Claudia has been creating content one post at a time for more than seven years and writes about a variety of subjects.
Recent world events have made it necessary for most of us to stay in our houses. If you are not used to it, then it is not as easy to do as you may think.
Let's face it—we all get restless after a while. That can lead to frayed nerves and stress. If you have a house full of people, that is definitely not fun.
The good news is that there are loads of things to do when you are housebound. Granted, some are more fun than others, but it's amazing what you can get accomplished during a day.
Here are more than 200 suggestions to help you out if you are starting to get bored. And I'll let you in on a little secret: not all of them require your phone. So set it aside for a little while.
If you happen to be a crafter, you probably have some supplies sitting around that you can use. Maybe you bought some things at the craft store that you never got around to using. Whatever the reason may be, crafting is a great way to pass the time.
There are loads of online tutorials to teach you new things.
- Make a quilt for yourself.
- Make a quilt to donate.
- Organize your fabric stash.
- Finish a quilt you started a long time ago.
- Organize your fabric scraps.
- Photo document all of the quilts you've made.
- Design a new quilt.
- Inventory your supplies.
- Clean your sewing machine.
- Make small projects like table runners or placemats.
- Mend torn garments.
- Make a new outfit.
- Sew scrunchies for friends.
- Make quilted gifts for friends and family.
- Try acrylic pour painting.
- Make an oil painting.
- Make a watercolor painting.
- Try pastels.
- Make a pen and ink drawing.
- If you, like me, can barely draw a stick figure, then learn to draw by checking out videos.
- Crochet a blanket: Know someone with a baby on the way? Then now's the time to make them something special.
- Crochet a wearable item.
- Knit a blanket.
- Knit a wearable item.
- Learn amigurumi (the Japanese art of making small stuffed yarn creatures).
- Learn macramé.
- Try yarn art.
- Make a blanket to donate.
- Make a pair of earrings.
- Make a necklace.
- Try a new technique.
- Sort out beads.
- Organize jewelry findings.
- Make a bracelet.
- Make gifts for friends and family.
More Craft Activities
- Organize your craft supplies: I bet you'll be amazed by what you find. I found some acrylic pour paints and made some lovely wall art.
- Try a new craft.
- Finish up an old project.
- Try clay sculpting.
- Learn origami.
- Make a diorama.
- Have fun with scrapbooking.
- Indoor photography: There are loads of apps with all kinds of fun effects for your pictures.
- Perler beading: We've had these around the house for years, and they are finally being put to good use.
- Take up rug hooking.
- Take up paper maché.
- Learn calligraphy.
- Explore finger knitting.
- Draw a mandala.
- Make a sock bunny or other no-sew critter.
- Paint rocks.
- Make tissue paper suncatchers and hang them in the windows.
- Try paper cutouts.
- Start your Christmas gifts early and make something for friends and family.
- Look around the house for items to recycle and make something crafty.
- Make something out of duct tape.
It can get tough on families when they're required to be inside over an extended period of time.
Break up the monotony with some family fun! While you are at it, keep a running total of how many times each person in your household wins a game. When you are no longer required to stay home, treat the winner to a special prize.
- Play some card games.
- Color in a coloring book.
- Do a jigsaw puzzle.
- Have a dance party.
- Have an indoor family campout.
- Have a movie night.
- Have a tea party.
- Play the lava game: You know, the one where your feet can't touch the floor.
- Look at old vacation photos.
- Make a blanket fort.
- Make a puppet show.
- Make an indoor treasure hunt.
- Make up your own new game.
- Play plastic bottle bowling.
- Play dress up.
- Play hide and seek.
- Have a karaoke night.
- Play I Spy.
- Play board games.
- Play Simon Says.
- Play with your pets: They love all of the extra attention when people are home all day.
- Try a science experiment.
- Throw a party for everyone in the house.
- Make a treasure hunt for your pets.
- Have a craft night.
- Play charades.
- Make paper airplanes and have a contest to see whose goes the furthest.
- Make sock puppets.
- Try painting with items from around the house, like sponges or plastic forks.
- Have fun with paper plate crafts.
- Start an "I'm Grateful" jar and have the household members add something to it each day.
- Make paper fortune tellers.
- Make a scavenger hunt.
- Make a marble run.
- Make a Rube Goldberg machine.
Staying active is probably one of the more difficult things to do when you aren't able to leave the house.
Just be careful to make sure you don't hurt yourself, and that it's OK with your doctor before you do the activity.
- Do crunches.
- Dance: I'm getting pretty good at a certain dance video game. I may even get good enough to beat my daughter soon.
- Do a workout video.
- Create an indoor obstacle course.
- Lift weights.
- Do push-ups.
- Do sit-ups
- Do squats.
- Start using that unused exercise equipment that is doubling as a clothes rack.
- Climb the stairs.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do when you are stuck in your house is to focus on your own well-being. You might be busy trying to keep other people occupied, or you might not be in the mood to pamper yourself.
It's a good thing to do though, and here are some ideas to get you started.
Engage in Self-Care
- Attend an online worship service.
- Fill out crossword puzzles.
- Dance freely.
- Do some yoga.
- Do a word search puzzle.
- Give yourself a makeover.
- Give yourself a manicure.
- Give yourself a pedicure.
- Learn a foreign language: My daughter showed me a language app, and now I'm on my way to learning Spanish!
- Listen to your favorite playlist.
- Practice meditation.
- Play solitaire.
- Play the guitar.
- Read a book.
- Read poetry.
- Sit on your porch or deck if you can.
- Sleep in if you can.
- Start a diary or start writing in the one you have.
- Set aside time for prayer.
- Stay up late.
- Fill out a sudoku.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Take an online learning class.
- Write a book or short story.
- Write poetry.
- Cut your hair (if you dare).
- Dye your hair (if you dare).
- Try a new makeup look.
- Give yourself a facial.
- Daydream: Sometimes it's just nice to turn everything off and daydream a little bit.
- Practice daily devotions.
- Write a song.
- Try out a new hairdo.
In this day and age, there is no limit to things you can do digitally when you are stuck inside. So do some exploring and try something new.
If you are technically challenged and have a child in the house (or someone you can call), ask them for some recommendations. Believe me, they know all of latest trends.
- Binge watch a television series.
- Binge watch movies: I found a streaming service that just shows James Bond movies, and I'm pretty happy about that!
- Have a watch party with friends (virtually).
- Face time friends and family: You'll brighten up someone's day if they can see you, even if it's just for a little while.
- Listen to a podcast.
- Play video games.
- Shop online.
- Skype (video chat) with friends and family.
- Start a blog.
- Start a YouTube channel.
- Take an online cooking class.
- Take a virtual tour of a city you've never visited.
- Take a virtual tour of a museum.
- Watch YouTube videos.
- Watch an opera or symphony performance.
- Watch a great sporting event from days gone by.
- Try an audiobook.
- Do some computer maintenance.
You may not want to do it, but when you can't leave your house for an extended period of time, you might as well work on it, especially if you have a lot of time on your hands.
So roll up those sleeves and get to work.
Take Care of Those Chores
- Repot any houseplants that need it.
- Change around your wall art.
- Clean your closets.
- Clean your washing machine.
- Clean the tile grout on your floors.
- Dust, especially in places you don't normally dust, like the tops of paintings.
- Go through all of the pens in your house, and throw out ones that don't work.
- Do some laundry.
- Mend those torn clothes you have been putting off fixing.
- Purge unnecessary items and get them ready to donate or sell.
- Reorganize your furniture.
- Review your finances.
- Vacuum your entire home.
- Clean out the garage.
- Clean out your junk room.
- Wash your windows.
- Clean your baseboards and trim.
- Make a budget.
- Finally get around to fixing all of those broken things around the house.
- Rotate your mattress(es).
- Spruce up your shoes.
- Clean your walls: They can get surprisingly dirty.
Let's face it, if you are stuck inside the house for a while, you will be in the kitchen more often than not. Try mixing it up a bit with these ideas.
If you are looking for inspiration, Pinterest is a terrific source for all kinds of recipes.
Cooking and Baking
- Bake a sweet treat.
- Bring out those old appliances that have been gathering dust and use them.
- Clean your oven.
- Make breakfast for dinner.
- Reorganize your cupboard.
- Throw out old and expired pantry items.
- Have a food TV game night, like "Chopped" for dinner.
- Try a new recipe.
- Make up a new recipe.
- Have an international night with food items from around the globe.
- For finicky eaters, have a fun food sampling to try new flavors.
- Practice cake or cupcake decorating.
- Plan meals for the week.
- Organize all of those old recipes you cut out and threw in a shoe box.
Most things you can do to occupy your time fall into categories, but some don't. Here are a few more ideas to pass the day.
- Do homework if you have it.
- Read some blogs.
- Study up on a subject.
- Take a nap.
- Take an online class.
- Do work for your employer.
- Write letters to friends and family.
- Revisit an old hobby.
- Start a new hobby.
- Play a musical instrument.
- Have fun doodling.
- Put on a concert for the household.
- Play your favorite live album and have your own indoor concert.
- Have some romantic time with your significant other.
- Make an online photo album with your favorite snaps.
- Take your favorite pictures and turn them into a book with an online photo printing service.
- Teach your pet a new trick.
- Plan a dream vacation.
- Make a bucket list.
- Give each other shoulder massages.
- Give each other foot rubs.
Get Off the Couch and Do Something!
It's easy to be lazy and not do anything during times when you are unable to leave your homes, and it's definitely OK to do that sometimes. But it's also nice to have some things to do to keep you occupied.
Hopefully you found a couple of ideas here.
© 2020 Claudia Mitchell
Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 04, 2020:
Peggy - It sounds like you have your hands full with website issues. That keeps me busy sometimes too! This weekend's weather should be decent so we will be doing some yard work as well. Take care.
Richard - Thank you for your kind comments.
Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 04, 2020:
Thanks Robie! I'm trying really hard to deep clean a room a day, but it doesn't always work because I get distracted easily. Take care.
Richard from Texas on April 02, 2020:
I'm brand new to writing and struggling to get it down. You certainly seem to be an experienced, polished writer. Your articles are easy to read and understand and flow nicely. I hope I can achieve that someday.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2020:
You have created a long list of things to keep anyone busy for quite some time. I am busy transferring articles from my website over to HP before I have to pay renewal charges. Other than that, we are starting to purge old files and do some clearing out of things. Soon we will have to trim shrubs, do some power washing, fertilize plants, etc. So we have plenty to keep us busy. We are staying at home as recommended.
Robie Benve from Ohio on April 02, 2020:
I love this list! I'm tempted to go down the list and try out every single thing, though some will take several days, but they are all great ideas. Plus, they are wonderful for any time of the year, not only during a pandemic. Who needs to be bored when there are so many possibilities?
Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 02, 2020:
Thanks. I work from home so it hasn't been a huge adjustment. In fact, I seem to be writing even more which is nice.
Richard from Texas on April 01, 2020:
Wow, Claudia, you've put some time into thinking up all these activities. I like to build stuff in my garage/shop and that's what I've been doing lately- and writing. I'm a little like Bill Holland. I'm semi-retired and not much has changed for me with the crisis lifestyle.
Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 31, 2020:
Thanks! I covered a lot of bases.
Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 31, 2020:
I work from home so it hasn't been that much of a change for me either. It's been an adjustment for my daughter though. We just take it one day at a time. Hope you are staying healthy. I'm not on here much anymore. I'm giving it a go with my own website. Thanks for stopping by!
Liz Westwood from UK on March 31, 2020:
This is an amazing list. No excuse for anyone to say they are bored after reading this article.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 31, 2020:
Heck,this is my normal lifestyle. I haven't had to adjust at all. Welcome to the world of an introvert reclusive. :)
I hope this finds you well and healthy.