If 2020 has an anthem, it would probably be “bored in the house and I’m in the house, bored” – right? (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, listen to this immediately. It’s a whole mood right now. Don’t even get me started on this old Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence music video. It’s basically a quarantine meme.)
We’ve all been doing this isolation thing for a few weeks now and Marie Kondo-ing our filing cabinets and cupboards is getting super lame. Besides, we already did that in January back when we decided 2020 was going to be OUR year.
Anyway, there’s plenty of humdrum things we probably COULD be doing, but how many times in our lives are we going to have the opportunity to bum around at home and do fun shit we usually don’t do, because we’re too busy with our shoulds?
Quarantine is no time for shoulding all over ourselves. If we can, great. Some of us can’t. There’s a lot of crap going on.
We’re all stressed, we’re all under pressure. We’re all contemplating cutting our own hair, if we haven’t done it already. We can’t go to places. We can’t see our friends.
We need outlets. We need unstructured play. We need fun. We need creativity.
If you’re sick of the Internet bullying you into using this time to morph into some kind of productive Stepford superhero mogul, you need this list.
This is the list of delicious things. This is the list of fun things, creative things, sparkly things to get you inspired, imagining, dreaming, and best of all, feeling good.
1. Upcycle those cardboard boxes in your garage into a super cute makeup organizer. You guys, I am in the process of making one right now and it’s turning out kind of amazing. Stay tuned on my Instastories for updates.
2. Start a gratitude journal and write out three things you’re grateful for every day.
3. Take a break from Tiger King and watch Lady Gaga: 5 ft 2 on Netflix. Watching her hustle, create, deal with a breakup, push through chronic pain, perform the Superbowl halftime show, support her best friend through cancer, release an album, and be a fabulous goddess throughout the whole thing is the most inspiring thing you’ll watch. She is the Queen. I’m not opening up the floor for debate.
5. We all have a half-full bag of old carrots waiting to die in our veggie crispers. Use them to make this delicious carrot cake, which my husband says is more like a carrot slice because it’s super dense and flavorsome. You won’t be sorry.
6. Shop your closet! Go through your wardrobe and have fun putting together outfits that you feel hot and fabulous in. Get creative, even outrageous. Pair your outfits with shoes, a handbag, and accessories. Then (and this is where it gets good) take a selfie with your phone and save it in an ‘Outfits’ folder. When we can go to places again, you have a Clueless-like database you can scroll through to find the perfect outfit for every occasion.
8. When you wake up in the morning, put on the fanciest thing you have in your wardrobe and do your full glam. Wear it the whole day. Trust me. You just buzz at a different frequency.
9. Give your hair a coconut oil treatment once a week. This is my new obsession and my bleached blonde hair has transformed from fried and crispy to “silky smooth” and bouncy. In the morning, I slather my hair in plain organic coconut oil (I even throw in a bonus scalp massage), comb it through thoroughly, and sleek it back for a 90s “wet look” style. Then I wash it that night (you might have to double shampoo). Bonus: you walk around all day smelling like summertime.
10. Get in a bubble bath filled with WAY too many bubbles, rose petals, and at least one bath bomb. Put on a face mask, pour yourself a champagne, a margarita or spa water, nosh out on fruit salad and chocolate, and watch your favorite movie.
11. Research and plan your ultimate dream trip down to the last detail – we won’t be in quarantine forever!
12. Build a ridiculously elaborate living room pillow fort and watch all your favorite movies.
13. Choose your warrior: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Britney, Mick Jagger – and learn their dance moves.
14. Put yourself through makeup masterclass and try outrageous makeup looks. So fun! Better still: try a new completely outrageous makeup look every day.
15. Start a podcast all about your favorite hobby.
16. Virtually decorate your house with the help of Pinterest or Photoshop. Create a mood board for every room as if you were giving it to an interior decorator.
18. Make the ultimate mixtape of songs that defined your life on Spotify.
19. Got some old notebooks? Maybe even a scrapbook or photo album you never did anything with? Print out photos, use these amazing free printable resources, and make your own scrapbook of beautiful memories. There’s just a different energy to looking at photos in “real life” rather than onscreen.
21. Go on a virtual trip to Disneyland: YouTube search Disneyland walkthroughs, ride cams, and the fireworks display. It’s the next best thing to going. Bonus points for making some Disney snacks to enjoy throughout: like Disney churros, dole whip, Disney corn dogs, and Monte Cristo sandwiches. Or go next level like these guys and recreate the rides in your own home.
23. Take a daytime nap.
24. Make yourself the ultimate breakfast - pancakes, bacon and eggs, fruit salad, muffins, croissants, the works.
25. Have a video game marathon. Play all the super-nostalgic games from your childhood. It’s like getting in a time warp.
27. Have a high tea complete with the fanciest china you own (and never use), cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream.
28. Turn your home (or backyard, if the weather’s nice) into the ultimate tropical paradise. Crank the Bob Marley (or relaxing beach sounds), make yourself a fruity cocktail, get into your swimmers and sunnies, and lounge out like you would on the beach (sun safely, of course).
29. Give yourself an at-home spa day. Wear your fluffy slippers and bathrobe all day long, sip water infused with cucumber and mint, and indulge in beauty treatments and pampering. Try this recipes for DIY sugar scrub or whip up an egg white for a life changing skin firming face mask.
31. Turn your videos into home movies. Got a bunch of video snippets on your phone? Organize them into one long movie with a free video editor (you can do it on your phone), then burn it to a DVD. You’ll have your own old-school style home movies to watch with the family for years to come.
32. Write a letter to your future self. Seal it in an envelope and don’t read it for five years.
33. DREAM BIG, get creative, and plan out your dream life with the Unicorn Goal Setting Planner.
34. Look through old photo albums.
35. Make your own “happiness recipe” – a list of things that make you happy. Sunsets, golden retrievers, licorice allsorts, the beach, margaritas, WHATEVER. Read it whenever you’re feeling down.
36. Have a night at the theatre at home. Dress up in your most fancy clothes, break out the champagne, and watch your favorite musical - my faves include My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, Mama Mia and La La Land.
37. Better still, have a Rocky Horror night. Dress up in your most outlandish lingerie or a sequined tux and hat, fishnets, and high heels, try this Frank ‘N’ Furter inspired makeup look, and download the audience participation script for the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Then watch the original classic, sing along, and do the Time Warp again.
38. Go stargazing and connect with the Universe. The night sky is a large chunk of my whole religion. Spend an hour a night bathing in the light of the moon and getting to know every star in the sky. Check what you’ve seen against Google Sky’s interactive space display, and watch Neil de Grasse Tyson’s Cosmos documentary series.
39. Tour a famous art museum through Google Arts & Culture.
40. Write a poem about a loved one you truly look up to. Post it to them.
41. Make your own music videos to your favorite songs.
42. Living with someone/other people? Have an epic lip sync battle. Bonus points for costumes.
43. Make post-it notes with your favorite affirmations and stick them all over your bathroom mirror and fridge.
44. Go camping for the week in your backyard or living room.
45. Learn crochet. If I can, I guarantee you can. I crocheted this absolutely beautiful ragdoll unicorn for my niece’s birthday a few years back. It’s simple to make and just gorgeous, and she still loves it to this day.
46. Get up super early and watch the sunrise.
47. If you have multiple people in your household, have a themed dinner party where everyone comes dressed as a different celebrity. Bonus points for staying in character throughout.
48. Rediscover the Sims. It’s still equal parts delightful and frustrating.
49. Have a movie marathon of movies made in the decade you were born. If like me you were born in the 80s, you are so lucky, because 80s movies are obvs the best. Bonus points for watching them in decade appropriate clothing.
50. Have a romantic candlelit dinner (whether in a couple or solo). Make a slinky playlist. Get dressed up. Light all the candles.
51. Make your own birthday and occasion cards to gift to family and friends throughout the year.
52. Go for your daily walks in your Halloween costumes.
53. Make cookies 100 different ways in one recipe with whatever you have in your pantry.
54. I saw this idea on TikTok and if I was quarantining with multiple people we would definitely be doing this, it’s genius. Everyone has to make a PowerPoint presentation about WHATEVER they want. That night, everyone gets together and takes in turns to stand up and do a presentation. Here’s the kicker: nobody gets to do their own PowerPoint, and has only the slides someone else created to go on. Hilarity will no doubt ensue.
55. Okay, my family used to do this on Sunday nights in front of Wonderful World of Disney and it’s one of my favorite childhood memories. Have an indoor picnic movie night. Lay out a picnic blanket, make all your favorite picnic snacks, and enjoy a feel-good movie.
56. Draw, paint, or collage a self-portrait.
57. Have dessert for dinner. There’s something magical about it that I can’t quite explain.
58. What did you want to be when you grew up but never pursued? Spend a day on “virtual work experience” – look up YouTube videos about the career, watch days in the life, or self educate about the field.
59. Read 211 Things A Bright Girl Can Do – seriously amazing, fun, and delicious to read. Learn how to escape a swarm of bees, make an LBD out of a garbage bag, write a thank you letter, do a plait Francais, and strangle a man with your bare thighs, amongst other things.
60. Become fluent in Klingon.
61. Make your own tarot cards using collage. They’ll speak to you differently.
63. Teach your old dog new tricks. It’s so much fun and so satisfying to teach your dog a new trick, and a great way to bond with your pet.
64. Struggling with today? Check out one from the RD vault: a list of ways to turn your bad day around.
65. Buy yourself a bedazzler and bedazzle the most drab looking object in your home for extra fabulous.
66. Remember when joke books were a whole thing? It’s handy to know at least two rip-snorter jokes (one clean and one dirty – read the room) to break the ice, lighten the mood, or captivate a crowd. Google some jokes, pull out a couple of favorites, and rehearse your delivery until you get it on point.
67. Learn your love language. If you have a partner, learn theirs too. Game changer.
68. When I was a kid I was obsessed with urban legends, unsolved mysteries, random facts, and strange but true stories. I had a whole shelf of my bookcase dedicated to them. They’re still so much fun to read, these days you can find them all online. If you want to dive super deep, fact check them on Snopes.
69. Start a virtual book club with your friends.
72. Make a self-love list for an instant pick me up and confidence boost whenever you need it.
73. Read your favorite childhood book: mine (to name a most select few of hundreds) were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Little Women, The Silver Brumby, Black Beauty, The Black Stallion, and Matilda.
74. Watch funny golden retriever videos on YouTube. They are so delightfully wholesome and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
75. Spend the day watching nostalgic cartoons from your childhood, as if the whole day were one endless Saturday morning. Bonus points for eating your favorite cereal throughout.
76. Practice your singing skills in the shower. The acoustics are a vibe.
77. Make a list of the funniest movies you’ve ever seen in your life. Watch them and laugh until your belly actually hurts.
78. Do yoga or dance naked.
79. Use your best china and glassware that you’re saving for a special occasion.
80. Cook yourself your favorite meal ever. Savor every incredible bite like you’re freakin’ Nigella.
82. Make a playlist of all the songs that spoke to your soul when you were going through that whole teenage experience. Lie on your bedroom floor (or dance around) and listen to the entire playlist with the sound turned all the way up.
83. Take a shower by candlelight, and slather your body in body oil afterward (it’s a whole vibe).
84. Design your own cocktail or mocktail. When I was in my early 20s I invented this abominable but fun cocktail involving bubblegum cordial, vodka, Solo soda (that’s Lift in the US), and a sherbet rim. I called it the Betty Boop. The hangovers were atrocious, likely more from the ghastly amount of sugar than the half shot of vodka I dared to drop in (I’m not much of a drinker). Use what you have and get creative. You might just discover your own signature cocktail.
85. We’ve all closed our eyes and imagined how sweet that first friends get together post-quarantine is going to be, right? Start planning that party. Pinterest ideas for food, decorations, activations, and playlists.
86. Become a Disneyland Imagineer. Ever wanted to create your own theme park? Khan Academy has launched a free course, Imagineer in a Box, which teaches you the incredible creative process of Disneyland’s imagineers.
88. Make a photobook of happy thoughts with your favorite memories over the past decade.
89. Think about a famous person or historical icon who really inspires you – spend a whole day watching videos about them.
90. Is there an animal that has always inspired you, or that you’ve always resonated with? Write down the qualities of that animal that speak to you – and then research its qualities or spiritual meaning online.
92. Have a goddess day. It’s simple. Ask yourself: If I were a goddess, how would my devotees worship me? What would I be the goddess of? What would be my tenets and credos? Live your day by the answers to those questions. Truly blissful.
93. Design your dream tiny home. Would you buy a motorhome and bus around the country? Would you build something more static, and live off-grid on a block of land? Would you buy a houseboat and live on the water? What would it look like? What insane features would it have? Watch this YouTube channel for inspiration.
95. Travel to a new destination every day. Set a place as your theme for the day, for example, Italy. Plan out Italian meals to eat (bruschetta for breakfast, pasta for lunch, pizza for dinner), watch Italian travel destination videos, research Italian history, listen to Italian music, virtually explore Italian museums and art galleries, and watch movies set in Italy.
96. Create your Barbie dream home on Pinterest. Leave no stone unturned! Pin floor plans, room décor, paint swatches, furniture, appliances, textiles, artwork, the cinema room, the home gym, the playroom, mudroom, dog mansion, the video arcade, the ballroom, the wine cellar, the Batcave garage, the gardens, the pool, the outdoor living space, the stables – ALL OF IT.
97. Start planning your post-quarantine hairstyle (unless you’re going to be tempted to try to do it at home yourself. Then maybe don’t venture down that rabbit hole).
98. Sharpen your phone photography skills – try free YouTube tutorials to get you started.
99. Write yourself the fiction novel you always wish existed.
100. When you wake up in the morning, take three deep breaths, close your eyes, and tune into your body. Lovingly ask it, “What do you need to eat today? How do you need to move? How do you wish to feel? How do you need to be supported? What will bring me the most joy?” It’s the best way to plan your day. Yeah, sure, we could all be using this time productively. But in times of stress, sometimes we just need to take the pressure off and lose ourselves in unstructured play and fun. Enjoy this list of ideas, and add your own.
Get creative. Get imaginative. Get wild. You already know what your soul is crying out for. If you stop shoulding on yourself and follow your heart, you’ll go exactly where you need to. How have you been passing your quarantine time? Do you have more fun, sparkly, creative ideas for this list? Let us know in the comments below.
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