If you're anything like us, you've somehow let certain household chores fall by the wayside over most of this strange year.
Sure, some stay-at-home activities (victory gardens! sourdough boules!) have ramped up while we've been stuck indoors through the pandemic. But some home tasks seem to have received less attention—and others have come to a halt altogether.
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Of course, it makes perfect sense during these extraordinary and stressful times that your weekly routine is a little topsy-turvy.
Below, our experts share with us the household habits they've been neglecting. Maybe their honesty will help jog your memory and help you create a to-do list for this weekend—or at least for when the world gets back to normal.
The dearth of visitors means that little to no cleaning is required in your extra bedroom and guest bathroom. Homeowners lucky enough to have this overflow space can simply close the door and then (hopefully) open it again in 2021.
Remember that tasty lentil salad you used to make on Sundays to pack up for a week's worth of lunches in the office?
With the kitchen so close to our work stations, many people have opted to forgo meal prep. Instead, we're grabbing yogurt, toast, and leftover food to sustain us throughout the day.
If you're looking to regain some normalcy in your weekly routine, though, try meal prepping again. It'll certainly make it easier to juggle work and kids, and, as a bonus, you know you'll be eating a healthy, balanced meal.
When the world stopped, this past spring, our closets were filled with winter items, boots, and warm jackets. But as the weather changed, who really bothered to switch them out for summer frocks and sandals?
"Many people simply moved their dressy career clothes to the back of the closet and pulled the casual stuff to the front," says Marty Basher, an organization expert at Modular Closets.
And since charitable thrift shops have been slow to reopen and accept donations, the typical seasonal clothing purge isn't happening quite as much—leaving homeowners to find new and creative storage methods in their already crammed closets.
The solution here is to take an afternoon to reorganize your closet, bringing to the forefront the items you find yourself using more in 2020.
There was a time when homeowners would freshen up their decor with lighter, brighter accent pillows and accessories for spring and summer, and then reverse the process in the fall, with plaids and chunky knit throws.
If you've been living with the same look in your living room for seven months now, you're not alone.
Since fall is officially here, and the weather is getting crisp, spend some time this weekend swapping out your colorful throw pillows for some cozy blankets. Might we suggest going all-in on Halloween or Christmas decor this year?
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