While we all understand and support the need to stay home, that doesn’t make it any less stressful. You can only do so much baking and TV binge watching before the walls start closing in! Living in a muddle only makes it worse. When the house is tidy it’s easier to keep hygienic and sanitized. It also helps to keep your mind uncluttered and creative so you’re able to stave off boredom and stay positive.
Don’t let everyday tasks build up. Little things like making the bed every morning, doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher, cleaning the work surfaces and disinfecting door handles and light switches all help to maintain a routine and keep you moving.
On top of the necessary jobs, make it a habit to clear up messes as you go. Doing one job is quicker and easier than leaving it until there are half a dozen waiting for you.
When you’re bored, even small jobs can feel like huge tasks. So if you’re struggling to get something done try playing the five minute game:
Anyone can focus on something just for five minutes. Dishes in the sink? Give yourself five minutes to get through as much as you can. When five minutes are up you can stop if you want to. Chances are though, having got that far, you’ll carry on to the end.
You can play ‘just five minutes’ with any household chore you keep putting off. It’s also a good strategy if you’re trying to get kids to tidy up after themselves.
Make it a real game with prizes if they can tidy for the whole five minutes. Set a timer and whizz through until the timer dings, then award prizes all round. What sort of prizes? Anything that pleases and excites them that you’d usually restrict will make the activity special. You know what your own kids value above all else. Go for that.
Being forced to spend all your time inside the same four walls really highlights the shortcomings in any living space. It’s a perfect time to sort out how you use what space you’ve got, especially if it’s limited.
If you only have a balcony to get outside on, it’s frustrating to have that precious area used for storage when you could put a chair or two out there or grow some herbs or flowers. The same goes for spare rooms, overcrowded cupboards or kitchen worktops cluttered with equipment you clean round but don’t use. If all those things were gone, you’d have more space for family or personal activities and you’d spend less time dusting and cleaning up.
You might be stuck at home for now, but make a start by packing away the stuff you rarely use into bags or boxes. Stow them somewhere off the floor for the time being, maybe on top of a wardrobe or under a bed – it doesn’t matter as long as you clear yourself some living space. Self storage space is an ideal home from home for items not in constant use so it’s well worth researching. There are plenty of self storage units in Cambridge, and bound to be plenty where you are too.
Since we’re forced to stay at home for now, staying on top of small daily jobs and figuring out ways to make the space work better can help lessen the stress of the moment and give us something to look forward to.
How are you keeping your space tidy?