24 Things to Do When You’re Bored to Pass the Time
There’s no shame in being bored. Whenever you find yourself with not so much to do it’s natural to get a bit antsy. The first day or so is gold: you sleep in, enjoy a luxurious breakfast, and, of course, watch your favorite TV shows. But then, it happens. You run through all the best movies, find yourself pacing between the fridge and the couch, and the walls start to feel a little closer than they were before. You’ve started feeling bored. Instead of sitting around on your phone getting lost in the news and social media (and slowly losing your mind), pivot to some fun things you can do at home or in your own backyard. We’ve rounded up the best things to when you’re bored, depending on your mood. From board games and self care to indoor gardening and organizing, these exciting activities will keep you entertained no matter how long you’re stuck inside.
Fun activities to do when stuck inside
Play a board game. Turn off the TV and challenge the family to a board game.
Build a fort. Kids know this already: The couch cushions or a few chairs and blankets make an awesome wonderland. Embrace your inner child, or let your kids show you the way.
Get a workout in. You don’t need a gym membership to sweat it out. Pull on your favorite leggings, choose a workout app, and get your blood moving.
Write a letter. In the age of text messages and FaceTime, we don’t write out our feelings in long form. Get out some nice paper and spread some love to a friend or family member.
Watch a sports game. No sports on TV? Queue up some classic old games.
Call a friend. If you’re usually a text person, pick up the phone or video call a faraway friend. The extra connection really makes you feel closer.
Creative things to do indoors
Start a new book. If you’ve run through your TV queue, go analog. Try one of the best books of the year to transport yourself to another world.
Change up your décor. From the bedroom to living room to kitchen, we have countless ideas to help give your home a quick and easy makeover. Even just rearranging your furniture a little will feel fresh.
Try a new recipe. Stop opening and closing the fridge hoping new snacks will magically appear. Take matters into your own hand and make your own tasty dish.
Indoor stress-relief activities
Paint your nails. Create an at-home spa experience with a mani-pedi. Choose a trending color, add an interesting design, and finish it off with a shiny top coat.
Take a bubble bath. Embrace your free time with a mountain of bubbles and a few drops of essential oils. Bring a good book in there with you, if you don’t mind it getting a tad damp.
Do a face mask. For a quick pick-me-up, apply a nourishing face mask. You can choose one to target a number of issues, including dry skin, acne, or to brighten up a dull complexion. Whatever ails you, there’s a mask for that.
Start journaling. Time will fly by as you jot down your thoughts in a journal. If you want to go even deeper, venture into the artistic world of bullet journals.
Listen to a meditation video. When your mind starts to spiral, turn it inward. Mediation videos can easily guide you through mindful exercises and techniques to reach inner peace.
Try living room yoga. In addition to strengthening your whole body, yoga helps center your mind. You can do it at home with no equipment using a free app, too.
Do Zumba. There’s something about this structured dance party that is sure to lift your spirits.
Organizing activities to pass time
Scour your whole house. When we get bored, we often feel helpless. But tackling even the simplest task, like doing the dishes, can boost your mood immediately. Start with these easy cleaning tips or try a full schedule to tackle every inch of the house.
Shine the windows. You’ll be amazed how much brighter things look with sparkling clean windows.
Clean out your closet. Go through your clothes to rediscover some old favs. If you haven’t worn it in the past year, consider posting it on a clothing resale app so it can find a new home.
Organize your kitchen. You’re ready to dive into the wonderful world of drawer and cabinet organizers. Please hold the applause.
Refresh your mantel. Make the most out of your fireplace by thoughtfully decorating the mantel for the season. Rotate in a fresh crop of family photos or add a pop of color with fresh or silk flowers.
Spot-treat your white shoes. White shoes pretty much go with every outfit, but only if they stay that way. Making your white shoes look like new is oh-so-satisfying.
Give an old piece new life. Maybe you’ve got an old chair that never quite fit, or odds n’ ends that could become something else. Go ahead, DIY it.
Tackle a trouble spot. You know that corner that hasn’t been organized since you moved in? Use your free time to fix it.