Home, once a hideout from the outside world, is now a whole world for us. Even as we speak, a global lockdown due to the rapid and dangerous spread of the Coronavirus is sweeping across geographical boundaries.
The Coronavirus has officially got us hibernating in our little nest. But there’s only so much social isolation we can do before the full force of cabin fever hits.
So while we're also diligently observing directives for social distancing, Club Artisans has scoured the internet for a few fun things you can do at home to keep you and the family busy (and safe and healthy).
1. Marie Kondo-ing your Home
Let’s talk about cleaning and decluttering.
As the pandemic forces us to self-quarantine during the circuit breaker, even when it feels like it is against our will, take this agenda-free opportunity to walk around your house and start analyzing your living spaces.
Is your living room ideal? Are the spice bottles labeled for ease-of-use in the kitchen, organized in the order of “mostly- used” to “once in a blue moon”? Is your wardrobe screaming “Marie Kondo” approved? If you had all the time in the world (you kinda do now), how would you spark some joy with your house or life?
Firstly, envision your ideal lifestyle.
With that picture in your head, grab a notebook or a piece of paper, sketch or even write down point forms for your doable calls-to-action. You might want to start getting rid of a few clutter spots and tidying up some drawers, your closets and a couple of overlooked hidden spaces.
Identify them, make a to-do list...and pull your gloves on and get started! They have to align with your makeover goals. Every home, room, or space is different, so keep your goals practical and bite-sized.
“Cleaning up a room doesn’t mean you’ve created sustainable systems, so the mess is bound to reappear. If you take the time to think through how you use your space, you can create solutions that you’ll be able to maintain.” - thehomeedit experts AKA professional organizers
Labeling, we believe, is going to be your newfound method of assuring yourself. If this task could potentially spark some joy in you, discover more through Marie Kondo’s website, KonMari for inspirations on tidying your space and transforming your life.
2. Create A Skincare Ritual
As we declutter our homes, there’s a small chance that you have a few unticked boxes on your list of self-care rituals. If you’re guilty, hey there! You’re absolutely not alone in this!
The secret behind a healthy nourished skin is consistency. Our skin is the largest and most permeable organ on our bodies and the cosmetics industry uses thousands of different chemicals, ethanol as an example, to increase absorption to bring about faster (short-term) results.
Shifting to an organic skincare routine naturally elevates not just your complexion but also nurtures the well-being of Mother Earth.
Luxe Botanics is a plant-based skincare brand that combines green, natural products like Marula nut oil from Kenya, Camu Camu berry extract from Brazil, and Kigelia Africana fruit extract from Malawi to cultivate an exclusive formula that deeply nourishes and care for skin while instilling wellness as part of a daily beauty ritual.
3. Cleanse, Exfoliate, Preserve, Hydrate, and Protect
Depending on your skin type, these natural botanical products provide antioxidant protection, prevent trans-epidermal water loss and bring you antibacterial benefit. Only the highest grade, nutrient-dense, organic and wild-harvested oils were sourced through fair-trade alliances to support local communities while safeguarding the environment.
Give any new routine at least six weeks before judging its results. With consistent use, your skin will become more noticeably radiant, clearer, and smoother!
Yes, with variables like unpredictable climate and stress taken into account, if you keep to your new beauty rituals, you’ll be seeing a happier, more radiant, and younger you in no time!
4. New Day, New Recipe
During the circuit breaker, you will be skipping the weekend brunches and after-work happy hours with friends as responsible citizens. It's the perfect opportunity to cook your own meals at home using ingredients you have on hand. High five!
Thankfully, the internet is a hotbed of recipes that can be modified with what you’ve already got in your kitchen or pantry.
If you find certain recipes that call for ingredients that you don’t have at hand, you don't have to go out to the store (yet). The key is to use what you already HAVE. Check out our favorite recipe contents that are simple, easy and modifiable. Awesome sites like GOOP, NYTIMES & BON APPETIT are great resources for when you feel stumped.
Some staples to store at home:
- Dry Food
- and other key ingredients you can’t live without
Tools for your kitchen: Arthur Zaaro’s Sustainable Chopping Board
Find out more about Arthur Zaaro Products
5. Click and Shop Online
This circuit breaker period would have been almost unbearable without the internet. Let’s count our blessings and keep our spirits up with a little bit of shopping WITHOUT LEAVING THE HOUSE!
The spread of the global pandemic has undoubtedly affected the economy. We have no control over this, but we can make a choice about where and how we spend our hard-earned money.
It is a simple and easy way is to help local economies stay afloat and give small businesses a fighting chance to rebound when this pandemic-fight is over.
Club Artisans is a platform made easier for shoppers to make away with good and sustainable products with just a few clicks of the mouse (or taps on your mobile devices)!
We represent artisans all over the world by offering them a platform to showcase their products! We want to create a positive environment that impacts and contributes towards a sustainable supply chain.
Now, you can support small communities while trying to keep your families safe and healthy indoors by shopping online right here!
6. Pick Up A New Hobby
Picking up a new hobby or polishing up your old hobbies is a great way to make full use of the extra time you have.
It can be binge-watching shows, catching up on new movies, trying out intensive workout videos on YouTube or other online Web-Based exercise classes/fitness programs, or re-discovering your love for painting. Now’s the best time for you to escape the fast pace of reality and slide into your own personal Zen Zone.
Keeping yourself in good spirits during the circuit breaker is, indeed, an undeniably difficult one that we have to persist with. There are no two ways about it.
But instead of caving into boredom or neglecting yourself, spend some time on self-care, self-improvement, and get creative with what you can do at home without leaving the house. The tips above will give you the lift you need while the world battle against Coronavirus and send us on our way to a clean bill of health.
We’re with you all the way, so feel free to connect here or on any of our social media platforms if you have ideas, feedback or comments while in quarantine pereiod.
We are all ears because we’re all in this together.
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