Circuit Breaker: What to do at home during this period?

Are you fretting about being locked up at home for one month?

If you are a social butterfly, that is a double whammy!

But let’s think about it this way. Staying at home amidst a pandemic will provide you with ample time to do what you’ve always been putting off because you ‘don’t have the time.’

It could be a home hobby you’ve been wanting to get your hands on, a special dish you’d like to cook, or the closet you have been wanting to clear. Now is the time to do so, and you can take it one day at a time.

For those of you who are still working at home, take the opportunity to wake up just a little later. Since you are not commuting, you’d have more time to indulge in what you’ve always wanted to do with the extra time you’ve been given.

If you are at a loss about what to do during this Circuit Breaker, we’ll break it down for you!

Cleaning the House

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Okay, it doesn’t sound very exciting but it is a good place to start. A clean house helps create an eased mind. You wouldn’t want to be stressed out about the state of the home for one month, so cleaning up is a priority.

There are three levels to the cleaning:

Sweep Clean – 10 minutes

  • You need a rubbish bag and a basket.
  • Walk around the house and whatever that is not in its original position goes into the rubbish bag or the basket.
  • Rubbish bag – to be discarded/recycled
  • Basket – to be put back into its original position

Wipe Clean – 1 to 2 hours

  • You’ll need a rag cloth, a mop, and probably a vacuum cleaner.
  • Wipe down tables, counters, and shelves. A little dusting off will make the air circulation within the home much fresher.
  • Open the windows and balcony door and do a thorough vacuum and mop around the house. Suddenly, you’ll feel your home begin to shine!

Deep Clean – One to a few days

  • The length of time it takes to deep clean the house depends on how big your house is and how much stuff you have. You’ll have to take on different zones in your home at any one time.
  • This means that you will put on paper which zones you’ll want to clean first. If the kitchen is the first, spend time cleaning, rearranging, washing, and moving out things that you don’t need in that area.
  • After the whole area is done and dusted, you’ll move on to the next place. This will keep you occupied for a day… or more!

Experimental Cooking

Baking pastry
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Maybe it’s not a great time to head out, even if it is to buy food. Staying at home is the best way to keep yourself protected, right?

It is also time to get creative in the kitchen. There are tonnes of recipes you can Google. If you crave it, make it.

Start by attempting something easy (but a little time consuming) like Dalgona Coffee. You can move on to making banana smoothies and even boba.

If you are more keen to sink your teeth into savoury food, how about making your chicken butter masala, grilled steak, and dumplings.

For pastry lovers, making croissants, cinnamon buns, and bread will fill your time.

After the Circuit Breaker, you’ll find yourself a few levels shy of being a MasterChef!

Get Active

Yoga pose
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Use the space that you have in your home to exercise. There are a lot of videos on YouTube for beginners to pros. No matter your fitness level, there is a workout (10 minutes to an hour) that will leave you perspiring and energetic.

You could start with a morning stretch in the morning, cardio in the afternoon, and yoga in the evening.

If you are looking to get fit, now would be a good time to start!

Redecorate your Home

Living area
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Now would be a good time to redecorate your home – and no, you don’t have to make a trip to IKEA to do that (it is closed, after all). Here are a few tips you can follow to spruce  up your space.

Arrange in Odds

In decor, three is not a crowd, it is the perfect number to create a nice balance. Try putting three candles, vases, ornaments together, and you’ll see what we mean by that.

Create a Focal Point

Take a look at the living room. Are there too many things calling out for your attention? Perhaps it’s a yellow sofa, a gold lampshade, or the Christmas tree you have not kept since last year. Think about what you want to make as a focal point (no, the Christmas tree has got to go).

Your room’s focal point is an emphasised feature, and everything around the focal point should complement it. A focal point could be your large window, or your television console or your sofa. Just pick one and arrange the things around it to complement it.

Create a Gallery Wall

Now that you have cleared your home, you might have found keepsakes like memorabilia and photos. Those items can be framed up. If you have enough items, arrange it accordingly and make a gallery wall. It does not have to be hung, it can also be displayed on a pedestal.

Cover your Cords

Another way to make home neat and furnished is to coil up the wires or keep them hidden. Some adjustments could  be made to ensure they are left unseen.

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