So we’ve got the Self-Improvement Bucket List we’re working through, the 30 Day Self Care Challenge, the 30 Day Fitness Challenge and even a guide for Three Steps To Overcoming Boredom. Uh huh, when it comes to the lockdown, we have got you covered my friends. But what about the things you can do to keep busy at home? The jobs that you’ve wanted to do for a while, but haven’t found the time for. Or maybe the tasks you haven’t thought of doing before, but which will benefit you.
Well, if you want to come out of quarantine feeling like a domestic goddess, then this is the list for you. Here’s 20 tasks to help you keep busy at home. If you don’t get them all done during lockdown – fear not, because these kinds of things are actually pretty good to do at many times… An afternoon free on the weekend, a winter night in after work, or even a stress reliever on a Saturday morning – when you just want to focus on something else for a little while. Yep, it’s going to come in pretty handy. So, without further ado…
20 Tasks To Help You Keep Busy At Home
1. Clear Out Your Old Clothes. Out with the old, and oh-so-ready for the new! Get rid of the old clothes you never wear, or the ones you actually just don’t like. Bag them up and get ready to give them to a charity shop… someone will appreciate them I’m sure!
2. Re-arrange Your Wardrobe. Once you have more space, work through your wardrobe. Make it easier to find things, get it tidier, put different outfits together (ready for when you have a social life again!) It’s pretty satisfying and also makes it clearer what you’re lacking, and what you really don’t need to buy more of. If you need a little more space, this clothes organiser is pretty handy. It comes in both black or white. I also use this to organise my draws – super handy to stop you losing all those odd socks. Hope it helps!
3. Create a New Filing System: Whether you’re working from home now and find the paperwork mounting up, or just get a lot of post – systems are a lifesaver! Something as simple as this will make your life so much easier. See what you can come up with and then breath a sigh of relief!
4. Design a New Room: Change is a good thing. Places get tired and outdated. So pick a room and have fun redesigning it. Go as bold and brave as you like! There’s no better time to make your house a real home.
5. Do Some Redecorating: It can be something simple like moving around furniture, repainting a wall, changing the handles on a dressing table or door. Or, you can bring your latest interior design ideas to life in a full blown project! Either way, it’s a great way to keep busy at home.
6. Learn Some New Recipes. Now’s the best time to get your culinary skills up to scratch! Pick some new recipes you like the sound of and try a couple every week. If cooking always used to feel like a chore, see if you can find some of the things you do like making, to bring that enjoyment back into not only eating, but creating!
7. Try a Bit of Baking. Similarly to my last suggestion, why not try some baking? If sweets aren’t really your thing, you can always cook up a batch of healthy snacks. The options are endless!
8. Clear Up The Garden, or Make Your Own Urban Garden: If you’ve got a garden, now’s the best time to give it a little TLC if you want to keep busy at home. Mow the lawn, get rid of the weeds, trim back those plants or plant news ones. No garden? No worries. You can create your own one! No matter what space size you’re working with. Have a read of this… it digs into Apartment Gardening. Yep – it is a thing!
9. Grow Your Own Fruit Or Veg: This is a nice one, especially through lockdown – because even if you feel like you’re stuck right now, you can still see something flourish and grow! Get some little veggies, plant them in pots and then harvest them in weeks to come. There’s something about home-grown food that makes it taste so much better too!
10. Learn How To Make Cocktails: Yes, okay, we admit it – quarantine life is driving us to drink! (Joking!) But if you want to let you hair down a little whilst keeping busy at home – then why not learn to make some new cocktails? Here’s some simple ones almost anyone can make – actually suitable for students, so it will take you back if that seems like a while back now! But you’ll find plenty of recipes on the internet. Why not give it a go? It will make you a dinner party (or pre-drinks) hosting pro by the time you get out of lock-down. And I’m pretty sure you deserve the break!
11. Create Something New In Your Home: A great starting point? Storage space! We all need it and luckily there’s lots of creative ways to make it. To get the ideas flowing, have a read of this with 53 storage space hacks. Pretty cool right? If storage isn’t needed, see what else you can create at home. Think outside the box. Do something different! It’s not about decorating, but about creating!
12. Have a Deep Clean: Get those rubber gloves on, as it’s time to get your home GLEAMING! This is actually damn good exercise too. Just make it more fun by blasting out your favourite music as you scrub away. Too much to handle? Focus on one room at a time, but each room – do it properly. So if we’re talking about the kitchen, clean out the oven, the fridge and the freezer, at the same time. You might not even recognise the place by the time you’ve finished… then you’ve just got to try to keep it that way!
13. Scrub the Skirting Boards: Whilst we’re on our cleaning mission, it’s good to focus on areas that often get neglected… one of which is definitely the skirting boards. Put some elbow grease into it, and – if you need to – you can even give them a lick of new paint. This leads me onto my next suggestion…
14. Get Those Windows Gleaming: Who needs window cleaners when you’re stuck at home? Go around the house and clean all windows – inside and out (be careful!) The goal? No streak – you want it to look like there’s nothing even there!
In all honesty, I could write a whole list of cleaning ideas or household chores which would certainly make you keep busy at home… but that would be BORING. So have a scan around your house, see what needs doing, then add it onto your list!
15. Clear Out a Cupboard: Do you have a draw or cupboard that kind of just becomes a dumping ground for little bits and bobs? Then now’s the time to sort through it! And yes, I know, it’s not the most exciting task on this list, but it will sure keep you busy… and you’ll actually feel a little sense of satisfaction once you’ve finished! Which draw is your worst? Start with that one!
16. Get Fixing: That light bulb that’s been out for ages, the door that’s creaky, the marks on the wall that need painting over. I’m sure you can find a few things! But what better time to get them done than now? I actually find the most satisfying tasks are the ones you don’t usually do. It makes you feel independent! So get out there and surprise yourself with your DIY skills. This leads me onto my next suggestion…
17. Give a Home Decor DIY Project A Go: There are literally loads of suggestions on the internet, that are also both cost-effective and fun. From bird-feeder wreaths to pebble place-mats, book side tables to pillow pockets… it’s actually awesome. I warn you now however, once you start creating, it gets kind of addictive! Enjoy!
18. Start Creating: If you’re the artsy type, you could even go one step further and create something for your home. And if you’re not that clever with the paintbrush, there’s heaps of alternatives… like paint by numbers (for adults!) These are some of my favourite designs, perfect to add into different spaces within your home: Sunset Blue Sea Waves , Waterfalls / Waterfall Landscape , Scenic Lake , Beautiful Landscapes, Watching You Lion / Colourful Lion, Cat To Tiger Reflection , Forest Elephants, Rose Glass Art. It really gives your home that extra homely feeling when you display something that’s yours… whether that’s in clear sighting or kind of hidden.
19. Sort Through All Your Favourite Photos: Do you ever find you take loads of photos, only for them to get lost on social media or stuck on your phone? Well if you want to keep busy at home, why not make time to sort through them? Pick your favourite ones, get them printed and put them places where you’ll actually see them every day. It will bring all those happy memories back to life again! Yep, you can thank me later for this suggestion!
20. Create a Memory Box: Too many photos to know what to do with? No worries, then go one step further and create a memory box! I’ve got this Bamboo Photo Cube Box. It’s only £12.99, is a little bit different from most designs on the market and allows you to have photos both outside and inside. Click here if you want to take a look.
The Low Down
If all else fails, and you’re starting to feel a little disconnected, then there’s actually also a whole world you can tap into online… live streams, podcasts, videos, online training. They even have live webcams which can take you to some of the places you’ve dreamt of going! Don’t miss out on all the things that are available online at the moment, because it could fill not only hours, but days – with different things too!
Anyway, there’s a few more things that should keep you busy for the time being. I’ll be expanding this list with more as we go along, so be sure to subscribe to my blog at the bottom of this page with my latest recommendations. Other recommended reads?
- 100 Suggestions for Self Improvement: It’s Time To Work On YOU!
- Mind Over Matter: My 30 Day Fitness Challenge
- The 30 Day Self Care Challenge for Better Well-Being
- Three Steps To Overcoming Boredom
- How To Stay Motivated In The Hardest of Times
Hope this has helped. Stay safe and well!
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