Don’t let something like the weather, or a quarantine, prevent you from exploring a new hobby, helping others in a small way, or just taking care of a few small tasks.
If you find yourself stuck at home and are looking for something interesting or productive to do, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Create a vertical soda bottle garden
Recycle your empty 2 liter bottles and create a hanging vertical container garden. These container garden columns can be hung indoors inside a sunny window, out on a balcony, or anywhere in the yard.
Grow herbs, vegetables or flowers in a fraction of the space required for a normal garden bed.
Organize your recipes
Finally clear through all those handwritten and clipped recipes, and organize them online for free.
You’ll never worry about losing a recipe and can access them via your computer or mobile device. Visit Add My Recipes to begin organizing and saving all those recipes, for free.
Explore the world – one country a day
- Select a random country and incorporate elements into your day.
- Use https://random.country/? to pick a country at random.
- Then google that country to learn where it is located and find some basic facts to get started.
- Learn to say “hello” in that country’s native tongue. Start off all texts and phone calls with your new “hello”.
- Create lunch or dinner using a traditional meal or ingredient from the selected country.
- Timezone – set one of your clocks to that country’s time
- Watch a subtitled movie from that country
- Listen to a traditional song
Learn to play piano online
Even if it’s something as simple as Chopsticks, you can still mark this activity off your list and tell everyone you learned to play piano.
Visit https://pianu.com/ and click on the Start Learning Piano button above the keyboard.
Clean out your junk drawer
Does it take 5 minutes just to find a paperclip or a working pen? Maybe it’s time to organize your junk drawer.
If you’re not in the mood for organizing, you can analyze what this time capsule of miscellany says about you by visiting https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/junk-drawer-says-about-you/
Color code or label your keys
If you find yourself frequently sifting through your keychain, looking for the right key, color code them to make your life easier.
You can print tiny labels and add them to the key using clear fingernail polish. Or color code them (again, using fingernail polish). Paint the head of the key a specific color, then add a dot of that same color onto the lock for which the key is intended. Color code car keys to match the color of your vehicle.
Learn a new language online
You can take a deep dive and learn to become fluent in a new language. Or better yet, just learn how to order your favorite beverage in several different languages.
Open Culture provides an extensive list of resources for learning pretty much any language online for free. You can view their site here.
There are a lot of great online volunteer opportunities, some of which require only a small amount of commitment. Here are two great organizations to help you select an opportunity that matches your interests or experience.
Sell unwanted items on eBay
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So why not clear out the clutter and earn a few bucks in the process?
Back up your printed photos online
Google photos gives you 15GB for free, so there’s no reason to procrastinate any longer.
Learn how to identify backyard birds
Help transcribe historical handwritten field notes, journals, and other documents for the Smithsonian
Lend your voice to Librivox