If you’re going a bit stir crazy at home during your time in lockdown, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
Staring at the same four walls can be enough to drive anyone mad after a while and there’s only so much online shopping you can do to pass the time. Eventually, it comes down to simply needing to get out, finding something to do and escaping your situation.
However, since escape isn’t really an option right now, we’re here to help keep you from tearing your hair out.
By making a few sustainable changes to your home, you can not only make it feel like a more comfortable place to live in, but you’ll also be doing your bit to protect all of our homes: the planet Earth.
Listed below are a few ideas to get you started.
Source: David Haugh
1. Don’t Buy Anything
While it may be tempting to go mad online shopping right now, avoid it if you can. Especially while in lockdown, it can be all too easy to convince yourself you need something when, in reality, you don’t.
It may sound obvious to say, but avoiding buying new things is one of the most sustainable things you can do. Keep your wallet in your pocket and get creative instead, rearranging the belongings and furniture you already own.
For example, if there’s a chair hiding away under a pile of clothes in your bedroom, move it into the living room and create a nice, relaxing reading corner for yourself.
Simple ideas like this can make a big difference to your headspace so don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative when it comes to redecorating.
If your furniture is looking a little bit tired and dated, instead of throwing it out, why not upcycle it instead?
Chalk paint can be your best friend when it comes this, refreshing and restoring old pieces of furniture in only a few coats. For most items, you won’t even need to sand the piece down before you start painting, making it much less timing consuming a task than you might think.
Whether you have a desk you’ve always wanted in a nice duck egg blue, a stained lampshade you’d like to restore, or an outdoor table and chairs in need of a lift, upcycling is a great way of both making your furniture look more expensive than it is and keeping it away from the landfill.
3. Invest In Green
Nothing brings life to space more than plants. From tiny succulents to huge trees, plants come in all shapes and sizes and provide an instant lift to any area of the home.
What’s more, plants also help keep your home healthier by purifying the air around you, removing any harmful toxins and pumping oxygen into your breathing space.
Depending on your level of gardening prowess, you can also find a range of plants perfect for both novices and professionals.
Aloe vera and rubber plants are particularly easy to grow, and come with the added benefit of treating burns should you ever overdo it tanning in the garden.
4. Get Snappy
One of the most effective ways of adding a little eco-friendly personality to your space comes through featuring photos that mean a lot to you on your walls.
While you may not be able to go out and see your family and friends just yet that doesn’t mean you can’t reminisce about the good memories you’ve shared together so far.
By gathering together a few photo frames you have lying around the house, or picking up a few second-hand ones on eBay or Facebook Marketplace, you can then create your very own gallery wall by filling these frames with old photos, postcards and kids’ artwork.
5. Create ‘Moments’
Rather than trying to think of ways that change the layout of the whole room, focus on one area and make it pleasing to the eye.
Whether it be a window sill, a bookcase or another form of shelf space, group a few of your favourite objects together to make them stand out within the room.
Groups of three or five small ornaments tend to work best together, but it’s important to also consider their height and the colour palette they form.
By creating these little beauty spots for yourself, you can quickly remind yourself of how your home looks when it’s tidy, helping you relieve your stress level even when it’s not.
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