11 Great (And Entertaining) Things to Do in Your Apartment
A lot of us are stuck in our apartments right now. Since there isn’t a lot to do, we’re on the hunt for indoor activities.
You may want to stare at your phone for hours. But there are better ways to make use of your time.
If you haven’t done a puzzle yet, why not give a challenging one a shot? If you’ve been meaning to take up cooking, now’s your chance.
Whoever said that being stuck inside is boring was wrong. There are so many fun things to do in your apartment.
And you, my friend, are about to try several of these activities. With this list, you’ll never get bored!
1. Put Together a Puzzle
If you’ve never done a complicated puzzle, make time to do it. It’s a fantastic activity that’ll challenge your mind.
Get one based on a favorite movie or interest.
You could even surprise a loved one with a custom puzzle made from one of their favorite pictures. When it arrives at the apartment, they’ll be dying to put it together.
And since you have a lot of time on your hands, why not try to knock it out all at once? Time yourself and see how fast you can do it!
2. Have a Virtual Happy Hour
Don’t let being stuck indoors get you down. Instead, invite some friends “over” for a virtual party!
Thanks to online meeting websites like Zoom and Skype, you can “hang out” with people even if you’re far apart.
Your virtual happy hour should take away your boredom. Spending time with friends and family will help you unwind and take your mind off everything.
3. Hit the Gym (At Home!)
Most gyms are closed right now, but the gym can come to you.
From yoga to HIIT exercises, there are plenty of exercises you can do at home.
You’ve likely been sitting around too much anyway (c’mon, you know it’s true). It’s time to get that blood pumping.
Watch a YouTube video or find an online fitness class. Being active in your apartment will help you burn up some of that excess energy.
4. Style Your Bookshelf
If your bookshelf is looking cluttered (or even if it isn’t), use this time to stylize it.
You can organize your books by color or author. Another option is to stack some books vertically and others horizontally. Creating different stacks can add dimension and character to your bookshelf.
Then, you can add various decorations to give it a brand new look.
5. Create a Vision Board
Creating a vision board when you’re stuck inside is the perfect way to look forward to the future.
Fashion a vision board that highlights your goals and aspirations.
If you don’t have any magazines, print out some pictures from Pinterest or another site. Or, you can write down (or draw, if you’re artistically inclined) some of your dreams and put it on the board.
The design is up to you. Just make sure it matches the rest of your apartment!
6. Give Your Furniture a Makeover
Do you want to give your furniture a makeover? As long as you have proper ventilation, you can paint your furniture to give it a whole new look.
Once it’s painted, use stencils and paint to add accents to your favorite pieces. This is a fun project that won’t cause a lot of damage to your furniture.
Side note: If you don’t like how the stencil turns out, you can always paint over it later.
There are other projects you can do, too. If you’d like to jazz up your dresser, for example, order some peel-and-stick wallpaper. Adhere the paper to the sides or the back for a quick and fun makeover!
7. Print Out Photos to Hang on the Wall
If you’ve ever wanted to print out some photos to hang on your wall, there’s no better time than now.
Go through your files and select some family or nature photos you adore. Try to stick with the current theme of the room where you plan to hang the photo. (Although, if you want to create a new theme in a room, why not use your photos as a starting point?)
Print out some pictures that give you happy thoughts. You’re going to love having them hang in your apartment!
8. Repurpose Old Candle Jars
There are probably a lot of things in your apartment you aren’t using. And candle jars are one of them.
Clean them up and use them to store things. From makeup brushes to Q-Tips, these jars can hold a lot. Plus, they look oh-so-cute as decorations for your bathroom, bedroom, or living room.
9. Bake Something Yummy
Baking brings delicious food and a pleasant smell to your apartment.
Is there some dessert you’d love to make but haven’t had the time until now? Make some blueberry muffins or your favorite cookies (or both!).
Baking isn’t always fun, but it can be if you make your favorite dessert. Whipping up something yummy will be an excellent stress-reducer.
10. Declutter Your Brain with Some Lists
Even if making lists doesn’t sound like fun, it’ll make you feel great.
Stop putting off the tasks on your to-do list and start making things happen. You have the time to get things done, so take advantage of it. To-dos like organizing your finances won’t get done on their own.
Make some lists of specific tasks you’d like to do. Also, include the steps you must take to complete those tasks. Having a list and plan will put you on the right track.
11. Listen to a New Podcast
There are dozens of podcasts out there. Make time to listen to a few.
By listening to podcasts, you can expand your knowledge. And if you listen to a fun one hosted by celebrities or an author, you’ll appreciate the entertainment.
Pass the time and learn simultaneously by listening to different podcasts!
The next time you’re feeling bored, remember this list. There’s always something to do in your apartment.
Even if you’re not feeling motivated, start working on a project that appeals to you. You’ll be proud when you accomplish it.
And when you’re proud of yourself for trying something new, you’ll want to do more. Pretty soon, you’ll forget that you were even bored at all!
Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager at Broadstone Timbergrove