Are you done being bored at home? I’m one of those people that loves to be home. I grew up without siblings, so I’ve learned to keep myself busy. So let me tell you all the best things you can do when you are bored at home.
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What to do when bored at home
1.Declutter your home. Decluttering might not seem the most fun thing to do, but throwing out something that no longer sparks joy can feel so satisfying. A tidy house is easier to clean, and it will also help clear your head. If you don’t know where to begin, I recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo.
2. Read a book. A good way to spend your time is by reading a book. It’s good for your brain, and it has many other health benefits. A few authors that I absolutely love are Sarah J. Maas, Stephen King, and Nora Roberts.
3. Clean out your wardrobe/build a capsule wardrobe. Throw away old clothes that no longer spark joy, and build a collection with essential items that you can easily combine with each other. You’ll save space while still looking fashionable.
4. Create a vision board. A vision board or inspiration board is a great way to make your goals and dreams more concrete. You can make a board with images from magazines and paint or make a board online with an app like Canva. You can make a vision board for your dream vacation, career plans, a home makeover, or any other dream or goal you have..
5. Watch series. Watching series is a fun and relaxing way to pass the time, and with Netflix, amazon prime, and all the other streaming services, there is plenty of series to choose from, a few of my favorites right now: Snowpiercer, The 100, Altered Carbon, Lucifer, and Good Girls.
6. Start a blog. Have you ever considered starting a blog? Maybe this is the time to do it. What is your passion? What can you teach others? It doesn’t have to be fancy – start writing and see if you like it. If you end up enjoying it, you can work on making your blog more professional.
7. Learn a new skill. I’m sure you have many things you would love to learn someday but end up never learning. Write down everything you want to learn (the I want-to-do list at the bottom is perfect for this!) and give it a rating from 1 to 3, where 1 is your priority. Choose one of the things you rated 1 and commit to learning that. For example, two years ago, I wanted to learn how to draw, so I made a plan. I challenged myself to draw every day for a year, and now I’m a pretty decent artist.
Youtube, Skillshare, and Udemy are great ways to learn new skills.
8. Play games. Playing games is a fun thing to do when you’re bored. You can play games on your phone, console, or play an old fashioned board game. A few of my favorite games right now: Animal Crossing, Latice Hawaii, and Trekking the national parks.
9. Video chat with friends. If you are bored and can’t leave the house, video chatting with friends is a good option. Have a heart-to-heart or have dinner together; the possibilities are endless.
10. Draw, doodle, or color. If you are looking for something creative to do when bored, then this is perfect. Doodling or coloring is also very relaxing. There are plenty of free doodle challenges and coloring pages you can find online. If you are looking for something more serious, this Botanical Line Drawing book is perfect.
11. Look at old family photos. There is nothing more nostalgic than taking a walk down memory lane.
12. Listen to podcasts. The best thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them while doing other things. Listen to them during a shower, a workout, cooking, or while you are relaxing on the couch. My favorite podcast is still The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher.
13. Watch a movie. Have a movie night, or spend a day in bed watching movies. Some snacks, a few drinks, and relax.
14. Journaling is a great way to get to know yourself and figure out what you want. Try these 70 journal prompts for self-discovery.
15. (re)decorate your home. Home decoration is a fun activity to make your house feel more like home. Look for inspiration on Pinterest and create a vision board- the boredom will be gone before you know it.
16. Home improvements are one of these things that have to be done at some point, so why not do them when you’re bored? There are plenty of DIY Youtube videos that teach you step-by-step how to make home improvements.
17. Gardening. A good way to keep busy and get fresh air. Learn how to start your own little garden and grow fresh food in your backyard.
18. Self-care can be many things, but it includes anything that helps you take care of yourself in a healthy way. Taking a bath, meditating, napping, but also taking care of your finances and decluttering your home. The self-care mini bundle is for anyone who wants to become a master in self-care.
19. Treat yourself to dinner for one. Make your favorite food, or treat yourself to something special. Light candles, put on some music, and enjoy your dinner. A cheese platter or tapas can also be fun. Put on a movie, serve yourself a good glass of wine, and enjoy your evening.
20. Have a spa day at home. You can schedule the day to your liking, a few things you can plan: essential oil bath, manicure, pedicure, face massage, face masks, meditation, or anything else that relaxes you.
21. Tiktok or Reels is fun for young and old. Make trendy videos or watch videos for endless entertainment.
22. Work out from home. You don’t need a gym anymore with all the amazing home workouts that you can find free on the internet. I always enjoy Blogilates from Cassey.
23. Watch Youtube videos. One of the things I like to do when bored is to watch Youtube – it’s free, there is something for everyone: Vlogs, series, gaming, you name it, and it never gets boring 😉
24. Working on personal development is a great way to spend your time. Learn how to cope with an issue you’ve been facing, or learn how to set goals, for example. There are many things to learn so you can maximize your potential. In my Patreon community, I often share exclusive blogs and worksheets for personal development.
25. Meditation, if you haven’t tried this yet, you should. Meditating can help decrease stress- and anxiety levels. It’s good for your heart, it reduces pain, and it has many other benefits.
26. Make a scrapbook or photo album. You don’t even have to be very creative for this. Browse Pinterest for ideas and start. You’ll see that new ideas will come floating to the surface. If you can’t be bothered with paper and glue, you can always make a photo album online!
27. Make a gift for a friend. A handmade gift is always extra special, so why not make a gift when you feel bored? It’s time well spent, and you make someone happy, win-win.
28. Taking an online course is a great thing to do for yourself. Dive into Tarot or Reiki, Learn business skills or a new language. You support an educator while growing as a person.
If you are into Tarot, I absolutely love this deck by Kim Krans.
29. Start a personal cookbook – it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but how great is it to have all your favorite recipes in one place? Who knows, maybe it becomes a passion project, and you will share it with the world!
30. It’s no secret how much I love bullet journaling – it’s a great way to keep a schedule while also getting creative. You decide how you use your journal – keep it minimalistic, make drawings, or use it as a scrapbook.
31. Clean and organize your email inbox. I can imagine you have more fun things to do, but this has to be done. You will feel so much better without 1001 + emails you’ve never read pilling from your inbox. Unroll me is a great tool to help you clean your inbox by unsubscribing you from spam. Once you remove yourself from email lists, you should make folders to file important emails for easy access. Then it’s time to clean all the emails you don’t need anymore and make a deal with yourself to keep your inbox tidy – Setting a bi-weekly date and time can help keep your inbox clean.
32. Make a (weekly) meal plan. A meal plan can help you save time, eat healthier, and help reduce stress. Once you know what you’re going to eat, you can plan groceries and maybe even decide to meal prep a little
33. Making a birthday calendar is a fun thing to do. You can buy one in a store and fill in your friends and family’s names, or you can make your own. If you are bored with paper calendars, try something a little more creative. You’ll never forget a birthday again!
34. Write a poem or story – who knows, maybe you have talent. Writing is a great way to be creative and let your mind wander.
35. Make your own beauty products for yourself and your friends. There are many tutorials on YouTube on how to make bath bombs, skincare, lip scrub, and more! You choose the ingredients and scents you work with – this way, the product becomes precisely how you want it to be.
36. Try your hand at mixology. Most of us made a cocktail or mocktail at one point in our lives, but how fun is it to make your signature cocktail? Mix your favorite ingredients until you’ve found your cocktail! If you can’t seem to get it right, try following these steps, or find recipe ideas on Pinterest.
37. Make greeting cards for your friends or people who are lonely. It’s a fun and creative way to spend time at home, and the card will put a smile on people’s faces.
38. Organize your finances. I admit – there are more fun ways to spend your time, but your finances are essential. You need to know what’s coming in and what’s going out – How much you can spend, your debt, and if there are benefits you can get. If you don’t know much about finances, it’s a good idea to talk to a financial adviser who can help you get everything organized.
39. Plan your dream vacation. A part of the vacation joy is planning it – whether your dream vacation is a weekend to New York or a long week to Santorini, Dreaming about it and making a plan is part of the vacation fun.
40. Learn to manifest anything you want. Maybe this sounds a little vague, but many people swear by manifestation. Try it for yourself and see how it works for you.
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41. Dive deep into research. Do you have an interest you to exploreThis is the time to research the subject! Maybe you love astrology, history, or psychology – there are many research articles available on the internet. Make sure you use reputable sites like PubMed or Google Scholar.
42. Play a musical instrument (or learn to play). Did you know that playing a musical instrument improves brain health, cognitive function and decreases memory loss? (source).
43. Listen to music (and dance). Music is good for your mood, it’s easily accessible, and there is a music style available for everyone. If you ever feel bored, turn on the music and dance – this is great as a mood booster or as exercise!
44. Do something you’ve always said you do but never did. Yes, this is a challenge!
45. Read up on an illness a friend has, so you understand it better. For people who have a (chronic) illness, their lives can feel very lonely; it’s hard for other people to know how they feel and how their illness affects their lives. If you read about their condition, you might understand it better, and you can help your friend feel less lonely.
46. Bake something (new). Baking is something many people like to do when they’re bored- it makes your home smell of fresh baked goods, and you have something yummy to eat.
47. Pimp your old clothes to make them last another round, or sell your creations online.
48. Finances. Now that you have time invest it in doing your finances properly. Look at memberships and cancel the ones you never use. Scan in receipts, and make a list of what’s coming in and what’s going out.
49. Clean your home. Download these free printables to help you out.
50. Have a game or movie night with snacks and drinks. You can also plan this through Zoom, Skype, or another online platform. Make the night special with a theme like; Casino night, the ’60s, Murder mystery, etc.
51. Try a new hobby like; Diamond painting, Lego, cosplay, writing, miniature building, or pick anything from this excellent hobby list. The ‘Things I want to do list’ that you can download at the bottom of this page is a great tool to write down what hobbies you like to try.
52 Make a charcuterie board. The best thing about a charcuterie board is that you can vary endlessly with the ingredients. Choose cheese, meat, fruit, bread, and spreads you like and enjoy your little food festival.
53. Try a DIY tutorial. Have you ever wanted to make something? This is the time to do it! Learn how to make candles, how to paint a cabinet, or how to grow herbs. You can find tutorials on blogs, Youtube, or TikTok.
54. Online sale hunting is a great way to buy presents and clothes at an affordable price. With the money you save, you can do other fun things.
55. Write an email or letter to your future self, your child, or a friend. When my daughter was born, I made an email address in her name, and at the end of every month, I write an email about important things that happened. I will give her the password when she’s 16, so she can read about her life growing up with us.
56. Give yourself a make-over by trying different hair- and clothing styles. TikTok and Pinterest are excellent sources of inspiration.
57. Train your brain by playing games. There are many apps you can download to keep your brain young and healthy, Lumosity is one of those apps.
58. Update your passwords. Keeping yourself safe on the internet is crucial. If hackers get into your email, they can get into many other things, and they might even get a copy of your passport. Make your passwords long and random. To remember your passwords, you can use a tool like Keepass.
59. Send a handwritten letter to a friend or stranger to cheer them up.
60. Stretching is a great way to stay active and avoid muscle pain. Blogilates has great and easy to follow exercises.
61. Take a (power) nap to replenish your energy.
62. Make a care package for a friend. If you’re wondering what to do when bored at home, consider making a care package for a friend. Buy a basket with candles, fruit, magazines, or other things they like, or go for a DIY basket with handmade items. Add a greeting card with a supportive message that will cheer up your friend.
63. Make a mental health box to help you during tough times. A mental health box is a box filled with things that help you maintain good mental health and help you when you’re struggling. In this box, you put items that help you like; A weighted blanket, Affirmation cards, sensory play items, and other comforting things.
64. Making lists is a great thing to do when you’re bored. Lists help you remember things, they are ideal for planning, and lists can help you choose between options. A few list ideas:
- Pro’s and con’s list that help you choose between options.
- To-do lists
- Bucket list
- Dinner ideas
- Travel itinerary
- Event planning
65. Get ready for a social media detox. Start by cleaning your friend list – unfollow people you don’t speak to or make you unhappy. Then make a list of reasons why a social media detox is right for you. Uninstall apps if needed and hold a detox for 1-2 weeks. If you’re struggling, look at the reasons why you started the detox.
66. a DIY photoshoot is a fun way to entertain yourself. Dress up in different styles or plan a themed shoot. You can make the photos more professional with a light ring.
67. Search the internet for positive quotes with beautiful images. It’s nice to feel motivated and cheered up – positive content can help you feel better. Print your favorite ones and hang them in your room.
68. Start a side hustle like a blog or business. Side hustles are great as a hobby or as extra income. If you ever thought about starting, then now is the time to do it.
69. Start an Instagram page about something you feel passionate about. Teach people something your good at, or share pictures of your dog’s adventures. Instagram is great for meeting like-minded people.
70. Challenge yourself. When you’re feeling bored you’re in need of a challenge. Learn a new language, teach yourself piano, or try a 30-day challenge like this self-care challenge.
As you can see there are so many things to do when you are bored at home. Some things need to be done like cleaning and cooking, for some people it can feel like a ‘meh I have to do this’, but I have a simple little trick for that: Instead of ‘I have to do this’ say ‘I want to do this’.
From ‘I need to do’ to ‘I want to do’
I made an ‘I want to do this’ list you can print or use in an app like Goodnotes. Here you can write down all the things you want to do (or must do, but we’ll make it an ‘I want to do’), and you can check it off when you’ve done it. In the notes, you can put things you don’t want to forget, or maybe give yourself a reward when you’ve done everything!
What are you going to try the next time you are bored?