Let’s face it. 2020 has been a rough year and its only half over. My friends and I have been Zooming and texting and generally checking in on each other and the message is always the same, “Are you OK?”
Well, we’re not OK. And maybe that’s how it should be until things change. But, even the most dedicated front-line workers and tireless activists need some downtime. Dealing with the double-whammy of COVID-19 while having to face the ugly reality of racial hatred in this country means we need a calm and safe place to recharge our batteries. For most people, that place is home.
We were planning to do a post on how to create a vacation vibe at home this week, but suddenly, pretend travel seems like it should take a backseat to creating a physical, emotional, and psychological oasis at home. Here’s our take on how to do that:
DECLUTTER. Having too much stuff out in the open creates “visual noise” which stresses me out completely. Do whatever you can to reduce the clutter and only keep things out that you need or like to look at. Close cupboards, straighten out closets, empty drawers and throw out/donate/sell anything that you don’t use or need regularly. If you can’t throw it out, at least group similar things together, so you can find them easily. Organize things neatly in small boxes or by color. I find Uniformity and repetition can be truly calming. Whatever works for you to dial down that visual noise. I’m not a minimalist, but less stuff really does allow more space to breathe and relax.