If you have ever found yourself feeling bored and stuck at home for a long stretch of time, you’ll find this list to be super helpful for things to do to keep you occupied! Whether you’ve had a new baby or are recovering from an illness or caring for a loved one, those times of slowing down at home can be fruitful and even enjoyed!
As someone who was homeschool as a child and has worked from home for more than a decade, I’ve spent a lot of time at home. And I’ve had to figure out how to entertain myself or keep myself occupied.
It’s probably why I run a DIY home decorating blog – because I learned to do projects at home to keep myself entertained as a kid. It sure does come in handy, when I’m stuck at home and need to fill the time!
Feel free to share any other ideas you might have in the comments below!
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Things to do When You’re Bored at Home
1. Paint something. I have a variety of paint resources for you:
- How to Paint a Room in 5 Easy Steps
- Chalk Paint (A Beginner’s Guide)
- How to Paint An Outdoor Concrete Patio
- My Favorite Interior Paint Colors
And did you know? You can even order paint online if you’re not able to get to the store! Benjamin Moore offers paint samples and paint gallons for shipping. So, you don’t have to halt your painting projects if you’re spending time at home and can’t get to the store.
3. Clean out your closet. I’ve shared my cleaning out the closet tips here.
4. Call or FaceTime friends and family. Call on the actual telephone, don’t just text.
5. Start an exercise program online. Youtube videos like Cosmic Kids Yoga, Kidz Bop Kids or Go Noodle are great for kids. I personally love Suzanne Bowen Fitness. And the Peloton app is offering a 90 day free trial for their online workouts right now for Android and iPhone users.
6. Listen to a Podcast. My favorite light-hearted podcasts are The Popcast, Young House Love Has a Podcast and The Big Boo Cast.
7. Read a Book. I mostly read non-fiction, so this may or may not be your style, but my most recent favorites are:
- Girl, Wash Your Face
- Better Than Before
- Boss Up!
- Preach to Yourself
- The Life-Giving Parent
- The Life-Giving Home
- Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Our Favorite Books for Kids:
- Sisters First
- Ramona and Beezus (great to read out loud to your kids!)
- Amelia Bedelia
- Fly Guy
- Bob Books (for beginner readers)
- Llama Llama Red Pajama
- When God Made You (or any kids book by Matthew Paul Turner)
8. Start a blog. What better way to pass the time than to share a gift or skill you have with the world? If you can cook, craft or really the sky’s the limit – start sharing with your fellow man!
9. Wash your windows.
10. Plan a road trip or vacation for later in the year.
11. Create positive affirmations for yourself.
12. Learn a new skill. SkillShare.com is a wonderful place to learn new skills like photography, watercolors, calligraphy, creative writing, interior design and more!
13. Clean out under the sink.
14. Do a Bible Study.
15. Start a new TV series. Some funny, light-hearted shows we love are:
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)
- Schitt’s Creek
- The Great British Baking Show
- Gilmore Girls
- Parks and Recreation
- Anne with an E
- Friday Night Lights (maybe not light-hearted, but definitely heart-warming)
16. Listen to a sermon. Our church has all of their previous sermons online. I highly recommend!
17. Clean out your fridge. Find tips for cleaning out and organizing your refrigerator HERE.
18. Make a craft.
- Photo Transfer Decor
- Bath Bombs
- Simple Wreath
- Pillow with Iron-On Transfer
- Wood Bead Garland
- Rag Garland
- Simple Vinyl Monogram
19. Play a board game. See my recommendations for Family Board Games HERE.
20. Make a favorite recipe – or learn to make a new recipe!
21. Make a custom photo book. I recently used ChatBooks for the first time and was really impressed! I plan to make an album for each year!
22. Write letters to folks who are alone! My grandparents just moved to an assisted living facility and can’t see anyone right now. We plan to write them and make them cards.
23. Teach someone a new skill. Use your free time to teach your kids something you’ve never had time to teach them before!
25. Make a bath bomb, then take a bubble bath.
26. Take a walk around the block.
27. Work on your taxes.
28. Have a FaceTime play date.
29. Have a dance party.
31. Paint a picture.
33. Wash your curtains
35. Organize the apps on your phone. Put all of the apps in one folder and delete any ones that you haven’t used in a month.
36. Treat yourself to a face mask.
37. Paint your nails.
38. Rearrange your furniture. Make a room look completely new by just moving things around!
39. Write thank you cards you’ve been meaning to write.
40. Set some goals for the next year or few months. My favorite goal planner is the Power Sheets by Cultivate What Matters.
42. Plant a garden.
43. Dust your indoor plants.
44. Make an appointment you’ve been putting off.
45. Teach your dog a new trick.
46. Take a course of study or learn a new language.
47. Put together a puzzle.
48. Build a fort with the kids.
49. Have a picnic in the back yard.
50. Wash your makeup brushes.
52. Listen to an audio book.
53. Watch a movie.
54. Make a bucket list of things to do while you’re at home!
I hope this list was helpful! What would YOU add to the list? Share in the comments below.