Running out of ways to keep yourself entertained and busy while at home?
We feel you - it seems that new lists of things to do and watch are created every day and even with a variety of options, the days still tend to drag. Instead of doing something mind-numbing to pass the time, how about doing something productive, cost-free, and super satisfying?
Here are four easy and satisfying things you can do while at home:
1. Clean out your phone!
Up until the stay-at-home order, I had a fairly decent social life, resulting in at least a hundred photos from every outing plus around 50 selfies pre and post event. Even now, my text conversations have tripled, I’ve downloaded 20 random apps to combat boredom, and I’m still taking 300 photos of my dog a day. Whether you have an ample amount of storage on your phone or not, take some time to sit and thoroughly clean out your phone.
Unnecessary photos, videos, apps, text threads, browser windows open - all of it! If you have an iPhone, you can go into your settings > general > iPhone storage and see exactly what takes up the most memory in your phone and go from there. Similar to deep-cleaning your living or workspace, cleaning out the most used device you own will definitely bring you great satisfaction (and possibly more memory space, too)!
2. Clean out your closets – yes, closets!
There is an undeniable peace found in an organized closet. Finding an outfit for the day is a breeze when your closet doesn’t look like a tornado paraded through it, and don’t get me started on the joys of color coordination *heart eyes*. This doesn’t apply to just your clothing closet either! Got closets full of junk in your house? Now’s the perfect time to sift through its contents to see what you do and don’t need.
Getting these often untouched spaces organized will give you a sense of items/clothing you may have forgotten about and more storage space. Since you’re home, you have plenty of time to browse Pinterest for closet space organization tips or binge watch the Marie Kondo series on Netflix to really find joy in freshly organized spaces. Take before and after photos of your cleaning sprees to really see the transformation!
3. Rearrange your furniture.
Refreshing your living (and current work) space can boost creativity and definitely be a sight for sore eyes. While you can easily order new accent pieces online, we think you can find the same fun in rearranging your current pieces to create an entire new space. By moving furniture around, you can give your bedroom a brand new layout, free up space in your living room, and even create new spaces, such as a reading nook or mini office.
Want to take it a step further? Check out our previous post on easy ways to redecorate your living space!
4. Sell your unwanted items!
What to do, what to do with all this stuff I’ve found in my home that I don’t use? The clothes that I’m never going to wear again? Furniture that no longer fits my design aesthetic? The answer: sell them (safely, of course)! Apps like Offer Up, LetGo, Depop, and Poshmark are all perfect platforms to sell your items during a time of social distancing.
All you have to do is take quality photos of your items, write out decent descriptions, set a price, and upload! With seller/buyer verification and convenient message threads, you can answer questions about your items and schedule (even contactless) pick up/delivery times with potential buyers. Any extra cash during this time is a plus, so take advantage of your no longer used items and make a profit out of them!
If you're finding yourself running out of things to do, quarantine can be a time of productivity.
Once quarantine has been lifted, you can finish it knowing you did all you could to stay on top of things. That's a feeling we'd all love to achieve – and one that's totally possible!
What productive activities have you been doing in quarantine? Please share them with us in the comments below!
From all of us at Modern Gents, we hope you're all safe, healthy, and thriving. Thank you for your support during these difficult times. We appreciate each and every one of you so much! We'll see you in the next post.