What have you been up to around the house?
We have all been at home for a long time now. Have you been doing quarantine-inspired stuff around the house? You know what I’m talking about:
- Make banana bread (check)
- Make bread (check)
- Make that fluffy coffee (I haven’t tried this yet; I worry that it might be too delicious and take over my life)
- Clean your closets (at this point, I only need the clothes in my sweatpants drawer, but I might regret getting rid of everything else, so I’m holding off)
- Take an online class (check)
- Crafts (check) *more about this later
- Gardening (check)
- Marie Kondo your whole house and garage (Ay caramba! No way!)
The list of possibilities is endless really. I’m sure that I’ve missed some good ones.
I haven’t done anything major, but I have done a few little things here and there that have really made a big difference in how I feel about my home. For me, when I finally break down and do something that I’ve been avoiding, I know that it was worth it because I feel taller when I’m finished. I know, it’s a little strange, but there is no other way to describe it.
For me, sticking to little, bite-sized projects is key. When I think of a big project that I’ve been wanting to magically take care of itself (like reorganizing the kitchen), I get a feeling of dread that quickly leads to anxiety and avoidance. So, I have been thinking about my kitchen reorg as a bunch of small projects. Sometimes I do one a week … or less, but it’s not so overwhelming. In that spirit, reorganizing the kitchen became:
- Clean the refrigerator (like where you take the shelves out and wash everything)
- Move the coffee maker
- Find a place to store the ice cream maker (even though we use it a lot, it doesn’t need to live on the counter)
- Clean the cupboard under the sink
- Find a new home for that silver tray that has been living on the counter for the past XX years
- A bunch of other stuff that I haven’t started thinking about yet
Even cleaning the refrigerator was tackled one shelf at a time. It doesn’t matter that I did it slowly, I still felt taller when I was finished.
I’ve also made some progress with consolidating/organizing/purging some of my other clutter catchers. Sometimes, just moving whatever doesn’t belong out of a particular location is enough to jump start some sort of resolution to the issue, like when I collected the various piles of books from the various locations around the house into one, big pile in the middle of the living room. I may have had to stare at it for a week, but one day, motivation took over and I organized the whole mess (including re-homing many).
Anyway, I was feeling relatively productive and accomplished about staying home until I saw this story about an artist who is painting flowers ALL OVER her home. It is so whimsical and happy. I mean, look at those doors!
I don’t think that I’m going to start painting flowers everywhere, but I do think that I will keep trying to find little ways to make the most of my home. How about you? Have you tackled any around-the-house projects? Did you feel taller when you finished or is that just me?