Six Ways to Enjoy Spring While You're Social Distancing
Springtime typically calls for spending more time outdoors, enjoying the beautiful weather in your own backyard or gathering for social events with friends and family. This spring, however, is looking distinctly different due to COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic is keeping us all at a social distance, which has translated to "staying home" in an effort to flatten the curve and ease the burden on our health care system. After a long winter, extra indoor time is the last thing most people want, especially as flowers begin to bloom, critters come out of hiding, and daylight lasts until 7 p.m.
"Spring is such a wonderful time of year and an important reminder of the changes that happen in life," says Rachel Rosenthal, owner and founder of Rachel and Company, a full-service professional organizing firm. "It is the season of new beginnings and we all need that reassurance right now that life changes, hard seasons like winter will come but there is always spring." This spring might look different than years past, but there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy the season indoors and out while maintaining the appropriate social distance.
Swap Winter Home Décor for Springtime Pieces
Take the time to put away your thick comforters, flannel sheets, heavy blankets, and cozy throw pillows and pull out your lighter springtime items, suggests Alessandra Wood, VP of style for interior design company Modsy. "As you're using your home much more now, these swaps will make a huge difference." Incorporate lighter colors and pastel hues with lightweight throw blankets, placemats, and even something as small as festive springtime napkins.
If you live in an apartment, outdoor gardening isn't always an option. Bring the outside in with plants that will thrive in your home—adding some greenery has also been proven to help boost your mood. Choose from a variety of plants that will thrive indoors and place them in areas that get the most sunlight. We suggest growing lavender or basil for a delightful scent.
Tackle Spring Chores
Now's the time to take on your spring cleaning—clean out your closet and wipe down surfaces for the season. But spring tidying doesn't have to be designated to the indoors. Tackle some yard work—it's a great way to get outdoors, keep busy, and create a sense of accomplishment. "Clear your garden of debris, mulch, edge your beds, and cut back roses and other shrubs that will soon leaf out," suggests Blythe Yost, co-founder and head designer of online landscaping design service, Tilly. "Take advantage of shrubs' bare stems to remove dead branches and generally prune and shape them."
Start a Compost Pile
It's time for all of the debris, stems, and old leaves that have collected in your yard after the fall and winter seasons to go. Pile them together in a corner of your yard so you can compost them. "There are many ways to compost from just a simple pile to fancy bins and canisters," says Yost. "One of my favorite things is to keep an empty canister on my counter and fill it with food scraps (no meat!) and then take it out periodically to empty."
Plant a Vegetable Garden
Spring is a great time to get started with cool weather plants like kale, Brussels sprouts, and snow peas, according to Yost. "Till in compost and prep the beds so when the warmer temperatures (particularly soil temperatures which need to be 65 degrees or more for many veggies) arrive you're ready to pop in your plants or seeds," she says. This is a great activity to get your kids involved with, too. They will love the responsibility of watering and taking care of the seedlings.
Add a Bird Feeder Outside of Your Window
Part of the joy of spring is listening to the birds chirping. To encourage them to come a little closer, Katie Benson, creative director of blog and Etsy shop #TableSettingIsMyLife, suggests keeping a bird feeder outside of your window. "There is a variety of feeders and seeds that will attract different species of birds," she says. "To ensure success, look up what birds are natural to your area and what type of seeds they like to eat."