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Home Activities During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Fight the boredom during the COVID-19 Pandemic while we’re all stuck at home. 

(Just a reminder, be nice to each other.  We’re not used to being together 24/7.  So if you or your spouse or kids need a break, don’t be offended.  Just go in the other room and hang out for a while.  Don’t let tensions build so much.  Have a time-out room that anyone can go to when they need it.)

There’s always a hundred things we’d like to do, either to the house or with the family, but we never have the time.  However, many of us now do have extra time because of the Safe at Home orders due to the COVID-19 virus.  Below is a list of suggested activities and ideas that our staff put together and from research around the web that you can do by yourself, with the family, with friends and other things to do around the house.

Also, if you have any suggestions or ideas about what’s productive or fun to do while stuck in the house during Safe at Home orders, please be sure to list them in the comments section below.

Advice for the home:

  • We’re not on total lockdown (YET), so to avoid cabin fever, you can still go outside for a walk with your family, just keep it short and maintain 6 feet distance from other people.
  • Still keeping social distancing, you could donate blood.  It gets you out of the house, and helps your community hospital.
  • Keep your curtains open to give you a feel of light and openness.  Keep your living environment bright, as being cooped up combined with a dark environment may be a bit depressing.
  • Clean your house, now is not the time to feel cluttered.

Suggestions:

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  • Start writing that book you always wanted to write, or work on the invention you’ve been thinking about for years.
  • You’ve been meaning to organize your house for months, now’s a good time to rearrange furniture, organize the kitchen, closets, bedrooms, spare rooms, pantries, cupboards and the long avoided basement.
  • We all love get-togethers with our friends, and there’s no reason you can’t still do it, just do it through Skype or online.  Make sure to hang out and check in with friends through video conferencing and other services like Facetime.
  • Host a Dinner Night with friends and family through Skype or teleconferencing, even better, connect your phone, computer or tablet to your big screen TV to get the full experience, it’s friends and family in HiDef.
  • Try to connect online with your favorite actor, musician or writer.  I think they’re on lockdown too, so perhaps they’ll communicate with you and fans a bit more now.
  • Speaking of technology, why not create a newscast, staring your family?  Pick a topic, research it, and have your family take turns reporting on different aspects of it.  You could also do a newscast of what you have come up with to do at home while on lockdown and share it with friends and family.
  • You could also create your very own family cooking show.  Make a mess and have fun doing it.
  • If you have a big enough social group, you could also do talent competitions.  Record your talent, pick three judges from among your group and submit your video.  PIck a prize to give to the winner.
  • You could hold a photo shoot, or hold a photo contest.
  • Movie nights never get old.  Pick a bunch of movies, make some popcorn and settle in for a movie marathon.  You could even pick a theme for every night of the week.
  • On the other side of binging on the couch, now might also be a good time to start exercising.  There are plenty of exercise programs you can do at home with little to no equipment. Do a simple google or youTube search and you’ll get plenty of suggestions.  And many of us have hipster closets, just remove all the clothes from your workout machine and start using it again.
  • Have a date night with the family.  Dress up, put on nice music and prepare a special dinner.  Or even have a Costume Party at home or have an indoor Picnic.
  • Scrapbooking is always a fun and useful way to pass the time.
  • Rediscover the lost art of letter writing, and/or learn Calligraphy and write letters to your friends and family.
  • DIY Projects for the house with the family:  There are no shortages of DIY projects if you look them up on YouTube.  Pick a family friendly project and dive in.
  • Make sure to donate some food and household items to a senior citizen or an eldery person you know or in your neighborhood.  Let’s help them get through this difficult time too.

Education:

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  • There are plenty of free resources to learn online.  For example Math.com will help you improve your math skills while you’re stuck at home.  There are also lots of e-learning platforms that are either free or cheap. Settling into a lesson about online marketing, geology or choose from various topics you’ve always wanted to learn, but never had the time.  Topics to consider might include: Technology, languages, science, health, humanities, business, math, marketing and lifestyle.
  • There’s always the old fashioned time passer, reading.  Been meaning to catch up on your reading? Now would seem like a good time for it.
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