Well, at least in Michigan Shelter-in-Place orders have officially come down, and regardless of where you are, you are likely hunkering down at home for the foreseeable future. You might start out excited to take a break, catch up on your reading, or favorite shows. Eventually it sets in that you’ve read all there is to read, you’ve watched all there is to watch, and there’s nothing to do. Never fear, there are tons of projects you can do while you have free time in spades, and with what you’ve already got in your garage.
One of the easiest projects to put off is tool care, but now that you have the time, pull out your tools and give them the love they’ve been wanting. Take a look at your power tools. Take the time to clean off dust and debris and lube all moving parts. Clean the contacts on your power tool batteries with rubbing alcohol. While you’re at it, you can clean and organize all of your hand tools. If you don’t have a good place to store them, now would be the time to build a storage shelf. Another commonly neglected tool is in the kitchen, sharpen your knives.
You can also use your scrap wood for tons of projects. Make a scrap wood cutting board, boxes of all shapes and sizes, holders for mail, phones, laptops, and anything that needs a holder. Make house numbers, or signs with your kid’s name in them.
Next, take a look around your house and see if there are any small projects you haven’t had time to do. Repair, sand, and repaint walls with nail holes, or any other kinds of holes. Re-caulk your shower. Hang pictures, replace light bulbs, rewire lamps, do anything that needs doing.
Now that your house is in order, take a look out the window. Make a fire pit if you don’t already have one, if you have one, make a better one. If your deck furniture looks worn, make some new chairs or a bench. Maybe even re-stain your deck, or replace rotting boards. If you love games, make a giant jenga, a corn hole set, or a ladder golf set. Now build a giant bonfire, enjoy.
Once your lawn is done, take a look in the garage. Hang racks or hooks for bikes, or your winter tires. Change your oil, give it an entire tune up. Take out the transmission and rewire it, you know what you are up for. Next, clean the garage floor. Get the oil and sawdust off of it, you know it’s gross, and you will feel so much better once it's clean.
Hopefully, your quarantine will be over soon and you can get back to your normal life. But in the meanwhile, we hope you stay healthy and busy.