Many states and counties have issued “stay in place” orders amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to keep people safer by reducing the amount of unnecessary travel and gatherings. Simply put, encouraging people to stay home as much as possible. But staying home doesn’t have to be boring or mean endless screen time. There are plenty of ways you can be productive and boost your home’s appeal.

Take care of your yard. Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. Continue to mow your lawn and take the time to trim any bushes, trees, or shrubs that may have become overgrown. Do some edging to give your yard a crisp, clean look. Have your kids help you pull weeds so that your flowerbeds are ready for planting later this spring. If you have seeds at home, you could even plant some now and watch them grow.

You can also scrub your patio furniture or playset so that they’re readily available for you to enjoy the nice weather. Rather than being cooped up indoors, sit out in the sun and read a book or play with your kids in the backyard, especially now that you’re cleaning everything up.

Make simple home repairs. Is there a loose board or handrail on your deck that needs another nail or two? Have you been meaning to put a fresh coat of paint on the front door or fix that leaky faucet? Make use of the tools and materials sitting in your garage and get it done. The Internet can be a helpful resource for DIY videos and instructions – just make sure you’re staying safe and not doing anything too far outside your skillset. This is also a great time to organize and take inventory of materials you didn’t even remember you had, or projects you want to get to.

Deep clean the inside of your house. You’re already home, so why not make the best of it? Pick one room or area to work on each day and focus on cleaning and organizing. Get rid of junk you no longer need and put things back where they belong. Have your kids help too by straightening up their own rooms or their playroom. Make a designated pile of things that you want to donate once stay in place orders are lifted.

Staying productive and seeing the results of your hard work can boost your mood and help you pass the time. Creating to-do lists can give you a greater sense of purpose each day. Plus, you get the benefit of your home looking its best inside and out! With warmer weather arriving, take daily walks around your neighborhood (while practicing safe social distancing) and see what your neighbors have been up to in their yards as well.

If you have any questions, or if the board needs assistance with HOA operations or communications, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kuester and see how we can help. Stay safe, and remember that we will get through this together.

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