The benefits of decluttering go beyond just the tangible benefits of a clutter-free, tidy home. Decluttering can become an important way to practice self-care because it helps you take control of your home, your life and your “stuff” to improve your overall well-being.
Clean out the garage
You know how stuff can pile up over the years? Use this time to unpack, clean and declutter your garage.
Fix all those small things
Every house has a leaking tap, a squeaking door, a broken door handle, and a crack in the wall. You now have time to pay attention to all these little, annoying things you never get to.
Clean your closet
We have cupboards full of clothes, taking up so much space, and yet we only recycle a few favourite clothing items. Why not get rid of the excess and donate it to charities and people who are in dire need of clothes, blankets and other essentials?
Clear your mailbox
Every second email is some place wanting to sell you something, or a subscription to a site you thought you’d read. The reality is, you are not going to. Take the time unsubscribe from all those annoying emails. You will feel better already, trust me.
Clean your computer
Similar to your overcrowded inbox, your computer is also cluttered. Many duplicate files and out of date documents. Spend these available hours to clean your computer and sort your electronic files.
Did you know? There are programs available to assist with the process:
Consider sending your excess “stuff” these charitable organisations (only after the isolation period is over):
https://www.forgood.co.za/ matches you to the right charity in your area.
It’s important to keep yourself occupied to maintain your physical and mental health. Avoid sitting all day and try some of our tips to keep you occupied:
Take a walk
Walking can help you maintain your overall health. It has been found to assist with boosting your energy and improving your mood. During this time of social distancing, good vibes will go a long way.
You can watch yoga videos online that will help keep your mind relaxed and staying active. Yoga will also assist with calming your nerves and reducing your strength. Namaste!
Plan your December trip
December will be here before you know it. Take the time to plan your trip from deciding on your location, booking your flights to seeking out specials. Booking your holiday in advanced is the key to big savings.
Breathe a bit, drink your coffee outside
Take the time to breathe and have your coffee outside. The 10 minutes outside will allow you to clear your mind and simply find a moment to be present.
You can now binge-watch those Netflix series that you have had on your save-list forever. Although you might be isolated, you can connect with the tv shows social community while watching the show.
Read that book
You bought that book ages ago and it had since only been collecting dust. Why not take the time to read it. You know you want to.
Doing online courses
There is a myriad of FREE online courses available. Brush up on some skills and you will go back to work an expert! Check out these helpful websites:
https://www.udemy.com/ (not free, but relatively cheap)
https://quantic.mba/ (mobile App – available for free)
https://www.edx.org/ (available for free)
- Update your details
You haven’t let your medical insurer know your number changed? Oh dear, you should really pay attention to this. Update your personal details in all places that needs to communicate with you. For example: Your health insurance company, your bank, your funeral policy provider, GAP cover provider, SARS, Gmail (yes, account recovery settings), etc.
You have been living from month to month, don’t worry – everyone does. But did you know that you should go through your bank statements every couple of months to see where your money is going to. Make sure the debit orders are what they should be and cancel those which aren’t. Set up a budget and control your spending money – who knows, you might be able to afford that holiday sooner than you think.
Everyone dreads filing. Just do it, get it out of the way. It’s better that way.
- Read your policies
We know you have clicked and signed and never read a single word on any contract or policy. We just know this… It is important that you know what the contents of all those agreements are. Sometimes it makes the difference between life and death. Being informed never hurt anybody.
What about the kids, you ask? Don’t worry we’ve thought of them too. Here are some helpful tips to keep them busy:
Prepare your kids mentally
Have a conversation with your kids to explain the coronavirus and what social distancing involves. This will emotionally prepare them for the days ahead and will sure that they understand the new routine.
Play board games
Bring out the Monopoly and let get playing. Boardgames offer the opportunity to connect, learn problem-solving skill and the value of teamwork. It’s a great way to unplug and spend quality time together.
Teach them cooking / baking skills
Make easy and fun meals with the kids. Cooking can become family bonding time during the social distancing period. Kids will also learn essential focus and attention skills.
Share stories from your childhood
Storytime! Decrease the screen time and take a moment to share stories with the kids. You can share stories about your family history or let your mind and creativity take the lead.
You can watch fun and creative exercises videos for kids. This will keep their bodies active and minds stimulated. Having daily exercise activity will give kids a sense of accomplishment and something to look forward to during isolation.
Stay alive – maintain your supplies
You might feel the need to stay away from the shops and find alternatives to stock up on supplies. Online food and grocery delivery services are the best way to go. Luckily, most of the major retailers have an online shopping system and with Uber Eats and Mr Delivery, you can still treat yourself to some fast food.
As President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned in his address on 15 March 2020, it’s important to not be overwhelmed by fear and panic. Make sure that you stay informed and stay away from fake and unvaried news. Visit https://www.gov.za/NovelCoronavirus for updates.
Disclaimer: This is a guideline to follow if you are not confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 but have been told to stay at home for safety reasons. It is our intention not to downplay the seriousness of this pandemic in any way bit rather to help those of our members and clients who are wondering how they can cope with the impact of this virus outside any medical advice or treatment they are on. We, in no way intend to undermine the seriousness of the disease and spread thereof.