notes, and Papers
Writing a hand written card will always be one of the simplest ways to make someone’s day! It is important to have all your greeting cards organized so when you need one, you can find it quickly.
Start by spreading out out all your greetings cards, then categorize your cards by holiday and special occasions. Put each category into a plastic bag and create a title sheet by writing the holiday or special occasion on a piece of computer paper. Then simply put the title sheet on the inside of the bag in front of the cards. This keeps all of them organized and easy to find when it comes time to send one.
Prepare For Spring Time
Springtime is upon us and this is a great opportunity to prepare your home for the new season. Here are some of the best things to start with:
- Declutter your home. Create an airy and light feeling in your home by decluttering any unnecessary items and either reorganize them or donate.
- Change your bed sheets. Pack away your winter sheets and remake all the beds with lighter spring sheets.
- Wash your windows. Often times during the winter, dirt accumulates in the window sill. Clean out the dirt so your windows are ready to open on those upcoming beautiful days.
- Change small accents and decor. It is the small, special touches that make a home feel cozy and warm. For the new spring season, swap your winter candles for colorful and sweet scented flower ones. Change your bathroom hand towels from dark colors to light colors. Prepare vases throughout the house so you can fill them with fresh picked flowers as spring arrives.
Declutter Your Pantry and Fridge
Another great project to tackle is cleaning out and organizing your pantry. There are a few ways you can go about this to make sure the process is streamlined and stress-free. Start by emptying out everything in your pantry, then categorize the food items. Throw out any expired food you find and take note of anything that needs to be restocked. After doing this, implement different forms of storage to keep things neat and tidy. For example, you can use a lazy Susan for any items you need to access often, add bins to keep the categorized items organized, and construct a tiered shelving unit for soup cans