Well, we’ve “stayed at home” for almost three months now… many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before! On one of my recent work conference calls, one of my coworkers said she always used the excuse that she didn’t have time for projects at home because she spent so much time at work. Now that she’s staying home more, she’s discovered that’s not the problem at all! I guess many of her projects are still not getting done.
If you’d rather not pressure yourself by ticking off lists of boring to-do’s, get creative so it doesn’t seem like work! How? By tapping into all or a few of the five senses – see, smell, taste, hear and touch. Think about it, the most pleasurable things are conjured up to stimulate our senses. Here are 3 ways I recommend to spark your sense of smell, taste and hearing during this stay-at-home time:
I have a very keen sense of smell and I so enjoy a great fragrance, especially for the home! It is said that a clean house shouldn’t smell like anything, but if you like a pleasant scent for the home, try this tip offered by Melissa Maker, founder of the cleaning company Clean My Space from Real Simple magazine (November, 2019): In a bucket, mix a gallon of hot water, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol, and a pure essential oil, like citrus or lavender (use 10 drops for tile and 2-3 drops for wood). Dampen your pad mop with the solution and mop away! Not only will it give your floor a shine, it leaves a wonderful “zen-ful” scent in the room. (Ahhhh!) For more smell good tips for the home, visit realsimple.com/goodsmells.
COOK SOMETHING GOOD!
I know, I know…since we are confined to our homes, it doesn’t give us carte blanche to eat whatever we want and not pay for it later….but let’s face it, we still have days when we need a little bit of comfort food. That’s where Divas Can Cook comes in. I’ve been following Ms. Monique for a while now, as she shares her Grandma Barb’s recipes on her website and social media. Love her videos! Here are two of my faves that I’ve tried:
Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese – get ready now ‘cuz this is a very cheesy, creamy and delicious mac & cheese!
And for breakfast, or with your shrimp or seafood of your choice, try this Southern Creamy Grits recipe:
I know, you’ll be working this food off in your home gym for a whole week, but it’ll be soooo worth it!
SOUNDS OF NATURE!
My backyard has really been a place of refuge for me during this time. I sit out there and revel at the beautiful clear sky (have you noticed how blue the blue of the sky has been since there aren’t a bajillion cars on the road polluting the air?) The collective sound of the breeze blowing through the leaves on the trees, and the chirp-chirp of the birds are some of the best types of meditation there is. Or, I just sit, plug in my earbuds and listen to my many playlists on Spotify or my two favorite stations on Sirius XM (The Groove and Studio 54). I have always been a lover of music, but I find myself listening to so much more since I’ve been at home.
So what are some of your favorite things you’ve discovered (or rediscovered) during your stay-at-home time? I’d love to hear about it! Happy Quarantining!