111 Random things to do while at home during quarantine

If you’re stuck at home during this crazy and unprecedented time, it can be confusing as to what there is to really do. If you’re anything like me, then there may feel like there are too many things you HAVE to do or that you feel like you SHOULD do that you don’t want to do any of them. There’s a lot of pressure to be productive and some people just don’t have it in them to repaint that dresser or fix that light bulb. So, this is a list of 111 random things to do during quarantine or anytime you need a reset.

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things to do at home Afternoon Tea with Sean and Jess
  • Travel from home with our blog post full of VIRTUAL AND ARMCHAIR TRAVEL IDEAS.
  • Learn a new board game. We have a couple of games in our cabinet that friends have suggested we get and we just haven’t ever pulled them out. Then again, there will always be the classic games like JENGA to play.
  • Join an online pub quiz or create your own! Here are some QUESTIONS to get your going. . If you want to join an already planned pub quiz, check HERE and HERE.
  • Learn to knit with the help of YOUTUBE VIDEOS.
  • Attend an online wine tasting. Yes, they exist! If you’re in the U.S. check out THIS LIST. For anyone living outside of the U.S., just check your local wine shops to see if they are offering this. For some, they’ll ship you some wines and you can taste them together!
  • Purge your wardrobe (including shoes!). What doesn’t fit? What shirt do you hate wearing? What have you not worn in ages? Put it in a bag and donate!
  • Make your own cleaners with natural products. Find a BLOG LIKE THIS one to get some easy recipes.
  • Deep clean the apartment/house. Here’s a GREAT CHECKLIST and guide on properly deep-cleaning your home. And if you’d like a specific guide for cleaning after the Coronavirus, here’s a GOOD LIST for you.
  • Pull the weeds in your garden. Grab some GARDEN GLOVES and clean up your garden or yard.
  • Discover your library’s online options. Some libraries will have an option to borrow e-books and read them on your phone, tablet, or Kindle (still for free!)
  • Have a cheese tasting at home. Maybe you have a cheese shop that delivers full tastings or you order (or pick-up) cheese another way and make-your-own tasting.
  • Relax with a new tea or coffee. Try a new coffee or tea to enjoy at home.
  • Learn the Ukulele (or another instrument you’ve always wanted to learn).
  • Find fun in exercise: jump rope or hula hoop. Apparently, I’ve forgotten how to hula hoop, so it’s a learning process again for me. How about you?
  • Give yourself a relaxing and cleansing face mask. Need a DIY version? HERE YOU GO!
  • Order flowers for yourself because you deserve a little brightness in your home.
  • Journal daily to get your feelings out and to be able to look back on this crazy time. It’s part of history!
  • Start a gratitude list because we all need to stay grounded in positivity while we take care of ourselves.
  • Purge your social media so you get positive vibes. Not all people we follow make us feel good, so unfollow those who don’t lift you up.
  • Organize your digital photos. Yeah…it’s daunting but you’ll feel so much better once it’s done!
  • Print your photos (finally!). If you’re old enough to remember having shoe boxes filled with photographs, then this may make you feel nostalgic. If you think it’s silly, just go through and pick your favorites to print. Put them away. Then in a year, you’ll be so happy you have them!
  • Join a monthly wine/beer/spirits club. We love cocktails so we love this idea! When everyday starts to feel the same, it’s nice to have a surprise and something new to experiment with or just to drink straight.
  • Bake cookies from scratch. Is there anything better than freshly baked cookies? I don’t think so.
  • Think of a dish you have fond memories of when growing up and get the recipe and make it. Call up a family member and track down that recipe! If that’s not possible, scour the internet and try to get close enough to make it.
  • Shop for new lounge-wear online. If you’re going to wear it all day/everyday, might as well get some new ones that you don’t mind answering the door while wearing.
  • Read in the sunshine. Soak it up…the book AND the sun.
  • Stretch everyday (Doesn’t have to be instructor-led). Don’t wait until your body is screaming at you. Been there, done that, cried through it. Don’t be me.
  • Get a fit-bit and count your steps (have a goal!). I am so serious right now. I have friends who have done 10,000 and even 20,000 steps in their home, on their stairs, or in their courtyard. Personally, I strive for 5,000 because something is better than nothing! Order your FITBIT HERE.
  • Think of a habit you’ve been wanting to start, and do it!
  • Have a virtual wine date with a friend. There are so many ways to video chat these days, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Chat, etc. Grab a drink and have an almost face-to-face chat.
  • Binge on your favorite YouTubers. Obviously, I extra love this idea. Check out OUR YOUTUBE, and our favorites: THE ENDLESS ADVENTURE, CUP OF TJ, KARA AND NATE.
  • Have a kitchen gadget you never use? Find a use for it! Become an expert so it’s no longer just taking up space. Our favorite is the IMMERSION CIRCULATOR.
  • Work on a puzzle.
  • Daydream of where you’ll want to travel to. Imagine the beaches, the mountains, the cities and daydream.
  • Sign up for travel deals through major websites (Airlines, hotels, cruises, etc). Be ready to travel when you can and do it with deals.
  • Veg out on the couch with some Ben & Jerry’s because there is nothing wrong with that every once in a while.
  • Order a new candle that brings you joy or calm.
  • Learn how to take EPIC PICTURES with your phone.
  • PAINT BY NUMBERS or color in an ADULT COLORING BOOK.
  • Build a raised garden and plant your own herbs, veggies, or flowers.
  • Workout with a trainer or program. Exercising is important for mental health and sometimes we need an extra nudge. Check out P.E. WITH JOE, or Cassey’s BLOGILATES.
  • Meditate. Try CALM or HEADSPACE.
  • Track your water intake. Stay hydrated.
  • Get a resistance band and use it while watching TV. This is such an easy way to use muscles (some that you may not normally use) when you would otherwise be sedentary.
  • Put on SPOTIFY and sing to your favorite songs. Belt it out!
  • Dance to upbeat music. Shake ya tail-feather!
  • Think of your favorite take-out and try to recreate it. Have you made homemade pizza yet?
  • Take it all day-by-day. No two days will be the same. Each day thing about what’s best for you on that day.
  • Listen to your body because it knows what it needs and will send you some alarm bells when you aren’t listening
  • Take a nap.
  • Try essential oils either on your body or in a diffuser. They are known to help balance emotions.
  • Do your taxes. Blarg, I know.
  • Work on understanding your budget and make a plan to save a certain amount each month. Some bank accounts make it easy to automatically save. See if you can set that up.
  • Look into life insurance if it makes sense for your situation.
  • Write someone a letter and actually mail it.
  • Create a hair mask at home. Those luscious locks need SOME LOVE, too.
  • Moisturize your whole body with a good lotion or body cream.
  • Make homemade soup. Need inspiration? BBC has a GREAT LIST.
  • Organize your junk room. Maybe it’s your shed, garage, laundry room, closet, or even a drawer. Give it a little of your time.
  • Sew that button on. This is a great time to stop procrastinating.
  • Watch a whole series of movies (Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc). We’re currently working on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Hang all the pictures that haven’t made it to the wall, yet. Grab that tape measure, level and some nails or COMMAND STRIPS and get those pieces of art where they belong.
  • Scrub the oven because you know you’ve needed to for a while.
  • Get a tan, if you get any sun at all.
  • Go through your jackets and wash them. We don’t wash jackets nearly as much as we should.
  • Organize the medicine cabinet. Put all the expired mediciness to the side to take back to the pharmacy or other drop off point once it’s okay to do so.
  • Check to see if any paperwork is expiring (driver’s license, Visa, Passport, etc) and get on that.
  • Set up a quiet place in your home where you feel safe and happy. We all need a safe place to hide when those moments wash over us.
  • Make sure all luggage is completely unpacked.
  • Create delicious cocktails. We have some inspiration for you on OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL and on our post about making EUROPEAN COCKTAILS AT HOME.
  • Learn to cook from Julia Child’s kitchen with the new owners. Normally, you can take incredible cooking classes at Julia’s vacation home but now the courses are coming directly to YOUR HOME!
  • Use WHITESTRIPS on your teeth (if that’s your thing)
  • Have an afternoon tea your way. We ordered a bunch of local treats in and had a lovely locally blended tea. But maybe just having some SCONES with CLOTTED CREAM and jam is more your vibe.
  • Work on a new language with MEMRISE or ROSETTA STONE. Check with your local library to see if they offer Rosetta Stone for free.
  • Make healthy smoothies. Here are SOME RECIPES to choose from and this is MY FAVORITE and it’s my make-at-home chocolate milkshake
  • Learn some fancy non-alcoholic drinks. I’m loving THESE RECIPES.
  • Update emergency information wherever needed.
  • Start using a password manager. Do your RESEARCH and see which you like best.
  • Review your photos on your phone and delete bad pictures. Also, delete all those downloads from WhatsApp and various menus that you just don’t need anymore.
  • Create the spreadsheet you always wanted but never made. Not sure what this is for you, but there’s so many I need to make!
  • Yoga each morning. I love YOGA WITH ADRIENE.
  • Stare at the wall while figuring things out. We all have those moments. It’s okay.
  • Write down everything. Use a note app like Google Keep, Evernote, Apple Notes, whatever you have. Getting it out of your head helps focus.
  • Have a movie night with a friend. Start the movie at the same time or use NETFLIX PARTY and have a virtual movie night while chatting with your friends or family.
  • Take a bubble bath with bath bombs, Epsom salts, or bath oils.
  • Learn a new card game. Here’s A LIST with games where I guarantee you haven’t heard of all of them!
  • Do something together with someone at the same time. This is such a fun idea. Make dinner together, work out together, make a cocktail, or whatever you want.
  • Go through your Amazon lists and delete what isn’t relevant anymore.
  • Lay or sit in the sunshine. Soak up the vitamin D!
  • Do an online course. Google “free online courses” and you’ll find a bunch. But some great websites to check out are COURSERA, UDEMY, LYNDA. Many are paid but some are free or discounted right now.
  • Clean off your computer desktop. Tidy up your digital files.
  • Learn your style (if you haven’t figured it out already). I’ve gone too many years just buying what I think is cute in that moment and then it doesn’t go with anything I have! Now, I have a better idea of cuts, styles, and colors I should buy when I shop again.
  • Test your smoke alarm. You should do this each time you change your clocks, but if you forgot, just do it now.
  • Check the pressure of any fire extinguishers in your house.
  • Bake bread because it’s a good skill to have.
  • Learn basic cooking skills LIKE THESE.
  • Research local farms/businesses you can support now or later. So many places are hurting right now but are shifting what they normally do so they can stay open. If you can support now, please do. Even buying a gift certificate would be amazing.
  • Plan your next trip (without dates). Do more than daydream, plan a whole trip right now. Which airport are you flying into, where are you staying, what’s on your to-do list, where do you want to eat, what tours are you going to take?
  • Attend virtual concerts. Here’s A LIST that’s constantly updated. But also keep your eyes out for your favorite artist’s Instagram because Instagram Live concerts are such a thing right now.
  • Decorate your space.
  • Play video games. Ok, that’s Sean’s contribution 😛
  • Wash your bike/car. Have that fresh and clean feeling when you’re using your main mode of transportation again.
  • Watch documentaries. Learn from history or learn about your favorite artists. There are so many choices.
  • Start a blog/podcast/vlog/Instagram. Why not? I mean, seriously, if not now, then when?
  • Patch your jeans and save those pants! I literally just got patches in the mail. It’s good for the environment and your wallet 😉
  • Clean out your fridge and freezer. Check all the dates. Smell everything.
  • Defrost your freezer because now that it’s getting warmer, it’s a great time to do it!
  • Update your LinkedIn profile.
  • Clean off the apps on your phone and clear up some memory on your device.
  • Create your bucket list. This time has made it very clear that we aren’t always going to be able to go wherever we want when we want. So, make a list of where you’re just dying to go.
  • Relax, give yourself a break. It’s an unprecedented time, be gentle with yourself. Ride your emotions. Feel. You’ll be okay.
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