We’re all in this together! We know by now that staying home is a good way to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, and reducing social interactions is an important measure to help “flatten the curve.” Although it is a wise guideline, it could lead to lesser evils: boredom and stir craziness.
What are some creative things to do while stuck at home? Maybe things you’ve put off or “don’t have time” for. We’ve compiled 5 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as productive and fun as possible.
1. Connect with Each Other
– Take some of this extra time to look through old photos. If they haven’t been organized, now’s the time! If you have extra photo albums lying around, put some of these photos in them and be sure to label them for posterity. Invite your children look through them with you as you share family stories.
– Dust off those games! This is a great opportunity to gather with your family for a game night once or twice a week
– Hone your story-telling skills. Children are often captivated by stories about things you did when you were younger.
– Work on a puzzle together.
2. Personal Development
– Read that book you’ve been putting off or start one you’ve always wanted to read
– Write letters to loved ones or FaceTime them
– Look for healthy recipes and take this opportunity to improve your eating habits
– Try some video aerobics or yoga classes. Consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlists. Ask a family member to join!
3. Get Your Kitchen In Order
– Take some time to organize your pantry. Yes, you heard that right. Unload all your shelves, organize them, clean the shelves, get rid of the anything expired and reorganize everything.
– Next up, give your refrigerator a deep clean. Check out Martha Stewart’s guide: https://www.marthastewart.com/1067719/refrigerator-deep-cleaning-101
– Organize your spice rack alphabetically or get crazy and do it by cuisine.
– Try a few new recipes from one of your cookbooks
4. Declutter Your Closet
– Now that you have some extra time while at home, take an hour or two to go through your clothes. Set aside some clothes to bring to your local donation center.
5. Unplug & Relax
– Take a bubble bath (Bonus: add a glass of wine)
– Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?
– Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.
– Catch up on a TV-show or series you’ve been wanting to see
– Make a list of things for which you are grateful.
– Coloring books: They’re not just for kids.