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Lockdown opportunities

Everyone's world has been turned upside down and we have had to learn to adapt to a new way of life in the past 7+ weeks

My household like many others has increased due to my husband being furloughed and boys being home from university

I found this difficult in the beginning not being able to go about the things I “normally” did not to mention the increase in washing and the amount of food being purchased because of the hollow legs my sons have!! It was easy to sit back and watch the clock go round when I wasn’t working but I decided to write a list of things that needed to be done around the house that we hadn’t got round to due to the busy lives we usually lead.

Up to now we have filled 2 large skips of rubbish that we have accumulated over the past 14 years

It is a well-known fact that Clutter attracts dust and dirt, and, in the times, we are in it is more important than ever to ensure our homes are clean and germ free.

Decluttering has many benefits it can make you happy not only by improving your mental health, but also by improving your overall physical health and gives you a sense of accomplishing something. I could not believe how much “stuff” I had gained over the years that was not needed anymore.

But more importantly I have Discovered some lost treasures and memories of the past from a doll I had when I was younger, to drawings and cards from my boys when they were little which brought a tear to my eye, photos of family and friends which made me laugh, shared them on facetime with family who we are unable to see at this time. Recalling the good times , the journey we have had as a family , laughing and sharing these is something maybe I wouldn’t have had if lockdown had not come, and these memories in years to come we will be sharing when we look back on this, probably with fond memories and mixed emotions just as our older generation do with their lives.

To help the people we support to do this they have been starting to do a COVID 19 capsule which maybe in years to come they can share with staff when I am retired and no longer there to help them to remember this time.

Karen Baker


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