As TikTok-ers around the nation are learning, the Kung Flu is leaving people bored in the house, in the house bored. There’s not much that can be done about the state regulations of self-isolating and sheltering in place. However, if you learn to make the most of it, you can create some fond memories with a happy family that will last a lifetime. The hardest part will be actually surviving your family, and that’s easier if you know how to self-isolate in style and have some added fun along the way.
Happy Family Self-Isolating in Style
It’s bizarre to watch how celebrities are telling everyone to self-isolate while they’re sitting in their mansion with 12 bedrooms, three swimming pools, and acres of land. It would seem easy to stay inside when that’s what you’re dealing with.
If you’re like the rest of us, your home is a lot smaller than the average Hollywood A-lister. The idea of self-isolating with the entire family may seem like a fate worse than death. The drama that is sure to rear its ugly head from time to time.
However, you can self-isolate in style. With nowhere to go (quite literally), this is your chance to do a bit of home remodeling. Get a few gallons of paint from your local home improvement store via curbside pickup. A splash of color on the walls could be just what you need to feel more at home staring at those walls for the next few weeks.
Online ordering is alive and well, too. Order some fun wall decals from Etsy. Find some new furniture on your favorite shopping site.
Have some fun with the space that you’ll be sharing with your happy family. As you decorate the living room, den, and other areas in a more enticing way, it’ll be easier to feel comfortable given the fact that you have nowhere else to go.
Family Fun Taken to the Extreme
The need for creativity is an understatement as people have been forced to stay in the house for weeks on end. Going to movie theaters, bowling alleys, theme parks, and more are out of the question. As the quote from George Moore goes,
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
Luckily, you have what you need at home already. There’s no need to travel the world in search of what you need but you may have to take a deep breath in order to face the family with a smile. After a while, it may seem as though you want to run away and take your chances with being infected. Kids are being forced to stay home with virtual schools, parents are telecommuting for work, and everyone is simply surrounded by family with no end in sight. It’s a lot to take in, but family fun can be what brings everyone together.
What can you do for fun? Trampolines are being dragged out into the yard. Board games are being dusted off. Puzzles have been ordered off Amazon. Families are getting desperate for ways to have fun.
Those with a pole barn have some more space for activities. It can lead to a place for acrylic paint pours, sewing masks for the family (using CDC guidelines, of course), throwing pottery, and much more.
If your family needs to take fun to the extreme, it might involve leaving the confines of the house while still remaining on property. Especially if the weather isn’t cooperating with you in Minnesota or Texas, a shed can be just what’s needed to provide you with the added space for family fun.
Space is What You Make of It
Every space in and around your home is what you make of it. We get that you’re bored, but you can have a happy family by taking the space that you have to the next level.
We’ve come up with a few ways to make the space that you want based on what you can’t have out in the real world right now.
- Movie theater: You’re not going to be able to see the latest blockbuster, but you can still bring the movie home. Amazon is offering viewings of some of the hottest releases. Pop some popcorn and flop some pillows down in front of the TV for everyone.
- Restaurant: Many restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery. Order from your favorite restaurant and have a carpet picnic. Set up some candles to enhance the ambiance.
- Bowling alley: Grab a beach ball and some empty two-liter soda bottles. You can set up your own bowling alley in the backyard or down the middle of your driveway.
- Nail salon: With a few bottles of nail polish and a steady hand, you can give a mani and pedi to anyone in the family.
- Bookstore: You might not be able to walk up and down the aisles of your favorite bookstore, but you can download the latest releases on your Kindle. Brew up a cup of coffee and curl up in your favorite chair while you read, and it will feel as though you’re in the bookstore café.
Whatever it is that you want to do out in public, find a way to bring it home. You might be surprised by what you can do with a little bit of space and a whole lot of creativity. If you have a pole barn, it can give you even more space to be able to have your fun without exposing yourself to the general public.
Make the Most of It…or Else
Making the most of the pandemic may seem hard, but it’s better than the alternative. Would you rather escape the prison of your home only to find that you accidentally exposed yourself to the coronavirus? Of course not. Fighting with the family isn’t a happy alternative either as it will only lead to everyone angry and depressed. Embrace the “shelter in place” rules that are present in Texas, Minnesota, or anywhere else that you live.
You’ve been given a gift to spend time with family. How you choose to spend the quality time is up to you. Each board game you play, every puzzle you put together, and every family activity that you participate in creates memories.
Sherman Pole Buildings can also customize a pole barn for you. This gives you the creative space that you need for some added family bonding. It may require a quarantini to get through the weeks of required bonding but it’s well worth it in the end. You can remember 2020 to be the year you had an amazing year with your family. Don’t let it be the year you had to stay indoors and social distance yourself from the rest of the world.