In just under two weeks, life across the Philippines will soon be back again to face the outside world as the ECQ shifts to a different set of guidelines. Though most of us will be heading back to work to try out the ‘new normal’ way of life, some of us will need to double our precaution when it comes to interacting with people who will be regularly leaving the house.
In this article, we’ll give you three easy-to-do and practical DIY projects that you can make at the comfort of your own home with the help of recycled materials a little bit of creativity.
1. Making room for indoor greenery
With the looming danger of staying outdoors, it’s been a bother to maintain a lawn or a garden without feeling unsafe. Vertical gardens are excellent ways to tinker with your creativity by going for various plant pot replacements ranging from recycled plastic bottles to unused shelf drawers. Attach them through a trellis next to your wall or hang them from the ceiling to provide green accents to your interior design.
2. Increasing inventory space
Storage space is crucial now more than ever as people are making sure to stock up on food and supplies that should last them throughout the quarantine. Though there have been signs of Metro Manila finally about to flatten the curve, it’s still important to stay safe by having enough for the weeks to come.
Create makeshift dividers for your shelves and drawers by using recycled strips of cardboard or leftover plywood so that it’s easier for you to keep track of your supplies’ shelf life. You could also keep a digital list of your inventory so you can track it on your mobile device the next time you go for a routine grocery run.
3. Setting up a cleaning station
Set up a ‘cleaning station’ next to the nearest entrance to your home’s entrance. Design it up by grouping together a garbage bag, a laundry basket, and an alcohol or soap dispenser contained within a plastic box. This allows the person entering the home to readily wash their hands, remove their facemask for disposal, and to head straight to the shower to wash themselves off right away.
The plastic box makes it easy for you to clean later with alcohol and disinfectant and to avoid outside material from touching other surfaces in your home. If you don’t have a plastic box, you can dress up a typical cardboard box by wrapping it with a roll of plastic cover so that it can be easily washed and reused.
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Keeping busy during the lockdown
It’s essential to keep our minds active even while observing lockdown protocols. Though we might still be preoccupied with work through online meetings, it’s important to set some time to unwind and to work on projects that engage with our mind’s creativity.
If you’re a little short on construction making supplies, you’d be happy to know that several hardware stores have opened their services in light of the lockdown protocols. Check our article here on how to order hardware supplies from a branch near you.