After so many days of confinement, the new normality comes into our homes and we will have to adapt. Our lifestyle has changed completely, which means that our needs and priorities are different from those we had before the pandemic. We are resuming our social life but we are going to have to be more attentive to cleanliness and to all the objects that we are going to bring into the house.
The foyer becomes a critical area of the house
The entrance hall of the house becomes a very important area and critical point. We have to make room for everything we don't need near the door, so that a contaminated object cannot carry the coronavirus inside. The entrance should be a functional space and adapted to everything we need to take into account before entering the house.
A good habit would be to adopt the Japanese method, to leave the shoes somewhere in the entrance. Bags and backpacks, jackets, keys, wallets,... everything can be left in baskets or on shelves in the hall.
Leave disinfectants and other hygiene products in the hall to make us feel comfortable and safe before entering the house. Also, a trash can with a lid and pedal so that your guests can throw away gloves or disposable masks, and some plastic bags so that they can leave their masks.
The kitchen, the heart of the house.
One of the places that has monopolized more prominence these weeks have been the kitchens. We have spent a lot of time in them and they have become the heart of the house.
It enables a space in the kitchen to disinfect everything that enters this area, so you avoid having to disinfect the whole room. If you are organized in a small space, it is easy to disinfect it quickly and conveniently. A limited area to put the shopping bags, leave a bowl to place fruit and vegetables before disinfecting it…
If you invite your friends, the ideal is to set up a picnic area and not expose the house to the virus. But if this is not the case, before your guests arrive, you will have to ventilate the house well, as well as clean the most common contact surfaces. Don't forget to clean the handles, switches, knobs, remote control…
The bathroom, another critical point if you're also getting visitors.
One of the recommendations to prevent contagion is to wash your hands frequently. In this sense it is important that the bathroom has liquid soap with a dispenser. If a lot of people are going to go home, it is best to put paper hand towels on to prevent contagion. If there are few guests and you have space, you can also put a towel for each family unit that visits you, if possible in different colors to avoid mistakes.
The Salon, guarantees safety distance if you have guests.
El Salón ha ido adaptándose a las necesidades de la familia durante este confinamiento, desde zona de reunión a lugar de juego para los niños o zona de teletrabajo. Ahora, si vuelven las visitas, será punto de reunión y por tanto toca garantizar la distancia de seguridad entre tus invitados. Si hace falta, mueve los muebles para despejar el espacio, y en torno a la mesa de estar, añade sillas o pufs para que todo el mundo esté distanciado. Cubre también los sofás con alguna funda o textil que puedas retirar y lavar a alta temperatura una vez que tus invitados se hayan marchado.
The Hall has been adapted to the needs of the family during this confinement, from a meeting area to a playground for children or a teleworking area. Now, if the visitors return, it will be a meeting point and therefore it is necessary to guarantee the safety distance between your guests. If necessary, move the furniture to clear the space, and around the living room table, add chairs or pouffes to keep everyone apart. Also cover the sofas with a cover or textile that you can remove and wash at high temperature once your guests have left.
Creating ample space to maintain distance is important. It's a perfect time for what we haven't used with so many hours at home, cleaning up. This is a good time to follow Marie Kondo's advice and her method of sorting, throwing and donating.