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

Diy Vertical Bottle Garden

Diy Vertical 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.

DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Container Garden With Printable Template

Organize your recipes

Organize Handwritten Recipes Online

Finally clear through all those handwritten and clipped recipes, and organize them online for free.

Add My Recipes

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

Explore The World

Explore The World

  • Select a random country and incorporate elements into your day.
  • 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

Learn Piano

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.

Online Piano Keyboard

Clean out your junk drawer

Organize Your Junk Drawer

Organize 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

Organize Your Keys

Organize 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.

Volunteer online

Volunteer Online

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.

https://www.catchafire.org/

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities

Sell unwanted items on eBay

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

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

https://transcription.si.edu/

Lend your voice to Librivox

Volunteer for LibriVox

 

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