COVID-19 home safety has become a priority for people everywhere as they try to protect themselves and their loved ones. The coronavirus has compelled us all to change how we live and work. Because of new restrictions and safety recommendations, we’re spending more time indoors. It looks like this isn’t going to change anytime soon. Even as restrictions ease, it will be important to have a comfortable and safe space to spend a lot of time in.
It’s not just the risk of exposure outdoors that we need to worry about; preparing your home for your family’s wellbeing is an essential part of staying safe and healthy. Having designated spaces in which to work, study, or home-school children can make things easier on you and your family. Here are some things you can do for better COVID-19 home safety and your long-term wellbeing.
The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting “high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g., tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks).” But how can you improve COVID-19 home safety without damaging these surfaces? The following tips will help:
Door knobs, handles, switches, railings – think of how many times a day they’re touched by different members of your household. If that thought has you reaching for the bleach solution, take a minute to think about whether it would corrode the surfaces in question. Instead, you might be safer with a 70% isopropyl alcohol spray or wipes. The same goes for electronics – keys, buttons, screens. And remember to turn off switches before disinfecting them!
For your furniture and soft-furnishings, clean and disinfect with the specific material in mind. Consult the manufacturer and read product labels for more information.
Most of us are reconnecting with our kitchens during this time. You may have rediscovered a few forgotten features (and pantry items!) and thought of a few things that would make cooking at home easier. In addition to basic COVID-19 home safety, it’ll be important to make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. We recommend starting with storage, factoring in:
At Bath Plus Kitchen, we ensure all our clients know the importance of cabinetry both for kitchen design and functioning. We work with top-rated cabinet manufacturers to deliver cabinetry that suits our clients’ specific requirements. Through our virtual consultation process, we take them through different options to identify what would suit them best. For example, if maximizing storage and efficiency is a priority, we direct clients to this Dura Supreme storage brochure and similar resources. Here are some ideas you can apply to your existing kitchen or kitchen remodel:
Some more tips on maximizing storage in the kitchen:
The same applies to your storage for medicines and cleaning supplies. Toss anything expired and restock with what you need to ensure COVID-19 home safety and stay healthy. Here’s a guide on what to stock up on without emptying shop shelves.
Overnight, people across the globe had to switch to working from home where possible. People were compelled to get creative, with some even fashioning desks out of laundry baskets. But, of course, this won’t cut it in the long run and won’t be good for your posture and overall health. Try these tips to make your home office more comfortable so you can have a productive day:
For more ideas, check out these suggestions from Apartment Therapy:
If a family member has been exposed to the coronavirus, they will need a separate space, ideally their own room and bathroom to isolate in and prevent community spread. This is where COVID-19 home safety gets serious. Take a look at these WHO guidelines on preparing for this. In addition to safety precautions, there are a few ways you can make their living space more comfortable:
Here are some more ideas on setting up a DIY emergency containment room:
To help our clients improve their homes during these uncertain times, we’ve created a virtual design process with a physical component that includes samples being mailed to them. At the end of it, they will have a design that’s ready to go. After that, we’ll work out a suitable start date for the project. If you’re ready to plan a remodel and create a more comfortable living space, here are some factors to consider in light of the pandemic:
Making sure your home is sanitized and safe is an important and wonderful start. However, in the long run, you can keep yourself and your family members safe by making indoor spaces more inviting, engaging, and conducive to recreational and productive activities. We don’t know how much longer we’ll have to take these precautions for, but it’s an opportunity to reflect on our living spaces and make them a joy to spend more time in. To get started, sign up for a virtual consultation with Bath Plus Kitchen.