50 Things to do when Lockdown goes Long-term (Part 5)

I’m trying something new: this is a LIVE blog post – that means I’ll publish five parts per day for 10 days.  If you haven’t already, start by checking out my original COVID-19 post then follow along with me on Instagram for daily updates!  Comments are SO welcome, what are you all doing these days?  Let’s brain pool. 

26. Make your bed

Every morning. This habit starts your day off with a small, simple success. In turn it strengthens self-discipline and encourages further productivity throughout your day.

27. Tidy your house

The KonMari Method (from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo)

  1. Commit to completing the project, transforming your space.
  2. Imagine your dream lifestyle and visualize your ideal space (picture yourself living in it).
  3. Tidy by category, not location, and follow the right order: clothes, then books, the papers, then miscellaneous items (kitchen, electronics, crafts, sports equipment, “junk” drawer/s, etc.), and lastly, sentimental items.
  4. Make a pile of every item in the category in which  you are working.
  5. Now take items one by one. Closely examine each item, holding the item and taking a moment with it as you ask what its original purpose was/is and whether or not it has served it already or is serving it now. Ask yourself if it sparks joy. Keep only what serves, what sparks joy.
  6. Finish discarding items which are no longer serving you first (you can recycle/donate most things), thank every item before letting it go.
  7. Finally, make a place for ever object you choose to keep. Give it a special spot since it has an important role in your life.

28. Do some Spring Cleaning

  • Dust the tops of your cabinets, doorways, windowsills, ceiling fans, etc.
  • Wash the windows and the floors with vinegar + water
  • Put a bowl of lemon water in the microwave then turn on high for a few minutes, the water will steam and you can simply wipe the inside clean (plus it won’t smell bad).
  • Clean the oven

29. Take Care of your Clothes

  • Bleach/dye whites and blacks in need of a refresh
  • Sew those holes in your socks
  • Shine your shoes

30. Take a Day Off Tech

I dare you. I have a friend who takes weekends off. I’ll get a message letting me know her phone is off for the next couple of days and not to worry, in fact, I have tried this when traveling and it’s amazing!

Some of my favorite memories are the days when we just explored Costa Rica or Greece without knowing the time or stopping to take too many photos or feeling suddenly distracted by a buzz or a beep.

If going a whole day feels too daunting, try not using your phone for the first hour in the morning. Instead, take a walk or have a big cup of tea, do some yoga, read a poem, whatever you do, feel the peace that comes from disconnecting (especially in hectic times such as these).

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I hope that the experiences I record here could be of some use to those looking to travel and I welcome questions/comments/feedback. Thank you for reading my words. Bon voyage!

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