Welcome to your ultimate guide of things to do at home when bored. Everyone experiences occasional bouts of boredom and the solution can be as easy as rediscovering the potential for fun and learning within our own four walls. This list of 125 creative ideas offers a wealth of inspiring activities for you to try at home the next time you’ve got time to spare. Enjoy exploring new hobbies, having some fun, or simply relaxing with these handpicked boredom busters.
Inspiration For Things To Do When You’re Bored And At Home
To make this list easier to digest and find what you want (it’s a long list for sure!) I’ve separated the ideas out into a few categories.
See the table of contents for each one, and then you can click to the one that you want to look at first. Hope these ideas inspire you!
15 Organising And Decor Projects To Do When You’re Bored At Home
These projects not only provide a constructive way to pass your time but also help in enhancing the looks and functionality of your living space. From decluttering to creating beautiful DIY decorations for your room, these activities will transform your home while allowing you to have some fun at home.
Find your next project and make that spare time really count!
#1 – Organise your clothes
This is a really fun thing to do – and really isn’t a chore, like a lot of people think.
Mainly because you can get involved in trying things on, creating new outfits, and spending some time home alone working out exactly what does and doesn’t work on your figure.
#2 – Declutter Something
There’s nothing nicer than sorting a space out!
If you want to start small, go for a drawer, and if you’re less cluttered then an entire room will be ideal.
#3 – Rearrange furniture.
If you’re in the mood for a change, then moving furniture around can be a really fun activity and boredom buster. It takes some effort but it’s worth it to get something new and fresh out of the space you’ve got.
I love changing my daughters bedroom around (she gets bored of how it is pretty quickly as she’s always changing as she grows up), and also moving the downstairs rooms around (this is why I always use a similar colour palette in the rooms because then everything can work well in whichever room it ends up in).
#4 – Create A DIY home accessory
Last time my Dad stayed for a few weeks, we spent a while creating a gorgeous wooden star for outside. This not only created a gorgeous piece to look at, but also now has many special memories attached to it.
You could try making a cushion, candle, bookshelf, or any number of other items. Go wild!
#5 – Create a photo book
Do you have a thousand photos stored on your phone and/or computer?
Now could be a great time to create a beautiful and personalised photo book, for yourself or as a gift for someone special.
#6 – Do a DIY home improvement project.
Whether it’s painting kitchen cabinets or hanging some artwork that’s been lying around for ages, there are plenty of DIY home improvements you can do to upgrade your home.
It’s one of the more productive things on this list to do with the time you have – but what better than giving yourself the gift of not having it on your TO DO list anymore.
#7 – Upcycle furniture.
Get creative with some old furniture in your house by painting or staining it, or adding decals/patterns.
The possibilities when you upcycle things are endless.
#8 – Do online shopping to buy gifts for events for next 2-3 months
Have some fun by cosying up on the sofa with your favourite drink and doing some online shopping.
You don’t have to waste money to make this work. In fact – a great idea is to get ahead and shop for the birthdays and anniversaries etc… that you know are coming up.
There’s nothing better than going to your present box and having things ready and waiting when each persons special day comes around.
#9 – Design a room refurb
I love dreaming a little when I have the time, and there’s something special about planning out a new look for a room.
Using Pinterest is my favourite way to do this.
A good idea is to start a new board and then start pinning different looks, ideal items etc… from around Pinterest and the web. By the end of the brainstorming session I’ve got a really good design board of the finished decor – ready to start bringing to life!
#10 – Fix something that’s broken.
An easy win, but a great way to make the most of some extra time…
#11 – Make homemade natural cleaning products.
This is a great way to save money, but also get creative with the ingredients you have around your home.
#12 – Practice Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement which has been used for thousands of years to create harmony in homes and other spaces.
You can place things in certain places in your home, and use specific colours and materials – and get some great benefits. Give it a try – you may surprise yourself with the results!
#13 – Create custom artwork for your home.
This is one of those creative things I’ve done. In fact, I’ve made art for a few homes I’ve lived in over the years. Sometimes I’ve created word art, abstract landscapes, and just general colour block art.
Although I like to think I am quite artistic, you actually don’t have to be to make some art that works well.
For example – A fun idea is to create some amazing art with a canvas, masking tape, and some emulsion paint from your garage that you’ve used in your home already. Use the tape to create stripes and other shapes, and then paint in the space left on the canvas. Do as many layers as you like, and they can look brilliant!.
#14 – Organise your digital photos.
We all have a huge number of digital photos stored away on our phones, computers and other devices.
Now would be the perfect time to organise these into different albums, make sure they’re backed up in the cloud, and that you’re keeping your memories safe forever.
That way nothing will be lost, and you’ll be able to find what you need when you want it.
#15 – Sell your unwanted stuff online
A favourite of mine because when you sell your old stuff online you can declutter AND make some extra money along the way!
Places to try would include Facebook Marketplace and eBay – but there are lots of specialist ones as well – so take a look online and in your local area for what’s available.
10 Things To Try In The Kitchen When You’re Bored
These ideas not only serve as an exciting way to fill your time but also improve your culinary skills and creativity. From experimenting with new recipes to mastering that perfect cocktail, these activities will transform your kitchen into a haven of food and drink.
Roll up your sleeves and let your kitchen adventures begin!
#1 – Try a new recipe.
We all get into a cooking rut over time – eating the same things day in and day out.
Why not upgrade your repertoire and try a new idea that you’ve been wanting to try for a while.
#2 – Bake homemade bread.
A favourite thing to do in our home during lockdown in recent years – and it was so much easier than we thought.
It’s a great (and pretty easy) way to entertain bored kids too, and could well become a new hobby for you all.
#3 – Learn to cook a new cuisine.
There’s a whole world out there – so why not delve into Thai, Chinese, Indian, Greek etc… and see what you can create!
It may just save you reaching for that takeout menu in the future.
#4 – Take online cooking classes.
This can be a really fun way to learn how to cook something specific – especially if you’re a visual learner.
#5 – Create a family recipe book.
A great idea for a gift for a loved one that often gets set aside because of lack of time. I will definitely be creating one for my daughter when she leaves home.
Even the simple stuff – as that’s how I can help her to recreate her favourites in her own home.
#6 – Try out new cocktail recipes.
It can be such a lot of fun to mix things together and see what you can come up with!
#7 – Learn to make fancy coffee.
Make it a real event – and enjoy every sip.
#8 – Use that ice cream maker / blender etc… that’s gathering dust in the cupboard!
We all have them. Why not use them?! If you’re reading this and still don’t feel like using it, then declutter it instead so that someone else can enjoy it instead.
#9 – Batch cook food for the future
Why not have a real in depth cooking day and cook lots of food in preparation for meals later down the line?
#10 – Meal plan for the week without buying anything new (get creative!)
This can be fun – even if you only do it for the next meal you have.
Use the pantry, fridge and freezer – and see what you can create. Try and challenge yourself by going one step further and doing something you haven’t tried cooking before.
20 Self Care Things To Do When Bored At Home
Self-care is an essential part of maintaining a healthy mind and body. It’s not just about pampering yourself, it’s about taking the time to listen to your needs and respond to them.
The activities in this section are designed to help you relax, rejuvenate, and revitalise your senses. These activities will help you make the most of your downtime at home.
#1 – Have a spa day at home.
Create a spa atmosphere with dim lights, scented candles and relaxing music. Have a bath or shower, eat healthy food, wear a towelling robe and slippers all day – and just have fun with it!.
#2 – Take a bubble bath.
There’s something so calming and indulgent about taking a bubble bath. Add in some aromatic oils or Epsom salts to make it even more luxurious!
#3 – Do a skincare routine.
Take the time to properly cleanse, tone and moisturise your whole body. And don’t forget those feet – they deserve some pampering too!
#4 – Try a new makeup look.
Go all out – or just try a subtle change. Either way, you’ll feel great when you’ve finished!
#5 – Do a full body exfoliation
A real treat that we often don’t have time for.
#6 – Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, having your nails professionally done can make you feel great. Plus why not experiment with colours and designs that you wouldn’t usually try?
#7 – Experiment with hairstyles.
Especially good if you’re just used to the same old style day in and day out.
#8 – Read up on beauty tips.
Get inspired and look into things that you could try for yourself. It’s often a brilliant way to get out of your own head a little.
#9 – Meditate for relaxation.
You don’t have to meditate for an hour – even 5 minutes can make a difference.
#10 – Experiment with essential oils.
Essential oils can be great for relaxation and energy – find out what works best for you.
#11 – Try DIY skincare products.
There are so many recipes online for skincare products that you can make yourself. Get creative and have some fun with it!
#12 – Do a puzzle.
Self care isn’t just about body – it’s about mind too! Doing puzzles can really help keep your mind alert and young, and is great for your mental health.
#13 – Design a vision board.
Take the time to think about what you want and create a vision board for it. It’s a great way of visualising your dreams and ambitions – even if they just involve some Netflix binging!
#14 – Plan your next holiday
Take a break from the dull routine of everyday life and start dreaming about your next adventure. Go deep and really brainstorm all the places you’d like to visit!
#15 – Research a topic you’re curious about.
Read articles, watch videos – and explore the unknown.
#16 – Practice Deep Breathing
Incorporate deep, intentional breaths to reduce stress.
#17 – Take a Nap
A short power nap can recharge your energy. You’re worth it!
#18 – Do a Face Mask
Face masks are great for both relaxation and nourishing the skin at the same time. Make sure to look into natural ingredients that will work best for your skin type.
#19 – Practice Gratitude
Reflect on the things you’re thankful for. Maybe send a text to someone and let them know what you’re thankful to them for.
#20 – Take a Digital Detox
It can be all too easy to just sit and watch TV without really thinking about it – and then also scroll through your phone looking at social media while watching that film.
There’s totally nothing wrong with that if you want to do it – but if you’re doing it just out of habit rather than want, why not disconnect from all your screens for a while on purpose – and enjoy the solitude.
9 Entertainment Activities To Do When Bored At Home
There are so many entertainment options in most of our homes nowadays – so really there’s no excuse to be bored! Why not use some of the entertainment to good use, in a different way – and give them a breath of fresh air.
#1 – Listen to a podcast.
Broaden your horizons with a podcast – there’s something for everyone out there. Get inspired, learn something new or just have a laugh – it’ll be worth the time!
I love listening to business related and comedy ones – just find what works for you.
#2 – Watch a documentary.
Often we just put on easy watching when the TV goes on – but there are some amazing documentaries out there that will get you thinking and learning a bit.
#3 – Plan a movie marathon.
If you’re alone, then write down your top 3 films, and if you’re with the family then why not all have a choice? (Just make sure all films are age appropriate for all watching).
#4 – Listen to your favourite music.
Always have your favourites ready to play – they’ve instantly energise you and make you feel great.
#5 – Explore new music genres.
Why not listen to the radio and find some new music that you like? You may just end up finding a new favourite.
#6 – Create a personalised playlist
Have a playlist full of your favourites, or why not create more than one for different needs (running, cleaning, relaxing, having fun etc..)
#7 – Watch A TED Talk.
Go online and watch some inspiring talks about science, business, life and whatever else you’re curious about.
#8 – Try Karaoke
Solo Karaoke is one of my favourite ways to spend time when I’ve got a little spare. Turn the volume up and pretend you’re a famous singer. So fun!
#9 – Watch Inspirational Videos
We’ve already talked about documentaries and TED talks, but there are lots of other videos out there. For example – you can find some great things on Youtube in all sorts of categories.
27 Craft Related Activities To Try When You’re Bored
Perfect for those who love to create (or those wanting to give it a try!), these ideas will provide a wonderful way to spend your free time at home, and can lead to the creation of really beautiful, personalised items that you can treasure or give as gifts to others.
Get ready to get your hands busy and allow your imagination to run free with these craft activities when you’re bored in your house.
#1 – Take up knitting or crocheting.
Knitting and crocheting are perfect for passing the time – plus you can create some stunning pieces with them.
#2 – Paint a picture.
Find a picture you love, or just start painting and see what comes out of it. There’s lot’s of room for creativity here!
#3 – Sketch or draw.
Drawing is a great way to express yourself – it’s perfect for calming the mind and being present in the moment.
#4 – Try adult colouring books.
This can be an incredibly calming activity – and it’s great fun too. Treat yourself to some lovely pens, and a colouring book that has designs you really like – and go for it!
#5 – Make homemade candles.
This may sound tricky – but in fact it’s quite easy. All you need is a wax melt, wick and scent of your choice. Get creative with your scents and colours!
#6 – Make greeting cards.
Greeting cards are a great way to show someone you care. Why not make your own – and personalise it for the recipient?
#7 – Create handmade jewellery.
From earrings to statement necklaces, you can make whatever your heart desires! All you need are some basic materials and tools.
#8 – Build a model kit.
This activity is perfect for those who love a challenge. Pick up a kit that you like and get building!
#9 – Learn to make soap.
Making soap is a great way to explore aromatherapy and mixing of natural ingredients. It’s also a really useful skill to have!
#10 – Decorate plain mugs.
Mugs make great gifts – why not decorate some plain ones to give away?
#11 – Learn to sew
Sewing is a really fun and useful skill to have – so why not give it a try? You can start by making simple items like bags or cushion covers.
#12 – Make personalised t-shirts.
Whether you’re a fan of the ‘iron-on’ method, or prefer painting or drawing on them – why not create some personalised t-shirts for yourself or as gifts?
#13 – Create custom tote bags.
My daughters favourite craft! You can find some plain tote bags online and decorate them using fabric markers, stencils or even iron on patches.
#14 – Make your own bath bombs.
All you need are some basic ingredients and a mould!
#15 – Take online art classes.
The internet is full of amazing online art classes – why not explore and find one that speaks to you?
#16 – Experiment with embroidery.
Embroidery is so versatile – you can create some very beautiful pieces.
#17 – Decoupage furniture.
Why not transform a piece of furniture with decoupage? It’s lots of fun and it makes a huge difference to the look of your home!
#18 – Try your hand at macramé.
Macramé is a great skill to learn – and really rewarding when you finish a piece.
#19 – Make pompom animals.
A brilliant way to use up scraps of yarn, these pompom animals are so cute!
#20 – Make homemade bath salts.
Mix together Epsom salts and essential oils (and possibly some herbs) for the perfect way to relax in a warm bath.
#21 – Experiment with air-dry clay.
Air-Dry Clay is so much fun to play with – you can create all sorts of things. It’s also so much easier than using standard clay that needs baking to harden.
#22 – Make homemade bookmarks.
Such a simple idea as you can cut some thick card to size and then decorate as you like. I love to punch shapes (with a tool that works like a hole punch) in them and then cover with wallpaper.
#23 – Make homemade gift tags.
Gift tags can be made from almost anything – you could cut the fronts pictures of old greetings cards, , for example. Have fun and experiment with different materials to make your own unique tags.
#24 – Create custom wreaths.
Wreaths are a great way to add colour and personality to your home or front door.
You can make them with all sorts of materials – from dried flowers and twigs, to ribbon or fabric scraps! And why not change them based on the season? They aren’t just for Christmas…
#25 – Try your hand at fabric dyeing.
Got an item of clothing that you don’t like anymore? Why not try dyeing it and seeing that results you can get…
#26 – Work on a jigsaw puzzle.
Jigsaws are creative as they’re putting together a scene – so that’s why it’s in this section.
We love to have a large jigsaw on the table so that people can add to it as and when they want. A real family activity!
#27 – Create a scrapbook.
Scrapbooking is a great way to keep memories alive as it allows you to combine photos with words and keepsakes from the moment or event you’re remembering. You can create some really beautiful books that will be treasured for years.
7 Fitness Related Ideas To Try When Bored
With these fitness-related activities, you can turn your boredom into a productive, fun-filled, and healthy routine.
Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or a beginner looking to get started, these ideas will help you break a sweat, challenge yourself, and stay fit right within the comfort of your home. Let’s dive in!
#1 – Practice yoga or Pilates.
This is something that needs very little equipment, so is perfect to get started at home.
#2 – Plan out and do a home workout.
Use what you have at home, and work out what exercises you can do. Make a routine, and then do it!
#3 – Learn a New Dance
Find dance tutorials online and learn a new dance. Youtube is great for these!
#4 – Explore online exercise classes.
I love a couple of apps and use them regularly (SWEAT by Kayla Itsines is one, the other is one I found through an ad on Facebook!).
#5 – Practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, while also increasing focus and clarity of mind.
#6 – Set yourself a fitness challenge
If you like competing – why not try challenging yourself?
- How many nets/baskets you can score in a certain time
- How many situps in a minute
- What time you can keep a plank for
Get others involved as well, or just try and beat your own personal best – the choice is yours!
#7 – Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
Let loose and dance to your favourite music.
6 Book Related Things To Do At Home When You’re Bored
Whether you’re an avid reader, a casual bookworm, or someone looking to get into the habit of reading, here’s a variety of activities that revolve around books.
These ideas not only fill your idle hours with fun but also help you develop a deeper appreciation for literature. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of words!
#1 – Read a Book you never have time to read
Grab a book from your shelves and finally get around to reading it. Whether it’s an old classic or a contemporary bestseller – you’ll be glad you did!
#2 – Make your own magazine
I love cutting articles from magazines and making my own magazine from what I really want to keep and refer back to again and again.
You can go old style and do it this way, or use Pinterest to do the same (pin articles from different websites).
#3 – Write in a Journal
#4 – Try creating some poetry
It doesn’t have to be Shakespeare-level stuff – just write down your thoughts in poetic form. You’ll be surprised at how creative you can get!
#5 – Make a Reading List
Write out a list of books that you want to read and set yourself some reading goals for the year. This will help keep you motivated and on track.
#6 – Write a letter to your future self
Write a letter to yourself in the future – include your goals, dreams, and inspirations. Put it away until you need it again – when you rediscover it, you’ll feel so connected with who you once were!
7 Gardening Related Ways To Fill Time When You’re Bored
The activities listed here cater to both seasoned gardeners and beginners, providing enjoyable ways to spend your time and engage with the natural world. You’ll get a real sense of accomplishment and joy from spending some time with nature.
#1 – Plant a garden.
A brilliant outdoor activity to try. Dig a space or make a raised bed, and then add some seeds. This is a great way to get your hands in the dirt and reconnect with nature.
#2 – Plant a mini herb garden.
Choose a selection of herbs that you would like to grow, and then plant them in small pots or planters. Not only will this provide you with fresh herbs for cooking, but it’ll look great too!
#3 – Make a natural bird feeder.
Got some old fruits or vegetables lying around? Why not create your own bird feeder with them! Hang it up in the yard and watch as you attract different kinds of birds to your garden.
#4 – Care for houseplants.
Houseplants are a great way to add some colour and life to your home. Follow their care instructions closely, keep them in the correct light, water them regularly, and watch as they thrive!
#5 – Arrange fresh flowers.
Pick some fresh flowers from your own garden and create a beautiful arrangement in a large vase or a set of mini vases. It adds so much beauty to any room!
#6 – Make natural insect repellent.
If you’re looking for ways to keep mosquitoes, flies, and other insects away – why not create your own natural insect repellent? Just search online for recipes using essential oils to make your own.
#7 – Create custom plant markers.
Make custom plant markers to identify different plants around your garden. You can make these out of popsicle sticks, rocks, or any other materials you like. It’s a great way to get creative and help keep track of your plants!
12 Ways To Socialise When You’re At Home And Have Some Spare Time
Even though you’re at home, you can still engage with friends and family. Here are lots of brilliant ideas to make the most of time at home when you’re at a loss for what to do.
#1 – Call or video chat with friends.
Don’t wait until they’re there in the flesh – you can keep in close contact with people from the comfort of your own home!
#2 – Write letters to loved ones.
How many times do you receive a hand written letter nowadays? I can’t remember how long ago it was for me… Just think how lovely it would be to surprise someone with a letter dropping on the mat!
#3 – Storytelling
Take turns telling stories or read books aloud.
#4 – Host a virtual quiz night.
Get each set of people to come up with a round of questions – and then take it in turns to ask them. Lots of fun, and easy to get sorted out.
#5 – Cook-off
Have a cooking competition with family members.
#6 – Play a board game.
Board games are always a great way to get together. You can even play games online if you’re scattered around the globe.
#7 – Indoor Picnic
Why not set up a picnic in your living room – great for couples or families as it feels like a real treat!
#8 – Plan a surprise for someone.
Take the time to sort out something special for a friend or family member. Brainstorm what they’d love and do some research around how to make it reality.
#9 – Indoor Treasure Hunt
Create clues and have a treasure hunt at home.
#10 – Try an online Escape Room
We discovered these in lockdown – and they made a great present for people. The beauty was we could do them together even though we were all in our own homes at the time.
#11 – Build a Blanket Fort
Create a cozy hideaway with blankets and pillows. You could even sleep in there!
#12 – Video Game Tournament
Have a video game competition with friends or family.
12 Other Skills To Learn If You’re Bored At Home
Why not take some of your time to learn something new? A new skill or hobby can be just the thing to stop boredom in the future, because once you find something you really enjoy, it can happily take up hours!
#1 – Practice a musical instrument.
It’s never too late to learn! Keyboard, guitar and drums are popular instruments that you can get started with.
#2 – Learn a language.
Many people find learning a new language fun and exciting – and it’s also great for your brain health! Try an app like Duolingo to get started.
#3 – Learn calligraphy.
Calligraphy is a great way to practice your fine motor skills. Start with the basics and eventually you’ll be able to write beautiful calligraphy pieces.
#4 – Learn photography.
Get to know your camera and improve your skills by playing around with settings. Look for courses online or even join a local photography club.
#5 – Learn a magic trick.
Magic is an enjoyable way to pass time and also impress friends.
Look online for tutorials or grab a book to learn some tricks so you can delight people with your new found skills in the future!
#6 – Practice origami.
Origami is a perfect way to pass the time, and it’s quite therapeutic too. Plus there are countless designs you can try.
#7 – Explore astrology
Astrology is a great way to learn more about yourself and the world around you – it’s also fascinating!
#8 – Do a home science experiment.
Many of us did science experiments as kids, but why not give them a go again? They’re fun and provide great learning opportunities.
#9 – Start a blog or vlog.
This is one close to my heart, for sure! My business started as a blog really, and so wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t decided to start one day.
Where could you be if you started one today?
#10 – Learn a new game
Whether it’s a card game like poker or a board game like chess, there are so many games to choose from and lots of fun to be had.
#11 – Learn how to edit your digital photos
Editing a dark photo or cutting out a certain part of it can all be done with some basic editing skills.
I love using Canva and it’s very user friendly – so why not give it a try yourself? You’ll love creating photos from your snaps that you can frame and give as gifts.
#12 – Learn to juggle
I did this in one afternoon when I was a teenager and bored one day – so had to add it in.
It’s also a skill you keep with you – and it’s a good thing to bring out at parties as not everyone can do it.
There you have it! A myriad of activities to engage in when boredom strikes.
From tapping into your creativity with crafting or learning new skills, keeping active with fitness routines, immersing in books, tending to a garden, or socialising in inventive ways, the options are endless.
So, the next time you find yourself idle, get inspired by this list and turn your spare time into a productive, fulfilling experience.
The key is to try new things, learn, grow, and most importantly, have fun!
Which will you pick to do first?