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How have you made your home more comfortable during the pandemic? What Chicagoans say.

Decluttering. Rearranging. Doing cleanup in small, manageable steps. Putting in more shelves. Donating things from home they don’t really need. That’s some of what we heard.

Seems like a lot of people have been tapping their inner Marie Kondo during the pandemic, finding ways to get rid of things cluttering their homes.
Seems like a lot of people have been tapping their inner Marie Kondo during the pandemic, finding ways to get rid of things cluttering their homes.
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With many of us working from home or just staying home more, we asked Chicagoans: How have you made your home more comfortable during the coronavirus pandemic? Some answers have been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

“It’s been nearly impossible, but I didn’t overwhelm myself with thinking I had to do each and every room at the same time. I started small but big with my grandson’s room and his toys. I installed shelving and went as high as the ceiling would allow. Has he kept his toys on it? No, but it was a start. Baby steps. Secondly, I also took several loads of woman’s clothes to Pacific Garden Mission. ” — Marta Omarr

“We gave so many clothes and toys to local charities. The kids feel good for knowing they helped.” — Jeannette Wachewicz Valtierra

“Cleaned closets, decluttered, rearranged furniture.” — Beth Johnson Gleeson

I’ve drunk all the alcohol that was cluttering up my fridge.” — John O Shea

“I painted my home office a neutral color, changed the lighting and added sheer, modern curtains. The change from salmon-pink to a light gray made the room more peaceful and conducive to work. All clutter was removed from sight by added doors to bookcases.” — Christy Frazier

“We’ve added a baby and all the gear for the baby, so not at all. But there’s a whole lot of joy and love!” — Victoria Moore

More cluttered than ever with husband working at the dining room table, and an elliptical has been moved into the family room.” — Lisa Smith Youngdahl

“I have concentrated on cleaning areas that usually are avoided due to time constraints.” — Jo Ann Fields

“I’ve gotten rid of several things, bought a few pillows and a piece of art, rearranged, deep-cleaned. It feels good.” — Carol Ohana

“We painted walls, decluttered rooms, reassigned the purpose of rooms (e.g. we created a home gym, gave the kids their own spaces, etc.) and made the living room more inviting for us.” — Erika G Ayala

Decluttered attic, basement and garage. Threw nothing out but gave it away to homeless and thrift stores.” — Mike Kessler

“With the help of my Sista friends, we have purged, discarded and donated to organizations and family friends items from the family home and my current residence. It has been a monumental ordeal.” — Dianne Baskin

“Cleaned closets, decluttered, rearranged furniture.” — Beth Johnson Gleeson