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Upgrade Your Home During Lockdown With These Tips!

Upgrade Your Home During Lockdown With These Tips!

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There is nobody out there right now that’s happy about another lockdown. The world is supposed to be getting better, not worse, and while we can all do or bit to support the recovery from a pandemic by social distancing and wearing masks, we feel pretty useless. The shops are shut, the restaurants are closed, the arts are crumbling – it’s all very depressing as a start to what should have been the Roaring Twenties once again. The one thing that has been pulling us all through is our combined ability to come up with things to do – even when we are stuck inside the house!

Your day may be looking a little like Groundhog Day every day, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it more interesting. With a little forward thinking and assessing of your own interests and skills, you can fix it up so that you are able to indulge in something to make lockdown more bearable. Lockdown has drowned everyone’s plans for holidays and nights out but it doesn’t have to change your home renovation or upgrade plans. How long has it been since you really spent time in your house? Most people spend their time out and about or at work, and that makes it hard to see where things are looking a little worn out or in need of some love. Being at home and working all the time makes you see the areas that have become a little tired. You may be tempted to whip out the glue guns and start making fancy things for the walls, but what you really need to be thinking about is how you can get upgrading the main rooms of the home. Below, we’ve got some of the best ways that you can start upgrading your home during lockdown – and upgrading your lockdown experience, too.

Look At Your Layout

You may not be able to move and erect new walls and extensions right now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t play around with the layout of your home. Look at the living room and the bedrooms and make a point of switching and swapping the bed, the rugs and even the bookshelves. The shabby looking furniture can be upcycled with fabrics and new upholstering, and the older pieces can be moved out and the newer pieces moved in to make the space look more modern. Change the ornaments and vases to be more central to the rooms and give everything a thorough clean. You can get so inventive with the layout of your home and even if it doesn’t work, you can just do it all again – you’ve got time.

Make a Move Outside

If you have a patio in your backyard, it’s time to give it a boost. Pressure washing the stones and cleaning down the mud is one thing, but you can get creative with your patio decorations. You may be tied inside because of lockdowns, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make your patio as beautiful as possible during this time. This is your outdoor bubble; the space in which you can sit and bask in a slice of sunshine. Adding flowers and pot plants is going to give it colour, and adding outdoor artwork is going to make it fun. Take the time to source some outdoor seating if you have the space, too. If you don’t have room for a table and chairs, think about an egg chair that you can hang from an installed bracket.

Play With Colour

You’re staring at the same walls for the foreseeable future, so you may as well brighten them up. You can order paint online for delivery and start decorating your rooms one by one. Plain white walls can be upgraded with a little masking tape and some new colours to make stripes and mosaic patterns. Give the window panes a buff and sand down, and then repaint them with new, bright colours to brighten up the windows. Paint isn’t the only way to add new colours, either. You can buy fabrics and upholster your armchair, replace your bedsheets and blankets with pretty patterns and transform the space entirely.

Declutter It All

Anything you didn’t get through during the first lockdown can be changed now. Those hidden closets stuffed with your things, the drawers with the old clothes in them? They are all in desperate need of a good sort out! You can declutter all of the spaces you have and approach everything with a minimalistic outlook. You can rearrange everything and sell anything you don’t use on Marketplace so that others can collect and reuse your older things!

Winter It Up

Christmas is coming. 2020 has been full of March – every day is more March – but it’s also somehow nearly Christmas and the festive season is bearing down upon us. So, upgrade the house with trees and decorations and tinsel and baubles. So what, it’s not December just yet? So what if it’s not actually Christmas for a month? Bring in the fluffy cushions and blankets with Christmas patterns and put a Christmas tree in every room. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that there are no rules this year! You can make Christmas last for weeks if you want to and no one can stop you.

Upgrade Your Workspace

Are you working from home right now? It’s time to think about your workspace. No, we don’t mean the chair and the laptop on your lap that you’ve been doing so far – we mean an actual workspace! A desk in the corner, a comfortable chair and something to rest your feet on is going to make a huge difference to the way that you work – and don’t forget a filing cabinet for your stationery and paperwork.

Upgrading your home during lockdown can be as creative as you want it to be. Whether you break out knitting needles or glue guns, the paintbrushes or cookie cutters – make lockdown fun!

Health and fitness, health care

Staying Active During Lockdown This Winter

Staying Active During Lockdown This Winter

The last six months for most of us have been a huge change of pace in life and a strange new world to get used to. When we have a family with children, being in the house for so long can be a huge challenge and many of us have struggled to keep everyone sane and healthy throughout these trying times. 

One of the biggest challenges during the pandemic has been to keep ourselves and our family active and fit. When it’s not possible to hit the gym and go to the playground: staying fit becomes much more of a challenge and it may seem impossible to achieve. 

Today though we want to share with you a few of the ways that you can stay fit and active during the winter, and during lockdown at home. 

Use YouTube Videos 

One of the best resources that we all have available to use these days is YouTube. If you are stuck at home, YouTube offers a huge range of videos from workouts to meditation, physiotherapy and even craft videos for the kids. Utilise YouTube for yourself and your children by selecting a workout you can all do together in the living room every day. Even if it’s only 20 minutes, it will make a big difference to all of you and keep you for and active at home. 

Explore your local area 

There are not many activities we can do at the moment that involve being active; however walking is always an option. After being stuck in lockdown for a long time those same four walls can be torture, and that’s why you should take the chance to go out into your local area for a walk. Set off from home and see where the walk takes you. You might be surprised at some of the places you notice during your walk! 

Do some DIY 

If you want to stay active at home but the weather is looking worse and worse, DIY is a great idea. After being at home for months on end, a change of scenery could make all the difference so why not do some decorating? Make the most of the time you have at home to complete those niggling projects you haven’t done before, and spruce the place up too. Not only will it improve the mood in the house but it will keep you active too. 

Practice Yoga 

As important as it is to perform cardio and strength workouts to keep yourself fit; you also need to work on flexibility. Yoga is a practice which is accessible to all members of the family and it can be a great activity to share with your kids. Yoga teaches flexibility and strength as well as calm. Take the opportunity to watch YouTube Yoga videos and find your flow at home. 

Get gardening 

If you have an outdoor space at home, now is a great time to get outside and prune some of your hardy shrubs as well as mow the lawn for the last time until spring. Bring the children out into the garden with you and get them involved! 

There are plenty of ways to stay active even when you are stuck at home, so we hope these ideas helped you today!