We need not have to start this article by talking about how difficult and strange the last year has been, and how most of us have had to make the best of lockdown and its various unpredictable comings and goings.
Yet it’s also true that talking about how to decompress without getting a feeling similar to ‘the bends’ is useful right now, as the more people who share tips and advice, the better we can understand how to reassert living healthily in our homes.
A great way to start this is to reverse the home effects of prolonged societal lockdown. What does this mean? Well, redefining and rearranging your space is a first step, but from there you might wish to consider just what you’re using your home for in the present moment, what changes you’d like to make, and ultimately, how you can undo some of the changes you felt were most natural a year ago but don’t necessarily fit in your home today.
For a little more context, consider the following advice:
Store All Unnecessary Items
You’d be forgiven for gathering way too many personal belongings and general amounts of ‘stuff’ over the course of lockdown. Many of us have made indulgent purchases, or invested in home comforts, or simply took plenty of our belongings out of our attics or basements thanks to being somewhat bored. Storing all the unnecessary items that you’ve found in preparation for sale, or simply to get them out of your property for a time, can be helpful. With storage solutions you can use now at affordable cost, this can give you a little time to recoup and consider how to organize your household.
Reorient Your Furniture
A great means of helping your home feel renewed is the cheapest of all. Simply taking the time to reorient your furniture can be a wonderful time. For instance, making sure that the furniture conforms to a focal point in your living room (such as your media centre), or makes the most use of natural light given the season can be helpful. Maybe you hope to orient the furniture in your son’s bedroom and elongate the space by painting a feature wall. No matter your plans, this can all work wonders.
Redefine Your Space
It’s healthy to redefine your space from time to time. It might be that you decide to implement better storage units, or deep clean the space and throw out much of the junk you’ve accumulated over the last year. Perhaps you hope to paint your living room a lighter color to make use of the natural light and help the space feel fresher, or purchase a standing desk in your office rather than feeling chained to your chair eight hours a day after remote work became the norm. Little efforts like this can make a tremendous difference if you’re careful about applying them.
With this advice, we hope you can easily reverse the effects of prolonged societal lockdown.