It is hard to be locked up at home. Every day looks and feels the same, we lose track of time.

We don't know if it is Tuesday or Wednesday or what the actual date of the month is.

Food, drinks, TV, Zoom, FaceTime, books, help a bit but in the end we do miss our physical friends and family, and our favorite hangouts, and even our offices that at times we hated so much to go to.

One way to snap out of it is trying to stay active. A sort of Self-Help Therapy, and it is free.

I suggest you set up at least one task to be accomplished every day. Do those chores you have been putting offfor months or years.

Here are some of the things you can do, start with the list and stick to it: take a daily walk but avoid high-density spots, gain a green thumb by working in the backyard if you have one, otherwise start tending to indoor plants and take care of them, empty out closets and drawers and discard things you haven't needed or used in years but that sit idle around thehouse, change and/or service your furnace filters, HVAC, smoke and CO detector batteries,

Deep-clean your oven, dishwasher, coffee maker and outdoor grill, as well as drapes, upholstery, cabinets, floors, vents and baseboards, clean your mudroom, garage and outbuildings, and, in the process, inventory items that need replacing, make sure your will is up-to-date, make a list of your closest contacts with phone numbers and email addresses and pin it to the refrigerator with a magnet, keep a digital inventory of your photos, receipts, and documents, create a home maintenance schedule program, and manage remodeling projects. 

Only handle projects yourself that you feel youre truly qualified to do. You may be better off leaving projects with electrical components or those at heights, for example, to professionals who have the right equipment and skill set. Start your spring cleaning but its important to remember there are common householdcleaning products you should never mix, or drink for that matter,such as bleach and ammonia or bleach and rubbing alcohol.   

Unless you listen to the QUACKSALVER-in-Chief.


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