Anyone else finding lockdown the perfect opportunity to take a step back and think about things you’d like to do differently?
I don’t know about you but for me a lockdown silver lining has to be the slower pace of life and not having to be out of the door at set times and constantly checking the time to make sure I’m where I’m supposed to be next.
It’s the first time in years we’ve been able to take our feet off the pedal at Crummy Mummy HQ and I’ll be honest: I’m questioning how much of our ‘old life’ I actually want to go back to.
Which got me thinking about all the things I’d like to do differently after lockdown when this is all over, from big things like trying to live more sustainably to little things like tipping Deliveroo drivers.
10 things I’m going to do differently after lockdown
1. Know what’s in our kitchen cupboards
Pre-coronavirus I had no idea what was lurking at the back of our kitchen cupboards, only that there was a jolly good chance whatever it was was out of date. Now, not only do I know exactly what we have and haven’t got, but how much of it too.
2. Meal plan
I’ve never been very good a meal planning, something I know I should do and always intend to do but somehow never get around to. Because you can always just pop to the supermarket can’t you? Except now you can’t and we rely solely on a weekly supermarket home delivery (see how I’ve bagged a supermarket home delivery slot every week since lockdown) so meal planning has become essential – and something I fully intend to continue.
3. Buy in bulk
As a family of six and with supermarkets currently limiting the number of items you can order in an online shop (it’s 80 with Tesco) I’ve started buying in bulk for the first time in my adult life. I’m not talking about stockpiling; I’m talking about buying the biggest packs you can possibly get of everything from kitchen roll to biscuits to crumpets to cereal – and it works out cheaper in the long run too.
4. Eat from tins
Pre-coronavirus the canned food aisle wasn’t a section of the supermarket I was particularly familiar with and I’ll be honest: I would have turned my nose up at meals in tins. But the unavailability of everyday items during lockdown has been a revelation – who knew chilli con carne in a can could be so good?!
5. Keep a store cupboard
Pre-lockdown I would happily – and naively – shop week to week without thinking further ahead than the coming week. Now I’ll make sure we’ve got plenty of flour and yeast and pasta and all the things that suddenly disappeared from the shelves the moment lockdown was on the horizon.
6. Shop small & local
With life as we know it suddenly turned upside down and the financial future uncertain for so many of us I’ve made a point of trying to shop small and local to support small businesses and mums like me. And I’ll continue to do so afterwards too.
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❤ Sunday ❤ It's day 6 at Crummy Mummy HQ today & it's been the laziest day we've had since coming home from hospital which is just what the doctor ordered as the broken nights are starting to catch up with me 😴 I've managed to do a few bits & bobs I was looking forward to like hanging these wire words for Violet's changing area 😍 One of the things I was looking forward to while on maternity leave was shopping for little things like this but of course lockdown put an end to all that ☹ Instead I've found some fab companies online I probably wouldn't have come across otherwise & I've made a point of trying to support small businesses set up by mamas like me including @heykiddostudio where I found the wire words👍I also didn't realise when I bought it how apt the changing mat pattern (@thegilded_bird) would turn out to be 🌈 #sundayvibes #sundayafternoon #babynumber4
7. Tip Deliveroo drivers
I’d never really thought about the importance of tips for workers like Deliveroo drivers until all this happened, but now I realise just how much they rely on a pound or two here and a pound or two there.
8. Try & live more sustainably
There’s nothing like not being able to get hold of toilet roll and nappies to drive home what a throw away society we live in. As well as switching from disposables to cloth nappies I’m also using reusable breast pads this time around and am really going to try and make more sustainable choices from now on.
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😍 Cloth nappies have arrived! 😍 Reusable nappies are just one of the things I vowed to do differently when I discovered I was expecting baby number 4 & the decision seems even more like the right thing to do now in light of the coronavirus outbreak 😷 Anyone who needs nappies on a regular basis will know they're not easy to come by at the moment (thank you to everyone who helped me get my hands on some size 1s – you know who you are 😉) but now I've got these (@bambinomio in case you're interested) I know we've got everything we need & don't need to worry about getting hold of new nappies every few days, plus we're helping the environment too 🌍 Never thought I'd get so excited about a nappy featuring a sloth either 😆 I think I may be in danger of getting a little bit addicted to these – aren't the designs just fab?! 🌈 🐌🐝 #39weeks #pregnancydiary #babynumber4
9. Rethink after school clubs & activities
Another silver lining to lockdown has been not racing around dropping off and picking up the kids from after school clubs and activities like a glorified taxi service. And I haven’t missed it at all. Lockdown has made me realise just how much rushing around we did and question the overall benefit to our family. Of course you want them to have as many opportunities as possible, but is it really necessary to do so many extra curricular activities? I’m not so sure.
10. Listen to more music
I used to love my 90s boy bands but somehow life got in the way and I don’t get the chance to listen to a fraction of the amount of music I used to. One of the things I’ve loved about lockdown is the performances musicians have been sharing from home, in particular Gary Barlow’s Crooner Sessions in which he teamed up with another singer every day for four weeks. I found it so uplifting I’m going to make a conscious effort to listen to more music again.
Aw today I get to sing with one of my favourite human beings @kttunstall we had a pleasure of touring together a couple of years ago but we never got to sing together. Thanks to #thecroonersessions we do now pic.twitter.com/i8sXXEu1GL
— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) April 23, 2020
Can you relate to any of the above? Is there anything you’ve vowed to do differently after lockdown? I’d love to know what it is!