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What to do when you're bored at home

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

There are countless great ideas for creative things to do when bored at home. It is important to have some sort of outlet for your creativity, whether it is something you do as a pastime or part of your daily routine.

In this post, I'm sharing some ideas for home-based creative activities for those days when you're feeling very bored.

It can be something as basic as putting together a puzzle, reading, or writing poetry. But, let's look at some other creative ways to pass time.

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If you're bored, one of the best ways to deal with that boredom is to find ways to pass the time more creatively. Boredom has many forms and can easily become destructive.

Find out about some creative activities for boredom and what you can do to keep yourself busy when you are bored at home.

Why you should tackle boredom head-on

Many people are bored at home because they do not have a creative outlet for their time. There's nothing wrong with sitting around, relaxing, or sleeping. But, if you want to keep your brain young and active, you need to give it some challenges on a daily basis.

Thus, the best way to stay alert and have fun while doing it is to take up a hobby or do some activities where you get those creative juices flowing, even if it's something as banal as playing a video game.

If you are bored at home because you don't know how to manage your time and use it well, you should prioritize creative ways of spending your time.

You might want to start cooking, knitting, or cleaning in order to find a creative outlet for your time.

Having a hobby can be an effective means of being creative at home. Some hobbies help keep you occupied and, in some cases, teach you valuable skills that you can use elsewhere. If you do not have a hobby but still feel unproductive, you might want to learn about ways to make productive use of your time at home. There are several ways to make productive use of time at home. These include:

Video Games

The most obvious creative outlet is to play video games. However, video games are not really creative unless used in a positive manner.

There's a myth going around that video games are toxic and not good for you but it's not quite true. The thing is that you should play in moderation and reduce overall screen time. But, some video games are beneficial.

  • Did you know that playing video games actually improves your manual dexterity?

  • Playing video games is kind of a workout for your brain

  • You can improve your problem-solving skills

  • playing with others in the gaming community makes you feel less bored and lonely

A small hand-held console like the Nintendo Switch is a great way to play games in bed, on the couch, or on the patio.


Creative activities at home are the answer to the prayers of parents who worry that their children may grow up bored and disconnected from the world.

As a parent, you have the power to not only influence the growth of your child but also give them a sense of satisfaction that comes from linking to their passions and abilities. When you are able to keep kids entertained, you are creating a happy family dynamic.

But, crafting and painting are not only for kids, these are fun activities for adults too. I love to paint by numbers and it's a great way for me to pass time, especially on cold days.

Paint and clay are great tools for crafting creative activities at home. With paint and tempera paint, you can create crafts such as card decks with card stock and wooden die cuts, picture frames with color transfer paper, and art pieces such as posters and clay pottery.

You can use the same technique with clay pots and pans to make clay jewelry and clay garden pots. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and the tools available to you. If you are trying to decide what type of creative activities to do, consider the following options.

Summer crafts are great because they allow for creativity and imagination in a fun environment. With all the different summer crafts available, you can try something new and exciting. There are many different creative activities at home to choose from. Some of the more popular ideas include making gingerbread houses, making cookies, and decorating fruit boxes and cups.

Terracotta pot decorations

My personal favorite is decorating old terracotta or plant pots.

All you need is some terracotta pots and some colorful acrylic paint.

You can try to make terracotta pot mushrooms which are super cute decorations.

Pinterest is a great source of inspiration if you're looking for crafting and painting ideas.

Board Games

Board games are another popular way to keep busy at home.

There are so many different types of board games available, such as those that teach basic math skills or those that involve team building. A great idea for a creative summer activity is to play a board game like Scrabble at home, preferably in the yard or balcony. You can create a competition that pits one team against another in an attempt to eliminate all the cards on the board before time runs out.

Ideas for kids

You can also purchase a variety of fun and creative things for your kids to do at home throughout the summer. Look for things like fun kitchen gadgets or cute accessories that will help you keep your kids occupied for hours on end. Play kitchens and cute food and cookware toys for kids are always fun to use.

Other ideas include things like coloring books, playing in the garden, and playing board games.

If you're looking for the best ways to keep your kids creative and busy, consider all the things that are available to them in the summer. There are tons of different things to do with kids at home, including those who just want to relax and unwind. Whether you need a way to keep them busy so they can relax or provide them with a fun activity that is educational, there are lots of things you can try during the summer.

Don't forget about outdoor sports like soccer, baseball, volleyball, badminton, and basketball.

Watch television (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO)

Pass the time by watching television. If boredom occurs, you'll find television to be an enjoyable way to pass the time. There are so many good series out there.

My personal favorite shows include Outlander, Shadow, and Bone, How to Get Away with Murder, and Orphan Black. But honestly, there are just too many exciting shows out there and I can't list them all right now.


However, if watching television does not give you enjoyment, you might want to spend some time reading books instead. Reading is an enjoyable activity that also teaches you valuable information that you can use elsewhere. I recommend lots of interesting non-fiction books if you want to learn or you want to explore new ways of thinking.

If you want to live vicariously in a made-up world, I recommend fiction since there are so many new books out this year.

I'm currently reading the Silent Patient and boy has it got me hooked!

Social distancing can be a time for reflection and learning

Social Distancing - two dreaded words by most. For me, it is sort of a blessing because I'm an introvert and I love being alone and spending time away. It makes me feel safe and comfortable.

Spending some time away from the outside world is often a good way to reduce stress. When a person needs time to think, they often find themselves more able to focus on problems at hand. In addition, social distancing, helps people take the time to check in with themselves to see how they are responding and how they can improve.

It's also a time for reflection and self-care. Take time to pamper yourself and do the things you don't have time for like applying body scrub, painting your nails, and using a gua sha stone on your face.

Paint by numbers & Diamond Painting Kits

The one thing I'm really excited to try is a diamond or rhinestone painting. It's like paint by numbers but you have these small rhinestones that you place and you get a cool-looking "diamond" painting at the end.

Then, there are the classic paint-by-numbers kits which are always fun since they have lots of adult-friendly art too.

Final thoughts

Get started with something fun. When boredom strikes, many people feel like doing something fun, but they do not know what. A great way to get started on the path to productivity is to get started with something fun. Whether you need to fix your car, paint it, or build something, it is a great way to pass the time.

Learn something new. Knowledge is important. It is a great way to help support your own creative process. If you know something about something, you may need to search for more information.

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