No doubt will this summer look much different from others. Pools, camps and gyms are closed, summer nannying jobs are cancelled, individuals are furloughed and many are finding themselves with extra time on their hands. One bright side of this “Groundhog Day” feel is that many people are finding themselves with more time on their hands than ever before.
One of the best things you can do with this time is get in a healthy routine and stay productive. It may be tempting to binge Netflix, but the feeling after you finally check something off of your to-do list is often better for your mental and physical health. Here are some indoor projects you can do, along with other ways you can stay productive at home.
Ideas for Indoor Projects & Staying Productive at Home:
Clean Out Closets & Donate Clothes
Cleaning out closets is one of the most satisfying things you can do from the comfort of your own room. Plus, it’s a win-win for everyone—you, places like Goodwill and the environment!
For cleaning tips, famous Netflix star Marie Kondo says that you should pick up each item one at a time and determine if it brings you joy. If it does, keep it; if it doesn’t, donate it. Another good rule of thumb is to determine if you actually wore the item within the past year. If you didn’t, chances are you won’t wear it moving forward. Once you have your pile of clothes, donate to your local Goodwill, or consider selling your items on places like Depop, Vinted, or Buffalo Exchange.
Clean Out Your Kitchen
If you’re still in a cleaning mood, head to the kitchen! Though it seems tedious, pull out all of those old spices, pastas, soups and more and check the expiration dates. Or, if you find yourself with three half-used containers of garlic powder, for example, combine everything into one. When it’s all out of your pantry, give everything a good dusting and wipe down with Lysol to clean and disinfect your surfaces.
Deep Clean Your Space
There is no better time than now to get all of your deep cleaning done. Some projects include cleaning your tile grout, baseboards, cabinets and under your bed. It’s always easy to put off these tedious jobs, but with the extra time on your hands now, you can knock these tasks out quickly. Plus, you’ll keep your space clean and free from dust, germs and more.
Start a Hobby
Start that hobby you’ve always wanted to try! This could include making art, crafting, knitting and much more, and if that hobby can make you an extra buck, even better! If you consider yourself an artist, consider selling on Etsy or Society6.
Another popular hobby for many is gardening. Cut back your trips to the grocery store or farmers’ market and consider growing your own vegetables, herbs and more. Head to your local Home Depot or nursery, pick out what you want to grow, and watch it all come to life! If you start this month, herbs like basil, rosemary and cilantro are all good plants to try growing.
Take Online Classes / Certifications
If you’re a student or lifelong learner, consider taking some classes online or beef up your resume with more certifications. In 2020, you can find video tutorials and classes on anything from cooking, to fixing up a car, to art, and everything in between. Many library systems offer free online learning programs and classes as well. As for more educational content, here are a few sites you can explore:
Stream Workout Classes
Despite gyms and communal workout facilities being closed, you can still get in a great workout at home. Whether you have a fully equipped at-home gym or don’t even have a yoga mat, there’s something out there for everyone. Some of the best workouts don’t even need equipment! Here are a few places with free programs you can visit to get your sweat in for the day:
Some things you can keep in your bullet journal include daily entries, habits, moods, spending, budgets, to do lists, goals and much more. Not only is it satisfying, but it also will help you stay on top of all of your quarantine goals! Plus, it’s motivating to see how you did over the past month in terms of your goals and productivity. When days start to feel like Groundhog Day, your bullet journal will keep your mental health in tip-top shape.
Remember that your healthcare providers at NorthCrest are here for you no matter your needs. We are also offering virtual appointments, so schedule one with your primary care physician today!