For those seeking a useful way to spend their time during social distancing—or anyone simply interested in forging a deeper connection with their homes—HB has launched Home Love, a series of daily tips and ideas to make every minute indoors more productive (and gratifying!).
This far into self-isolation (and I mean self, I live alone) I am looking for joy in every corner of my home. I have a huge list of movies and TV to get through, I redid my fire escape, I've sweat through online workout classes, and I've hosted many virtual hangouts—I've basically hit everything on the quarantine checklist. So when I found an old Harry Potter-themed adult coloring book in my drawer, I was SO EXCITED to get out my colored pencils and have something new and relaxing to do.
Then I realized I did not have a pencil sharpener.
The depths of my sadness at this realization were vast. I searched my entire apartment, confident I had to have one—how did my colored pencils get sharpened in the first place? Once satisfied that I did not have the proper equipment for blissful hours of coloring, I set to work to purchase one. On the exact same day, my boss posted this Instagram, and posited that a pencil sharpener might be the ultimate quarantine purchase:
And dear reader, I gasped. "I'm looking into purchasing one, RIGHT NOW, I told her." If the two of us could be feeling the same way, I knew others might benefit from our experience. So that is why I'm here to give you the three reasons why a pencil sharpener is the small purchase you need to make immediately.
It's a gateway to coloring
The most obvious reason is that buying a pencil sharpener will allow you to tackle all the coloring books your heart desires, assuming you are a colored pencil convert like myself. And if you haven't spent time coloring lately, may I just say, you are missing out. One part nostalgia, one part absolute brain rest, it's such a welcome break from screens or calls. The colors have a noticeable effect on your mood and your feeling of accomplishment will have you hanging your art on the fridge in no time.
It's basically free therapy
Beyond the meditative benefits of actually coloring, the act of sharpening a pencil is SO satisfying. Regardless of if you go old school and use a manual sharpener or upgrade to an electric version, you are instantly transported to back-to-school time, and the smell is as intoxicating as freshly-baked cookies. I carefully and purposefully sharpened each pencil and the routine and instant gratification made me so happy I was absolutely beaming at everyone around me (my cat) to show off my work.
It's (relatively) cheap
Yes, you can go nuts and spend $200 on a pencil sharpener (see below), but you can also get the same kind of joy for around $5. So far, my isolated-related shopping has included marked-up food (flour for $25?!), pricey clothes that I won't really wear until I can leave the house, and expensive beauty products. It felt great to only spend $5 on something that ultimately will probably bring me more happiness. In a time like this, it really is the little things that can cheer you up.
For more Home Love ideas, head here—we'll be launching a new one every day. And tag your own home project photos #homelove for everyone to enjoy.
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