Inside: 8 DIYs to fight cabin fever during the coronavirus outbreak.
Over the last few weeks, life has made a turn for the unexpected.
Social distancing, quarantines, people stopped drinking Corona beer and there is price gouging on toilet paper.
Life feels out of control, sprinkled with anxiety and topped with uncertainty. I find myself a little stir crazy and getting cabin fever and this is just the beginning of the social shutdown.
Heres What You Can Do
Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.
– W. Clement Stone
The best cure for cabin fever is to be positive and productive. Being creative and working with my hands gives my mind something else to focus on.
Take advantage of this time and check off as many things on your home to-do list. Ask yourself, “What is that thing I keep putting off doing because I don’t have the time to do it?”
Since DIY is my jam I compiled a list of several DIYs to keep you busy during this time of social distancing.
8 DIYs TO BATTLE CABIN FEVER
Boooo! Yeah I get it I started with the worst possible activity. But think about this. Spring is around the corner making it prime time for spring cleaning. After your routine cleaning is done then work on areas of your home that tend to get neglected, like the refrigerator and freezer, stove, garage, basement, windows (inside and outside) and baseboards. If you take advantage of this time spent at home to get your house clean when this outbreak passes you will be ready to get back to participating in more fun activities and not have cleaning hanging over your head.
Declutter and Organize
Am I getting warmer on the fun scale yet?
Decluttering yet another dreaded activity, but also rewarding. What stuff do you have collecting dust in the attic or stuffed in the corners of your basement you have been meaning to sort through? Now is the time. Decluttering helps relieve stress, save time and money and improves the look of a space.
“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” Unknown
You don’t have to postpone this anymore. Declutter that pile and feel the peace and freedom that comes with it.
After decluttering spend some time organizing; files to be filed, cleaning up your inbox, a craft room that needs some love, a pantry that needs some management.
Working on crafts is a great way to work with your hands but also create something beautiful for your home or give as a gift. Create crafts using faux or real plants or flowers help to lift your spirits and add color to your space like this boxwood wreath or this faux galvanized vase. Make these farmhouse kitchen towels and come up with your own funny sayings to add a little humor to your day. Spending time creating crafts can help to pass the time and can be enjoyed with your kids or invite a friend over, maintaining a distance of 6ft of course.
Have you been putting off painting your bedroom for six months? Now is the time to tackle this project. With a few supplies, you can have a room painted in a few hours. Then you can move onto another room or paint interior doors. Painting is a simple and inexpensive way to transform a room.
Easy and Inexpensive Updates
Look around your home. What are some simple updates that could be done to improve the look of your home? For under $20 you can transform a boring closet door like this bifold door to a barn door. Dress up your windows by adding window trim. Add style to a mirror by adding a wood frame. Change the look of your kitchen cabinets by adding farmhouse cabinet trim. Simple updates like these add character and style to your spaces and don’t break the bank.
Minor Repairs Around the Home
Is the corner drywall chipped from when you hit it with your suitcase six months ago? Now is the time to patch it and paint it. Take a walk around your house. What other minor repairs can you fix during this time? Ideas such as recaulk trim, counters, bath/shower and sinks. Repair chipped paint and patch drywall, reseal grout and countertops, clean or replace air filters. The list goes on and on and on. For a more detailed list check out this Annual Home Maintenance Checklist.
Simple DIY Projects
If you are just getting started with DIY or want some simple projects to work on then check out these projects all involving wood. Take bath time up a notch with this DIY bathtub tray perfect for holding all your bath essentials. Get ready for summer with this DIY BBQ caddy and DIY utensil caddy. Add simple and stylish organization to your bathroom with this DIY pallet towel rack.
More Involved DIY Projects
Now that you have more time on your hands you may want to consider knocking out some bigger projects. Get your garage space organized with this DIY garage workbench. Tackle some furniture projects for your living room like building a coffee table or get your patio ready with these outdoor patio furniture ideas. You can also work on some project such as installing a faux brick wall or shiplap. Keep in mind that you will need to stock up on enough wood and supplies.
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Finally, make the best of this time, stay encouraged, and stay active to keep the stress of the coronavirus off your mind. We are all in this together…And for gosh sakes don’t stop drinking Corona beer.