Sick of spending so much time indoors? You’re not the only one! You may be working from home or trying to social distance. Spending time inside can be rewarding. But it can also start to take a toll on the soul.

If you’re tired of sitting around and binge-watching Netflix all day, it’s time to change things up.

Here are nine exciting activities you can do to stay busy while spending time indoors.

Get Organized

It’s critical to keep your home neat, clean, and organized while spending time indoors. Living in an organized space has a variety of benefits. Not only does an organized home look better. It can actually help you focus better, reduce stress, and make you more productive.

Carve out an hour or two every day to organize something. Clean out that junk drawer in your kitchen. Clean out your entire bedroom closet. Whether you make it a big project or a small one, it’s a great way to spend your time.

While you’re organizing, put aside all of those items you no longer want or need and list them online. With apps like Mercari and Poshmark, you can turn your unwanted stuff into extra cash. All while you’re getting your house in tip-top shape.

Organization is a must if you’re working from home. A cleaner space will free up your mind and make it easier to get your work done.

Learn a New Skill

Instead of rotting your brain with television and social media, use your at-home time to learn a new skill.

Learn how to cook, bake, or make cocktails. Learn how to sew. Work on your makeup techniques. Learn to play an instrument. The options are endless!

There are tons of sites online where you can learn new skills for free. Try YouTube, which is full of tutorials on how to do just about anything you can think of.

Now is also a great time to take some online college classes. Sign up for MasterClass to learn specific skills from celebrities and industry experts.

Prefer to teach rather than learn? Create and share tutorials with your friends to teach them a skill that you have that they want to learn.

DIY Projects Around the House

With so much time spent inside, you probably want to spruce things up. With some simple materials and a bit of patience, you can DIY projects all over your house!

Order some fabric online and cover those old throw pillows. Pick up some paint from your local hardware store and paint a wall. Sand and stain an old piece of furniture that needs a facelift.

Save the big projects, such as plumbing and electricity, for the pros. Stick to décor projects that allow you to be creative.

Learn Some Meditation Techniques

There are lots of health benefits to meditation. Meditating for even a few minutes each day can be extremely helpful to your body and mind.

Meditation can reduce stress, help you be productive, and make you more in tune with yourself. From books to online videos, there are lots of ways to learn different techniques.

It’s a healthy habit to get into. And when it’s time to head back outside, it’s something you can also enjoy outdoors.

Do Something Creative

Paint a canvas, dance around your living room, or draw a self-portrait. Getting creative is a great way to pass the time (and the best way to express yourself).

Finding a creative outlet can make you more productive. It can boost your confidence and eliminate stress. Creativity can make you realize that you’re capable of all sorts of things.


When you spend a lot of time at home, it can be easy to fall into the trap of lounging on the couch and watching lots of TV. Well, it’s time to get up and get moving.

Maybe you’re already a fitness fanatic. Or perhaps you hate the thought of working up a sweat. But exercise is one of the best things you can do to pass the time indoors. Exercising isn’t just about looking good – it also provides tons of health benefits. If you don’t already have a daily fitness regime, now is the time to start.

Start doing yoga, cardio, dance, or lift weights. Try a new workout you’ve never done before or intensify a workout you already know and love. The more you focus on fitness, the better you’ll feel all around.

When it is time to head outdoors, having a solid fitness routine will make you look and feel better. You’ll have more confidence to take on the world.

Break Out the Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to exercise your brain and keep yourself entertained. The bigger the puzzle, the more challenging it will be, so get online and order a few 3,000 or 5,000 piece puzzles. That should challenge your brain and keep you occupied for at least a few hours!

Not a fan of traditional jigsaw puzzles? Try a 3D puzzle instead or embrace your inner child and build a LEGO set.


Anytime is a good time to read. Whether you’re into fantasy fiction or presidential history, turn off that TV and pick up a book.

If you’re not a big reader, subscribe to an audiobooks service instead. As long as you listen intently, it’s the next best thing to actually reading a book.


Writing is a great creative outlet, but it can also be therapeutic and beneficial to the mind. Start a journal to chronicle your days. Start a blog to express yourself to the world. Start working on that novel you’ve always dreamed about writing.

Want to write something that will have an impact? Handwrite letters to friends and relatives you haven’t seen in a while!


There are so many things you can do at home to pass the time and stay busy. You just have to find things you love to do.

So try something new. Learn how to do something you’ve never done before. Perfect a skill you already have.

The opportunities are endless.
About the author

Working with Alliance Residential at Jefferson Rise, Caitlin Sinclair has more than 5 years of experience in the multifamily industry. In her free time, you will find her enjoying life on the Lake and spending time with friends.