Okay so you’re home for two weeks (at least). You might not have anticipated it. You might hate it. You might be in your glory. Regardless, it’s probably very different than your usual routine. Since we are all about habits and routines here at The Joyful Organizer, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to handle this situation.
I’ll admit, this isn’t something I’ve ever prepared for. No one has. We’re all learning as we go along. I’m going to start by giving you three action steps to give you some positive momentum. Otherwise, it’s easy to let this situation seem overwhelming.
- Make lists. There are a lot of moving parts to managing a family who are working, learning, playing and eating at home 24/7. Start by sitting down and making some lists of what needs to happen every day. Write down what meals you want to create. Have your kids help you make lists of activities they would like to do over the next few weeks.
- While routine is important, finding a little fun during these challenging times can ease everyone’s stress a little bit. For example, this morning for breakfast, we had a “picnic” in our living room. With just a few small changes to our plates and where we were eating, we made our morning meal just a little more fun.
- While there is a terrible reason we are all homebound, I’m choosing to think about this as a positive experience. My family often complains we don’t get enough quality time together. Racing from one activity to the next, commuting long hours to the office and always distracted by errands….that’s all changed overnight. Now, we can really breathe into being together and take on those projects and truly focus.