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Hopefully, people are taking social distancing seriously and spending a lot more time in their homes with their families. The silver lining is that these unusual times are forcing us to re-evaluate our priorities. As an optimist and someone without young children, I like to look at this as an opportunity to tackle some of the chores and tasks that are usually put aside and to take this time to discover some new activities. My goal is to tackle each one of these regardless of how long each takes and to enjoy the process. In case, it can inspire some of you, I am sharing my list with you.
Clean out your clothing closets
With Spring on its way, it will soon be time to put away the heavy clothing, sweaters, hats, etc. This is a great time to really filter out clothes that you are not wearing before you put them away in storage for another year. Once that is done, you can look at your summer wardrobe as well.
My rule of thumb is that if I haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to let someone else enjoy it. My only exception is a piece of clothing that I paid a lot of money for. Sometimes, I will keep that in the hope that it will come back into style. I have taken some jackets from years ago and taken them to a seamstress to have them updated.
Sort through your emails
Yeah, we all have a backlog of emails that we don’t want to delete but haven’t gotten around to filing. What a great time to create directories and file all your emails. You can file by the sender or by topic but just think how great it will be when you are looking for that email invoice from 6 months ago and all you have to do is go to your shopping directory.
Sort and file your photos
I have about ten thousand photos on my phone. When I need to find one, it takes a long time. So, wouldn’t it be cool if you could simply open a directory and find the photo you want in only a few seconds? Take this time to create directories and file your photos. It can be by timeline or by event or by person, whichever way you choose, it will be quicker than now.
Tackle the junk drawer in the kitchen
We all have that one drawer in the kitchen where all kinds of non-kitchen things end up – like tape, hammers, pens, screwdrivers, labels and more. Everything in mine is a large jumble of tangled up things. I bought a bunch of small plastic containers and tins and the plan is to sort everything into these containers, and to throw out stuff that is no longer good or expired.
Sew and mend clothing
I hate sewing. However, I have a bunch of clothing where seams are fraying, buttons are loose, or holes have appeared. Mending this clothing is a great pastime while watching television.
Update your playlists
I was really ambitious with playlists way back when, but I have gotten a little tired of the songs that I have been listening to for over a year. It’s a great time to refresh your playlists with new songs. You can refresh it with throwback songs from your youth as well – they don’t have to be songs from today’s charts.
Discover new podcasts
I discovered the joy of listening to podcasts while walking my dogs. Most of the podcasts I listened to were based on recommendations from friends. The reality is that there are tons of podcasts to choose from and searching for new ones can take time. These days, time is what we have in excess, so why not spend some of it looking for podcasts that interest you? We are all walking a lot more to keep our sanity and listening to something makes the walk more enjoyable.
File your favourite recipes
I love to cook and I have recipes on Pinterest, in files on my computer, in boxes, and pasted in photo albums. I even have cut out recipes from my mother that are brown and fraying with age. I have always wanted to make sure I preserve them and now I can. Whether you decide to keep your recipes on hard copies, or soft copies or both, you can spend some time deciding which to keep and make sure you can find them easily when dinner time rolls around.
Create a self-love routine
For me, it’s yoga in the morning, some exercise throughout the day and walking or running when possible. I am using all those beauty products that I received as gifts, using a beauty mask, or a scrub regularly. I am giving myself pedicures and manicures. A bath with bubbles, candles and a good book is my reward for doing more difficult chores like cleaning. When this ends, and the warm weather will have arrived, I’m hoping to look as good as I will feel.
Make plans for a post-COVID-19 party
Everyone is suffering from self-isolation because we are social beings. Why not plan a party for when the crisis is over? You can pick a date 1, 2 or 3 after the official end of the self-isolation. Take time now to create your guest list, your menu, your activities and send out invitations by email. People will be happy to have something to look forward to.
This crisis will end and we all may experience a new normal. I am hoping that we will all have learned to appreciate some of the things we have taken for granted. I am also hoping to continue some of the habits that we are incorporating into our new normal. With any luck by the time it happens, my house will be sparkling, my skin will be glowing and my freezer will be packed with home-made food. In the meantime, stay safe everyone.