Updated: Aug 9
Hanging out at home doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many ways to have fun without ever crossing the threshold into the big, wide world. Here are 12 things to do when bored at home. Customize these to fit your interest and lifestyle ideas!
What to Do by Yourself at Home
You don’t need other people to have a great time. When you are in the comfort of your own home, you can truly be yourself and take time to do the activities that you might otherwise not have time for.
Declutter Your House
The popularity of the KonMari Method and The Home Edit is no accident. Clearing out the clutter from your home can be transformative and put your mind at ease. When you clear out the old, unused items from your home you can create a more relaxing space and make space for what you are into now. It can be hard to know where to start when decluttering your home, but we suggest starting small with a corner, closet, or small room and tackle that first. This will help you learn how to create a relaxing space and you will feel satisfied when you see the project complete!
Learn Something New from Home
Have you ever wanted to learn about software development tools? Or how to speak French conversationally? Maybe you are interested in photography or personal wellness. No matter what you want to learn, you can find online courses, oftentimes for free, on Youtube, Udemy, Skillshare, Khan Academy, and more. Some of these are even free courses online with certificates, so that you can keep a memento of what you learned.
How to Do Karaoke at Home
Is it possible to have fun doing karaoke by yourself? Of course. You can always sing along to your favorite tunes, at the top of your lungs, without worrying about the judgment of onlookers. But if you want the full experience, you can use a karaoke app such as The Voice Karaoke App or Karaoke by Yokee to sing and compete with other players in the community. Pick your favorite songs and get ready to rock out from the comfort of your couch!
Solo Exercise to Do at Home
Have you been putting off getting into shape? Maybe you have always wanted to try an intense 90-day workout program such as one of the Beach Body programs (like the popular P90X) or the Blogilates 90-day challenge. Well, now is the perfect time to try! You can track your progress on a blog or a fitness app and work toward your best body yet.
Read a New Book
You can find great new book recommendations on social media using the hashtag #bookrecommendations, #mustreads, and #readmorebooks. You can also look for new must-read books on Goodreads. If you recently suffered an injury or you just want a more relaxing way to learn a new skill at home or dive into a good story, reading is the perfect way to do that.
Things to do When Bored at Home With Your Significant Other
If you are hanging out as a couple, you can only spend so many hours glued to Netflix before you start getting restless. You can have fun together doing any of the ideas that a solo person can do, but here are a few extras to round out your options.
Learn a New Recipe
If one or both of you are into cooking delicious meals at home, you can put some time into learning a new recipe together. It’s a known truth that cooking couples have more fun! An easy recipe to try would be rustic breads and cakes. If you are already fairly advanced, you can challenge yourself with things like sushi, brewing beer, Kombucha, or macarons. The kitchen is the perfect place to spend quality time with your special person.
DIY Projects for the Home
When you are at home, you are in your cozy place. It can be hard to tackle big projects when you would rather be curled up on the couch watching a new movie. But if you’ve ever wondered how to be productive at home when bored, starting a new project just might be the answer. If you and your spouse are home together, you might enjoy tackling a DIY project for couples. Whether that means redecorating your home or remodeling your bathroom, you can work together to transform your home.
Things to do When Bored at Home with Your Family
It can be challenging to know what activities to do at home with teenagers and after an afternoon of wrangling your toddlers, you’re probably exhausted. However, it’s still possible to have fun when you are all stuck at home together. All of the ideas that we’ve listed above can easily be done alone or with your family, but we’ve added a few more below. Whether you have small children or teenagers, you can enjoy your time together at home.
Start Writing Stories
People often think of writing stories is a solo activity, and it definitely is, but it can also be a great way to have fun with your kids. Start a group story writing project together and create something completely unique to your family! You can purchase blank books and have your small children color pictures to go along with the story you come up with together.
For older children and teens, you can use more advanced tools on your computer to create the story. You can even design characters, dream up new worlds, and talk about the adventures your characters will go on together. This is a great bonding activity and it can be a lot of fun!
Read a New Book Series Together
Children of all ages love to read with their parents. It’s just a fact. You can introduce your children to the beloved stories from your childhood by reading them out loud together. Pick up longer book series, like the Boxcar Kids or for older teens, Pretty Little Liars. You can even create your own family book club and let each member of the family pick out the next monthly read. Enjoy the silliness and the drama of books written for a young audience and take turns reading them out loud! You can find book recommendations on websites like Epic and Scholastic.
Cook with Your Kids
The whole family can get involved with making your meals. Recipes to cook with kids should be simple and quick. Don’t let hungry bellies spoil a good time! Taste your ingredients as you go and learn to work together. Younger children will love mixing muffins and cookies. There are endless variations and your kids will love to eat the end product. Children as young as three can learn to crack open an egg (and scoop out any misplaced shells), while older teens might enjoy the responsibility of preparing the vegetables for your stir-fry or creating delicious sauces. This is an exciting way to learn a new skill at home that your kids will take with them throughout their life.
Create Unique Photo Books Online and Custom Wall Art
Our favorite activity to do at home is to create photo keepsakes with the SimplePrints app. You can easily document any of the activities in this list, such as creating a story book on the app, creating a custom photo book of your DIY projects, or documenting your getting-fit journey. You can also use this time to catch up on making that family yearly photo book that you’ve been putting off or use the app to create beautiful custom Canvas Prints to hang in your home.
Looking for more fun ideas to do at home? Here are 12 more fun ideas that you can do on your own or with your family.
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Guest Blogger: Cameya Martin
Cameya Martin is a mother, a wife, a self-identified horse-girl, and a writer. She writes articles for small businesses, memoirs for people, and fiction for herself.