While talking on the phone, in online chats, or through texting, we've been asking our friends and clients what they've been doing while sheltering at home. For those of you who may be thinking of selling in the next year or two, we've gathered a short list of projects you can do now that you would likely want to do before selling anyway. Here you will find some resources for getting the job done, as well as a few more suggestions of things you can do around the house if you need to keep busy. On the other hand, you don't NEED to keep busy. Take time to read a good book, watch a great show, take a nap, take a socially distant walk, or just sit in the sun. When things normalize, know that we are here for you. Now GET GOING!
1.Paint a room
Trending color: Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. This neutral gray with blue undertones has been suggested by several people, who like it because it changes tones as the light changes throughout the day. Pairs well with a number of whites. Budeke’s is offering curbside pickup.
2.Mulch your garden
Burn off excess energy and spruce up your curb appeal! Shop local at Ayd Hardware on York Road. They have bagged mulch and you can avoid large groups at the big box stores.
3.Organize your closet
Matching hangers go a long way toward making everything look neat and tidy. Order new hangers from Amazon. Choose wooden if you have the space, or slim flocked ones if closets are tight. When you order through AmazonSmile, you can make a donation to your favorite charity. If you’re really on a roll, organize by color. Note: Goodwill is currently closed for donations, so hang onto those bags of giveaway items until further notice.
4. Take on a DIY remodel.
How ambitious are you? Our marketing director and her husband started demo on their basement, exposing a stone wall.
"We knew we wanted to do it eventually, and one day when we were bored, we started making holes in the walls to see what was behind them. Lo and behold, there was a stone wall that looked pretty good. Luckily we were able to get the debris to the dump before it closed. I ordered a mason hammer, mortar brush and wire brush through Home Depot and was able to have them delivered to the Timonium Home Depot where I could pick them up right from a locker!"
Although landfills are currently closed to residential trash, you can still rent from Next Day Dumpsters. Need the right tool? Home Depot offers pickup from their customer service desk or locker.
Guilty as charged. Planning on making folders for all those random photos.
5. Clean up your desktop.
We’re talking both virtual and physical. Working from home can be tough. Don’t make it harder by having a cluttered screen, and messy piles. Working in an organized space saves time and relieves stress.
One other thing to do.
6. Make masks.
Have you always wanted to learn to sew? Do you already have a sewing machine, or do you need to order one online? Joann Fabrics is currently having a sale. One stop shopping – you can order your fabric there as well! The best mask-making demo we've seen is through Instagram @bindleandkeep. There are many more out there as well. Check out this on on the CDC website. There is also a lot of information on that site regarding properly wearing fabric face masks.
As always, stay safe, and wash your hands!