With so many of us stuck at home due to COVID-19 social distancing, we are all searching for ways to stay busy. Streaming movies and relaxing can be wonderful ways to spend time and calm anxieties, but you may find yourself desiring more productive activities to help pass the time while you are social distancing. If this is the case, know that there are several DIY home projects you can work on that are completely safe and simple to complete, including:

 

Making Home Repairs

 Whether you plan on selling your home or not, making home repairs is a smart way to stay productive and positive while sheltering in place. There are plenty of home repairs you can effectively tackle on your own, including refreshing the paint on your walls and updating fixtures in your bathroom. Keep in mind that you will need a basic set of tools in order to take care of these DIY home repairs, and other tasks on this list, so you should really think about picking up a quality DIY toolkit so that you are well-prepared to take care of your home.

 

Decluttering & Organizing

 This is a stressful time for all of us, but did you know that clutter can cause even more stress, without you even knowing it? When your home is full of clutter, chronic stress can be a constant problem that keeps you from feeling like your best self. Plus, having clutter in your home can also be bad for your focus. If you want to reduce feelings of stress during this difficult time or increase your productivity while working from home, consider organizing your house while you are in lockdown. Working room by room is the most effective method for clearing out unwanted clutter from your home and for organizing your house from top to bottom.

 

Deep Cleaning

In addition to social-distancing and staying at home, the CDC recommends that people thoroughly clean and disinfect their homes on a regular basis to avoid coming into contact with COVID-19 and other harmful viruses and bacteria. So, if you are looking for something productive to do while you are sheltering in place at home, why not do some spring cleaning? You can use these cleaning tips to make the project easier and more effective, but try to clean a little each day, so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed or spending hours tidying things up.

 

Creating Relaxing Spaces

So, watching movies and napping may help you avoid some stress during times of crisis, but these relaxing activities are not really that productive. If you need some additional stress relief and relaxation while in lockdown, why not try more soothing practices like meditation instead? Meditation is one of the most effective ways to manage stress and anxiety, which are feelings that are impacting millions of people across the country. You can even create a meditation room in your home, to help you get your Zen on each day. All you really need for a DIY meditation space is soothing lighting and minimal distractions, so this should be a simple DIY project.

 

Gardening & Landscaping

You may not be able to get outside as often as you would like, but you should still be able to get some sun and fresh air safely in your own yard. To make that time spent in your outdoor spaces more productive, think about working on some spring yard clean-up. Rake and pick up any trash or leaves that may be left over from winter, and then spend some time clearing out weeds from your flower beds and gardens. Worried about getting to the grocery stores for fresh produce these days? Then you can also consider growing your own garden over the next few months so you will have access to veggies, herbs and fruits without having to risk going out in public.

 

Keeping yourself busy with DIY projects can be a positive and productive way to keep busy while you are sheltering in place. Still, be sure to leave some time for self-care and relaxation as well. During these uncertain and difficult times, being productive isn’t nearly as important as taking care of your mental health and emotional well-being.