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12 Things to do When You Are Staying at Home


Thinking that I almost went into journalism, it makes me quite happy I didn’t follow that route. I feel the media these days, is about sensationalism causing fear and panic to the public. I believe you have to be informed, but at the same time, not listen to the news 24-7. Know what you have to do, and stay inside. So, in the meantime, what can you do with the time you spend inside and not totally lose your sanity?

My hubby and I work from home. He is in IT and works remotely, so we are usually home at least half the day. We are taking walks with the pups, and I will soon put down mulch and tend to the rose bushes. Anything to get outside too! Otherwise, here are a few of my other suggestions.

LOFT is having a sale and there are some great soft pieces by Lou and Grey. Maybe shopping for clothes is the last thing on your mind, but it can be a fun outlet and we do need some of that.

Also, think about the small businesses in your town. Order food for pickup or delivery and show your support.

What to Do at Home

  1. Call a friend and relative– It is so important during this time to be connected. Not just texting and emailing, but here’s a novel idea, using the phone! Isolation and less social activity can be lonely and depressing, so it is important to call and communicate with family and friends. Support is so important and really helps a person if they can talk to someone else.
  2. Listen to music or play music– Time now to pick up my guitar more and work on a song to two. I’ve also been enjoying listening to different bands – my favorite swing bands, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, my favorite rock bands like Def Leppard and Boston. I also listen to a fair amount of Jazz, and if you are interested in a woman jazz guitar player- check out Emily Remler, she was my inspiration in college.
  3. Try a puzzle – I am not a puzzle girl, but my mom enjoys a puzzle or two. I did buy my Dad once upon a time, a 3d puzzle that is fun to do and a cool result at the end.
  4. Organize your Spring Wardrobe– I took 2 afternoons to switch my Fall- Winter wardrobe closet to my Spring closet. One remains in the guest room, and the current wardrobe is in my closet. I rearranged my space, got bins for my shoes and boots and it is ready! When I start a project I like to finish, so with all the standing and such, i couldn’t walk the next day, my legs hurt! So, don’t rush.. we’ve got TIME!
  5. Do some online “window shopping” Since people are not going to brick and mortar stores and malls, most will be shopping on-line. There will be many sales in stores- right now a Nordstrom sale -25% off.  Start looking for those Spring items you wish to add to your wardrobe. Macy’s is 30% off, NYDJ also 30% off. I bought a white denim skirt. ( See Spring Wish list post) Nordstrom is 25% off.
  6. Play some board games- We used to love to play Trivial Pursuit, although my Dad would win all the time! I love Clue, Monopoly and we have Scrabble. Card games like Uno and your standard card games would be fun for the family.
  7. Continue to practice self- care- bath, give yourself a Spring pedicure, manicure in a Spring color. I have been using Essie Gel Couture and have a light rose pink on my nails now.  On to the feet! I take Epsom salt baths daily and love a bubble bath. Listen to some music and unwind from some of this stress. I love the lavender salts.
  8. Home project – We have photos we want to hang in the Great Room, and need to print them on our Kodak printer. I also have to toss out spices and create a new spice rack. Because we were like an Amazon warehouse with what we order, we need to break down boxes and take it to the recycling center. Now, where is my personal robot? Wouldn’t you like it if you had one to do your chores or at least help?
  9. Play with your pets- It’s known that dogs and cats are not contracting corona virus, so take care of them as you would. My girl Truffles love to play with plush toyes, I was kicking them around the house and she was having fun fetching. My boy, Gibson loves to play “pillow ball” where I hide the ball under pillows. or is happy to lay next to me and cuddle. They sure are a comfort!
  10. Try baking or making a new recipe– My mom gave us her Kitchen Aid mixer, and I want to make quiche. I’ve never made it and thought that would be fun/ I also love cookies, so I see my mom’s molasses or ginger cookies in my near future!
  11. Exercise– videos online or as in my case my home gym. – Our neighborhood is very quiet, but there are people out walking their pups. We have been taking the pups for 2-3 mile walks and its good to get outside. If it is rainy, I have a Proform treadmill, kettlebells, medicine ball, weights that I use at home to work out. If you don’t have a home gym, try utilizing some videos through streaming or on-line. Maybe try a new exercise out for fun!
  12. Binge watch some tv shows. – I love some mysteries and have Acorn Tv ( British TV). Check out Midsommer Murders, Line of Duty. For Netflix- Watch The Pale Horse- ( Agatha Cristy) , The Outsider. ( HBO) and The Sinner ( AMC)

I’d Love to hear what kind of activities you are doing at home. Let me know in the comments. 

Take care,

Jess xx

  • xiansheng chen
    Posted at 02:16h, 01 April Reply

    That sounds great, especially in the quarantine time.New crown virus affects my work!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 10:54h, 24 March Reply

    Jess, so many great ideas to pass the time during quarantine. While I have been trying to keep on my writing tasks and keep the kids on task, I don’t have much down time at all. Yet, I still keep making down time because much of my writing inspiration seems so very irrelevant right now. I have watched a ton of new stuff this past week from documentaries to movies to podcasts. But then again, I don’t mind isolation all that much! Thanks for sharing these fun ideas and linking up! Hang in there, my friend!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:12h, 24 March Reply

      Hi Shelbee
      I can only imagine with the kids home that you are busy! I have watched the same movies, docs, and I need to get into podcasts. I enjoy Acorn TV, which is British TV, with many mysteries. thinking of you and stay well !

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 19:55h, 22 March Reply

    These are great ideas Jess! I’ve been thinking along the same lines – playing guitar again, doing puzzles and some home improvements. With Isobel off school I’m now playing teacher and entertainer!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:38h, 23 March Reply

      Thank you Emma! I am not a puzzle girl but I may start! Glad you like the ideas. I am working on my guitar today as well. Best wishes for you and your daughter, take care Emma! xx

  • makeupmuddle
    Posted at 18:43h, 22 March Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing these great tips! I’ve been trying to find things to do for this week, so these will be very helpful indeed! xo

    Makeup Muddle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:37h, 23 March Reply

      Hi, glad you liked the post. I hoped to offer some ideas for people as we are all at home. xx

  • Mica Away From Blue
    Posted at 02:15h, 22 March Reply

    These are good tips! I’ve been working from home, and I still have to look after the kids, so I don’t have any free time to do any fun things but it is good having time together as a family. I’ll struggle if the schools close and I need to try teach the boys while working too! I am lucky to be able to work from home though 🙂

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend 🙂 It’s another quiet one here, with all that’s going on in the world!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:46h, 23 March Reply

      Thats good that you can work from home. Thank you, glad you like the tips. I imagine there is alot to do , especially if you have to be a teacher too. Take care Mica!

  • jodie filogomo
    Posted at 14:05h, 20 March Reply

    I actually baked a cheesecake…who am I? haha.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:08h, 21 March Reply

      Good for you! I want to make mollasses cookies that my mom used to make when I was a kid.

  • Elizabeth Walker
    Posted at 12:13h, 20 March Reply

    Interesting article!
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  • Gata Collins
    Posted at 12:12h, 20 March Reply

    That sounds great, especially in the quarantine time.
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  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 09:49h, 20 March Reply

    I’m pretty good about doing things at home. However, this whole situation has me stressed and distracted. I don’t think our economy can take a shutdown like this, and while I don’t want to be foolish, it *seems* like we are going overboard, seeing the actual fatalities in other countries. I agree the media fans the flames too often.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:36h, 22 March Reply

      So true Kim. I feel the same way. I wonder about the small businesses and how families are going to live through unemployment.

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 09:18h, 20 March Reply

    These are some great stay at home ideas. I have been out of work since October and already turned stir crazy in the house. I have no money to shop on line. Now that we are almost in a quarantine time, I am now just about bonkers! I did go out for a manicure this week. I let my house get messy just to have a cleaning day! Haha.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:34h, 22 March Reply

      Hi Lisa
      I work from home normally, but am able to go out and that has been tough, just being at home all of the time. I just do what I have to do. I did spend a day doing a Spring closet clean and we have alot of house chores to do – so thats part of what I will bed doing.

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