For many of us, last week marked the one-year anniversary of working from home. Over the past year, our homes have gone from a space where we spent some of our lives, to the centre of our world. Our rooms have been transformed into workspaces, home schools, bakeries, yoga and fitness studios – and much more.
The suddenness of the COVID restrictions meant that this change happened with little time for thought about how to approach it, and we assumed that any change would be short term. But a year on, it seems that our relationship with our homes and how we live in them has changed for good.
Spring is typically associated with new beginnings and setting new plans in motion – so now is the perfect time to pause and consider how we want to live in our homes. For many of us, the pandemic has shifted our priorities, increasing the importance of family time and having time for ourselves, as well as a more flexible approach to working.
We’ve been thinking about how we can optimise the spaces in our homes to support how we want to spend our time there. Our plans look something like this:
It's not just 'for now'
We’ve recognised that change is here to stay or will at least be with us for a while, so our actions are no longer just ‘for now’ – they’re actually how we’re living now. When the working day is over, are you having dinner in your office? When you retreat to your sofa in the evening, are you trying to wind down in your gym or your children’s playroom? One change we’re working hard to make is creating proper separation between the parts of our day.
Working from home
Separation between the parts of the day is more than just a ‘nice to have’. Your brain makes mental associations with the activities you carry out in certain spaces. So for example, if you’ve been working from your bedroom, you may find it harder to go to sleep because you’re weakening the association between bedroom and sleep.
To do more, we need to make space
We all need to do more from within our own four walls, so this may mean making space. Sometimes the things we’ve always had can feel like part of us, but sometimes holding onto these possessions is just a habit to break. Having fewer possessions means it’s easier to keep a tidier home – and more space feels very good indeed, especially now, when those of us in smaller homes can feel like the walls are closing in.
What changes are you thinking of making?
Kate & Louise
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