I hope all is well with you, friends. How are you weathering all the changes? No matter what this time brings, I want to be able to look back and know I did my best to stay positive and appreciate the sweet moments amid the challenges.  One of my favorite quotes, by Henri Matisse, is “there are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

Staying active and keeping our spirits high is especially important right now, so I’ve been getting outside as much as possible, cleaning out one cabinet or drawer a day (how do things get cluttered again so quickly?), and planning future home projects. I’m even thinking about dusting off my sewing machine and making some pillow covers and/or window shades!

If you’re looking for things to do while you’re at home, today I’m sharing a list of 25 ideas to help you find a bit of calm, a bit of cozy, and a bit of light right now. 

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25 Things to Do While You’re at Home

1. Look for ways you can help others or give encouragement. Reach out to neighbors, friends and family to see if they need anything. Offer to drop off groceries and medicine for elderly friends and family members. Call those who are housebound and might be lonely. 

2. Spend some time in meditation or prayer every day.  Meditation boosts your immune system, reduces stress, and helps you see things from a higher perspective. If you haven’t already added meditation to your daily routine, this is the perfect time to start.  Apps like Headspace make it easy to learn.  If you can’t find the time to meditate every day, at least take a moment to Pause, Breathe, Smile, and Connect a few times throughout the day.

3. Delete excess photos on your phone and computer and organize your computer desktop.  If you have boxes of old photos, go through them and scan & upload the ones you want to keep to your computer.  

4.  Get organized and declutter your closets, kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, storage area, or garage.  Decluttering and organizing your home can help you reclaim your focus, elevate your mood, and concentrate on the things that really matter.  Here’s my post sharing simple step-by-step tips for How to Declutter Your Home.

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5. Find recipes online or buy a new cookbook or two and add some new dishes to your repertoire. Expand your baking skills, try new recipes, or discover new cuisines.  Here’s an easy homemade bread recipe I love. If you have little ones at home, you can get them involved, too!

6. Do yoga, go on a bike ride or take a long walk — exercise keeps your mood up and immune system strong.

7. Read a good book. This is your chance to open all those books that have been piling up on your nightstand … or download something new from Amazon.  Reading has the ability to help us forget our troubles for a while.  Here’s a fiction series I love.  

8. Take up a new hobby … or rediscover one you used to love.  What’s something you don’t normally have time to do? Do you love to draw, knit, paint, color? This is also the perfect time to learn a new skill like photography, calligraphy, yoga, sewing, or flower arranging.  


 

9. Do you have any unfinished house projects you could work on while you’re at home?  Perhaps painting your walls white or refinishing furniture? Yesterday I ran to Lowe’s and picked up tile, mortar, and grout for re-tiling our guest bathroom floor. We’ve been putting off that project for several months, and now’s the perfect time to get it done!

10. Spend time in nature. Get outside as much as possible, soak in some sunshine (and vitamin D), notice the beauty, and breathe in the fresh air.  With the arrival of spring everything will start coming alive again, reminding us that all will be well.

11. Have you been wanting to start a blog?  This is a great time to get started! If you need some help and encouragement, here’s my post on how to start a blog.

12. Now’s the time to start planning trips for next fall or next year to places you’ve always talked about visiting.  You definitely can’t beat the prices right now. 

13. Take an online course and learn something new. What’s something you’ve been wanting to learn how to do?  Are you wanting to start or grow a business?  I love learning about natural wellness and nutrition, so I went to nutrition school online and became a certified health coach. 

14. FaceTime with family members and friends you can’t meet up with personally.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee and pretend you’re together at your favorite coffee shop.

15. Start planning your spring garden and order some seeds or plants online.  Getting your hands in the dirt, re-potting and nurturing plants reconnects your soul with nature and lifts your spirits.  Here’s a post that will help you get excited about outdoor living:  Beautiful Patio Ideas for Relaxed Outdoor Living & Entertaining.

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16. Refresh your spaces.  Rearranging the furniture, restyling shelves and surfaces, or switching out pillows and rugs can make everything feel new again. To give you some ideas, check out these posts: Amazon Home Finds for Spring,  10 Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home, Good Vibes Only:9 Simple Tips to Inspire Wellbeing at Home, Finding Joy in Your HomeA Simple Trick to Refresh Your Home Style

17. Put pen to paper.  Have you always dreamed of being an author?  Now’s the time to write that book. You’ll be surprised who is waiting to hear what you have to say.  Here’s a great article sharing why this might be the best time to write!

18. Catch up on your favorite shows and movies. Here’s a list of some of the best shows and movies to binge watch on Netflix while you’re at home:

The Great British Baking Show
Living With Yourself
Stay Here, with Genevieve Gorder
Unbelievable
Virgin River
The Stranger
Dead to Me
Parks and Rec
Outlander
The Crown
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
The Office
The Spy

19. Get your feelings down on paper. Spend some time in self-reflection and journal about this time.  Don’t forget to also write down all the things you’re grateful for. 

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20. Keep your spirits up by listening to motivational podcasts or videos on YouTube.

21. Stay inspired. Scrolling through all the beautiful spaces on Pinterest and Instagram never fails to lighten my mood.

22. Do your taxes.  I know.  I’d rather not mention it, but if you haven’t prepared and/or filed your taxes yet, this is the perfect time to get it out of the way.

23. Spring cleaning. This is a great time to tackle some of those big cleaning tasks like washing windows, curtains, duvet covers, cabinets, walls, baseboards, doors, etc.  Also, if it’s warm enough outside, open your doors and/or windows for a few minutes each day to allow fresh air to circulate inside. Here’s a post I wrote about cleaning your home with lemon essential oil.

24. Take time for yourself. Spend time in nature every day, catch up on your sleep, try some new beauty products, and take long baths. As we adjust to our new “normal” our emotions are up and down, so make sure to focus on your mental and physical health by taking time to relax and breathe. Here’s a post I wrote sharing the Weil Breathing Technique, which I’ve found super helpful in keeping stress at bay.

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25. Finally, break out all those jigsaw puzzles and games and spend some time connecting with your loved ones.  As I said above, I want to be able to look back and remember the sweet moments about this time.

I hope this post brought your heart some joy and reminded you that there are things to appreciate in every moment–even when you’re in quarantine.

One day, we’ll look back at this time with gratitude for the ways it made us slow down and appreciate all the little things we used to take for granted (like toilet paper!).

Our everyday may look different than it did a few weeks ago, but we’ll get through this together.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, friends! Sending thoughts of love and good health to you all.  xo jane