There are only so many television shows you can watch before it feels like your brain has turned into mush. Likewise, you don’t always feel like reading, either. Sometimes, it just hits you: You are well and truly bored, with no idea how to alleviate it. Fortunately, we have some outside-the-box suggestions for when you just can’t bear to watch another hour of The Today Show. We’ve broken them up by category—browse the list below and get rid of your boredom once and for all!
Okay, maybe you aren’t one of those people who has fun organizing things. However, your future self will thank you for doing it now. Here’s where to start.
- Clean your garage: Instead of tripping over that old hose/toolbox/badminton net, take time to clear out anything you don’t use. For things you do use, invest in some clear plastic storage bins and label them clearly. Now you’re less bored and less stressed.
- Clear out your closet(s): Do you tend to throw anything that doesn’t have a designated place in your closet? Now’s the perfect time to assess whether you need that snuggie or those old board games you haven’t touched in years.
- Tidy your junk drawer: When I was growing up, my great-grandma’s junk drawer was a magical treasure trove. Still, it’s good to take a moment every now and again to get rid of the stuff that’s actually junk.
Take Care of Digital Clutter
I promise I’ll get to the actually fun boredom busters soon, but it’s as important to organize your digital life as it is to organize your physical space.
- Clean up your inbox: When you truly have nothing else to do, clear out those old promotional emails and make way for the important email items.
- Organize your important papers: This applies to any important physical papers you might have. It also applies to digital documents, passwords, and the like.
- Scan your photos: Okay, you might have fun with this one since it involves reminiscing. Scanning your photos into a computer and backing them up on a cloud or hard drive will ensure they live on in case of a natural disaster or other emergency. Bonus game: Tally how many times you say, “It was in style at the time!” when scanning your photos.
Try Something New
You’re never too old to learn or try something new. Here are a few activities you can do to stimulate your brain and acquire a new skill.
- Cook something new: Whether you want to replicate a dish you’ve tried in a restaurant or try cooking a new cuisine, this is a great way to expand your skills and your palate.
- Bake something new: Don’t forget about dessert!
- Watch a documentary: Explore a topic you know nothing about with a documentary!
- Take a class: Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to take classes from the comfort of home. Want to learn professional skills, take a college class, or glean creative skills from the best of the best? Check out sites like Coursera, Udemy, and Masterclass—you’ll find classes you didn’t know existed.
Tired of your current living setup? Don’t be afraid to make a change. Sometimes, all you need is a little freshening up to make your living space feel new and energizing.
- Paint: A fresh coat of paint will make any room feel new again. Don’t be afraid to totally switch up your color scheme and add bold accents.
- Rearrange your furniture: Sometimes all you need is a new perspective.
What are your favorite boredom busters? Let us know in the comments below?