Now that much of the United States is practicing social distancing, countless people have found ample time on their hands. But after you’re done finding new recipes, catching up on television, and (maybe) working from home, you may start to feel uncomfortable in your humble abode.
It makes sense that you would start to feel a little stir crazy. We have to avoid our favorite bars, restaurants, and even the gym. One of the best ways to feel productive, however, is by improving your environment. After all, there are likely a number of small projects that you have been putting off. Now that you have the time to actually get them done, why not start now?
Here are some of the easiest home projects to knock out while you’re practicing social distancing:
Actually build those shelves
If you have moved to a new home recently or you have bought shelving in a spur-of-the-moment decision, these items are likely still tucked away in your closet. Instead of watching clutter accumulate on already-crowded shelves, now is the perfect time to crack open that box and actually assemble your new shelving unit.
Even if the box claims you need an electric drill, building shelves is often simpler than one might think. All you need is a screwdriver and the necessary components to hold the structure, most of which are already included in the box. Oftentimes, you might need the errant Allen wrench, but this is less common. This job should take you an hour or two at most and help your home feel more complete for years to come.
Paint your walls
Now that spring is finally here, the weather is only going to get warmer and warmer. If you have been forgoing a painting project, there’s no better time to start than right now.
After all, this is the best time to crack open the windows and let out those fumes from painting. Not only can painting your home make it feel brand new, but it can also help improve your mental energy depending on the colors you choose. For example, shades of purple can help calm and relax inhabitants while red can leave people feeling charged and anxious. Painting your walls purple, green, or blue can make it feel more cozy and welcoming, two necessary feelings during this time of stress.
More importantly, painting the outside of your home should also be performed more frequently than you might have thought. Stucco homes, for example, should be painted every five years. Since we’re still allowed to go outside as long as we stand at least six feet apart from other people, this is a great chance to get some exercise and improve the appearance of our homes.
Invest in wall decor
If you can, supporting local artists and businesses is essential right now. After all, many of these small businesses might have to close their doors as a result of social distancing. If you have the funds to support local artists, buying new prints and pieces can be a great way to spruce up the ambiance of your living room.
Of course, you can always craft some decor of your own! Buy some goods from your local craft store and pass the time making new art pieces for your friends and family members. Your loved ones will appreciate the gesture and it will give them something comforting during this time of social distancing. This can encourage your creative side to flourish while still staying occupied in the comfort of your home.
Improving your home looks different for everyone, but these simple projects are some of the best ways to pass the time. Stay productive and give these options a chance when you’re ready to spruce up your home.