Stuck at home for an extended period of time? Turn the challenge into an opportunity by tackling that home organizing project that you’d normally never have the time to complete
I find myself equal parts anxious and grateful. We chose to self-isolate starting almost two weeks ago now, in an effort to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus in our community. Our kids’ schools are closed for at least the next month, but we’re sure it will be longer. My husband has also been working from home for almost 2 weeks.
Dramatic schedule changes are always a challenge. BUT, I’m choosing to focus on the good.
I’m prone to anxiety, so I’ve had to do a lot of mental work these past few weeks to maintain my calm and sanity after prolonged exposure to the news and social media.
So this is what I’m doing to cope.
I’m reframing things. I’m attempting to turn make lemonade out of lemons. I’m going to take advantage of this time at home.
Yes, it’s hard to work at home while EVERYONE is here, but it’s also been kind of fun. My family has baked together. We’ve exercised together. We’ve taken many long walks together. There’s been lots of opportunity for togetherness!
And I’m using this additional time at home (when we would normally be at swim practice/meets or socializing with friends) to tackle home projects that have been on my list of things to do forever.
Here’s a sample of the home improvement projects we’ve crossed off the list in the past few days:
- Installing blinds in on our home office and dining room windows (on To Do list for over a year)
- Re-assembling our treadmill that was disassembled during our move (on To Do list for over a year)
- Replacing all our (brass) interior door knobs and hinges (on To Do list for 4 months)
It feels SO GOOD to finally get these things DONE. And it’s giving us a sense of control at a time when things feel so out of control.
I’m trying to view this extra time at home for what it is… an opportunity. It’s not an opportunity we asked for or anticipated, but it is still an opportunity just the same!
Want to join me?
Now that you’re confined at home, it actually is the perfect time to tackle that organizing project that’s been gnawing at you for awhile. Your home and family will benefit from it. But more important, YOU will benefit from feeling in control again.
And I’m here to help you do it.
It’s time to Choose Your Own Organizing Adventure!
Stuck at Home? Choose Your Home Organizing Adventure
I’ve dug through the archives to create an extensive smorgasbord of organizing projects for you to choose from. Start with your biggest pain point.
Be sure to bookmark this post, save it in Evernote, or better yet, pin it in Pinterest.
Once you’ve conquered that first project, return to this list to see what you can tackle next.
- Decluttering Prep Work
- Project-Specific Decluttering Lists
- Decluttering Tool Kit
- Decluttering Challenge
- Getting Rid of Decluttered Items
Organizing Specific Spaces
Organizing Household Papers
- Paper Organization Challenge
- How to Go Paperless
- Handy Reference Paper
- Long-Term Reference Papers (file cabinet)
- Magazines & Catalogs
Organizing Digital Life
Organizing for Preparedness
Phew! That should keep you busy for awhile!
Before you get started on your first project, review this process that you can use to organize any space. Be sure to download the free printable in that post to use as a guide as you work through your first project.
You’ll find plenty of other free organizing printables within the tutorials linked above. Want to access all my free printables in one central place? Subsribe to my newsletter and you’ll get access to the Organizing Printables Vault.
None of us choose to be stuck at home this month. But we CAN choose to make the best of it by being productive and getting things done!