COVID-19. Need I say anymore? An introvert’s dream come true – getting to stay home without being judged for it. I have always been a homebody, even as a teen, I would prefer to stay home watching movies and tv marathons than going out with my friends to a party. Nowadays it has become easier to be a homebody with streaming services and binge-watching, meal delivery services, and being able to order just about anything online and have it delivered to our door. Over the years, I have been able to really learn how to love being at home.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
Be grateful for one area of your home each day. Sure we should all be glad we have a roof over our heads, running water, and a warm bed. But take it a step further. Be thankful for the sun shining through the windows, a pretty lamp on the table, room to dance in the kitchen, or an organized drawer. All of the small things you become grateful for add up to enjoying your home tremendously. You’ll start to love every little thing about it instead of focusing on the negative.
HAVE A ROUTINE
It’s easy to stay in pajamas or watch show after show of The Housewives before realizing you have wasted a whole day. I’m the type of person that needs a to-do list or a routine. If I don’t I will literally do nothing. My morning routine consists of getting up early, working out, making the bed, cleaning the house for 15 minutes, showering and getting ready for the day. It’s all on my list before 7 am and I really try to stick to that. On the weekends when I don’t, it’s noticeable. My nightly routine is similar – putting my phone away an hour before bed, washing my face, moisturizing, brushing and flossing my teeth, lotion on my hands, etc. They all seem like mundane things, but it’s the routines that keep us on track and feel normal from day-to-day.
Have routines for cleaning, meal prepping, purging and organizing. Set aside time to do some deep cleaning and organizing once a month. Create a meal plan or meal prep on Sundays to get the week started right. Meal planning also helps a lot with knowing what is in your pantry, thus keeping it organized. And having an organized pantry helps with meal planning. It’s a great cycle.
CREATE A FAVORITE SPOT
Whether it’s a cozy chair to read a book, a window to look out and sip your coffee, or a favorite spot on the sofa to watch the latest true crime documentary. Find it, love it, appreciate it. Having that place to come home to after a long day is an amazing feeling. Don’t take it for granted, it’s there for a reason. Love it.