Projects for Your Pandemic Mood

Andrea Durway Posted by
Home Maintenance, Tools and Resources May 2020

My mood can shift a dozen times in one day. Many of us had ideas of getting so much done while sheltering in place but have found that it hasn’t been easy. So many things get in the way. Work seems to take more energy. Helping kids with school frazzles. And sometimes grief or anxiety temporarily paralyzes us. Here’s a list of activities some of us have tried or want to try – oragnized by mood. Because there are plenty of those to go around.

MOOD: I need to get out of this house before i lose it!

  • Chalk art your sidewalk or driveway or surprise friends and neighbors with a sidewalk message.
  • Clean up yard and prep gardens and containers. Lots of nurseries are offering curbside pickup
  • Clean outdoor furniture – you may be spending more time in the yard this summer than ever before.
  • Consider a little road trip. This Missouri waterfall road trip will take you to 7 scenic spots in the state.
  • Eat outside more often. Backyard picnics can be awesome.
Let the kid(s) put together the picnic. Maybe it’s all fruit, candy, and snacks. Cool.

mood: my brain is in a fog and I need to zone out!

  • Read. Try Libby, the free reader free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. If you are having a hard time focusing on reading, try an audio book or podcast.
  • Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities. There are a lot of indie, art, foreign films and documentatires that you don’t find elsewhere. Or catch up on all the Netflix and Hulu binge watching.
  • Just zone out already. There are a lot of benefits to just doing nothing. Check out which is a guide for slowing down.

mood: I’m tired of everything in this house!

  • Shop the basement. Look to re-use or re-purpose existing pieces you’ve forgotten about.  Example: declutter your bedside by moving a bookshelf into your bedroom to relieve the pile building up.
  • Re-arrange your furniture.
  • Restyle your shelves. Here are tips and inspiration from West Elm, Design*Sponge, and Emily Henderson.
  • Change up what is on your walls. Get outside of your comfort zone and try tapestries, framed wallpaper samples or fabric swatches, baskets, hats, or other collections.
I shopped my basement and found a teapot that was a wedding gift and some other ceramics I’d forgotten about. It’s a little crowded, but these shelves are in my kitchen and actual serve a functional purpose.

Mood: this place is absolutely disgusting!

  • Clean easy to overlook areas like vents, baseboards, and under beds.
  • Clean out bathroom drawers and medicine cabinet.
  • Organize closets.
  • Clean out pantry and fridge. Throw out expired items. Label pantry items.
  • Touch up paint where needed.
  • Make a master checklist of annual household chores (example) or home improvement projects to prioritize and tackle over time.
  • Consider a virtual consultation with a professional organizer who can help you prioritize and get a jumpstart on  your project list.

mood: even my computer is on my last nerve!

pandemic mood

Most importantly, just try to keep connected to family and friends. Give yourself a break. Focus on the things you can control. And your home was probably one of your biggest investments. Try to remember why you fell in love with it and enjoy it. If you just can’t anymore, give us a call.

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