How to Stay Home Without Going Stir Crazy

When looking back at these unprecedented times in years to come, I hope we can say how kind and patient we all were. Being kept indoors is a strange thing; it puts you out of sorts and can make you feel like you're going crazy! To help you stay in the zone and keep your mind at ease, I've come up with 5 things that will hopefully help keep your home feeling like home.

Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind

First things first, for my fellow workers-from-home: you need a satisfying work station. For example, mine is filled with plants, snacks, light and usually a tea or drink of some sort. Most importantly, I make sure I'm stationed near a window for fresh air and a nice view for inspiration during those periods of deep thought.

Think Instagrammable, think aesthetically-pleasing, think Rinkit. It may be a cliche, but only because it's true: when my workspace is tidy so is my mind.

You also want to make sure your work space is separate from your relaxing space; the last thing you would want is clocking off from a hard day at work and then feeling like you're still in that same office at 8pm whilst trying to watch Netflix.

So my advice is make sure you have a clean surface, set up all your work tech and necessities in a neat and organised way. Add some plants or flowers, get some candles if you like, just make it feel motivating.

New Room Layout, New You!

Something I'm not ashamed to say that I do regularly is change around the furniture in each room. This is an activity that certainly makes me feel like I have a new living space! It's also fun, motivating and an easy fix to get out of your head for a while.

I find it makes me look at things differently and when I've found a new space for things I feel like I'm in a different home - a sure-fire way of keeping those 'cooped-up' feelings at bay!

If there's no space to move things about why not redecorate? Perhaps the Bathroom? We love the changes Anna made in her bathroom:

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Some other little changes you can make to spruce up the place would be to add some new accessories, such as plants, candles, even fragrances. Why not devise a new colour theme for the towels and bath mats or change the drawer knobs? Even small changes can have a huge impact, like changing the soap dispenser, toothbrush holder or toilet brush. All these things can reinvent the room and give it a new fresh look!

A Spring (Clean) in Your Step

You knew this was coming - and I mean the real deal. No half-ways here! Get rid of all that rubbish that's stored in the cupboard, go through your wardrobes and give a bag to charity. I even want you to clean the dishwasher filter!

I know it's obviously not the most exciting task but, trust me, when it's done you'll feel like a proper Kim and Aggie (or Marie Kondo, depending on your generational preference)!

The way I do this is simple - I spend about 10 minutes walking around the house with a notebook, jotting down everything I want to change/clean etc. This gives me the satisfaction of ticking each one off when it's done, which is an easy way to feel like you're making progress.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at my list below and tailor it to your own space and timescale:

Creative Solutions

Now the hard graft is done, why not try something new and get your creative juices flowing? This is one of my favourite things to do, it helps me switch off and feel extremely relaxed.

Upcycling is a simple and easy way to change trash into treasure. There are hundreds of things you could do with items around the house. For example, turn some old jars into plant pots with some paint.

If you have an old ladder, turn it into a bookshelf or a hanging rack for towels.

If that sounds too full-on, again, think accessories! A vintage style picture frame can double as a chic housing for pressed flowers, or you could take things into the third dimension with pebbles, Scrabble tiles or LEGO figures. How about engaging in a little horticulture and creating your own succulent sanctuary with our hanging bowl terrariums?

Shaken, Not Stir Crazy

Lastly, if all else fails and you still feel like you might go mad... Then it's time to make your own bar! This will involve some alcohol, some glasses, some enthusiasm and a little bit of imagination.

The key to achieving 'a great night out, inside' is, naturally, preparation. Use your dining table as the bar, dim the lights, put some music on and voila!

Stuck on what to serve? Don't you worry - I've got that covered too!

In this uncertain time I hope you find this blog helpful. Please hashtag #RINKIT with all your creations, clean rooms and crafts for us to see.

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Lottie Emerson, Creative Designer

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