30 [Cheap] Things to do When Bored

After being iced in for two days this week, I decided to draft a list of things to do when you are bored or experiencing Spring Fever in the Winter.

  1. Teach yourself something new (to knit, origami, an instrument, dance routines, etc). YouTube and Udemy are great resources for tutorials.
  2. Clean out/organize your closet. Occasional de-cluttering is essential. In the end your life (or at least closet) will be organized and you will have helped others (if you donate old clothes and shoes you do not wear anymore).
  3. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
  4. Exercise. Ride a bike, go for a run, try yoga, shoot some hoops, go for a hike.
  5. Get crafty. Doodle.
  6. Start a collection. Rocks, bottles, stamps, Christmas decorations…
  7. Watch a movie. Make it a marathon.
  8. Call a friend or relative. Even better, Skype or FaceTime a friend or relative.
  9. Learn some American Sign Language. ASLPro.com is a great resource, it has a video dictionary and quizzes.
  10. Write a letter to a loved one. While I was in college my Grandma wrote me a letter each week and after my Grandpa died I made it a goal to write to her every week too. I love getting real mail (not credit card applications), I am sure I am not alone in my excitement for snail mail.
  11. Take quizzes, for fun. Visit Sporcle.com and get lost in their plethora of fun quizzes (more added daily).
  12. Host a game night with friends/family.
  13. Try a new recipe. Pinterest is full of interesting recipes, and you need to eat anyway, have fun with it.
  14. Write. Draft a story, poem or song.
  15. Volunteer at a local organization.
  16. Visit a museum. Many museums have free days or hours.
  17. Take in a local play or musical. For a cheaper live theatre experience check out high school and community playhouse productions.
  18. Put your iPod or Pandora on shuffle and sing along.
  19. Dance.
  20. Read a new book (via the library, Amazon or Half Price Books) or, re-read an old favorite.
  21. Work a word search, crossword or Sudoku puzzle.
  22. Window or Pinterest “shop”.
  23. Commit a random act of kindness, i.e. feed a stray cat, take your neighbor’s newspaper to their front door, hold the door open for someone…
  24. Plant a garden.
  25. Write a bucket list… Places you want to see and things you want to do in life.
  26. Create a vision board (physical or on Pinterest). Vision boards have been proven to help you meet goals and manifest what you want.
  27. Plan a vacation. You don’t have to book airfare or hotel rooms, just plan where you want to go and what you want to do there.
  28. Create a care package. Dollar Tree has lots of great things to include in a care package. Make one for a friend or family member or make a few and take them to your local nursing home.
  29. Create a time capsule.
  30. Make a list of the top ten books you have read that you would recommend to someone else.
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