What can I do when I’m bored? Today I’m sharing a list of fun things to do when you’re bored at home. These creative ideas can give you a boost of inspiration when you’re looking for things to do when bored in quarantine or lockdown.
Whether you’re looking for things to do at home alone or with your boyfriend, there is always something fun or productive we could be doing around the house.
With today’s current events, we are being told to stay at home more. Yes, it’s natural to feel anxious or scared. But we have been given the gift of time. Time to spend with our loved ones. Time to get organized. Time to relax.
So with all that said, here’s 46 fun things to do when you’re bored at home!
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- 30 creative at-home date night ideas
- 15 fun hobbies that make money
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What to do when you’re bored with a friend
Have a themed or costume party
We usually only get the chance to wear costumes at Halloween, but it can be a lot of fun to get dressed up in a costume and have a party. Make it a themed costume party by choosing a time era or movie characters. This is can be a fun thing to do when you’re bored with a friend.
Here’s a few ideas to get you inspired:
Create an escape room at home
Escape rooms are super popular, but they can get expensive for a group to go. Instead, it’s easy to create your own escape room experience at home. You can find a tutorial online or grab one of these top-rated excape room kits:
Have a Christmas party in the summer
Do you love Christmas so much that you wish you could celebrate it more than once a year? Me too! That’s why ‘Christmas in July’ exists. Put on the Christmas movies and drink frozen hot chocolate. This can be a fun thing to do at home while staying cozy.
Have an epic Nerf war
It may sound kind of silly, but once you get started, you’ll wonder why you haven’t had a Nerf gun day sooner! Don’t forget to grab your weapons.
Play a murder mystey game
If you’re bored at home with friends or family, consider playing a murder mystey game. This is a fun way to put decipher codes and piece together clues. Some of my favorite murder mystery games include:
- Death at the Dive Bar
- Murder Mystery Party – Murder at Mardi Gras
- Cold Case Crackers Muder Mystery Game
Indoor scavenger hunt
If you’re stuck at home, why not make things fun by having an indoor scavenger or treasure hunt. Create some clues and distribute them around the home so one clue leads to another. Then place some treasure at the final destination. This can be a fun thing to do when you’re bored at home for kids.
Have a themed movie night
Pick your favorite movie genre and plan for an evening of watching back-to-back movies. Themed movie night ideas include Disney movies, Star Wars movies, Harry Potter movies, Lord of the Rings movies, Marvel movies, and so on.
PRO TIP: Make it special by using a movie projector. You can watch a movie outdoors or project it on a blank wall inside.
Don’t forget to have plenty of your favorite snacks. My boyfriend and I LOVE eating popcorn while watching movies. We enjoy making popcorn at home in this popcorn machine. This can be a fun things to do at when you’re bored at night.
Play board games
There are so many board games to choose from. You can turn it into a tournament or see how many games you can play in a day. The possibilities are endless. Below are some of my favorite games to play when bored.
Have a karaoke night
Plan an afternoon or evening of karaoke with your friends and family. Make it a judgement-free zone so everyone can feel comfortable singing their favorite tunes. You can select music from your favorite genre, band or decade. This is one of the best fun things to do at home.
Do a jigsaw puzzle
What to do when you’re bored at home alone? Do a jigsaw puzzle!
Did you know that doing jigsaw puzzles can improve your short-term memory? It’s also a great way to relieve stress after a long day. This is one of the best things to do at home by yourself.
Need to take a break from putting together the puzzle? Use this handy puzzle storage roll up mat to keep all the pieces in one place. Then simply unroll the mat when you’re ready to tackle the jigsaw puzzle again. This can be a fun things to do when you’re bored at home alone.
This is a fun game that has been around for year. You can buy the game or make up your own ideas. This can be a great way to get the family together and be creative. Another awesome game is Pictionary.
Creative things to do when you’re bored at home
Bake homemade dog treats
If you love dogs, baking homemade dog treats can be a lot of fun. Many pet treats are really bad for dogs and are often filled with unhealthy fillers. Fortunately, it’s easy to make delicious treats for your pup at home.
My friend Kristin started a dog treat business from home. She earns over $1,000 per month from selling her treats online and at local farmer’s markets. If you’re interested, check out her free workshop here to learn more.
Read Next: How to start a dog treat business from home
Learn how to do calligraphy
Calligraphy is popular right now and it looks beautiful. This can give your handwritten projects that extra flair and is a fun skill to learn. You can get started by watching tutorials online or pick up a calligraphy set for beginners.
Crochet or knit something
When I was a kid I remember going to my great Aunt’s house and learning how to crochet a scarf. I was never very good at it, but I had so much fun learning and seeing my finished project. You can search for free patterns online to get started.
Some ideas to crochet or knit include making a blanket, a scarf, a hat, a drink coaster, a pot holder, slippers, or a doll.
Paint a picture
I recently went to my first paint night and had a blast. I haven’t painted anything in years, so it was nice to go out with friends and learn some new painting techniques. Plus, it can be a great way to socialize.
Tie dye t-shirts
This is a fun acitvity to engage your creative side and is one of the best activities for kids and adults alike. Grab a tie dye kit and some white t-shirts and see what beautiful color combination you’ll create.
Other ideas include tie dying backpacks, shoes, sweat pants, sweat shirts, and face masks.
Color in a coloring book
Coloring books are not just for kids. This can be a great way for adults to relax and unleash their creative side. If you’re feeling cheeky, I love this swear words coloring book for adults.
If painting isn’t your cup of tea, why not have a craft night instead! Keep the DIY craft ideas simple to make sure everyone can have a fun time. Here are a few ideas to get you brainstorming:
Taking photos is a fun thing to do at home. You don’t need to buy a fancy camera. Just use what you already have – even if it’s your phone. Here’s some ideas for photo projects you can do at home:
- Food photography
- Nature photography in your backyard
- Black and white photos
- Lifestyle photos
Make a scrapbook
This is a good way to use old photos that you may have laying around the house. Put them together or print some from your phone to create a beautiful family scrapbook. This can highlight some of your vacations and memories with your family.
Turn rocks into gemstones
Collecting gemstones has become a popular hobby, but it can be expensive. Instead, there are handy tools that can help you turn everyday rocks into dazzling gemstones. This can be a fun activity to do when you’re bored for kids or adults.
Learn embrodiery or cross stitch
Learning emrodiery doesn’t have to be difficult and this can be an inexpensive hobby. Once you get your needle threaded, there’s something relaxing about stitching a beautiful pattern from the comfort of your home. You can grab a embrodiery kit for beginners here.
Start a garden
Each spring, I like to plant seeds and watch them grow into a beautiful herb garden. If you have kids, this can be a fun and educational experience for them to plant seeds. I recommend checking to see which time of year is best to get started.
Origami is a lot of fun. The easiest origami animal to make is a cat face, butterfly or fish. To get started, you can find tutorials online or pick up a book for beginners and some pretty origami paper.
Things to do when bored on the computer
Earn cash back when shopping online
Rakuten is free to join and it’s my favorite way to earn cash back when shopping online. Rakuten will even apply coupons automatically at checkout, so you’ll always know you’re getting the best deal.
Plus, you’ll get a free $10 welcome bonus just for signing up.
I use Rakuten all the time when shopping online and have been able to earn over a thousand dollars through them. Pretty awesome right?
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR FREE $10:
- Start here to sign up for Rakuten. (It’s free to join)
- Find your store on Rakuten next time you need to buy something. It’s connected to over 2,000 stores, including Amazon, Target, and Walmart. You’ll need to spend at least $25 on your first purchase within 90 days.
- Your Rakuten account will be credited with reward points. Get this cash sent to a PayPal account or choose to receive a Big Fat Check from Rakuten. It’s up to you!
For Canadian shoppers, you can click here to sign up for Rakuten (free $5 welcome bonus).
Get paid to lose weight
Companies, such as HealthyWage will actually pay you to reach your fitness goals. They will help you lose weight by offering a cash prize. Simply make a personalized bet on your own weight loss. If you’re successful with the challenge, you can win up to $10,000.
How to get fit and make money with HealthyWage:
- Calculate your prize.
- Make your bet.
- Lose the weight.
- Win money!
Get paid to share your opinion
Companies are willing to pay you to get your opinion. If you’re looking for an easy way to make money fast, this can be one of the best things to do when bored online.
I started doing online surveys when I was in college to help me make extra money. It’s been a good way to help my bank account grow each month. This is a random thing to do when you’re bored, but it can make you exta money!
PRO TIP: Earn the most money when you sign up for several survey websites. Then you’ll get to choose the surveys which pay the most money. Save time and earn more cash!
Survey Junkie – This is my favorite legit survey company and it’s a great way to make money. It’s one of the largest survey companies in the world. It’s similar to Swagbucks, where you’ll earn points for each survey you complete. Then you can exchange your points for cash paid directly to a PayPal account, or you can redeem your points for a gift card. It’s super easy.
Branded Surveys – This is my favorite paid survey site! Branded Surveys currently has a TrustScore rating of 4.4/5 on Trust Pilot, which makes them one of the highest rated survey sites.
Swagbucks – This is one of the most popular survey websites. I’ve been using Swagbucks for years to earn free gift cards. For each survey you complete, you’ll earn “swagbucks” which can be redeemed for free gift cards, or you can get cash paid to a PayPal account. Plus, you’ll get a free $5 welcome bonus just for signing up today.
Start a blog
Blogging is my favorite way to make money online and it’s a fun thing to do at home. The start-up costs are low which makes it super easy to get started. Blogging can be a simple side hustle, or it can turn into a full-time job (like it did for me). It’s up to you!
If you’re interested in starting your own blog, check out my free step-by-step guide. It’ll show you how to easily get started. It takes just a few minutes to get your blog up and running. Anyone can do it!
Need some inspiration? Check out the best ways to make money as a new blogger here.
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Get a side hustle
Side hustles can be a great way to boost your income so you can save more money and stay afloat. Here’s a few of my favorite side jobs you may want to consider:
- Bake and sell homemade dog treats
- Pinterest virtual assistant
- Virtual assistant
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling on Amazon
- Flea market flipping
If you’re interested in learning about more way to make extra money, I recommend checking out these posts:
- How to make $100 a day: 42 legit ways
- 10 side jobs for stay-at-home moms
- 10 side hustle ideas for dads
- 15 real ways to make an extra $500 this month from home
Things to do when bored in quarantine
Perfect your home coffee or tea game
This past year, it’s been a lot of fun learning how to step up my home coffee game. I like my homemade cinnamon latte even more than my local coffee shop. I invested in an espresso maker, which takes minimal counterspace in my small kitchen.
I’ve also started learning how to make matcha tea at home. I didn’t realize how easy it was to whisk up a delicious matcha green tea latte. I grabbed this matcha tea set which has been a game-changer for my morning routine.
Enjoy tasty snacks from around the world from Universal Yums
One of the best parts about traveling is trying different foods. If you are unable to travel right now, considering signing up for Universal Yums.
Universal Yums is a monthly subscription box where each month, you’ll get tasty snacks from a different country delivered straight to your door.
What’s in each box? Each box includes a variety of sweet and salty snacks that are specially brought in from a different country every month. It also includes a free booklet that guides your adventure with trivia, recipes and other surprises.
Have an indoor picnic
There’s something so inviting about laying down a blanket and unpacking a picnic basket full of delicious goodies. You don’t have worry about creating the perfect spread of food, even some simple sandwiches or your favorite take-out will be tasty.
Instead of having it outside, you can bring the picnic indoors. Create a theme to make it exciting, such as Mexican food or party appetizers. This can be a fun thing to do at home when you’re bored.
Try a new recipe
Sometimes I get into a rut where it feels like I’m cooking the same thing for dinner every night. To mix things up, I recommend trying a new recipe. Search for ideas on Pinterest or pull out your favorite cookbook to get inspired.
Some of my favorite cookbooks include:
Bake your favorite dessert
There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked dessert. I love watching baking shows on TV and always get inspired to learn how to become a better baker. Some of my favorite things to bake include chocolate cream pie, banana bread, and brownies.
This can also be a fun thing to do at home for kids. Get them involved by teaching them fractions, ratios, measurements and more when baking.
Decorate a cake or cupcakes
I’ve always been inspired by the beautiful cake creations on the TV baking shows. They make it look so easy! I recently bought some cake decorating supplies so I can learn how to decorate my own cakes at home. It’s a lot of fun and tasty for everyone to eat.
Try Hello Fresh for the week
Take a break from trying to figure out what’s for dinner every night. Instead, try Hello Fresh. This meal kit delivery is perfect for those busy weeks and make for a fun thing to do at home.
I’ve used Hello Fresh in the past and love how easy it is to put together a delicious and healthy meal. To get started, all you have to do is pick your plan (quick meals, family meals, or vegetarian meals). You can also select the number of people in your household (2-4 people).
Then you’ll get fresh ingredients delivered straight to your door for the week. Your Hello Fresh box includes simple step-by-step recipes complete with nutritional information and fresh, pre-measured ingredients to help you put together a delicious meal in no time.
Create a meal plan for your family
If using a meal kit delivery is not for you, try creating a meal plan for your family instead. You can download a copy of my free printable to help you get started.
This is the easiest way to save money on groceries and dining out. Spend one night per week planning the meals you want to make for the next seven days.
Lately, I’ve been using my Instant Pot to plan quick and easy dinners. It’s been a huge time-saver.
Make your favorite cocktail (or mocktail)
Cocktails at restaurants can be quite expense. Instead, learn how to make your favorite cocktail or mocktail at home. Some of my favorite drinks to make include margaritas, mojitos, and hurricanes. This can be a fun activity to do at home for adults.
Another great idea is to check out Saloonbox. They send curated cocktails delivered straight to your door. Each box includes four cocktails, top shelf spirits, ingredients and recipe cards. Sometimes Saloonbox will even throw in a free bar tool, which is nice.
Have a themed dinner party
Instead of going out to a restaurant, why not enjoy a fabulous dinner party in the comfort of your own home? Dinner parties can be a lot of fun. Get creative by making it a themed dinner party. Some ideas include:
- Choose your favorite ethnic food (Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, and so on)
- Holiday food (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, and so on)
- Food from movies, such as Harry Potter’s butter beer
- Vegan dinner party
- Potluck (have everyone bring over their favorite dish)
Have a BBQ
A BBQ is a fun activity to do during the warmer months. You can cook up your favorite BBQ food and eat outside (or inside). Some of the best things to cook on the BBQ include skewers, veggies, burgers, hot dogs, and peaches (hello grilled peach salsa).
My boyfriend and I bought our first BBQ grill last summer and had so much fun grilling different foods.
PRO TIP: If you love grilling food, consider signing up for a monthly subscription to Grill Master Club. Each month, you’ll receive top shelf BBQ products, such as sauces, rubs, wood chips, and a surprise accessory. You can learn more here.
Have an at-home book retreat
I love curling up under the blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. This can be a nice way to relax and unwind. You can download them on your e-reader device or grab a copy of your favorite books.
Some books I’ve enjoyed reading lately include:
- How to do the work: Recognize your patterns, heal from your past, and create your self
- Atomic Habits: An easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones
- You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life
Have an afternoon tea party
Going to High Tea can be expensive. A better idea is to host your own afternoon tea party at home. Make a batch of scones, serve finger sandwiches and brew a pot of your favorite tea. You can invite friends and even ask them to dress up like they are going to a proper High Tea.
Things to do when bored for girls
At-home spa day
What activities can I do when I’m bored? One of my favorite ways to beat boredom is to have an at-home spa day.
Many spas and salons are currently closed here in Toronto. To give myself the royal treatment at home, I bought this affordable spa foot bath. It feels so nice to unwind at home with this vibrating and massaging foot bath.
I also recently bought a gel nail polish kit so I can give myself a gel manicure at home. It’s so easy to use and I save so much money by not going to the nail salon anymore.
Practice doing nail art
Nail art is really popular today and there are so many pretty designs you can do. Lately I’ve been watching tutorials on YouTube to learn how to do my own nail art. It definitely takes practice, but it’s so rewarding.
Give yourself a manicure
Whether you’re trying to save money or you’re too busy to visit the nail salon, an at-home manicure can be a real treat. I rarely go to the nail salon and prefer to paint my nails at home. It’s relaxing while watching a movie or a nice way to unwind after a long day.
Give yourself a pedicure
If you have time, I also recommend giving yourself an at-home pedicure. I like to soak my feet in a warm bath first. This is the perfect time to try a new face mask as well.
Upgrade your skincare routine
A proper skin care routine can help you treat wrinkles, prevent acne, and keep your skin glowing.
Things to do when you’re bored for kids
This can be a fun way to keep the kids entertained for hours. You can find recipes for homemade slime online or consider grabbing a slime making kit for kids.
Build a fort
Get creative with cardboard boxes, pillows, blankets, and chairs. Use these items to build a fort where the kids can climb inside. Add some stuffed animals and fairy lights to make it special.
Build an obstacle course
This can be a great activity for kids when they’re bored. You can build an indoor or outdoor obstacle course, which helps keep the kids engaged and active.
Ideas include moving over or under things, hopping on one foot, jumping, rolling around, hanging from a bar, and so on. This can be good for developing their essential mortor skills.
Play dress up
Kids love playing dressing up and it’s a fun activity to do when you’re bored at home. Playing dress up is a form of imaginative play, which helps boost their problem-solving skills.
When I was growing up, my mom had a bin full of Halloween costumes for my sister and I to use when playing dress up. It was always so much fun!
This is always a fun activity to do at home with kids. My sister and I used to have an indoor camping tent that we set up in the living room. It made for a lot of good memories.
A fun way to pass the time at home is to do indoor bowling. This activity is great for both kids and adults. All you need is a simple indoor bowling set like this and the bowler with the best score wins a prize!
Things to do when bored for guys
Step up your poker game
Poker is one of the best games to play when you’re bored at home. It actually involves quite a bit of skill and there’s always new strategies to learn. Whether you play for money, with friends or online, this can be a great way to pass the time.
After watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, my boyfriend and I got really into chess. Of course you can play on the computer, but the best way to play is in person with a friend or family member. The wooden chess boards are my favorite.
If you really want to step up your chess game, consider getting a strategy book to help you master the basics and more advanced moves. Chess can be one of the best hobbies for men or women.
Listen to your favorite music on vinyl
Vinyl is having a big moment right now, which has inspired many people to start collecting records. There’s just something so nice about listening to your favorite song on vinyl — it really sounds better than digital music.
I recently got a record player to listen to some of my parents old records. Plus it’s fun to hunt for hidden gems at my local record store.
Boxing is one of the best martial arts for both guys and girls. It’s a great way to learn strategy moves, increase your strength and build confidence.
My boyfriend and I recently picked up some boxing gloves for a new workout program we’ve been following. It’s been a game-changer for my fitness routine.
Wood carving and whittling
Whittling is one of the best at-home hobbies and can be a great pastime for guys who want to craft something. You can get started with a simple whittling carving kit and turn a piece of wood into useable art.
Things to do when bored at night
I went to my first dark sky park in 2106 at Dead Horse Point State Park. It was absolutely amazing to see all the stars light up the night sky.
You can go stargazing in your backyard or visit a dark sky viewing area near you. Just grab a pair of binoculars to see the stars close up.
Studies have shown that journaling at night can help reduce bedtime stress and worry. Getting into the habit of journaling before bed can also improve sleep quality.
I recently picked up this cute journal to write in each night. There are many journal prompts you can find online to help get you inspired.
Meditating at night can help calm the mind and body. I recently started learning about the benefits of using an acupressure mat.
After you do your normal bedtime routine, you can lay out your mat. It can be in bed or on the floor. While laying on the mat, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Using an acurpressure mat can relax your mind and help you sleep better.
Things to get your life in order
Declutter your closet
How can I kill time at home? Declutter and organize your closet
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ll know that I love decluttering my closet and organizing my clothes. This helps me to appreciate what I already have, saves time when getting dressed in the morning, and save me money when shopping.
To help you get started, you can follow my easy step-by-step guide here to help you declutter your closet.
Build a capsule wardrobe
Just a few years ago, I used to be addicted to buying clothes. This led me to do the no new clothing challenge and build my own capsule wardrobe. The best part is you can start with items you already have. There’s no need to buy anything new.
To help you get started, you can follow my easy step-by-step guide here to help you build a capsule wardrobe.
Declutter your finances
Now is good time to make a list of your all your monthly expenses. This includes memberships, subscriptions, cell phone, cable TV, streaming services, discretionary spending (beauty, dining out, entertain) and so on.
Ask yourself what you can reduce or eliminate from your monthly spending. For example, we moved into our new apartment, we decided to cut cable TV. This has saved us so much money in the past couple of years.
To help you get organized and pay less on your monthly bills, consider using this free tool by Trim.
Trim will negotiate your monthly bills, such as your cable, cell phone, and internet bill.
Read Next: 15 fast ways to cut your monthly expenses
Create a new budget (and stick to it)
After you’ve decluttered your finances, I recommend creating a new monthly budget.
Resources for getting your finances organized:
- How to make a zero-based budget
- How to use the cash envelope system without cash
- How to budget when you get paid bi-weekly
Start a new fitness routine
I recently started a new fitness routine which has helped give me more energy and improved my mental health. If you’re looking for at-home fitness ideas, consider getting a spin bike.
I saved up money to buy one last year and it’s the best decision I’ve made. I bought the Keiser M3i spin bike, which is commerical grade quality and built to last. It’s super quiet so I don’t have to worry about waking up anyone when I do my morning workout. I’ve lost 15 lbs since I started spinning on a regular basis.
Wash your bedding
There’s nothing like sliding into freshly washed bed sheets. We try to wash ours every weekend.
I’ve been using Nellie’s Laundry Soda lately and really love it. It’s gentle on our bedding, towels and clothes.
Make homemade cleaners
I’ve been trying to use more natural products in the home. This includes switching to a natural laundry soap, using a natural deodorant, and making my own all-purpose cleaners. I bought a few spray bottles to store my homemade cleaners.
Just in case you’re interested, here is the recipe for my favorite all-purpose cleaner:
Organize and clean your kitchen
For us, the kitchen is the heart of our home. We love working as a team to create healthy meals and it’s a place where we like to entertain. Spend a morning or afternoon decluttering your kitchen and getting things organized. Sell or get rid of kitchen supplies you no longer use.
Rearrange furniture in a room
It’s easy to get into a rut and feel like you want to redecorate your whole house. Instead of buying new stuff, why not rearrange furniture you already have. Put the couch in a new position. Hang photos in a different spot. You’ll be surprised how easy it can be to refresh your place with just a few adjustments.
Finish a house project
Use this time as an opportunity to complete a house project. This can help you feel productive and can be a fun thing to do at home. Some ideas include:
- Declutter and organize a room
- Paint your kitchen cabinets
- Organizing your junk drawer (we all have one!)
- Regrout the shower
- Deep clean your home
- Add greenery to your home with plants
- Organize your kitchen cupboards
We all know that regular exercise is good for the body and mind. I am not very good at yoga, but I’ve started practicing more because it’s a great way to the start the day. Yoga Download is a good place to start. They offer over 1,500 online yoga classes for all levels.
Yoga Download currently has a TrustScore of 4.7/5 on Trust Pilot, making them one of the highest rated online yoga programs. With new classes being added each week, now is the perfect time to give yoga a try. You can learn more about Yoga Download here.
Catch up on sleep
Sometimes when we’re bored, it means that we’re really tired and need to catch up on sleeop. Take a quick 10-20 minute nap or go to bed early to feel rejuvinated and refreshed.
Relax before bed with a hot bath or a good book. Turn off all electronics and sip on a cup of herbal tea. You may also want to use some essential oils to help you sleep, if needed.
Learn a new skill
Learning a new hobby or skill can be a lot of fun. Some ideas include cooking, art, dance, a new language, archery, and so on.
To learn from the best, check out MasterClass. This site offers online classes created for students of all skills levels. Each class is taught by some of the best instructors in the world.
As you can see, there’s plenty of fun things to do at home. Some of these ideas cost no money at all, which is great for those on a tight budget. I’ll be adding more ideas to this list over the coming weeks.
What is your favorite thing to do at home? Please leave me a comment below!