It's probably too late to be buying a new place with more space even though I'm sure many of you have considered it, and I'm included on that list, but it's definitely the right time to reassess how you want to use your space given we are likely to be in this situation for some time.
Within the same space we now have to work, homeschool, exercise, feed and entertain ourselves and then relax and sleep and the same again the next day.
If we don’t adapt our living spaces to accommodate our new reality, we’ll start feeling trapped but how do we mentally bring ourselves to change around a space that we either spent huge amounts of time planning and designing like myself or even if you aren’t someone that has done that you may still be thinking why go to the effort of changing things now just for temporary comfort when this could all go back to normal in a few months’ time.
Well firstly I truly believe the old normal may take a little longer than we all expect to get back to, and that may be a good thing, there's nothing wrong with a new norm, but what I know for a fact is our homes should be made and designed for the sole purpose of our comfort and just like a piece of clothing it needs to fit perfectly, you shouldn’t be trying to squeeze into it just for sake of telling yourself you got into the size 8.
Space for the kids
As a mum the first thing on my mind is always the kids and trying to make sure they aren’t glued to the TV all day although sometimes I may wish that were an option. So, ask yourself if they have a space of their own that isn’t cluttered with toys and junk, somewhere which is entirely theirs. The answer to this may be no so you have a few options, the first is to get them to help declutter their own space with you and literally make space where there wasn’t any just by getting rid of unnecessary things. The second option might be to get one sibling to camp out in the other’s room leaving a free room to just play. Finally, something as simple as moving aside or storing away your coffee table and side tables could give them a little more space to dance and play and get a little more comfortable.