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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!

Preparing for the Winter of COVID-19

This has been a time of history for all of us. What we now have are the tools to learn from this new, pandemic, historical experience. Such is one of the purposes of history. We want this to be over. We want to get back to work and continue our lives where it has left off. That is how the summer is looking.

Yet, the summer may not be the same as what could come in the winter. The scientist and government authorities are already seriously contemplating the thought that the winter will bring about a second wave of COVID-19. That wave will also, have to strongly regard the flu, and that people still die from it.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, flu cases are low. Yet, on May 2, 2020 the CDC also reported that pediatric flu deaths are at 174 for the season. That is just May 2, 2020. However, the CDC report states that the flu is lower than the usual national average.

Evidently, the flu, alone is such a problem that the CDC has weekly predictions forecasting the rate of the flu and reports it’s reach by a system called Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report (FluView). Assuming that a lot of people’s immune systems are already low due to having had COVID-19, hospitalized, and/or treated for the virus. We could be facing an extra contagious winter than ever before.

We must be prepared. We must take proper, organized measurements to do our part for the winter.

What was one of the first things we learned during the onset of the quarantine? We learned that panic buying happens. How do we prevent panic buying? We do so systematically. We don’t rush to wipe-out store shelves for toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and face-masks. We purchase gradually during the summer months. So, instead of your usual supply amount. You purchase a little extra. For instance; if you buy a pack of nine rolls of toilet paper per week, buy two packs of nine or a twenty-four pack. Take your usual weekly supply out, use the usual amount, but save the rest. Do this with any and all supplies you may fear running out of.

During the summer, don’t get spend-happy. It is still a good time to reduce extra spending. I know a lot of us have lost our jobs and have fallen behind on necessary expenses. Being a little more conservative with money might be money well spent when the winter comes. Being low on cash is still better than without. Save some money!

Food prices are already going up! There were a lot of total shutdowns in the food industry. We may feel like we can’t afford to prepare. Just remember. A little goes a long ways. When you are grocery shopping and your grocery bill is looking too high, already. Try to buy just one more pack of hamburger meat or something. keep it as a stash. You do not have to do it all at once. One extra pack of this, and one extra pack of that next time could take you far in the possible future.

Be health conscious, now! It’s summer. A great time to lose weight and exercise. Do that. Yes! By all means. Just don’t overdo it. To much brings about lowered immunity. Do not lower your immunity. Keep it pumped up, but don’t overdo anything. Eat well. Good nutrition also, pumps immunity. Keep good nutrition.

Keep hydrated. It will be summer, as well. Maintain absolutely, no dehydration! That will severely lower your immunity. Drink lots of healthy fluids. That does not mean self-deny all summer, but maintain water and nutrition for your drinks.

Do not overdo vitamins. You can overdose vitamins. This also, means multiple types. Taking too many types at one time is as bad as taking too much of one. Talk to your doctor about vitamins and how much you really need to take.

No one has said for certain what the winter will bring. What has been said is that a second wave is possible. It may be difficult to interrupt life and plans when the world is starting to open up, again. Yet, the possibility of a winter that may resemble our spring is very prevalent. The possibility cannot be ignored. It is best to prepare for the “just in case”. If we are more organized and greater prepared, the possible next time may be easier.

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