While it might not feel like it, there are plenty of things you can be doing to take up some of the ample time you are faced with while self isolating indoors. While puzzles, Netflix, Tik Tok and virtual hangouts with friends are entertaining ways to chew up a couple of hours, it’s important to integrate a few productive tasks into your week to help provide a healthy dose of achievement into your routine. So to help you on the road to productivity, we’ve rounded up 7 useful ways to kill quarantine boredom.
Overhaul Your Wardrobe
There is nothing quite as satisfying as cleaning out and organising your wardrobe. This task isn’t for the faint-hearted. Make sure to cull anything you haven’t worn in over a year and sort into ‘bin’ (damaged or faulty clothing), ‘donate’ and ‘sell’ piles, to give your clothes a second life while also earning you some extra cash along the way. If you’re low on space, invest in some storage that can help you make the most of your space or store your winter and summer clothes in separate tubs and rotate your wardrobe seasonally.
Declutter Pesky Draws And Cupboards
We’ve all got that one (or many) unsightly storage drawers or cupboards that end up being home to a range of miscellaneous items, clutter and junk. Whether it’s your makeup trolley, a kitchen draw or under the stairs, it’s time to say goodbye to disarray and finally get your storage in order. The easiest way to do this is to remove everything, clean out the space, throw out the items you no longer need and sort what remains. Categorise the items (like stationery and cleaning products) or group them by size and use storage sorters to organise them in a way that allows you to see everything. That way you won’t need to turn everything upside down next time you're looking for the sticky tape or screwdriver.
Have you told yourself for years that you’ll do that beginners course in Adobe Photoshop, become a Google Analytics pro or learn another language? Same here. Well, we’re here to remind you that there’s no better time than now to finally tick off those skills you’d always planned on mastering. It can be easy to procrastinate, so try to schedule in time each day to achieve your goals, sit at a proper desk space (not your bed), remove distractions and feed your mind. Before you know it you’ll come out of isolation trilingual. If you're lacking inspiration make sure to check out our favourite online workshops and online courses.
Sanitise Your Cyberspace
If you’re anything like us, your passion for shopping online has resulted in the subscription to far too many email lists and newsletters that are now clogging your inbox with jun, or worse, the constant temptation to shop. Next time, instead of just deleting them, make the effort to click through and unsubscribe to the emails you’re no longer engaging with or interested in. Or better yet, download the Unroll.me app which allows you to cleanly consolidate your emails and usubscribe with one simple click of a button. Minimal effort, maximum reward.
Don’t Wait To Wanderlust
While travelling in the immediate future is off the cards, planning certainly isn’t. Go old school and start pinning tacs to a map, muster your travel crew, discuss dates and do your research. Whether you’d always dreamed of going on safari in Africa, galavanting around the south of France or seeing the Cherry Blossoms in Japan, the world is literally your oyster when it comes to dreaming and planning your next global getaway. Make sure to hit up our travel content for your daily dose of wanderlust.
Clean Up Your Camera Roll
If you’re the type of person that has 80 per cent of screenshots in your camera roll, then this one's for you. Whether you’re running low on iPhone storage, iCloud storage, or you have plenty to spare, there’s no greater feeling than eradicating your blurry photos and irrelevant screenshots. Not only is it terribly therapeutic, it leaves a seamless roll of happy memories spent outdoors and beautiful moments with friends to help you reminisce on the good old days (before physical distancing, that is).
Perfect Your Pantry
Unless your Kim Kardashian, your pantry is probably in need of a good cleanout. Like any storage space, you’re going to want to take everything out from the dark depths of your pantry in order to approach this effectively. Check use-by dates and throw out anything that's off, invest in quality airtight containers for things like flour, sugar, crackers and cereal, and make sure to put things back in an orderly and grouped fashion (like canned foods, rice and pasta, oils and sauces). Make sure to arrange them in a way that allows you to visibly see everything in there. Not only does it make it easier to find what you’re looking for, it makes shopping a breeze when you already know what's in the cupboard.
Ticked them all off and in need of more activity? Check out these hobbies to take up while you've got the time.
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