The coronavirus threat is constantly evolving and completely unique to our history, and the government’s recommendation that citizens stay home is producing unavoidable nationwide anxiety. While the concept of staying home is simple, the practice is certainly not. In 2020, most of us are proud of our on-the-go status; we associate busy-ness with importance. (There are lots of interesting articles to find on this topic, but I like how this one from Lynne Levy phrases it). Take a deep breath, because there are much fewer excuses to be busy in quarantine! In the wise words of our co-founder, Peter, “It’s beautiful out there… so thankful we now have a moment to enjoy it!”
Take this unforeseen opportunity to reset and refresh. Your TV and your Kindle will only take you so far, so it is imperative to mix in some creative projects to fill up your days. Here are some ideas that can help ward off boredom while you ward off the spread of COVID-19:
1. Have fun in the kitchen! Which recipes have you been thinking of but haven’t gotten around to testing?
Our Sara Campbell inboxes have been graced with a number of managers’ favorite meals. This group of fabulous women, whose typical rushed conversations may only be long enough to cover hem lengths and customer inquiries, are now sharing their recipes for arugula and goat cheese ravioli! It’s wonderful to see authentic communication happen after a mere 24 hours of our stores being closed, and it proves that this pandemic can make us closer while physically being apart.
You can get the whole family involved in the kitchen with a cookie decorating contest or personal pizza contest, giving awards to the most creative and/or tastiest-producing family member. Also, baked goods last for three months in the freezer in air-tight containers, so if you have baking needs on the horizon, now is the perfect time to get mixin’.
2. Write something creative! When was the last time you wrote something just for yourself? Even those of us who have to write a lot for work can really benefit from loosening up and letting go of the rules.
You can and will surprise yourself with your own creativity, and there’s nothing like the “big magic” (as coined by Elizabeth Gilbert) that you can feel after you embrace artistic flow and produce something creative where nothing existed before.
If you’re prone to writer’s block, try browsing the pages of 642 Things to Write About. It’s a thick book filled with clever prompts like: “A plant is dying. Tell it why it should live” and “Retell your most embarrassing moment from grade school.” Some of the prompts could also turn into a family fun night, if every member writes and recites what they come up with.
3. Purge your closet. You know the golden rule: If it hasn’t been worn in 365 days, it goes! If you prefer Marie Kondo’s method: If it doesn’t bring you joy, it goes!
You can turn on some funky pop music and make this fun, so it doesn’t feel like a chore. Closet-cleanouts can easily turn into mother/daughter fashion shows.
Consider donating your “goodbyes” to your local women’s shelter or get in touch with one of our favorite organizations, Dress for Success who help provide women with a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.
4. Make a vision board/collage.
Put those old magazines to use and cut out the fashion you love, colors you gravitate to, and lovely sayings you find. Use Mod Podge to seal it all on an 8” x 10” canvas board or cardboard. Keeping the dimensions small and regular ensures you can frame it when you’re finished, and your vision board might turn into a masterpiece for your home. These little custom artworks can really enhance a styled shelf or other small area. If you already have a wall with a vacancy, you can flip through with a specific color in mind (like the accent color of that room) and make your collage to fit the space.
5. Plant a garden (inside or outside)!
Gardening is an activity that’s meant to be a pleasure but can wind up feeling like a chore amidst our busy lives. In most of the country, it’s officially planting season, so it’s the perfect time to get your hands dirty. Small, potted plants at home can be a great way to add some cheer to your interior and entertain kids while school is out. I came across a helpful article on plants you can grow quickly and effectively during quarantine. It turns out that salad greens are fairly simple to grow at home in a short period of time. It makes me wonder why I've been paying premium for baby kale all these years!
We hope you leave this blog post having found inspiration somewhere along the way. Comment below with your favorite recipes, closet cleaning hacks, gardening tips, and anything else you can add to the conversation. We love hearing from you!