Rebooting the relationship between you and your home
All relationships need work to keep them strong. So, however close you’re feeling to your home right now, here are some things you can try to help you get on even better.
Home Reboot Tips
You guys are good
When we have lots of space it can be tempting to compartmentalise. One space for this, another space for that. But the key to a close future relationship with our homes could be one space for all. Find simple ways to create a multi-use room
Keep hanging in
Did you know that 44% of us who enjoyed spending more time with family hope to continue doing so beyond the pandemic restrictions? Could that be you? If so, now could be a good time to take stock of the routines that worked for you. Regular schedules make living together easier. So think about what you want to take forward into the future – and how.
Flexibility may be the key to making your space go even further. Is your living room just for living, or could it be for exercise and work as well? Don’t forget surfaces can be put to multiple uses – one side of the table for arts and crafts, the other for working from home.
Remember to connect
More than half of us enjoyed being with family during pandemic restrictions. But it can be hard to find time to connect. Better, more efficient routines could be the answer. Look closely at your day, work out what you’re missing and set realistic goals for connecting with family and friends. Need help? Try using our daily planner.
Make a private patch for nature
A fifth of us enjoyed bringing nature into our homes during pandemic restrictions. Even if you don’t have access to a garden, a terrace, windowbox or humble pot plant does the trick. Just don’t forget to keep tending your glorious patch of nature. In fact, the daily routine of watering and feeding can become a pleasure in itself.
Time for a rethink
Lack of space contributed to people feeling disconnected from their homes during pandemic restrictions. Condensing your belongings or investing in more efficiently designed furniture can help you create more space, even in a small apartment or studio. Or maybe it’s time to look for the space you need elsewhere?
Prioritise important time
Those who live alone felt more disconnected from their homes during pendemic restrictions. The answer could be to schedule more family, friends or me time into the week. How about setting up a regular virtual slot? If you’re living with others, explore different ways to spend quality time together – for example, cooking, exercising or listening to music.
Bring the outdoors inside
It can be hard to make room for nature, but it makes such a difference when we do. If space is tight, how about hanging plants from the ceiling or doubling up your bathroom as a greenhouse? Another option is to seek out nature nearby – maybe a park, community garden or shared allotment. Or perhaps a local getaway or camping trip is in order?