These long weeks at home have forced many of us to view our personal dwelling places in a new light. We have nothing but time to consider our environments, the spaces we’ve been occupying day in, day out. What do they say about us? Are they functional? Do we have what we need? Where is the line between need and want?
Our homes have a huge impact on our mental health. And in these trying times (to borrow a phrase from seemingly every email opener and television commercial), it’s important that we feel happy, healthy, and safe there.
We’ve curated a list of things to help make sequestered life more manageable and enjoyable. Read on for our complete home survival buyer’s guide.
It’s tempting to stress eat comfort foods at the moment, but it’s also vital that we maintain the proper levels of nourishment. Founded by a father and daughter duo, both of whom have a background in pharmacy, TONIK is an Australian company on a mission to “simplify supplementation and redefine ‘health’.” TONIK produces easy-to-swallow capsules that supply a wealth of nutrition in minutes. This “Freakin’ Awesome Bundle” contains four of the company’s signature organic tonic capsules: coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, curcumin, and hemp seed oil. This kit also comes with four small travel-size bottles and two recycled and reusable travel bags — for whenever, you know, we all get to travel again.
Social distancing means…a lot of alone time. This “Solo Kit” from Maud is here to spice up your solitude. The kit contains the company’s best-selling soft touch vibe (which is also probably the chicest, most minimalist vibrator you’re likely to find), 8 fl. oz. of organic shine lubricant, and 10 hypoallergenic, compostable wipe towels for easy clean-up. The vibrator boasts a runtime of up to 2 and a half hours and is rechargeable via USB, so you won’t even have to leave the house for batteries!
THE YEAR OF THE HOME CHEF
Now that you’ve experimented with your own crusty artisan loaf and various fine cocktails, you’re probably feeling like a proper at-home chef. Now it’s time to finesse your kitchen with the right tools. Known for its quality products, Smeg’s reputation is further solidified by its unique design sensibilities. These are the sort of large and small appliances that make an aesthetic statement. Colourful, retro-inspired, and, for lack of a better descriptive, downright cool, Smeg products will quickly become the stars of your kitchen countertops. Pair a pastel green stand mixer with a cream coloured espresso maker and pink citrus juicer for a cheerful, ‘50s diner-esque atmosphere in your own home. (Hey, if you can’t dine out, bring the diner to you!)
WE ALL NEED ADDITIONAL COZY COMFORT
Comfy, cozy sock company SOCKAPRO, based in Portugal, knows your feet are itching to leave your house and go somewhere…anywhere. But the company also knows that the key to fighting COVID-19 is staying home, and so it has created this simple sock to reinforce the message. With every purchase, the company makes a donation that goes towards purchasing equipment for health care professionals and delivering it to the NHS. Portugal has been praised as of late for its swift response to the virus, banning mass gatherings and shutting down schools when the country’s case load was still quite low. “Portugal has been an example in controlling this pandemic,” the company proudly states on its website. “We will continue to be so!”
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE AN ARTIST TO PAINT BY NUMBERS
There’s only so much online streaming a person can handle. If you’re looking to keep your mind and soul stimulated by a creative outlet, Paintillio will have you feeling like a proper artist. Founded by a painter and her savvy, entrepreneur-minded best friend, the company offers much more than your old-fashioned paint-by-numbers stock image. This is a bespoke service that gives you artistic agency by creating your very own image based on the photo of your choosing! The Paintsmallio Kit comes with everything you need to get started: a gallery-wrapped canvas, a numbered set of acrylic paints, professional paintbrushes, a magnifying glass, and a set of helpful instructions.
THE NEW NORMAL
You can find some real gems on Etsy, and there’s never been a better time to support artists. This funny, cute little keychain just about sums up the new status quo. Made from hand-stamped silver aluminum, it’s a tongue-in-cheek reminder to stay home.
WE ARE ALL BORN TO BE BOTANISTS
As the economy takes a massive hit and the usual supply chains are disrupted, food security has become a heated topic of debate these days. And even for those in areas where this isn’t an immediate threat, a trip to the grocery store can still be stressful. All that is to say: it’s a great time to start a garden. The Click & Grow is the smartest indoor garden you’ll likely find; built-in sensors and innovative Smart Soil take the guesswork out of growing your own greens. This handy device will monitor the plant’s needs and automatically deliver water, oxygen, and nutrients as needed. All you need to do is plug it in and add water. See? No green thumb required!
GOING BACK TO THE CLASSIC HAND
For those accustomed to regular trips to the salon for mani-pedis, the quarantine has been a forced stepped away from the usual self care habits. And for those who normally sport gels and acrylics, at-home maintenance has been almost impossible. If being sequestered has inspired (or forced!) you to go back to a natural nail, you’re likely also suffering from some nail damage. Enter NailRepair, a gel made from vitamins, proteins, and minerals. It delivers a powerful, moisturizing cocktail to dry cuticles and weak nails, promoting regrowth and creating a resilient protective barrier. Au naturel isn’t so bad after all.
WIPING IT ALL AWAY
Even if you’re staying home and social distancing, it’s still important to practice consistent hygiene habits to ensure that the virus stays clear of your environment. These antibacterial body wipes are a fast and easy go-to — both as hand wipes to keep in the car and as a quick, water-and-soap-free shower. Extra sturdy, these wipes contain no alcohol and sport a white vetiver and cedarwood fragrance. Best of all? They kill 99.99% of germs in just 60 seconds.
STAY CALM AND CARRY ON
It’s surprising how much fragrance can impact our moods and concentration. Working from home can be a drag, so you might as well make your makeshift home office a place you want to be! With its minimalist profile, this white stone porcelain diffuser is a perfect desktop accessory. It subtly diffuses essential oils in a pleasant mist, allowing you to create the atmosphere of your choice. Sweet and mellow? Sharp and citrusy? Deep and woodsy? We can’t go far these days, but this diffuser will at least help change things up as we please.