Since the world is facing a pandemic, we’ve been advised to stay home to control the spread of the virus. If you’re not used to staying at home, you can find yourself bored with a lot of free time on your hands. To keep yourself occupied, you can organize your home using the following tips.
- Organize your Space
The biggest change during the quarantine period is working from home. It can be difficult if this is the first time working at home for you. It’s easy for you to get distracted when you have a TV or bed near you. Take some time to organize your space and separate the work and home areas. If you have an extra room, designate that area as the office space. Put a desk and chair in that room and remove anything that’s not work-related. If you have kids that go to school, create a space that will allow them to study and do their homework without any distractions.
- Arrange the Closet
In the past, you rarely had time to arrange your closet and pick out clothes that you no longer wear. You were either at work, with friends, or doing something else that doesn’t involve you staying in the house. Now that you’re at home all the time, it’s a good time to arrange your closet. Take out all the clothes that you haven’t worn in over a year. Put them in a box and donate to charity. When you declutter your closet, you’ll feel more at ease with yourself.
- Clean the Garage
Your garage or shed has all kinds of things that you don’t keep in the house; from old furniture to power tools and old car parts. Since garages have things piled up together and rarely used, they become dusty. Pick a day where you remove all the things from the garage. You can ask your partner or whoever you’re staying with to help you clear the garage. Wear a mask to protect yourself from the dust. Then, wash the garage area. You can use soap and water to scrub the surfaces. If the items removed from the garage are waterproof, you can also pour water on them to remove the dirt. For those materials that are not waterproof, wipe them with a piece of cloth. Sort out the things that you need and those that you don’t. Arrange the items neatly back in the garage.
- Use a Portable Storage Unit
Some items can take up a lot of space in the living room or garage. You cannot auction or sell such items because you know you’ll use them later. If you have such an item, consider renting a portable storage unit during this quarantine season. You can bring the portable storage unit home, pack what you don’t need and return it to the storage facility. Portable storage units are great if you want to create more space in the house. Put all the unnecessary clutter in the unit.
- Sort the Pantry
Another area that you can organize is the pantry. It’s easy to buy canned food and forget it at the back of the kitchen cabinets. Take this time to organize the kitchen and get rid of any spoiled food or spices. Get rid of broken utensils. Throw away that old kitchen towel. Organize all your spices in one drawer. Hang your pots and pans for easy retrieval. You should also look at what you have in excess. You may have more spices or rice than you need. In that case, donate the extra food items to those in need.
- Move the Furniture Around
You can also switch things up in the living room. Change the position of the sofas and TV cabinet to give the space a new look. You can also move the console from one corner to another. Switch the living room rag with another one from a different room. If you have bookshelves, rearrange the books in a different style. If they were lying down initially, you can arrange them vertically and in alphabetical order.
The quarantine period offers the perfect opportunity for you to organize your home and redecorate. You can implement the changes on this list gradually – it can be weekly or bi-weekly. Finally, keep staying at home and be safe.