In these troubled and challenging times, the government has, quite rightly, made us all stay at home to protect from being infected with the coronavirus.
If the sheer thought of being stuck at home for at least 3 months fills you with horror, as it does me, then to stay sane, it’s high time you filled the free time with something to do around the house.
I am stuck indoors too, so you can imagine how frustrated, as a skilled tradesman, I feel just now.
Here are five suggestions for easy DIY and home improvement tasks that you can do around the house during lock down.
Instead of meeting clients, surveying houses and having our teams working on your house, I, like you, am stuck at home.
Hence why I thought it would be a good idea to share some handy hints and tips with you, for things that you do around the home to not only kill time, but to show you how simple DIY tasks, requiring not much in the way of tools, money or skills, can be very rewarding indeed.
This could mean decorating, cleaning, re-arranging the house or doing those little odd jobs that you always planned to do but never got around to doing it.
I mean, come on, what else have you got planned to do today eh?
Let’s take a look at 5 things you can busy yourself with around the house.
1. Do some work on your car.
OK, not everyone has a car but if you do, this is a good time to think about working on it to pass the time.
It’s important to note that if you do not have a garage to store your car, or off road parking, being out in the street probably isn’t a wise move during this time, so only do this if you are safely within the boundary of your property.
If your car is a fairly modern one then it’s a great time to clean it, both inside and outside. You could check the oil, fill up the windscreen washer, clean out that ashtray if you are a smoker.
Come on use your imagination, we all have a heck of a lot of time to kill!
With the sheer amount of time we all have on our hands just now, there’s plenty of opportunity to get that car of yours REALLY clean, I mean showroom clean, so get to work!
Once a year I give my car a good going over with Auto Glym super resin polish (about £14 for a litre) which brings a hard wearing shine to the car, and as a bonus, means that you don’t have to wash the car so often.
(No they unfortunately didn’t pay me to say that.)
If you have a classic car, then self isolation is an ideal time to carry on restoring it, or at least do some work on it, so then when this is lifted, you are ready and raring to go and have a drive and enjoy the car.
2. Clean the house from top to bottom.
The best way to beat the virus in your own home, provided you have followed government guidelines, is to make sure the place is spotlessly clean.
Wipe down all surfaces either with spray bleach if you have it, or with a disinfectant or a cleaning spray with anti bacterial elements.
Pay particular attention to door handles, your front door especially, your letterbox, doorbell, and then inside wipe down handrails and any surface that has been touched or has come in contact with humans.
Pay attention to your phone and computer keyboard too, they are probably dirtier than you would ever imagine. Prevention is better than cure, especially so nowadays.
3. With the good spring weather now here, what a perfect time to do some gardening.
After i finish writing this blog post, I am off outside to mow the lawn.
In fact it was due the first cut of the year anyway, so not doing anything else, I haven’t got any customers to see, so let’s get that mower out!
Make a note of the flowers growing, maybe try not to cut them away with the mower if you can avoid them, the bees need all the pollen they can get.
Bees have been in a sharp decline for years but they are an essential part of nature.
In fact on the subject of bees, Greenpeace stated that:
The main reasons for global bees-decline are industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change….
…The loss of biodiversity, destruction of habitat and lack of forage due to monocultures and bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for honeybees and wild pollinators.
So with a bit of thought, you can kill some time gardening, get some good exercise in too, plus help nature in the process.
A freshly mowed lawn not only looks nice it has a calming effect, something we could all benefit from.
After all, who doesn’t enjoy the earthy, fragrant smell of freshly cut grass on a spring day?
Why not order some wildflower seeds online and devote a small section of your garden to growing wildflowers. Nature will love you for it.
4. Get some decorating done.
My specialist subject obviously.
Time spent cooped up indoors can make you realise how badly some parts of the home could do with a fresh coat of paint.
You will be spending a lot of time staring at your walls and unless the house has been decorated recently, there is bound to be something you spot.
If you sit there are don’t do anything, it will niggle at you that eventually you must do it!
Hopefully you would already have some spare paint to hand, plus all the things you need such as brushes and so on, but if not, much of it can be ordered easily online and delivered to your door.
Try www.decoratingdirect.co.uk who seem to be able to deliver pretty much everything you need to decorate at home without actually leaving your house, however that was NOT a recommendation from us as we have never used the company, but they seem legit.
Of course it’s unlikely that you will want to paint the exterior, but there are companies painting houses during the coranavirus epidemic who follow very strict guidelines.
5. A change is as good as a break: Make some alterations inside the house.
What sort of changes are entirely up to you but if you are cooped up inside, simply moving furniture around or hanging some different pictures up, can make a real difference and it won’t cost a penny.
Imagine sat in your front room, in the same position you always sit, with the coffee table in the same place and staring at that same picture on the wall, and same pattern of wallpaper, FOR 3 SOLID MONTHS.
Move things around a bit, make some minor changes. It won’t cost a penny and strangely does bring rewards, from a mental health perspective anyway. If you are moving large furniture, always get a family member to help you.
This can of course also be linked to doing some cleaning too, or even decorating, after all you may have to move furniture around if you planned to paint the walls?
For advice on painting and decorating, please search through our house painting blog, which is packed full of tips and tricks to help you decorate safely and with good results.
Just a new colour on ONE wall, which won’t take long, can make a huge difference.
If you have kids, why not buy some blackboard paint, and devote an entire wall to provide a creative space for your children whilst they are home?
Make sure to tell them that is ONLY part of the wall to paint on though or you could be for a shock when you wake up one morning and fine a massive, wax-crayon child’s interpretation of Peppa pig is now the main feature of the kitchen.
So there you are, 5 easy to do things around the home that you can busy yourself with right now.
No-one thinks this pandemic will be over quickly, nor will the shut down of the country be lifted any time soon, but just bear with it, grit your teeth and smile; use the British stuff upper lip and we’ll get through this
Now please go and wash your hands.
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