Scour your whole house. When we get bored, we often feel helpless. But tackling even the simplest task, like doing the dishes, can boost your mood immediately. Start with these easy cleaning tips or try a full schedule to tackle every inch of the house.
Shine the windows. You’ll be amazed how much brighter things look with sparkling clean windows. Let the sunshine in with these tips for the best results.
Wash your makeup brushes. When was the last time you cleaned all of your makeup tools? Yes, even your ride-or-die Beautyblender could use a scrub. Your skin will thank you.
Sort through your purses. As the season’s change, so do our purses. While switching between bags, we all leave stuff in the bottom (receipts, gum wrappers, pens, etc). Clean out your purses and you just might find that lost lipstick – or at least some spare change.
Clean out your closet. Go through your clothes to rediscover some old favs. If you haven’t worn it in the past year, consider posting it on a clothing resale app so it can find a new home.
Organize your kitchen. Already mastered the KonMari Method? You’re ready to dive into the wonderful world of drawer and cabinet organizers. Please hold the applause.
Refresh your mantel. Make the most out of your fireplace by thoughtfully decorating the mantel for the season. Rotate in a fresh crop of family photos or add a pop of colour with fresh or silk flowers.
Spruce up your outdoor space. Out of sight, it’s out of mind, but outdoor spaces also deserve a little TLC. Maybe now’s the time to shop for new outdoor furniture and accent pieces for those summer get-togethers.
Spot-treat your white shoes. White shoes pretty much go with every outfit, but only if they stay that way. Making your Converse or Vans look like new is oh-so-satisfying.
Shop for new essentials. Whether you need to stock up on more cleaning products or your bed is ready for new sheets, grab a notepad or your Notes app and take a lap around the house to see what you need.
Give an old piece new life. Maybe you’ve got an old chair that never quite fit, or odds n’ ends that could become something else. Go ahead, DIY it.
Tackle a trouble spot. Do you know that corner that hasn’t been organized since you moved in? Use your free time to fix it.
Outdoor activities to do when you’re bored
Enjoy food outdoors. Take your lunch to the backyard or patio to get a little vitamin D while you indulge. A glass of wine doesn’t hurt either.
Go for a long walk. Plan a route past your favourite landmarks, a local park, or just around the neighbourhood. Stop and smell the flowers – literally.
Take your pet to the park. Whether you have a lively dog, an adventurous cat, or even a sweet rabbit, they’ll appreciate a wander with their favourite person.
Start a garden. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in the backyard or your windowsill, if you don’t have outdoor space. In addition to the de-stressing benefits, all that digging quickly turns into a workout.
Go for a bike ride. Take a tour of your surroundings and get some exercise in by jumping on a bicycle.
Take a drive. You don’t need a destination — just a great playlist and the open road.
Hit the beach. Slather yourself in sunscreen, grab a beach towel, and make your way to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. And don’t be afraid to swing by in the colder months — the crashing waves feel like the picture of zen.
Have a backyard campout. Pitch a tent between your back gardens and see your outdoor space in a whole new way. Or if the weather isn’t cooperating, do the same in your own living room.
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