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Guest Article by Clara Beaufort
The numbers for the COVID-19 pandemic don’t seem to be improving. This means that we are still very much in the middle of it with no end in sight, and another round of quarantine across the country is looking more and more likely. If you and your household end up quarantining or self-isolating again, wouldn’t it be nice to have made some home improvements beforehand?
The good news is that there are many simple projects that will make your home safer and more comfortable, and you can start tackling them today. Here are a few examples:
Purge Your Belongings
A messy living environment has a way of adding stress in our lives. By tackling the chaos in your home, you can significantly reduce stress and tension among the members of your household. Start by going through each room and space in your home and purging your belongings. Create piles for keeping, donating, selling, and trashing. If you don’t need or want an item, get rid of it. Redfin explains that this will do wonders for making your living environment healthier and more positive.
If you try to declutter and your home still feels chaotic, it might be because you simply don’t have enough space. If that's the case, you might consider looking for another home. And now is actually a great time for home buyers. Just be sure to hire a qualified, reliable realtor like Susan Durfee.
Deep Clean Every Room
Along with decluttering, go through and deep clean each area in your home. This means cleaning the living room, bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms, closets, hallways, and any other space in your home from top to bottom. And once you have your living environment spic-and-span, create a daily cleaning routine that helps you maintain it.
Tend to the Landscaping
The outside of your property deserves some attention as well, especially if you will be using it more often because of the quarantine. Be sure to keep up with regular lawn maintenance, such as mowing and trimming. Consider any ways that you can improve the design of your landscaping, whether that means adding flowers and native plants, spreading mulch, or installing landscape lighting. And if you’ve always wanted your own garden, NPR points out that now is the perfect time to start one!
Create a Home Office
Finally, many people across the country are now working from home, at least part of the time. If this is your situation, then you need to ensure that you have a dedicated workspace so that you can fulfill your daily tasks efficiently. If possible, designate an area of your home that allows you to separate your work and home life, whether it’s a garage, basement, or spare bedroom with a door.
Also, you will want to invest in any equipment necessary for your work, such as a computer, an ergonomic chair, a desk that fits everything you need on it, a high-speed Internet connection, and so on. Moreover, look into any technology and software that can help you stay productive in terms of communication, collaboration, project management, time tracking, and more. And of course, you will need to set consistent work hours and establish any other necessary boundaries with the members of your household.
What better way to prepare your family for another round of quarantine then to take on some practical home improvement projects? Start decluttering and deep cleaning every space in your home. Consider anything you can do to make your landscaping and outdoor areas more appealing and enjoyable. And if you are working from home, create a workspace, get the right equipment and tech, and establish a routine that helps you stay productive.