Lock down creates opportunities in and around the house


Lock down creates opportunities in and around the house

Lockdown will change our values
Twenty-one days gives us time to reflect and this will present opportunities and challenges. We will discover new tolerance levels, and hopefully become closer to those we are separated from, or to those with whom we share confined spaces.

Home maintenance
This also provides us with time to reflect on our homes. No matter what the short- medium- or long-term impacts, there is always a need for home maintenance, and no matter what the market is doing, there will always be people who need to sell their homes. While you may not be able to shop for paint, and other such repair or home enhancing materials, there should at least be time to really examine those area’s much overlooked, or to make lists and decide on priorities for home improvements.



Affordable, or no-cost repairs, can be a starting point:

  • Clear out drains and gutters
  •  Inspect gutters for rust and repair when done paint gutters and down pipes (if paint is available)
  • Check roof tiles for movement and/or broken tiles.
  • Check ceilings for roof leaks
  • Check for damp on inside and outside wall.
  • Examine taps and cisterns for leaks –
  • Check locks, seals and don’t forget the cupboard hinges
  • Door handles, light and wall switches may require good cleaning.
  • Check alarm systems and monitors.
  • Oil squeaky doors and hinges. (Q20 works wonders)
  • Check screws on all appliances and fixtures to ensure they are tight.
  • Examine taps and cisterns for leaks –

Day 2

  • Mowing lawns and trim edge Check roof tiles for movement and/or broken tiles.
  • Washing your car at the same time do an inspection on the tyres, brake fluid, radiator water. Look for scratch marks some is easy to remove with a car polish
  • Trimming trees and weeding beds.
  • Patch up leaking hoses.
  • Check with neighbours if you can swop plants from each another’s gardens (keep social distancing)
  • Wash your washing machine (run without content) and remove lint from dryers.
  • Run a dishwasher on a cycle with no contents.
  • Clean swimming pool on a regular basis
  • Inspect drive- and walkways for cracks.
  • ‘Spring’ clean one or two rooms a week.
  • Clear the clutter in garages and outbuildings.
  • Reverse ceiling fan rotation – counter wise in summer, clockwise in winter, and clean the blades.
  • Clean out exhaust fans and stove extractors.
  • Seek out ant/termite/spider nests for potential extermination.
  • If you have paint, touch up any scuff marks.
  • Deep clean the braai.
  • If you have unused Tupperware, use it to decant food stuff from packaging, and check all grocery cupboards for expired products that should be thrown out.

Day 3

Keeping busy

  • Clean out dog kennels and wash bedding.
  • Brush dogs give them a bath.
  • Air out your linen cupboard and cut down old towels for home cleaning rags.
  • Ready your wardrobe for winter and consider bagging unused items for donation to the poor.
  • Clean light fittings and shades.
  • And last but not the least have a BRAAI

And when the house is clean, or as maintained as you can manage, consider:

  • Photo albums – use your phone to take photos of photos for storage on digital systems.
  • Cooking lessons – teach partner’s and children how to cook favourite meals and treats.
  • Board games and puzzles – dust off the cobwebs and spend family time rediscovering Monopoly, 30 seconds, a puzzle, card games.
  • Music – create playlists.
  • Exercise – spend an hour a day outdoors
  • And last but not the least have a BRAAI

We should all learn something from the lockdown. We will cope, and we will discover our strengths and possibly our weaknesses will be revealed. It is important to create good memories during this time, and in the same way we remember events that changed the course of history, so too will these 21 days be firmly cemented. It is up to us to do the best we can with them, to dig deep, practice tolerance, understanding and compassion, and be united. For this too will pass.