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If you’re spending more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, you may be wondering how you’re going to fill your days. Try not to get caught up on everything you can’t do. Take advantage of the unexpected downtime to rest, practice self-care, pick up new hobbies, and plug away at some of those home projects that have been on your back burner. There are numerous ways to stay productive from the confines of your home! Here are some of the best DIY home projects to check off your to-do list during the pandemic.
Prepare Your Home for Disasters
Times of crisis like these are an excellent opportunity to revisit your family’s disaster and emergency plan. Disaster can strike anywhere at any time, so it’s important to be prepared! Start by learning what kinds of hazards and disasters could affect your area. For example, Popular Science explains that wildfires and earthquakes are most common on the West Coast while severe tropical storms plague the Eastern Seaboard.
Get your home ready for a disaster by ensuring you have everything you need to survive on your own for several days. Put together an emergency kit with plenty of water, non-perishable food, first-aid supplies, flashlights, extra batteries, and anything else your family will need to remain safe and comfortable. Consider also installing a generator in case the power goes out. A home generator can make severe weather and natural disasters much more bearable! Opt for a portable unit so you won’t have to hire a professional installer during the outbreak. According to HomeAdvisor, portable generators typically cost between $300 and $1,200.
Paint Your Home
Nothing can spruce up a room in your home like a new paint job. Once you choose a paint color, you’ll need some equipment such as a paint roller, tape, brush, and drop cloth. Keep in mind that for more extensive interior and exterior painting jobs, you’re best off hiring a professional.
Declutter and Organize Your Closet
When was the last time you cleaned out your closet? If it’s stuffed to the brim with clothes you don’t wear, do some decluttering! Not only can decluttering make your home more spacious, a home free of clutter can also promote positive feelings and behaviors. Get rid of every piece of clothing that you don’t love, whether it’s a pair of shoes that fit a little too tight or a shirt that needs constant ironing. Good Housekeeping recommends tossing enough clothes that everything in your closet is easily visible when you open it. When you’re done purging your unwanted wearables, make some organizational upgrades. Hang extra shelving, purchase closet organizers, install pull-out drawers—whatever works for you!
Deep-Clean Overlooked Areas
Now is the perfect time to deep-clean all those areas of your home that get overlooked during your regular cleaning sessions. Some of the most common things people forget to clean include dishwashers, throw pillows, lampshades, coffee machines, light switches, baseboards, and refrigerator drawers. Vacuum under beds and behind furniture, wipe down your outdoor furniture, and learn how to clean your washing machine. If you’re like most people, you’ll never run out of things to clean at home!
Upgrade Your Kitchen
The pandemic is a great excuse to spend more time in the kitchen cooking family meals and baking comforting treats. Why not make it more inviting? You can quickly revamp the entire look of your kitchen with just a few affordable upgrades. Give your cabinets a fresh coat of paint, install new cabinet hardware (expect to pay $2 – $20 per pull or knob), and replace or repaint your light fixtures. You could even install a shiny new faucet or hang some open shelves to display your favorite dish collection!
Start a Garden
If you have a backyard or balcony, spend some time gardening. Growing a garden is great for easing stress and supporting a healthy diet, and it’s incredibly rewarding to reap the rewards of your labor. Herbs, flowers, and salad greens work great in balcony containers. If you have the backyard space for a full garden, your options are nearly endless—as long as you consider your regional climate and local growing season. Once you harvest your first fresh veggies, you’ll be hooked!
Instead of focusing on everything you can’t do during COVID-19, think about all those items on your household to-do list that you can finally check off. Tackling home projects is a great way to combat boredom and add a sense of fulfillment. While the pandemic won’t last forever, this is the new normal for now. Make the best of it and flex those DIY muscles!
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