2020 is canceled due to the Coronavirus—but here’s your opportunity to take advantage of time spent at home.
Written by Duncan Nielsen
Since going out to restaurants, seeing friends and family, and being within three feet of anyone is pretty much shut down, we’re thinking of ways to make home the place to be. Here are a few items we’re adding to our to-do lists as we collectively—and separately—ride out the unknown.
Organize, Purge, and Fix Things
Here Are 18 Things You Can Do if You’re “Social Distancing” at Home
1. Organize your bookshelf. Rearrange volumes by author, by genre, or any way you’d like—just not by color, please.
2. Test out all your pens and markers. That feeling when you go to write something down and wind up dragging a dry pen across a notepad? Never again. Throw them out.
3. Rearrange your living room. You bought that sectional for its flexibility, so give it a go. Flip the whole room over. Change your life.
4. Mend your clothes. Darn socks. Sew buttons back on. Adjust the length of a skirt, or give your old jeans a new look with a raw hem.
5. Entertain Yourself - If you need help with this just keep surfing the net
6. Read something. If you already watched Contagion, try out some pandemic-related reading—Severance by Ling Ma, or Pale Horse Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter. Or, read the Social Distancing Manifesto.
7. Find out what the heck "Cottagecore" means. Hint: it’s as quaint as it sounds.
8. Create an Instagram account for your pet. If ever there was a time to post and share infinity pictures of your cute (or ugly) dog doing cute things, this is it.
9. Dream about travel. Dive into Dwell Travel stories to plan that next trip, for when this whole thing finally settles down.
10. Clean and Tackle DIY Home Fixes
Living Room, Bench, Lamps, Floor Lighting, Rug Floor, and End Tables
11. Deep clean the house. Dust from top to bottom, clean out shower heads and faucets with vinegar, make your own cleaning agents, mop and polish hardwood floors, and shake out rugs.
12. Your aquarium needs attention. Scrubbing the fish tank is one of those chores that gets short shrift, so here’s your chance to add it to the list. Finally, you’ll see the goldfish smiling back at you.
13. Get an emergency kit together. Get supplies ready and establish a plan for the whole family in the event that things get serious.
14. Practice Self-Love - hmmmm we'll leave this PG and call it meditation or yoga
15. Pamper yourself, and your pet. When you’ve deep cleaned the entire house and are basking in your sense of accomplishment, get out the bath bombs, light some candles, and take a soak. Your pet could likely use a bath, too.
16. Make the ultimate playlist. Do a deep dive into Brazilian funk, or get weird with the best of ASMR. Put it in a playlist to send to your friends, or save it for when you can slam it over some poolside speakers this summer.
17. Self-reflection is a form of self-love. Find your old LiveJournal or Tumblr account and reflect on your chaotic youth. Learn from it.
18. Care for Your Kitchen and Cook Something
19. Oil your wooden kitchen tools and cutting boards. Most mineral oils will do the trick—and they’ll give your wooden widgets a much longer life.
20. Make sourdough bread. If you’ve got some yeast in your pantry, and it’s not too old, get down to perfecting that sourdough bread recipe. You could also start a kombucha culture, or pickle any hearty vegetables you’ve got lying around.
21. Make a pantry meal. If you can’t get to the supermarket, think about making some Spanish rice and beans from canned or dry goods. Perfectly simple.
22. Label absolutely everything. KonMari your entire kitchen, while you’re at it. Know where and what everything is, and get rid of anything you don’t use for a perfectly uncluttered and organized kitchen.