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Simplifying your lockdown life
Feb 11, 2021
As I sat down at the beginning of the year to write my intentions for 2021 I still had a glimmer of hope that the level 3 lockdown would end and my girls would be back at school on the right date. But here we are in February and my girls have only just returned to on-campus learning, everyone is still working from home, and we are all sadly avoiding social interaction. I know that I am not the only one screaming inside “enough already!” I realised I needed to change my mindset from a temporary “this will end soon” to “this is another year of Covid precautions.” This lead me to thinking about how to simplify my life in lockdown. Here is what I think:
1. Find permanent solutions for "temporary" fixes
Just because this is “year two” doesn’t mean we are automatically prepared for living with Covid. However, having said that, we do have the benefit of having learnt from 2020, and whatever we learnt we can at least put into practice this year.
When lockdown was announced nearly a year ago I re-organised my house in a certain way for this “temporary” period. Some silly examples: my husband took over our study area and I was okay with it; I left the eggs on the counter - with all the baking we have loads of eggs at any one time; there is a pile of masks on the hall table. Now that it’s the new year all these things are still present in my life, but they really bug me.
So what did I do about it? I looked around the house and I made an actual list of what I thought were “temporary adjustments.” I then set about rectifying these elements by creating an improved, permanent solution - some solutions were super simple: a new ceramic vase on the hall table for all the masks, and making space for eggs in the pantry. Other elements like “homeschool” tools have now a permanent, non-invasive place, and I ordered myself a desk (I chose the Acre Keeper Desk in Ivory) and have created my own, permanent workspace.
Start by looking around your house, write the list and get reorganised - this is such an important step for lockdown simplicity.
2. Online all the way
Online shopping is not new to me at all. I’ll just admit that outright. But I found I was doing too many menial orders - 2 things today, 3 things tomorrow… Insert my master list - the overall, once a month list. Proper meal planning and then efficient ordering and shopping is life-changing in terms of simplifying your life: you aren’t spending everyday wondering what you need, and dashing to the shops (sanitiser and masks in hand) to get one thing that you forgot. The same goes for toiletries, chemist orders and even stationery. Once you have lists in place, and ordering days and times scheduled into your routine, your screen time (and irritated time!) is minimised and life is simplified.
3. Routine Routine Routine
Stop winging each day and rather set a routine. Having kids makes this even more important but also in terms of your and your partner’s needs - a routine allows everyone to plan, and relieves even more of “the unknown strain stress” even on a micro level. A simple, committed routine simplifies your daily decisions as many of these are already made, for example, what time should we eat lunch every day.
4. Simple does not mean no luxuries
The other day I was chatting to a friend and I asked her what she misses. She replied the obvious (family, friends, etc etc) and then she added “a great cappuccino.” It got me thinking about simple pleasures and indulges that can turn a day around. Now more than ever we need them - we need the little pick me up, the small luxuries or pleasures that make our day. So, I challenge you to identify your simple pleasures, embrace them and indulge in them.
Over the past year and relaunch of The Edit I have spoken about simplifying one’s life and spaces a lot. Here are some of my favourite posts for you to revisit and hopefully inspire a more simplified lockdown this year.