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50 Things to do During Quarantine (that don’t involve binging Netflix!)

I know this time has been very difficult for many people in the US and around the world. Even though the stay at home orders by some state governments may be lifting, many people may still be trying to stay home during the Coronavirus. If you are one of these people, I have compiled a list of things you could do from home during quarantine that doesn’t involve binge-watching TV! Hopefully some of them you haven’t thought of yet!

1. Work out

This may seem like such a basic idea but it may actually be very beneficial! Working out is great physical health and good for your mental health also. I have personally done this activity a few times during quarantine (not as often as I wanted to though!) and would recommend searching for some workout videos on YouTube or workout challenges on social media.

2. Deep clean your room

After deep cleaning my room and going through every single drawer in my room, I always feel so happy and inspired! That is also one of the reasons why I added this to the top of the list because, if you have a clean room you may be more inspired to do the other things on this list! So go ahead, make a donation and trash piles, move furniture around, do whatever it takes to change your room around.

3. Sell some of the stuff you found when you were deep cleaning your room

After deep cleaning your room, you probably found some stuff that you completely forgot you owned! When you find these things, you may be able to make some money from them online. Whether its clothes, old books, artwork, whatever it is definitely do some research about it’s worth. Nowadays, there are so many websites where you can sell things from home such as:

  • Ebay
  • Depop
  • Poshmark
  • ThredUp
  • and many more!

4. Paint an object in your room

Maybe while you were cleaning your room you found some art supplies from that artsy phase you had a couple of years ago. If that’s the case or if you have some extra paint, go ahead and get creative with something in your room. You can definitely create some awesome, one of a kind pieces this way. I have seen people paint their record players, shelves, old book covers, etc.

5. Start journaling

Journaling is something that I have tried many times throughout my life. It is fun to document whatever is going on in your life, especially now because we are experiencing history in the making. You can do this in many different formats. Some people like journaling through apps or just the notes section on your phone because it is convenient. For me though, I like handwriting them because you can be very creative with colors and I feel like writing by hand can be therapeutic. Who knows, maybe the journal you start during quarantine becomes a New York Times bestseller down the road?

6. Research one of your role models

If you know of someone in the field you want to go into, this time could be a great opportunity to do some research and see exactly how they got to that point in their career. Doing this may motivate you and give you some ideas about what steps you can take to accomplish that goal.

7. Take virtual museums tours across the globe

Many notable museums around the world are offering free or almost free tours online during the quarantine. You can do this just when you’re bored or do a zoom call with your friends or bf/gf and make it like a date! Some museums that are offering this include the British Museum in London and the Louvre in Paris.

8. Take a walk outside

Alright, I know what you’re thinking… Really Erin? Take a walk outside?? Yes, I know this one is very self-explanatory and everyone thinks of this one. But honestly, taking a walk can really clear your mind and get some exercise in too at the same time. 10/10 would recommend.

9. Give yourself some self-care time each day

As you might be able to tell at this point in the list, I love giving yourself a break and unwinding. With that being said, it is very important to incorporate a little me time into your daily routine. We have no excuses now especially because a lot of us have so much free time during the quarantine. Some ideas for self-care include:

  • Giving yourself a face mask
  • Painting your nails
  • Baking cookies
  • Literally anything that makes you happy :))))

10. Go through all of your photos on your phone and through old social media

This one is important to do every now and then. I love looking at old photos and do not like deleting pictures or videos. At the same time though, I do not have enough storage space for that habit! LOL! With that, I would definitely recommend downloading Google Photos, it allows me to upload all of my pics/vids before I delete them from my phone, freeing up storage!

11. Start planning your next big trip

I am a big-time planner so I love watching travel vlogs and reading blogs about people’s recent vacations to inspire me. I love doing all the research behind like plane tickets, AirBNBs, etc. This time in our lives is giving us an opportunity to plan our next fun time! I will say though that quarantine has made me miss traveling so much!

12. Reevaluate your finances

I decided that this one should be very broad because everyone may need something different financially! So I would look up different budgets or look through your credit card bill or how much you spend on Starbucks a month (p.s. I spend WAY too much!). This could set you up for success when businesses start opening back up so you can save more money. I have for sure been reevaluating my money during quarantine!

13. Try some new recipes

I am a HUGE foodie! I love and will eat just about anything. If you are one of those people during quarantine who are snacking 24/7 just because you are bored, this would be perfect! I love finding recipes on Pinterest and YouTube.

14. Find a new podcast to listen to

I have never really listened to podcasts so I might try to find a podcast during quarantine for sure. I do know that Spotify offers a lot of free podcasts and there are other platforms as well, such as Apple Podcasts. If you have any podcasts that you recommend, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post!

15. Start learning a new language

Having so much free time really allows us to learn something new like a language, or brush up on the language you took in high school! I know for sure that I do not remember much from my high school language classes. One of the easiest apps to use to help with this is Duolingo. It is super easy if you are a very beginner and there is a test you take when you download it so if you have previous experience with the app, then you can skip all of the basic stuff.

16. Start a blog!

Blogging is amazing! If you are really bored it is a great way to express yourself with whatever interests you! There are blogs out there for literally everything you could think of, and there are readers for just about anything. You could even start blogging for free if you just want to try it out! If you would like me to go more in-depth into starting your own blog, make sure you comment down below!

17. Learn about the stock market

As stated earlier, the internet has SOOOO many free sources of education. YouTube is a great tool and could teach you so much about the stock market. Because of the pandemic, the US is in a bad economic state, which you could take advantage of! All of this free time is giving you the opportunity to learn some stock market skills that could earn you some serious money! Go ahead and try dabbling in it girl!

18. Start meal prepping

I have always wanted to meal prep and there are so many resources to get started online. Whether you have thought about meal prepping for health reasons or for cutting back your spending, do it now! You have the time, so what is your excuse?

19. Meditate daily

Meditation is a healthy habit that we should all try out. It is supposed to help with stress and anxiety that you may be experiencing during the quarantine. You can find some guided meditation videos on YouTube if you are interested in trying it out!

20. Apply for scholarships!!

This one is super important to me because come on – FREE MONEY! If you know me, you know that I am all for scholarships for college and saving every penny that you can as a college student. So during this time, go out of your way to find small and big scholarships and apply! Honestly, my best advice would be to look locally first because your chances could be higher there!

21. Play with your pets

If you are feeling stressed from online school or from applying for scholarships, playing with your pets will for sure calm you down. I’m almost positive they are living their best life with all of us at home right now! And if you do not have a furry family member at home, look up some cute pictures of dogs or cats and I guarantee you will smile!

22. Use all of the digital resources through your local/school library

One day while I was at home in quarantine, I was so bored that I browsed all over my college’s library website, and honestly, I had no idea all of the resources I had access to through the library. If you have never really spent time going through your library’s website I would definitely recommend it. I found many webpages you need to pay for I had access to and my library allows students to check out various technology for days/weeks at a time too.

23. Start studying for your next big exam (whether its the SAT, finals, or GRE)

I know, I know it is almost summer, we need a break! But the coronavirus has kind of already given us a break in my opinion so if you have some free time after doing everything else on this list, start studying for your next exam. There are endless test prep resources you can find online. I would recommend starting searching on YouTube for your next exam, as an easy way to transition to studying again.

24. Make a physical vision board

Typically, I have seen this done at the beginning of the year when many people have New Year’s Resolutions they wish to accomplish, but let’s switch it up a little bit! If you don’t know what a vision board is, it is a collage used to show your goals for yourself and is a form of manifestation and motivation. You can print images or cut images out of magazines to include on your vision board. Honestly, be as creative as you can with these boards!

25. Start gardening

It is springtime! Everything is starting to bloom and is beautiful. Whether you have space in your backyard to plant flowers or you have a windowsill big enough to grow some herbs in a pot, try gardening. I have always wanted to start gardening and fresh herbs/produce always taste SO much better than store-bought!

26. Host a Zoom Party

Because everyone is in quarantine, your friends probably miss you just as much as you miss them! Try hosting a video call with your friends on Zoom or Facetime and make it themed! Have everyone dress up for the call or dress down and have a pajama party!

27. Spend some time connecting with people on Linkedin

If you do not have a profile on LinkedIn yet, you need to sign up right now. A LinkedIn profile is very important for your career and many employers often will search you on LinkedIn when reviewing applications. Another thing that could be very important on LinkedIn is the ability to take quizzes about certain skills. When editing your LinkedIn profile, under the Skills and Endorsements section, there is an option to take a quiz proving your knowledge of certain skills. Once you pass the quiz, LinkedIn will post that skill to your profile.

28. Deep clean your car

Alright, this one right here is the one I DESPERATELY need to do now. I don’t know about you, but I often find X, Y, and Z excuse for not washing my car. But at the same time, I’m too cheap to go to a car wash and have someone do it for me. It is a tough battle LOL! But cleaning your car is for sure something you can do from home.

29. Do a puzzle

Puzzles immediately remind me of my childhood, just like coloring books! Super long puzzles could be a time-waster for a couple of days during quarantine if you really stretch it out too! My friends have done some puzzles that are so beautiful that they end up gluing it together and framing them because it is basically art.

30. Spend some time discovering new music

Discovering new music is seriously like breathing a breath of fresh air. When I have free time I thoroughly enjoy just browsing through Apple Music and Spotify and seeing what music has just been released. My favorite moment is when you show your friends some new music and everyone loves it! Go ahead and start searching to make your new playlist!

31. Research all of the presidential candidates for the 2020 elections

With the presidential election coming up this November, I think it is very important to be politically informed. Especially as young voters, it is important we show our voice through voting. All it takes is some searching on the internet or watching some of the news, just be aware of biased news sources!

32. Discover your perfect side hustle

Whether your passion is graphic design, writing, thrifting, or anything else, you can make some money from it. All it takes is a google search and some videos on YouTube to discover just how many ways people are earning a little bit of extra money online. You could be a freelance writer or sell some art and earn some money for school or shopping. Self-quarantine is also the perfect time to really grow your business.

33. Learn how to coupon

As a college student, you should be looking for every way possible to save some money, couponing is definitely one of them. I work at a local grocery store and let me tell you….. people save HUNDREDS of dollars with coupons. So I would definitely look into your grocery store’s coupon policies and see how else you can save money (store reward points, digital coupons, etc.).

34. Start a healthy eating challenge

As mentioned earlier, we have so much free time on our hands, so why not try some new eating habits? It is almost bikini season too! I have seen all over social media different health trends, so why not try that detox you saw on Pinterest? I am not an expert but I can say from experience that clean eating will definitely improve how you feel physically and mentally.

35. Have a mini photoshoot in your room or backyard or kitchen

Your IG may or may not be hurting during quarantine, but mine is! So get creative at home and put together a DIY photoshoot. Whether it is with a mirror in your backyard or with a sheet hung up in your room as a backdrop. The possibilities are endless!

36. Go through old subscriptions

Often we subscribe to certain services for certain perks and it wouldn’t surprise me if we forget about our subscriptions. Whether it is a Hulu subscription you almost never use or a subscription to a magazine that just stacks up at home, spend some time going through your transaction history with your bank and see where you can cut some monthly subscription costs. It could save you a bunch long term!

37. Update your resume

Updating your resume is something you should try to do I would say about every six months, more frequently if you are actively searching for scholarships/internships. With that, having a strong resume is very important when applying for scholarships or internships. A resume can also set you apart when you are applying for a part-time job. I showed up to my interview for a job in a grocery store with a resume and my manager said that was the first time anyone had done that!

38. Rearrange your playlists

I loveeeeee going through my playlists and creating new ones. I always feel so refreshed when I rearrange my playlists and switch it up so the next time I press play there is a new mix. Also, try changing the pictures for your playlists and see a different vibe.

39. Start a YouTube channel

If you have ever even considered starting your own YouTube channel, go for it! Why not? You have time now so you can put a lot of effort into making your channel grow and creating great content. I won’t lie to you… I did have my own YouTube channel where I was a “beauty guru” at age 12! (p.s. don’t try to find it, they’re all on private)

40. Go for a walk

I think quarantine has inspired a lot of people to go outdoors and enjoy our surroundings because I have never seen so many people being physically active before! Whether you prefer going for a walk or riding your bike, get outside and enjoy nature. It is also a great break from your family members you might be quarantined with! LOL!

41. Go through all of your email folders

If you are anything like me, I hate going through my email! I will always go through certain emails if they look important, but I am SO BAD about deleting pointless emails. So we both could use this time to sort and organize our inboxes!

42. Play a new (or old) board game

Board games always bring me back to my childhood. When I was little we played a lot of Chutes and Ladders, Mancala, and Connect 4. So if I were you, I would definitely go ahead and try and find those games because they might bring back some memories and you can have fun.

43. Learn a TikTok dance

I know so many people have finally downloaded TikTok because of self-quarantine. If you have ever spent any time on the app TikTok, you have probably watched one or two or fifteen different dance videos. Why not try it yourself? Maybe you will go viral!

44. Take a free class online

During this time, so many colleges and universities around the world are offering free courses to take online. From like biology to economics classes, there are so many different options. This time in our lives is a great opportunity to learn something new, especially since we have a lot of free time. A few websites that offer courses are:


45. Start a new skincare routine

I know most of us probably have a lot of different versions of similar skincare products in our house, so if that is the case then try switching a couple of things out and see if your skin changes at all. If that is not the case, then I would definitely recommend watching skincare routines on YouTube for inspiration about which new products you may want to purchase when quarantine is over. Even if you think you have unlocked every secret to your most perfect skin, you’d be surprised sometimes.

46. Have a self-development day

As mentioned earlier, it is important to implement a little bit of self-care in your everyday life. But how about having a whole day dedicated to just that? I believe a self-development day can make you feel better instantaneously if you are going through a hard time in your life while implementing it little by little into your day every day is to improve your mood and confidence over time! Some activities to fill your entire day include spending all day without checking social media, establishing personal goals for yourself, or even online shopping (if retail therapy is as important to you as it is to me!).

47. Start playing a new game like Animal Crossing or The Sims!

Starting a new game is definitely a way to kill time. One of my friends brought up that right now you can get a digital download from best buy or Walmart only for $5, which is an awesome deal!

48. Try a new look

I absolutely love this idea because it really lets you be creative and do whatever you wish! So far during quarantine, I have seen a lot of people trying out a new look. Whether it is a new hairstyle, a new aesthetic, or just some crazy makeup looks. I have definitely tried some makeup looks that I would not have normally done. (Like this one!)

Follow my Instagram while you are here!

49. Read a new book or magazine

This is another one that may seem very ordinary and inside the box. But a lot of people are not big readers, myself included, so starting a new book during all of this free time could be something great for them. It may even lead to a newfound love of reading!

50. Put together a zine

If you don’t know what a zine is, it is basically a little DIY magazine filled with poetry, artwork, pictures of your friends, or literally whatever you want! I absolutely love the idea of a zine. My friends and I attempted to create one in middle school, but we did not organize it enough and it kind of just looked like chaos! However, there are some really beautiful zines that I have found on the internet, and you can virtually do it about anything. If it is really good you could even sell it! Here is an example of a zine:

Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash

In short, quarantine is an opportunity for us to get creative around the house and try virtually anything! If you have any more ideas for ways to cure boredom in the house, feel free to leave a comment! Thank you for reading!


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