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An Organized and Systemized Approach to Preventing Covid-19 in the Home

It is understood and sympathized that all everyone is going through during this pandemic is frustrating. You are tired of feeling like prisoners. You are tired of the restrictions that seem to hold you hostage. You are tired of everyone talking about precaution and safety. I know it is hard.

All of the talk about coming vaccines makes us all want to take a breath and say, ‘I’ll just do my normal (unsafe) thing. There’s a vaccine‘ Yet, please, understand that the majority of the population will not have access to a vaccine for months after one or more are finally approved. There has to be a ‘meantime.’ In short. in the meantime, it is still only what we can do for ourselves and our households that can help us keep safe and slow the spread of the Coronavirus-Covid-19.

Kid’s are going to school. College students are coming home for the holidays. Yes, also the holidays. So, let’s start with some more ways to make it safer at home.

Summer is now, behind us. It is that time of year for all to deeply consider fall cleaning. Since, the weather has begun to get colder. The Coronavirus is spreading more easily from person to person, and home to home. 49 out of only 50 states have seen significant increases in this diseases case count. We have recently reached the count of 1 million children that have tested positive for Covid-19. We can help make it safer for our loved ones by following these helpful suggestions for a fall clean out.

Purge

It is hard work to declutter the home. Yet, how does it make it safer at home from Covid-19 when it’s just clutter? Although, disinfectants may be in frequent use. Clutter prevents a large area of cleanable space from getting the disinfecting care that it needs. That area is covered up and the amount of disinfectant needed to thoroughly sanitize becomes impeded by clutter. Ridding the clutter opens the space up for a greater reach of cleaners optimizing the cleanliness of the home.

It has been recommended by the CDC to disinfect the things we touch frequently. Clutter causes more than is really noticed to become something that gets touched frequently. This is due to having to regularly dig through clutter to find something underneath or mixed in with the clutter. It causes virtually everything in a cluttered area to become things touched frequently. Thus, the cell phones and laptops may be frequently disinfected. Yet, when they are inadvertently placed in an area of clutter. The need to find them becomes contact with touching things that have been overlooked during disinfecting.

Purge all areas of clutter. Throw away trash and everything no longer used. If it is donatable. Place it in a donation box or bag. Every counter, table, and closet should be decluttered and sorted. Decide what to keep and not keep. Not keeping everything is helpful toward maintaining a declutterized home.

Items that are not used frequently, but are being kept should be disinfected then stored in an organized manner on a shelf, in drawers, or in bins. The Dollar Tree is a hotspot for Organization bins. It is an inexpensive place to buy durable, and helpful bins to organize the entire home. The Dollar Tree has bins and containers that work well in the kitchen, bedroom, kids bedroom or playroom, bathroom, living room, and the refrigerator. These bins can also be used in bedroom closets, and the garage.

YouTube has loads of helpful organization videos that not only demonstrate type and size of these Dollar Tree storage items, but shows how and where to best use them. Recommended videos can be located at the bottom of this post.

After decluttering, it will be remarkably noticeable how much easier thoroughly cleaning, and disinfecting the home can be. With less to move around, cleaning time can be cut in half.

Toothbrush and Shower Safety

Most of us have to share a bathroom with at least one or more other persons. The bathroom is probably one of the most feared areas of the home when it comes to the spread of Covid-19. To help make it safer for you and your loved ones to share a bathroom, make sure that the shower has a daily cleaning. Products such as Daily Clean is a shower cleaning product that is a spray and go cleaner. Just spray it all over the shower and leave. No fuss, no muss. If there is a shower curtain, spray it, too. At the end of one week a heavier shower cleaning can be done.

All toothbrushes should be stored separately. That means they should not touch each other nor be stored out in the open without a cover. A simple way to make sure that everyone’s toothbrush is safe from causing onto each other is to store them inside of a toothbrush cover and inside of a drawer organizer for silver ware. There a small, plastic drawer organizer baskets at the Dollar Tree that can be used, as well. Inexpensive silverware drawer organizers can be found at any dollar store, too.

After teeth are brushed, wash your toothbrush with soap and water. Just use hand soap on the bristled end working it into the bristles. Spread it down the handle of the toothbrush. Rinse it well, then put it away. This keeps toothbrushes sanitized while they await the next usage, and is also clean to use the next time.

Remember. Disinfect the sink and countertop after toothbrushing. This cleans away the splatter that could lead to the spread of Covid-19. It makes the sink area a sanitized space to wash hands, and free to set other things used down on safe counter space.

Make a Sanitization Station

Make a station where everyone that lives in your home not only have a convenient spot to charge their electronics but keep them sanitized, as well. Keeping disinfectant spray and/or wipes handy at a charging station can help insure that those frequently used items are not only convenient to recharge, but also convenient to sanitize.

You are on your way to a safer hide-away home. A home where you and your household members can breathe a little easier! Don’t let frustration break you down. Stay safe!

From Horse and Carriage to the Tiny Living of Today

Savannah Victorian Historic District, 213 West Bolton Street (House), Savannah, Chatham County, GA It is currently nestled between two houses. A reflection of some Tiny House locations.

When considering Tiny House living, and small space living, the time of a horse and carriage parked outside of a tiny, one room cottage comes to mind. The difference between living today and living yesterday may seem worlds apart. They are not very different in contrast from each other.

There was a time, and times before that the average person or family lived in one room. The only extra would have been perhaps, a loft with hay stuffed mattresses spread across the floor to sleep upon. All daily living would have taken place in the main room or singular room. Dinner was cooked on a wood stove or in a fireplace that served as both heating and cook top.

Everything for daily life in one room.

The working class; as they would have been, lived minimally. Like today, limited space and affordability governed how much space a person or family could occupy. These were the pioneers of utilizing every available space to it’s maximum. The shelving above the windows gives a certain indication of the necessity to be creatively resourceful.

Time is another factor. Much like, today. Yesterday’s modern people had much to get done in one day. They had no aid from a microwave, washing machine, nor pizza delivery. However, today most of people’s time is spent outside of the home. That time spent equals 40 – 60 hours per day, and if not more.

The rigor of laundry probably cost about a days time plus dinner.

There was once that moving up meant getting a larger house, and a maid to help in the home. What may have been considered shabby or meager for a home is left behind for what might have been referred to as, “… a fine cottage!” A bedroom instead of like a studio or loft. Separate areas with open space for cooking, dinning, and laundry would have been that step up.

What may have been a fine cottage.
A cottage this size would have housed a family of 5.

The Tiny House Movement is almost or is a revolution. A mass demand for affordable housing. A demand that says, “If you won’t do it, I’ll do it myself!” The National Low Income Housing Coalition reported, “Nationally, there is a shortage of more than 7 million affordable homes for our nation’s 11 million plus extremely low-income families.” These numbers are astonishing. Now, with COVID-19 causing a near collapse upon our economy. It can be expected for things to get worse before they get better.

There are 65,370 new cases of COVID-19 in the United States since July 15, 2020. According to the CDC there have been 136,938 total deaths in the United States. With those numbers talking to all of us. It could be easy to assume that another quarantine could be on it’s way. Yet, it is understandable why the government, major companies, and small businesses do not want to see that happen.

In a modern Tiny House, a bench is often the replacement for a sofa, and is multi-functional. In these depicted days of old, soft seating was rarely afforded by the working class. Today, cushions are easily afforded, and no sofa saves money, and space.

Before the pandemic of COVID-19, affordable housing was in a crisis, and still is in a crisis. This was published by CNN, “(CNN)If the coronavirus pandemic continues to drive unemployment levels as high as predicted, homelessness will increase 40% to 45% by the end of the year, according to an analysis by a Columbia University economics professor.”

Predictions, stats, and unfortunately situations like above broadens the mind about the deeper message that Tiny House Movers are subtly saying. Ownership is the greatest security! Rent is only as low as the next sudden economical shift. Almost, whatever happens in the economy. You/I will always have a roof over head.

A Tiny House interior usually comes with loft, fully functioning kitchen, a small sitting area, and a bathroom w/shower.

Needless to say, Tiny Houses are not without style. They can be custom built or do it yourself. That is a great allowance for uniqueness and personality that makes a home happy. It is within everyone’s nature for a home to reflect ourselves.

There is also the classification of a Tiny House. Most Tiny Houses are classified an RV, and are built in a manner that can be pulled behind a qualified vehicle. RV parks are usually where they reside. In that situation, there is rental for RV parking.

If your state, county, etc. allows a parking spot on private land for an RV classified Tiny House, there will still be other ordinances to abide by. One consideration for me is that I live in Tornado Alley. RV’s and trailer homes are not recommended in my state, but they do allow them. This includes Tiny Homes. For me a Steel frame, rock siding and rock foundation would be “up my alley” for a Tiny Home. Keep safe!