Here we are friends. In our homes. Watching the news, scrolling through Facebook or your other chosen social media outlet. Trying to maintain some sanity. Trying to keep our kids happy and healthy. Clicking away on your laptop on the dining room table that is also covered with projects and junk. Living within our walls with all the stuff that’s piled up over the years. I bet you are feeling acutely overwhelmed. And also feeling guilty about that, because you might be acutely more privileged than others. You’re still employed, healthy, have ample food and TP, with a roof over your head. Let's start there.
In my circle, there is anxiety about our kids being off from school, and us adults also having work responsibilities. There is a lot of noise about both the benefits, and the righteousness, of creating a family schedule and the ambition of trying to continue an education for our children. For some, a schedule is a structural lifesaver, and for others, it can force feelings of failure trying to tick all the boxes of math, language, science, etc. There is no “right” way to do anything at the moment, and that is fine. We carry on at home.
My business is literally “Non Essential”. I wrestle with this a lot. I am a designer. Does what I do make a difference in people’s lives? I make things pretty. Hopefully, pretty and functional. Pretty, functional, and brings joy to clients’ lives. I suppose that is important. Certainly not important at the moment, but maybe soon, or in the future.
I’m writing this to keep myself busy, and sane, as several of my projects are on a brief hiatus while companies are unable to fabricate or ship items.
If you need a diversion from the current dual responsibilities of parenting and working, or something new to do at home over the weekend, here are some relatively simple projects you can do while self-isolating to increase the feeling of joy at home. Baby steps!
We will ALL have our hands full during the coming weeks, and I have no doubt it will be challenging to enter the weekend and feel trapped once again at home in isolation. I truly believe making a few small improvements around the house will feel empowering and refreshing. I also hear you saying “I have enough on my plate, this additional expectation is exactly what is stressing me out right now”. No problem! Stay in bed all day and order delivery. No judgment here.
Do you have any other ideas to share? What other small changes are you planning to tackle around the house? If inspiration hits again, I may share some larger ideas for refreshing your home while we all shelter in place.
Stay well, and Flatten the Curve,