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Stop watching Netflix and start being productive with these 52 things to do when bored at home!
Being home from college is relaxing at first, but you’ll quickly find yourself bored without the hustle and bustle of campus life.
If you’re stuck at home for the summer or even the whole fall semester, here are 52 ideas for activities you can do to be productive during that time.
In this post, you’ll find things to do when you’re bored at home that involve self-improvement, organization & cleaning, education, and creativity.
1. Clean up your social media.
Go through your old Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts and make sure they reflect the way you want the world to view you. Recruiters will be looking into your social media background, and even one controversial post could mean you don’t get the job. Even if you think your social media presence is private, there are ways your information can get out.
2. Make a vision board.
Creating a vision board is a great way to inspire and motivate yourself to reach your goals. You can make a vision board on Pinterest or make a real one using magazine scraps and printed pictures. You can even make one for your computer or phone wallpaper, so you’ll see it every day.
3. Write a letter to your future self.
Write a letter for yourself to open a few years from now. It can include your current goals and plans, as well as a prediction of what your life will be like in the future. Hopefully, when you open the letter you will have exceeded your own expectations!
4. Make a bucket list.
A bucket list differs from typical self-improvement goals in that it focuses on specific activities that you want to do. Having a bucket list can encourage you to do things you wouldn’t usually consider, just for the sake of experiencing it once in your life. Some ideas of bucket list items are going to the top of the Empire State Building, skydiving, and running a marathon.
5. Start a blog.
Starting a blog about something you’re passionate about is a great way to achieve personal growth, gain confidence, and help others. You don’t have to start a blog to make money, but there are opportunities to turn your blog into a business.
6. Set some short-term goals.
It’s a good idea to set short-term goals along with creating a vision board. Short term goals are more clearly defined, such as having a goal to only spend a certain amount of money this month. This specificity makes it easier to keep track of your progress.
7. Update your resume.
Although it can be a pain, periodically updating your resume (and LinkedIn profile) is important. You want your resume to accurately reflect your career status and other activities you may be involved in.
8. Take a career quiz.
If you’re not quite sure what career path will be the best fit for you, there are plenty of free quizzes you can find online to give you some guidance.
9. Make a feel-good playlist.
Take the time to curate a playlist with all your favorite songs to pump you up in the morning or whenever you’re feeling down.
10. Find new recipes to try.
Browse Pinterest or any cookbooks you may have lying around to look for some new recipes you’ve never made before. A lot of times we get stuck eating the same four meals, but there are plenty of easy recipes you’d love if you only took the time to try them out.
11. Read an inspirational book.
There are plenty of books with great advice on how to get the life you want. Here are some titles to get you started: #Girlboss, written by the founder of Nasty Gal; You Are a Badass, a NYT bestseller; and Power Your Happy, written by the founder of Popsugar.
12. Start a journal.
Journaling can help you relieve stress by getting all your thoughts and emotions out onto paper. It’s up to you how you format your journal, whether with paragraphs, lists, or even drawings. You can find all sorts of journal entry templates online if you need more structure to get started.
13. Do a 10-minute workout.
At-home workout videos are a big trend right now on YouTube. You can target a certain area of your body, such as your legs, or do a full-body workout. Doing one 10-minute workout a day is a low-commitment way to jumpstart your fitness journey starting today.
14. Start a book group.
Get a group of friends together and start a book group. This is a great way to hold yourself accountable for reading, while also staying connected to your friends.
ORGANIZING & CLEANING THINGS
15. Sort emails into folders.
You probably have hundreds or even thousands of unread emails sitting in your inbox right now. A quick way to organize and clear out your inbox is to sort them by the sender.
For example, if you get a lot of emails from stores you shop at, you can group them all in a folder together. You can even change your account settings so that any future emails will be sent directly to the folder.
16. Go through your camera roll.
Go through your phone’s camera roll and delete any duplicates, blurry photos, and screenshots you no longer need. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can sort your photos into albums so you’ll be able to locate them more easily.
17. Order photo prints.
Photo collages are a super cute way to decorate empty wall space. You can have your favorite photos printed inexpensively online from Shutterfly or a local store such as CVS.
18. Rearrange your room.
If you’re getting tired of your bedroom, you should try rearranging the furniture and decor. For example, you can move your bed from the middle of the room to a corner to create more space.
19. Clean out your closet.
Clear out anything in your closet that you haven’t worn in the past year. After all, if you get rid of clothes that means you have space to buy more.
If you have some pieces in decent shape you can try to sell them on Poshmark, and the rest you can donate. Reselling clothing if especially worthwhile if you have some nicer items such as old prom and homecoming dresses.
20. Plan meals for the next week.
Meal planning makes cooking for yourself so much easier. Decide what meals you’ll have for the week so you don’t have to go to the grocery store multiple times or stress about what to make.
21. Throw out old makeup.
If you didn’t know, makeup expires. Bacteria can grow on your old makeup and give you an infection or cause you to break out. Check out this article to learn more about how to tell if your makeup is expired.
22. Gather up loose change.
Consolidate all the loose change that accumulates at the bottom of your purse, on your dresser, etc. and put it in an empty jar. Once you have a decent amount, you can take it to a Coinstar machine and exchange it for cash.
23. Get your finances in order.
Take a look at your recent credit card purchases. It’s a good idea to keep track of how you’re spending your money so that you can eliminate unnecessary purchases and catch any errors. You should also run a credit report and take the time to learn more about your student loans.
24. Wash your car.
Instead of going to the car wash you can do it yourself at home. All you need is a bucket, some soap, a sponge, and a long hose. If you really want to pamper your car, you can vacuum the inside too.
25. Do your laundry.
Since you have extra time on your hands, make the extra effort of separating all your clothes, bleaching your whites, etc.
26. Vacuum the whole house.
Do your family or roommates a favor and vacuum the house—without even being asked. You never know what kind of dust can build up, especially underneath the bed and couch.
27. Reorganize your pantry.
A lot of times the pantry starts out with everything in its proper place, but quickly gets disorganized. Take everything out of the pantry and throw out anything that’s gone stale. If you have any canned goods you’re not using, consider donating them to a local food drive.
28. Clean your jewelry.
If you’re looking to restore the shine on tarnished jewelry, it’s a quick and inexpensive fix you can do at home. You can make a DIY jewelry cleaner using dish soap, baking soda, or Alka-Seltzer tablets. For more information, check out this article.
29. Wash your white shoes.
It’s actually super easy to restore your bright white sneakers at home. First, take the laces out and put them in a delicates bag. Then, simply throw the shoes in the washing machine with some towels (for the noise). Add baking soda for extra tough stains.
30. Wipe down all the mirrors.
Mirrors are one thing that never really get enough attention when it comes to cleaning around the house. Mirrors can collect a lot of dust, but will be good as new with a couple of squirts of Windex.
31. Watch a TED talk.
TED talks are short video presentations given by motivational speakers. They are a great way to introduce yourself to new ideas dealing with technology, societal behavior, and more.
32. Learn a new language.
Picking up a foreign language is super helpful for traveling and looks good on your resume too. Duolingo is a good option if you’re just starting out since it’s free, but it mainly focuses on vocabulary.
If you really want to gain fluency in a new language, check out Babbel or Rosetta Stone, both of which operate via subscription service. If you have some background already, try watching TV in a different language to strengthen your skills.
33. Take a coding class.
Coding is another useful skill that will look impressive to your prospective employers. Completing a coding class shows not only that you have achieved proficiency in a coding language, but also that you are capable of creative problem solving.
34. Read the daily news.
Reading the news is a good habit to get into. It helps you keep up with current events in the rest of the world, and can be especially helpful depending on your career.
Staying up-to-date with current events has never been easier using the internet. You can subscribe to an email newsletter from your favorite news source, get notifications on your phone, or simply conduct a search on Google.
35. Write a short story.
Give your literacy skills a shot by writing a short story. It doesn’t matter if it’s completely made up or a real account of your life. Writing on your own time will help improve the grammar, sentence structure, and overall fluency of your writing.
36. Research your family history.
If you’re interested in learning more about your family history you can get a free 14-day trial for Ancestry.com. This will give you access to tons of historical genealogy records to help you find information about your ancestors.
37. Bake cookies.
Baking cookies is a great way to pass time, and you can gift them to your friends and neighbors if you make too many to eat on your own. Chocolate chip cookies are super easy, all you need to do is follow the recipe on the back of any bag of chocolate chips.
38. Do a room decor DIY.
Spruce up your room with new room decor you can make yourself. One DIY I’m obsessed with right now is flower walls. See this blogger’s tutorial if you want to try it out.
39. Paint your nails.
Save some money this month by doing your nails at home instead of going to the salon. If you’re looking for something closer to the dip or acrylic nails that you’re used to, consider purchasing a polygel nail kit (it costs less than one salon-grade manicure).
40. Make your own face or hair mask.
Rejuvenate your face and hair with a DIY mask you can make with normal ingredients you already have at home. Check out this article for some face and hair masks you can whip up in no time.
41. Have a photoshoot.
Put on a cute outfit and get your sibling or roommate to snap some quick pictures of you. Some flowers or trees make a good backdrop if you have them, otherwise a blank wall with good natural lighting will do.
42. Do a Bob Ross painting.
Even if you’re not artistic whatsoever, you can still follow along with a Bob Ross painting tutorial. Take a look at the official Bob Ross YouTube channel for hundreds of free painting videos.
43. Tie-dye something.
Tie-dye is a huge fashion trend right now. Instead of buying a tie-dye sweatshirt, t-shirt, etc., you can save money by making your own at home.
44. Learn a TikTok Dance.
Test out your dancing skills by learning a popular Tik Tok dance. This will help get the positive vibes flowing and maybe even give you a mini workout.
45. Paint your old furniture.
An easy way to make your room feel instantly different is by painting the furniture. For example, you can give your dresser a coat of white paint to make it look more vintage, or paint it a bright color to give it a modern feel.
46. Make a scrapbook.
A great way to keep track of all the things you’ve done is by making a scrapbook. Some ideas of what to include in a scrapbook are photos, ticket stubs, magazine clippings, and quotes.
47. Teach yourself how to crochet.
If you’ve tried to learn how to knit and failed, crocheting might be for you. Crocheting only uses one needle instead of two, and mistakes are easier to fix, which is a plus for beginners.
48. Make a secret hollow book.
A hollowed out old book is the perfect place to store cash, jewelry, or anything else valuable you may have lying around. When placed on a bookshelf, it will blend right in with the other books. Check out this tutorial for step-by-step instructions.
49. Repurpose old clothes.
Instead of donating old clothes you no longer wear, you may be able to repurpose them into something more your style. This could be anything from bleaching jeans to cropping a sweatshirt to sewing a dress into a two-piece set.
50. Learn how to do origami.
Origami is a good craft to try because it offers a wide variety of difficulties, makes very little mess, and does not require extensive supplies. If you don’t want to buy colored origami paper, you can always just use printer paper cut into squares.
51. Send postcards to your friends.
52. Do a coloring page.
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Coloring books became super popular in the last few years when advertised as a way for adults to relieve stress. If you don’t have a coloring book already, you can print out a coloring page for free, or purchase one online.