Friday, February 19, 2021

How To Enjoy Your Home Over Lockdown

 

No matter how you’ve spent lockdown, it’s safe to say you probably know every inch of your home off by heart by now. As the days start getting a little longer, though, sprucing up your household is a great way to help you make the most of your time at home during spring. Making simple changes to ensure your home feels as comfortable as possible will give you the chance to freshen up your space, and enjoy spending more time inside. 

 
Don’t be afraid to try out new layouts
One of the most simple ways to make your home feel fresh and new is to change the layout of each room. Moving your furniture around can have a big impact on the flow of your household, as well as giving your mood a boost with a new sight to take in each day. 
 
If you have space, you could consider moving your bed around to catch the morning light as the days get longer, or positioning your desk in front of a window so you have a great view to enjoy while you work. Even something as easy as rearranging your artwork can make your space feel fresh and spacious. 
 
Give your floors a new lease of life
If you’re lucky enough to have natural wood floors in your home, you can rejuvenate your space by polishing up your floorboards. While hardwood flooring makes a great impact in your home all year round, the sunlight in spring gives them a stunning finish that will help your space feel much warmer and spring-like. 
 
For many of us, regular sunshine is a great mood-booster. Sprucing up your home to reflect the change in season will give you a fresh mindset as the days get longer, even when you’re living in the same space. If you’d prefer the help of a professional to sand, polish or restore your floorboards to their original beauty, Quicksand Flooring can help you professionally remove signs of wear and tear, and get your home spring-ready. 
 
Designate a working from home/home learning space
For many of us, working from home during lockdown has meant it’s harder to step away from the screen at the end of the day. However, it’s important to make sure you still see your home as a space to relax, rather than simply an extension of your office. 
 
If you have space, keep your working equipment in a separate room that you can shut the door on at the end of the working day. Even if you don’t have a home office, storing your laptop and notebooks out of sight once you’ve finished for the day will help you set boundaries between work and home. This means you can enjoy spending time in your household, without the worry of work being constantly on your mind. 
 
If you're homeschooling during this time, creating a little home learning space is a good idea too. I've created a little learning space within our playroom (pictured above) and this is where I homeschool my 8 year old. My 4 year old is in preschool, so I also have lots of preschool appropriate books and activities in view for him too.
 
Refresh your walls with a lick of paint
Tired of looking at the same four walls? One of the easiest and most inexpensive home fixes you can achieve is to give your walls a new coat of paint. 
 
As well as removing any scuffs or stains that might appear more often when you’re spending more time at home, this simple job will help each of your rooms feel fresh and calm. 
 
Opting for lighter, brighter colours will also give your home the illusion of more space, so your whole family can enjoy the feeling of room to spread out. 
 
Make time for a clearout
No matter how long you’ve been living in your home, chances are that you’ve accumulated more stuff than you need.

Lockdown living can be a great opportunity to work out what you actually need in your home and what you’re holding on to for no reason. Whether you choose to clear your wardrobe of items you haven’t worn for a few years, or your shelves of books that you’ve already read now’s the time to declutter every room in your home. 
 
As well as giving you more space to utilise, decluttering can help you feel calmer and in control, so you can spend the weeks in lockdown as stress-free as possible.
 
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