5 FREE Things To Do While Stuck At Home

Anybody else love being at home with nothing to do for a day or two? I sure do, but anything beyond that and I start going stir crazy. I’ve been stuck at home for a whole eight days and will be home for the indefinite future as Alabama schools were closed for the remainder of the school year. At least my husband, a teacher, will be stuck at home right here with me and I won’t be lonely.

If you’re scratching your head thinking what you should do when you’re stuck at home trying to prevent the boredom from setting in, I’ve got ya covered!

1. Take Advantage Of Your Amazon Prime Membership’s Included Prime Reading

One of my favorite perks of my Amazon Prime membership is the Prime Reading! There are so many kindle books to choose from, all for FREE! Some even have free Audible narration included. Here are a few of my faves.

Girl, Stop Apologizing!

I’m still reading this gem of a book, but so far, it’s a refreshing and awesome read! I’m not normally a big self help kinda reader, but this one is a game changer! Rachel Hollis’s writing style is awesome.

The Harry Potter Series

I didn’t read any of the Harry Potter books until I was in 10th grade, but they are so good that I read all seven of them in under a week! I will definitely be rereading them with all this free time I’ve got now.

And Then You Loved Me

As far as romance novels go, I’m normally more into historical fiction romance (history nerd over here y’all! Who’s with me?!), but this book was so good I couldn’t put it down! More like, stop reading on the kindle app, I should say.

2. Give Your House A Deep, Deep, DEEP Clean

With everything on the news lately, it’s definitely understandable to be concerned about the health of you and your family. Ensure the optimum health by giving your house a real good scrubbin’!

  • Strip all the beds
  • Wash the curtains
  • Replace air filters
  • Wipe down every surface
  • Spray all the toys and things that get touched all the time like remotes with lysol.
  • If you’re like me and you hate to sweep, mop, and vacuum; you NEED a 2-in-1 mop/vacuum combo.

3. Do Some Yardwork

You’re gonna need an escape from the house after being cooped up in the house for so long! And since you can’t exactly escape to the store or the movie theater, why not go outside and do some yard work?

  • Plant a garden with your family. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and sunshine without having to worry about social distancing or germs.
  • Freshen up your yard by trimming branches or bushes. It’ll make your house and yard look a lot better.

4. Get Your Workout On

Take advantage of all this free time and get your workout on! Whoever said you need the gym to get a good workout was sorely mistaken. I have been doing the Chloe Ting 8 Week Summer Shredding Challenge videos…. okay I did half of one but she doesn’t just kick your ass with her workouts, she kills it!

  • Find some workout videos on YouTube! They’re free and there’s tons to choose from. I like Chloe Ting and Yoga with Adrienne.
  • Go for a walk around the neighborhood. It’s good exercise and a good way to get some fresh air.
  • You can fill water bottles with rice and use them as weights if you don’t have any at the house.

5. Repurpose Old Items Laying Around The House

If you’ve got old furniture or rooms in need of refreshing, now is the perfect time to give them a makeover!

  • Rearrange your home office, or living room, or even bedroom. Something as simple as rearranging the furniture can make a big difference! While rearranging furniture, be sure to sweep and mom and vacuum where it used to be.
  • Slap on a fresh coat of paint to instantly transform old furniture or a room.
  • For the really crafty peeps out there, turn an old dresser into a desk or find another use for a piece of furniture.

What are you and your family doing while you are stuck at home? How are you keeping yourself busy and entertained?

What do you think?

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30 Comments
  • MaríaJosé
    March 28, 2020

    Nice post! Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

    • Elizabeth
      March 28, 2020

      Thank you so much for reading!

  • Morgan
    April 1, 2020

    I’ve been trying to figure out ways from going stir crazy like reading and working out. I read Rachel’s other book Girl Wash Your Face. Stop Apologizing is next on the list!

    • Elizabeth
      April 1, 2020

      Unfortunately the Girl Wash Your Face, which I believe is the first one, is not on Prime Reading. I’ve heard such great things about that book! Please let me know how it compares to Stop Apologizing after you’ve read it.

  • Salmeen
    April 1, 2020

    I am reading books and watching Netflix a lot I should try the amazon prime books though Thanks 🙂

    • Elizabeth
      April 1, 2020

      It’s a little hidden gem for sure. 🙂

  • Katie
    April 6, 2020

    Great tips! I’ve been catching up on some blog work that I’ve been struggling to get done consistently alongside my full-time job, so that has been nice.

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      Thank you. It’s always a good feeling to get caught up on tasks!

  • Nics Asawasudsakorn
    April 6, 2020

    I like the workout suggestion. Try the Nike app – the premium version is free for the timing being!

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      I’m all for free stuff so I’ll be sure to check that out. Thanks!

  • Love these ideas! I work at home and we homeschool so we were already home anyway before all this started. But we could definitely use some ideas for things to do since we can’t go out and do the fun things we’re used to.

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      I’m so glad you found these ideas helpful! Amazon also has free audiobooks for kids at stories.audible.com. You might find it useful for entertaining your kids

  • Chelsea
    April 6, 2020

    I am so thankful I read this! I have amazon prime but only use it for movies! I am going to check out the book section now! You may have just saved my sanity

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      Yay! I’m so glad I could help!! Another Amazon tip is if you’re not in a hurry to get your package, a lot of the time Amazon’s no-rush shipping rewards is a $1.00 towards a digital download which can be a book, a movie, apps (if you have a kindle fire), and even music. Every now and then, they’ll change the reward though. Sometimes it’s $5 towards a Prime Pantry order. Amazon has free Prime Music as well.

  • krystian
    April 6, 2020

    I completely forgot to read my favorite books again. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      You’re welcome! Every few years or so, I like to reread my old favorite books.

  • Jennifer Van Haitsma
    April 6, 2020

    These are great ideas! I have been reading more, and trying to get more housework done. it’s not always easy with 2 small kids, but I’m sure trying!

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      You’re doing a great job just by trying! There are a lot of days that I just don’t want to even look at the housework that needs to be done.

  • Cate
    April 6, 2020

    You’re definitely motivating me to get my deep cleaning done! Working out? Probably not haha! But my yard work and house work kinda count as exercise, right? Excellent reminders, thank you!

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      Working out is definitely a struggle for me too! My husband is a former marine and he tries to get me to workout with him and I’m like “Only if you don’t go all drill sergeant on me!” And yard work and hard work DEFINITELY count in my book. Otherwise most days, I wouldn’t have hardly any exercise.

  • Brittany
    April 6, 2020

    I love these ideas! Gives you something to do and be productive at the same time. I just ordered a bunch of books off of Amazon and I’m looking forward to being able to read more.

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      I’m so glad you love the ideas! Productivity is definitely key to staying sane during this crazy time.

  • Ola
    April 6, 2020

    These are great ideas! I’m working from home, so I don’t have tons of extra free time, but I’m doing decluttering and deep cleaning. I feel better with every corner I clear!

    • Elizabeth
      April 6, 2020

      A clean house is guaranteed to make you feel better!

  • Tawna
    April 7, 2020

    These are great ideas! I don’t seem to have trouble staying busy with the new normal of staying home; however, it is great to get ideas for variety because I find myself doing the same thing every day all day!

    • Elizabeth
      April 7, 2020

      Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

  • These are great ideas! I always forget that my Prime membership comes with free books. At my house, we’ve been experimenting a lot more with cooking, baking, and making cocktails. It’s been fun to try new things!

    • Elizabeth
      April 7, 2020

      Oh man, experimenting with cooking and baking is potentially dangerous. In the past two days, I’ve made 2 batches of homemade ice cream and chocolate cupcakes. Soooo good but sooo bad for the waistline!

  • That first book you recommended is so so good. I just finished reading it, and am thinking about circling back for some great gems she had in there. I’ve been thinking about helping my mom with her urban garden, too. So, thanks for the reminder!

    • Elizabeth
      April 7, 2020

      My mom unfortunately doesn’t have a green thumb. It must have skipped a generation because my grandmother and I both are great at gardening.