Things to Keep You Occupied During Quarantine

Things to Keep You Occupied During Quarantine

With many countries keeping their shelter-in-place orders intact, people now need things to do while they are in quarantine. Whether you’re creative, pensive, or just want to try something new, there are endless possibilities for you. Of course, it can be hard to think of them yourself, but this list can get you started on new and interesting things to do while you’re saving lives by staying at home.

Learn Something

Many online tutorials are available on YouTube. Consider learning a new hobby, such as crochet, knitting, or scrapbooking. Though you may need to run to the store to buy supplies, you can incorporate this into your weekly shopping trip.

You are also going to find that a lot of companies are offering free or reduced-cost lessons. Consider learning a new language, try your hand at photography, or something else. Of course, if you’re mechanically inclined, you can also watch tutorials on how to fix things around your home. Do you have electronics that no longer work? Consider trying to fix them yourself (but always remain safe).

For many, it is appealing to learn another language. While you may speak both Swahili and English, you could brush up on your English skills. If you’ve mastered it, you can always try German, Spanish, or French. Though you may never need them, it can be a fun way to pass the time. Also, you can get the whole family involved; that way, you can all speak a new language together!

Online Courses

Regardless of what you want to learn, there are endless online courses that teach you how to do it. Plus, many of them are discounted or free because of the pandemic. Take this time to learn something. Do you want a new career? Consider using this time to learn what you need to know to get that new job. By the time the pandemic is over, and things start going back to normal, you could be well on your way to a degree.

Declutter the House

Everyone knows how easy it is to let things slide when you’re busy. If you cannot go to work (you’re not an essential employee) or your hours have been reduced, you can use this time to clean up the house.

Even if your home is spotlessly clean, there are probably a few places that have a bit of clutter. For example, closets, linen spaces, and kitchen cabinets all seem to be piled with a lot of stuff. If you have a garage, this time can be spent going through everything and organizing it all.


While you may have heard that some stores have blocked access to gardening tools and seeds, it isn’t likely true. Do you have a green thumb? If you aren’t sure, now is the time to find out!

Whether you choose to grow vegetables to offset the cost of food, or you want bright, beautiful flowers, you can do what you like. Consider a smaller garden with various pots that can sit outside wherever there is sunlight. Alternatively, you can have something large and spend the time tilling and preparing the soil.

Regardless of the option you choose, there are plenty of ways to brighten your space and have beautiful plants. While you are at it, consider a few houseplants, as well. This can help to add more oxygen to the room, and the touch of green can be rejuvenating.

Indoor Exercising

While you still can go for a walk, it is often best to avoid people as much as possible. However, sitting at home all day can lead to overeating or eating because you are bored.

To offset this, exercise is essential. Plus, it can boost your mood and help you keep depression at bay. There are endless ways to exercise. YouTube has a ton of videos available, and they are all free (though there might be ads in between sections).

However, many fitness coaches and trainers are offering free classes online during this time of need. There may not be much that you can control, but you can ensure that you stay fit and healthy during this quarantine.

Pick your favorite type of workouts, such as yoga, Pilates, or cardio. Then, find a fun workout video and start moving! In fact, you could spend hours searching for the perfect one, which can kill time and be fun, as well.


Though you have to practice social distancing and stay away from others as much as possible, that doesn’t mean you have to be bored. There are many things that you could do to pass the time, whether you’re alone or living with your family.

Take this time to learn a new skill, take some online classes, or workout in your home. When the pandemic is over, and things start going back to normal, you are going to be fit, smart, and excited for what is in store for you.