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  • Lisa Walker

How to Prepare Your Home for Another COVID-19 Lockdown

If COVID cases are on the rise where you live, it’s a good idea to consider ways to revive and refresh your home in preparation for another lockdown. From cleaning your home top to bottom and stocking up on disinfecting solutions, it’s a good idea to act now so you can be prepared when the time comes.

Decluttering and cleaning

One of the best ways to stay on top of your health is by keeping your home clean. Go through each room of your home and start by decluttering, and then sanitize every surface with a disinfecting spray.

Many families and households struggled with the challenges of being stuck at home together during the first full lockdown. Now that you know what to expect, you can take a few steps to prevent the tension from arising in the first place. Cleaning and decluttering your home regularly will help keep negativity at bay and doing things such as smudging will help clear the air and even help disinfect your home.

Take care of improvements or upgrades

As you clean your home, think ahead about any home improvement projects you may need to tackle in the coming months. If a full lockdown occurs, you might have difficulty having work done on your home, and it could be risky to have contractors in your house. Think about any repairs that you may need over the winter and consider having that work done right away.

You might also want to think about items you can get for your home that will make another lockdown easier to handle. It’s a great idea to get supplies for home workouts, whether it’s buying a yoga mat or some weights to create a home gym. If you have any DIY projects you want to get into over the winter, such as revamping your storage system, consider getting supplies now so you can avoid going to the store and risking your health.

Get everyone on board

If you’re not already working from home, it’s likely you’ll have to make that transition if COVID cases continue to rise. For families with kids at home, it may be a challenge to have everyone working and learning from home. It’s important to think about preparations now so you can avoid issues later.

Have a household meeting and determine the best workspace for each family member. For members of the family who need to be on video calls throughout the day, having a private and distraction-free space is important. Kids who are learning remotely need a designated space in the home to help with focus and productivity.

Try to set up some boundaries with your family members around working or learning hours, and stick to a daily schedule as much as possible. If everyone in the home knows what to expect, you’ll be able to reduce the number of conflicts between family members. Try to have a firm start- and finish-time so you can also get the most out of your downtime with your family.

Keeping your home fresh and clean will be highly beneficial for not only your physical health but your mental health too. Be sure to keep each room of the house free of clutter and wipe down surfaces regularly with disinfecting spray. Open windows to let fresh air in, and consider burning some sage to help reduce negativity during a second lockdown.

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