Staying at Home: Activities You Can Do During Your Downtime

Ladies, if you’re like almost everyone around the world, you’ve probably been staying at home more than ever before this past year and a half because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ve been working from home, doing household chores, and catching up with everyone through video calls. Yes, you’ve been very busy, but do you still often find yourself at a loss to fill your free time at home?

Well, if you do, you probably just haven’t found an interesting and worthwhile activity you can do whenever you’ve got time on your hands at home. But there’s no need to worry. There are many great activities you can take up to pass the time at home. And sometimes, this means just keeping your hands busy.

Crafts

Do you remember your younger days when you made all sorts of stuff you gave out to family and friends? You had so much fun, right? There was a sense of accomplishment whenever you finished an item, and it also felt good when your family or friends appreciated your work. So why not get into the habit of creating trinkets, keepsakes, etc., again during your free time at home?

Chances are, many of the items you used to make were handicrafts. And there’s no time like the present-when you’re stuck at home-to start creating handicrafts again. Make friendship bracelets once more and renew your pact with your girlfriends. Or better yet, create matching dresses for you and the girls this time around.

If you want to go classic, you can get vintage patterns for sewing like those popular to help you make the dresses. You can also create items that’ll have practical use at home (so don’t give them away). For example, you can take up basket weaving to make bread, newspaper, or laundry basket.

Carpentry

Most of you are probably cringing or shaking your heads at the thought of taking up carpentry. Just because you’re a girl, that doesn’t mean you can’t try doing some carpentry work. Look at it this way. With carpentry, you’ll not only be doing something worthwhile with your free time at home but also learning a skill that could save you money in the future. It sounds like a good deal, right?

Of course, you don’t have to take on a big carpentry project (like building a house) from the get-go. Just start small and work your way up. For your first project, try repurposing old or broken home furniture. You can, for example, turn a wooden dining chair into a side table. Saw off the back of the chair and add the cross rails from the chair’s backto the legs of the soon-to-be table.

Then, after successfully repurposing several pieces, you’ll surely feel more confident in your carpentry skills, so you might as wellsee if you can already make wooden furniture pieces on your own. You never know-you might be able to give your home a makeover with new chairs or shelves that you made yourself.

Arts

When was the last time you drew something just for the fun of it (be honest)? For most of you, it was probably during your primary schooldays. Well, if it has been that long, it’s time to consider getting into the arts again and to rediscover why it was one of your favourite pastimes when you were a kid. Creating art is relaxing and helps keep your mind sharp, so it’s a great activity to take up while you’re stuck at home.

For starters, you can take out some pencils and sheets of paper and begin to draw or sketch. If you’ve got crayons, coloured pens, watercolours, or oil pastels, you can also use these tools for your artwork. Or maybe painting is more your thing. For painting, you’ll need to get yourself an easel, a palette, canvases, paintbrushes, and oil or acrylic paint.

You can also take up sculpture or word carving if you like creating objects, like crafts and carpentry. If you’ve already tried creating handicrafts and doing carpentry, the skills you acquired might even come in handy when you get into sculpture or wood carving.

Keep Your Hands Busy

Ladies, being stuck at home may leave you with a lot of time on your hands. Be sure you make good use of your free time by doing interesting and worthwhile activities. One simple way you can do this is by keeping your hands busy during your downtime at home. Choose the right interest or hobby to keep yourself occupied.

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