I wanted to take a moment to get away from exclusively discussing men’s underwear and write a list of productive things you can do while you’re stuck at home. For a lot of us, the world is vastly different than it was a few weeks ago. Virtually all public events have been cancelled in the foreseeable future and many of us have been mandated to stay at home unless we have to leave for ‘essential business.’ The only news these days is the latest on COVID-19. I think it’s really easy for us to be paralyzed and afraid and to not accomplish anything while we’re watching this all play out on the TV. The reality is that at some point things WILL go back to normal although it doesn’t feel like it right now. I decided that I want to come out at the end of the coronavirus pandemic BETTER than I was before. For me, this mostly means working on my business because I can do everything 100% from home, but I’ve also put together a list of Productive Things To Do While Stuck At Home that might give you some ideas.
Exercise: Exercising is now more important than ever for your mental and physical health! COVID-19 definitely couldn't have come at a worse time for my exercise program because I had just re-motivated myself to go the gym. Since the gym has closed temporarily, I just ordered a set of resistance bands (only $13 from eBay!) to keep myself active while I stay home. Based on what I've read online, it looks like at-home body weight and resistance band exercises are highly beneficial for any fitness level, even if you're used to lifting weights at the gym. Resistance bands are a more dynamic than lifting regular weights because the resistance increases at the 'top' of the exercise. On an unrelated note, swimwear is on my radar for future products so ya'll better keep working on those bikini bods!
Clean the House: Maybe this is a lame and/or obvious activity. But what I’m really getting at is doing the cleaning that you don’t normally have tons of time to do, or that is not part of your normal activities. Take everything out of the kitchen cupboards and the refrigerator and wipe them out. Take down all the curtains and wash them. Dust something! Clean inside, on top of, and underneath everything! I can literally hear some of you saying ‘My house is already immaculate,’ and I don’t believe you. I’m sure you can think of something. I always feel really productive after I do a lot of cleaning. Plus, disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces around the house is CRUCIAL to slowing down the spread of coronavirus. If you’re going to be cooped up at home for awhile it might as well be spic and span!
Clean Out and Reorganize Your Closet: I’ve had this on my to-do list for awhile. Go through your closet and pull out anything you haven’t worn in the last year. How many t-shirts does one person really need? There isn’t a shortage of things to do with old clothes. You can donate them to a thrift store or charity, sell them online (the Poshmark app is great for this! - but anything really old or tattered I wouldn’t waste my time with), or recycle them. After you’ve pulled out all the unworn items, reorganize what’s left. I like to organize my closet by garment type first (i.e. button shirts, t-shirts, jeans, hoodies) and then within each category I group similar colors together so it’s easy to find what I’m looking for.
Did you know I can recycle old-tshirts by turning them into men’s underwear? If you find some fun t-shirts in your closet you might like to have them made into undies. Send me an email at Wes@CarlWesley.com. I’ll give you the address to mail them in and I’ll have new underwear sent back out to you (usually) in a few days. Most t-shirts make great underwear because they are lightweight and soft.
Don’t forget to clean out the underwear drawer! I’m surprised how many of you have told me that you have over 100 pairs of underwear in your collection! If you clean out your underwear drawer and need some replacements, I’ve got you covered. Click here to shop my handmade men’s underwear collection.
Learn Something New: I’m sure most of us have that one thing in our minds that we’ve always wanted to learn but felt we never had the time. Now is a better time than ever and there’s really no excuse with unlimited learning materials available online. A simple web search can yield tons of online learning platforms, and a ton of them are offering special promos or free classes because they know people are stuck at home. (Youtube works too but sometimes the information is not reliable.) Here’s some of my ideas:
- Learn to sew, paint, draw, make jewelry, knit, crochet, or some other craft (Check out Bluprint for free classes through April 9. I’ve taken several sewing and patternmaking classes that I really liked.)
- Learn to play an instrument
- Learn a new language (I don’t have a recommendation for this one but there’s a ton of different programs online.)
- Learn how to start a website/blog/online store (Shopify is currently offering 90 day free trials and free webinars to get you started. Shopify is the web hosting service I use and they have amazing support for their users!)
Read: I often think to myself how I wish I had more time to read! A quiet, solitary house is the best environment to dive into a new book. (Don’t even start to make the excuse that you don’t have any books at home because you can literally download anything as an ebook or audiobook.) Here’s some of my favorites that I’ve been reading or have read in the past:
- Harry Potter: I’ve read the whole series at least twice. Equally enjoyable for kids and adults. If that’s not enough time filler, you can go back and rewatch the movies too.
- Fierce Style by Christian Siriano and A Passion for Fashion by Nick Verreos: Books about style, fashion, and fashion design. Worth reading even if you’re not a fashionista because these guys are fabulous! Both authors are former Project Runway contestants so naturally I’m a huge fan.
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: A historical fiction novel about a geisha working in Japan. I read this book some years ago but it’s still one of my favorites because it immersed me in a history and culture so different from my own.
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss: Currently in the middle of this one. This is a self-help/career/lifestyle book all about breaking free from the 9 - 5 corporate life and designing a lifestyle that you love. To be honest, I don’t REALLY think a ‘4-hour work week’ is possible for most of us, but this book definitely has practical ideas for designing your dream life. This book is thought provoking; if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut in your career or life I highly recommend it.
Reach Out to Loved Ones: Obviously, social distancing doesn’t really allow for us to go out and physically be with our friends and family. But there certainly isn’t a lack of technology to prevent you from staying in touch with them. Use Skype, FaceTime, Messenger, texting, or anything else to stay-in-touch and stay emotionally close to your friends and family. Maybe this is a good time to call someone you haven’t talked to in a while? Difficult times have a way of prompting me to think about who and what really matters in my life.
Be well and stay safe,