26 fun things to do while stuck indoors



MARCH 2020

Fun things to do in the house

Where in the world are you right now? In Europe, we’re at the ‘epicentre’ of the pandemic. The cursed virus has brought many European countries to its knees, with regular life being placed on hold.

And, with more countries in the continent going on lockdown, staying in has really become the new going out.

That said, many of us will be scratching our heads as to what to do at home during this period. While working your way through Netflix may sound appealing, here are 26 other useful things to do at home instead.

1. Work on your website — fun things to do in the house

From online businesses to bloggers, being stuck at home is the perfect time to sit down and work on your website.

Brainstorm new post ideas, or familiarize yourself with the more technical aspects of your site. Once things go back to normal, your website will be at its absolute best.

2. Start a new blog

Have you had a novel blog idea that’s been sitting forever on your to-do-list? Bite the bullet while stuck at home and turn the idea into a reality.

There are plenty of ‘how-to’ guides out there on how to start your own blog. Be sure to also look into different types of hosting, and one that best suits your budget.

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Work on your blog or online business during the Coronavirus lockdown


3. Improve your social media

Running your own business or blog takes a lot of work, which can often affect how much time you spend on growing your social media.

Use the time while indoors to focus on which channel could be the most beneficial for your business or website. For me, I’m focusing on building and improving my Pinterest account, by designing fresh pins every day.

4. Write — fun things to do in the house

Do you have a great story, novel or novella to tell the world? Flex your creative muscles and try your hand at writing something.

Start small, like a daily journal, and build your way up to something more challenging, such as a short story.

5. Bake

Fill the house with delicious aromas and feelgood moments by baking bread or some unique desserts. Use the time at home to try out a new bread recipe, or make something imaginative with the kids.

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Bake up a storm — home activities Coronavirus lockdown

“And with more countries in the continent going on lockdown, staying in has really become the new going out.”

6. Spring clean

Get a start on the spring cleaning by getting stuck into a deep clean of the house, garden and garage.

Not only will a good clean benefit your household, but it also gives you one less thing to do later on.

7. Clean out the cupboards — fun things to do in the house

Staying on the theme of spring cleaning, use this time to clear out your cupboards. I’m as guilty as the next person of keeping foodstuffs that are past their sell by date.

This exercise also makes you think twice about purchasing a fancy ingredient for a dish that you’ll only make once.

8. De-clutter

Is your wardrobe at bursting point? Use the time at home during the Coronavirus lockdown to sort out what you wear and what you don’t.

Your wardrobe, mental well-being, and not to mention the charity shops (after), will thank you for it.

9. Get creative with the kids

Having children stuck indoors, especially the younger ones, can make the situation even more challenging.

Doing something creative with them, such as designing wall art or making a fun wall chart will hold their attention and keep boredom at bay.

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Get a start on the spring cleaning — home activities Coronavirus lockdown


10. Decorate

Grab that tin of paint from the garage or storage cupboard, and breathe new life into your home.

Alternatively, try your hand at some DIY. Transform dusty old shelves and old vases into something unique and reusable.

11. Read

Finding the time to read is one of my little luxuries.

While stuck indoors, why not re-acquaint yourself with your favorite book? Alternatively, read a new one, curl up on the sofa and escape between the pages.

12. Learn a language

Having a new skill, especially one that helps you to converse in a new language, is incredibly useful.

I learned Italian with the help of apps such as Duolingo and other learning aids. An additional language not only opens doors while traveling, but it can also help boost career opportunities.

13. Cook

Is there a recipe that you’ve been wanting to try out for a while?

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to get into the kitchen and give it a go. Challenge yourself by cooking up a dish made from what you’ve got in the pantry.

With a little imagination, you’ll see that you can make something delicious, without having to pander to panic buying.

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Grab your favorite book, or Kindle, and read….


14. Pursue an interest

Do you have a hobby that you really love doing? Whether it’s knitting, making your own clothes, or filming a video, put your skills, and your passion, to good use.

15. Grow something

While enjoying the outdoors may be currently off limits, you can still reap the benefits of what you sow.

Plant some new seeds in your garden, or on your terrace, and watch your efforts blossom.

16. Exercise

Staying indoors doesn’t mean having to sit on your derriere all day.

There are plenty of great workout videos online that’ll get your body, and adrenaline, moving.

Console games such as Nintendo Ring Switch Adventure or Fitness Boxing are fun ways to get fit, and also get the whole family involved.

17. Board games — fun things to do in the house

Put down your smartphones and tablets and pick up an old-fashioned board game, or a party game.

Doing so gives everyone a break from the digital, and is also an activity that the family can do together.

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Pursue your favorite hobby during the Coronavirus lockdown

18. Study

Spend your time wisely during the Coronavirus lockdown by taking an online class.

There are tons of online courses that you can learn in your own time and at your own pace. Check out websites such as Skillshare and Udemy to get started.

19. Well-being

With levels of anxiety on the increase, looking after your own mental and physical well-being is essential.

Take a soak in a hot bath, or try your hand at making a simple face mask or body scrub.

If you’ve sea salt and olive oil at home, you’re halfway to making your own homemade product.

20. Meditate

Start, resume or master the ancient art of meditation.

There’s no doubt that having a clearer mind will help put things into perspective. Apps such as Calm and Headspace are a good starting point.

21. Look for a new job

If searching for a new career has been on your mind for a while, now’s the time to start.

Begin by updating your CV. It may be an arduous task but once it’s done, it’s done.

Once you’re happy with it, begin scanning job search engines for work in your field and set up alerts. When things resume to normal, you’ll be pleased that you started the process.

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Nurture your body and mental well-being while at home

22. Make some extra income online

Can you teach a skill such as a language, or help a student write their thesis?

There are plenty of resources on the internet that’ll help you turn your skills into cash. Check out sites like Upwork to be connected to people who need your help and will pay for the service.

23. Watch anything you want

This list wouldn’t be complete without a bit of binge watching on TV.

Use the time while stuck at home to watch, well, anything you want.

With services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, there’s enough in the catalogue to last the entire period.

24. Nap

And, once you’ve finished watching 2 box sets straight, I’m certain you’ll be ready for a nap.

It won’t give you the full benefits of a proper night’s sleep, but it can improve mood and alertness.

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Travel may be on hold, but you can always plan for a future trip

25. Plan a future trip — fun things to do in the house

While the world may be on hold — for now, being stuck at home won’t last forever.

During this period, gather inspiration for when restrictions on travel will be lifted. Whether it’s to Sicily or to the Greek islands, stay calm, positive and optimistic about traveling in the future.

26. Sort out your paperwork

It’s super dull and one of those jobs you always put off, hence its position on the list.

However, if there’s any time to get your paperwork done and dusted, it’s now. The quicker your bills and invoices are sorted, the quicker you can get back to the sofa and Netflix.

How do you keep yourself busy while stuck at home? Let me know in the comments below.

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Lisa Rivera

Lisa Rivera



Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....



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