Let’s Nest Together: Tips for Spending Time In Your Apartment
Let’s make social distancing and staying home fun! We have some tips on how to nourish yourself and will continue to share new activities and finds as we all share in this new experience. Things to do in Washington DC” may temporarily transition into “things to do in Washington DC apartments!” Consider the many positive ways to spend extra time at home in your own apartment building.
Of course there are shows to stream, but maybe this is the perfect time to pick up a book. Some of us tend to think we don’t have the time or discipline for reading, so don’t put pressure on yourself if you’re not an avid reader. Spend a few minutes a day reading anything that interests you! You don’t necessarily have to commit to a certain number of chapters or pages to feel like you made a worthwhile effort. Spend ten minutes between other activities! Or five! Chances are, you’ll eventually find yourself engrossed, and will be reading for longer periods of time. If you’re not sure what you want to read, here are a few recommendations:
Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be, and Embrace Who You Are, by Brené Brown, is a New York TImes Best Seller. Brown has become popular through her writing, TED Talks, and many interviews, among other things. In this book, she presents ideas and stories aimed at overcoming fear and negativity, embracing who we are, and living a fulfilling life.
For some lighthearted fun, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are as binge-worthy as any streaming TV series. The first book, One for the Money, was published in 1994, and Twisted Twenty-Six was released last year. Dive into the suspense, romance, and humorous mix-ups of the flawed and lovable New Jersey bounty hunter, who is figuring out life as she goes!
The Adventurer’s Son: A Memoir, by Roman Dial, was published in February of this year. It is the riveting, heart-wrenching true story of the Alaskan scientist and National Geographic explorer’s quest to uncover the truth behind his 27-year-old son’s disappearance in a Costa Rican rainforest.
If you want to spend a little time doing something to feel good right now, 52 Lists for Happiness, by Moorea Seal, doesn’t even require much reading at all. Fill its pages with whatever means something to you. The idea is to follow one prompt (such as: “List the scents, spaces, textures, and sounds that bring you joy”) each week for the year, but you can do them on your terms, in whatever order you like. After you write, there is a suggestion for some action you can take, relating to the topic. Most of the actions are things you can do right in your apartment.
Another way to capitalize on time at home is start cleaning, organizing, or rearranging your open concept apartment. Pick an overstuffed drawer, and clear it out. Pull clothes out of your closet that you no longer wear, and put them in the “donate” pile, along with housewares that are taking up space, books you’ve read and are ready to pass on, or toys that your children have outgrown. Make it more fun by listening to some favorite music from your teenage years! Or check out a podcast. There’s no limit to what you can learn and enjoy in the podcast world. From Armchair Expert, a phenomenal podcast that touches on every imaginable topic, to the most niche areas of interest, you’ll definitely find something you like.
You have a beautiful, modern kitchen. Maybe this is a chance to try a delicious recipe, like this simple one from Rachael Ray:
Or enjoy the mild but wonderfully unique flavor of poblano peppers, highlighted in this recipe:
Winter is over! Try some delectable shrimp with summer flavors:
Staying in doesn’t have to equal boredom. Time spent in your contemporary apartment can be an opportunity!