Social distancing day 6 over here…
I’m used to working from home, but I’m definitely not used to avoiding coffee shops and stores and playgrounds!
Yesterday I had to just drive around town for a few minutes so I felt some sense of normalcy.
How are YOU doing?
We have been getting a LOT of outdoor time, and I thought today I would share some ideas for what to do if you’re bored and don’t know what to do with yourself.
There are two lists – one for anyone without kids and one for people with kids – because it’s practically impossible to do some things with a toddler on your hip!
What to do when stuck at home
- Coloring isn’t just for kids! Order an adult coloring book and relax with some colored pencils and a glass of wine instead of watching TV all night
- Clean out your closet. Get rid of everything you don’t wear or won’t wear next season. List items on ebay or Poshmark, and make money from your closet
- Get ready for the next season by shopping spring shoes, then have a (solo) try on party at home
- Sephora is offering free shipping right now on all orders with code freeship, so why not clean out your makeup and order whatever you need!
- Hang those photos you’ve been meaning to get on the walls
- Learn how to knit or crochet
- Try a new workout! There are many resources right now for free workouts, from Obe to Corepower and beyond
- Make your own coffee table book with your favorite photos from the last few years
- Write a letter to someone (like a real letter that needs a stamp)
- Break out the self tanner and get your glow on (this is my favorite self tanner)
- Binge-watch everything you’ve meant to watch over the years (more TV show suggestions are in this post)
- Facetime your best friend, sister, mom…
- Make homemade pasta! You need flour and eggs, but it’s fairly simple to make (just time-consuming) OR bake a pie
What to do at home with a toddler
- Go on a nature walk
- Collect pinecones and make small bird feeders, then hang them outside on tree branches and watch for birds or squirrels
- Visit a farm if you have one local to you
- Paint artwork to hang in their playroom or bedroom
- Clean out your kids’ closets and sell items on ebay, Poshmark, or a resale-focused Facebook group (there are hundreds of them!)
- Fill a bucket with ice cubes and random toys, and have them scoop out the toys one by one with a ladle
- Make play dough!
- Watch something educational (the New England Aquarium has YouTube videos about their animals, all about a minute long each)
- Go through their toys and have them decide what to put away for a while, give to another child (donate), or keep
- Read books together
- Potty train
- Teach them how to match socks
- Give a specific job each day: Like putting away the silverware out of the dishwasher (Eleanor’s favorite!)
- Play “store” and have them be the checkout person while you “buy” items from your pantry