Let’s face it – being in your house for days on end can become frustrating and boring, especially if you live alone or have no kids running around underfoot. There is plenty that you can do. Here is a list of 11 things you can do while stuck at home. If you are lucky enough to have an outside area, some of these things will be that much more enjoyable as long as the weather is good.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but by using your imagination you don’t have to be bored!
1) De-clutter Your Home
What an excellent opportunity to get rid of stuff you have no use for by cleaning out cupboards, linen & clothes closets, storage sheds, and garages:
- Bag up clothes you no longer wear and donate them to a shelter or second-hand clothing store
- Set stuff aside for a future yard/garage sale or to give to a neighbour or friend
- Create needed space
- Eliminate unwanted stuff so packing will be easier if you decide to move
By eliminating stuff you no longer need, your place will be tidier and you will also be helping others.
2) Exercise (inside or in your backyard if you have one)
You don’t need fancy gym equipment to get a good workout or stretch. Some people have an in-home-gym which is an advantage but not necessary. Grab a mat or a thick towel and away you go.
If you are looking for some portable equipment to use at home, there are many great options that are perfect for inside.
By exercising at home you will:
- Save money
- Control your time
- Choose your own music
- Wear whatever the heck you want
- Stay fit
3) Take an Online Course – it is cheaper than attending a university/college/community program
- It is convenient
- Can be used as an addition to your career/online business/hobby
- It’s a way to gain new knowledge
- You can save on commuting
Many people have lost their jobs and may not have one to go back to. If you have ever thought about having an online business, this is the perfect opportunity to get started.
4) Resurrect an Old Passion – what do you love to do? what have you started and never finished?
- Dig out those paintbrushes, easels, drawing pens and get those dormant creative juices going
- Work on the book/ebook you started a long time ago
- Find the guitar you stashed away and start strumming!
5) Start a New Hobby
Hobbies don’t have to be expensive!
- Create new recipes
- Start writing – all you need is a pen, paper, a grammar checker, and your imagination
- Learn a new language – there are several online apps to get you started
- Start a blog
- Create a new website
6) Read Books
Reading books is not only a great way to pass the time, but they are also a source of knowledge. Read books for:
- Personal development
- Relaxation (this is what I do when I need to stop thinking!)
- Enhance your career
7) Watch Old Movies or Catch Something New
There’s no end to the number of shows available on Netflix in any genre you can imagine, and if that doesn’t appeal to you, try some of the old classics and compare them to the movies of today.
- Watch a new series on Netflix
- Have some favourite classics? now’s the time to watch them
- Gain some knowledge by watching documentaries
- Relax and de-stress
8) Pamper Yourself
We get so busy when we are on the go that we seldom take time for ourselves. Since you can’t go anywhere, why not treat yourself?
- Take an amazing relaxing bath with your favourite bath bombs or oils
- Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
- Surround yourself with soft music, candles, a beverage, and unwind
- Start a journal
- Have a mid-day nap
- Have a long conversation on the phone with a friend
9) Do Some Laptop/Computer Maintenance
- Run a diagnostic
- Clean out old files; organize ones you want to keep
- Check out or add virus software
- Get rid of old emails.
10) Reconnect with your Partner
If you live with someone, take some time to appreciate each other; do little things to let them know you care.
- Have some heart to heart talks
- Share goals
- Plan something fun together for when you no longer have to stay at home
- Get close!
11) Plan that Trip for When You Can Travel
- Surf the web for travel ideas
- Order some travel books
- Prepare a budget (how much do you want to spend)
- Contact your bank/financial institution about travel credit cards and no-fee ATM cards
- Remember we talked about De-cluttering – sell some stuff and save the money for your trip
- Research travel insurance companies
- Check out your luggage – do you have enough? Is it in good shape?