Ideas on what to do while staying home this summer
Can we talk about the white elephant in the room?
I don’t know about you, but I have been doing a lot of endless scrolling and news watching to keep up with the latest on the latest happenings. And I admit, I allowed it to kinda take over for a spell.
I’ve tried everything under the sun to feel creative… post more… make more… do more… but the never ending bad news hooked me in.
Until I finally unhooked myself.
It’s understandable that what we digest will ultimately lead to our actions. I honestly was in shock and didn’t know what to do so I kept scrolling and scrolling, thinking I was becoming even more well informed.
But that’s not what happened. I became that entranced person looking for even more articles… and getting little else done. And feeling pretty darn low.
But no more! I finally put the endless scrolling down, and am coming up for air again!
I think part of my personal downwards spiral was actually grieving what could have been.
Travel had been loosely planned… but now that’s off the map… for now anyway. Staying home this summer was not exactly part of my original picture. In fact, I haven’t done this in a number of years, always running off to Hawaii instead.
But there was actually a sense of relief that came when our Canadian border urged us back home and to stay put. A decision was made, which helped me navigate the next right thing to do.
Indecision is the worst, isn’t it?!
I most recently did take a train trip to Vancouver for an appointment I waited nearly 2 years for, which I’d still like to share with you, even though non essential travel is not currently recommended. But better travel days are ahead… and I’d love to show you a little more of my area!
While today is a different world at the moment, we also know this won’t go on forever, right?! Let’s just remember, this is indeed temporary.
My current focus
So for the short term, this is what I’m trying to focus on:
- stay updated (but not obsessed)
- self isolate so this thing has a chance of working
- help others
- find creative ways to support small business
- find aspiring things to do with your life while at home right now
Since staying home is such a big mandate at the moment, and a big change for many, I think it’s fair to say, focusing on affordable things to do staying home this summer is going to become a thing.
And since cheap (or free!) DIY home things IS my thing, I thought I’d create a post that could hopefully guide you in a good direction on what to do while staying home this summer.
So if you’re kinda spinning your wheels at the moment trying to regain an even footing, know, I get it and I’m right there with you!
But it’s my hope that this post will trigger a good direction for you to head in…
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What to do while staying home this summer
Clean and organize
I know. Cleaning does not sound fun! But I honestly think it’s the very best place to start.
There are SO many benefits to deep cleaning and purging. Releasing your stuff frees up wide open spaces you didn’t have before, giving you even more options than you had!
Plus… it’s free!
I’m personally following along the Marie Kondo method. It offered me structure where I had none before, and seems to work better than me flying by the seat of my pants.
Wanna get into cleaning? Here’s the order of things…
The official Marie Kondo order of cleaning:
- CDS, DVDS
- Skin care products
- Electrical equipment, small appliances, cameras, etc.
- Household equipment
- Household supplies
- Kitchen goods
- Sentimental things – do this last!
Since I now have a few weeks under my belt with this method, if you need some added encouragement, I suggest you start at the beginning of this cleaning series. I share what I clean, then a video so you really feel like a part of it.
One of the best things about staying home this summer will be that it’ll be easier to gut and purge our garages… I personally cannot WAIT!
Catch up with the 2020 Cleaning Series HERE
I also highly recommend the book to help you along. It explains the categories and why which is invaluable.
Plan some yard enhancements
Every spring is when I do my little dream yard walk. And it’s already that time of year!
Since the yard is messy, the first thing I like to do is tidy things up so I can actually see what I’m working with.
Then next, is recutting the flowerbed edges. All you need is a half moon edger to get this look!
From there, it’s all systems go!
Here’s how I like to dream up new yard projects:
- Create a dream Pinterest board filled with garden inspiration.
- Recut some new flowerbeds, or remove ones that no longer function.
- Infuse the flowerbeds with garden art. It really helps fill empty spaces up and offers instant height and interest!
Whenever I’m overthinking something, getting outdoors is my #1 escape. It’s not only free, it’s beautiful! And it’s a little like meditating. If you focus on the sights and sounds of nature, it’s like a mini vacation.
The key though will be finding quiet spots or go during off-hours with what we’re trying to do.
While staying home this summer wasn’t part of my original plans, these little nature runs do feel like mini vacations that I know will SAVE me!
- Look up some new trails in your area, and try them out.
- Consider getting a bike if you don’t yet have one. It’s a different experience vs. walking!
- Take your camera to capture beautiful nature shots. It helps boost creativity.
- Try hiking but do team up with someone.
- Visit a nearby waterfront / river / lake. Bring a book / chair / coffee and just chill.
Here’s some hot spots I visit:
Try a new hobby or skill
When I do the same ‘ol all the live long day, I tend to loose enthusiasm. I know I thrive best when I try something new… even if I’m not good at it at first! I mean, who is?
Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to try? Painting, pottery, to knit, photography, pottery, etc.
How about learning a new skill? Computer-related, how to build, etc.
Here’s how I go about deciding on a new hobby or skill to dig into:
- Do a brain dump… grab a notebook and list all the things you’d love to do, even if you don’t know how. Dream big!
- Circle the ones you don’t know how to do. Bingo!
- Look online on Youtube or social media for some free classes. for beginner classes in something
- Join a paid course online that promises exceptional guidance if you really want to get serious.
Start a new project
Starting a new project is one of my fav ways to get moving in a positive direction… especially with a new season approaching!
Deciding is the kicker…
Here’s how I pick a new project:
- start by cleaning and purging a given area
- figure out what’s missing
- create a project to fill the need
- infuse seasonal touches into your freshened up space
Consider minor home improvements
My home needs LOTS of minor improvements. Always. Repainting, tiling, finishing rooms I haven’t started, finishing molding, changing out more window screens, etc. The list is very long.
But the good news is, minor home improvements are generally easy to do on your own, are somewhat cost-effective and don’t take that long. So why not put a few on your list and start?
I plan to really hone in on this area over summer!
Here’s a great idea for deciding what to work on:
- Grab a clipboard and paper, and create a page for every room in your home.
- On each page, list WANTS on one side, and NEEDS on the other.
- Be sure to scan every single square inch of every room.
- Pick one… and get to it!
Plan a more major home improvement
Boy oh boy, if money wasn’t an object, I’d sure do a LOT to my place right now. I have yet to work on the outside of my home and I’d love to start.
But I also realize, right now, it pays to be careful, and whatever I choose, I know I’ll need to do most of the work myself. Wish me luck…
I have done plenty of full room makeovers over time, and I can safely say, they have really made a massive difference in my home, value and aesthetic-wise.
Here’s a few steps I take when I get ready to start a larger project:
- Decide on a feature or room you wish to renovate.
- Start a new Pinterest board / search ideas / save them to either a public or secret pin board.
- Jot down your measurements / make a supply list / go shopping / begin!
- Hire out the things you can’t do yourself.
Well friends, you and I are in this new phase of life together. So know, I get it. And I have your back. Moving forward, I hope to come up with some inspiring posts and projects that will encourage you in all the right ways.
We just need to find the new normal. And the best way to achieve that is to just get up and start something.
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Is there anything in particular that would be helpful to see done? Anything you wish to learn?
Regardless, I’ll be working on my home while I stay home this summer, and guarantee, I will be sharing what I do along the way!
So tell me… how are you doing with all this stuff? Truly?
And what plans do you think you’ll be making moving forward?