Things escalated pretty quickly and you might find yourself in quarantine right now. Unless you are a medical worker like I am, work in retail, delivery, specific manufacture or other these days indispensable jobs, you get to live what the rest of us dream of- nothing.
I get to deal with the shit I summed up in Corona stories from the pharmacy every day, but I’d much rather be doing some of the following.
Here are my 40 things to do during a quarantine:
Number one for obvious reasons.
Sleep late. Take naps. Your working self is daydreaming about this most of the time. You owe it to yourself.
If you’re quarantined because you were diagnosed with COVID-19, you’re waiting for results or came from concerned areas then the rest is prior to you. Sleep, wash your hands, avoid contact, eat fruits and veggies or take your vitamins in any other form and all other recommendations I’m sure you heard by now.
2. Netflix and quarantine
Obviously. Finally, you have all of the time to search the Netflix series list for hours before watching the same show again and again.
If you’re looking for some recommendations check out my review lists: TV Shows. Besides Netflix shows you can find there a movie reviews of shows from different streaming platforms I watched and reviewed for you.
Everyone is bulk buying pretty much everything from supermarkets so let’s make good use out of it and learn how to cook and bake properly.
If you stock your pantry with food supplies before your quarantine, good for you and If not so, ask someone not quarantined to do your shopping for you.
If you’re on your own order groceries in, from platforms like Walmart or Wise Company I would recommend checking out. Everything feels so dystopian right now and emergency food supplies don’t seem that crazy anymore. Wise Company stocks you up on frozen dried fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and others. Grab some while they are still in stock.
For complete amateurs, there are sites like Simplycook that’s gonna send you the recipe boxes with step by step to becoming a decent cook. You can find plenty of great recipes at topsecretrecipes as well.
4. Clean your house
Spring clean your quarantine mansion. It should take you at least one quarantine day if you ought to do it properly.
5. Marie Kondo your life
Sort out everything that doesn’t sparkle joy anymore.
Sort out your cabinets and throw away the unimportant stuff and spend the rest of your day playing with the long-forgotten stuff you just found.
6. Rearrange your home
Remember when you were a kid and all you wanted to do, was to rearrange the furniture in your room. Then you actually did it and called your family to take a look and everyone would applaud on your designer’s talent.
It felt like a fresh start and once we all finally overcome this whole pandemic we would definitely need a fresh start.
7. Make a face masks
In my country, they won’t let you on a bus or subway unless you’re wearing a face mask or any other forms of protecting your nose and mouth, for example with a scarf or homemade face masks.
There are plenty of tutorials online on how to make a face mask yourself and I tried to do one myself and it was terrible.
First of all my sewing machine refused to collaborate so I found some tutorials for face mask using just an iron and a needle. Did not went that good either as I managed to burn through the thoroughly precut textile of my destroyed shirt.
The third attempt was quite successful and I managed to create a face mask using just a textile, needle, thread and a lot of patience and frustrating noises. It did take me a lot of time so If you wish to kill time and appreciate the simple things in life try making a face mask.
8. Put on a face mask
And now I’m talking about different types of face masks. Take one day out of your quarantine time to have a spa day. Order some great face masks at Clinique or Macy’s , dip into a bubble bath with a glass of wine and some music and just chill.
You have peace, quiet and time to finally read the books again. I know it’s not the same as it used to be when you were younger and would devour a book in one night, hiding from your parents with just a flashlight because you just couldn’t let go. Couldn’t put the damn books down.
While you were cleaning your apartment you might find some books you started to read but never had the time, energy or attention span to actually finish. Now is the time.
When you’re done with them, search for some more online. AbeBooks has an incredible collection and I just love how The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History is their trend number one these days.
Even during COVID-19 pandemic, we should not forget about climate change. Amazingly our carbon footprint is decreasing rapidly but we can still do more and the least we could do is recycle. Even recycle books. Thriftbooks sells used books and there are plenty of them you can get at the lowest prices.
If you’re too old and beaten by life to keep your eyes open to read a book, audiobooks are the solution.
I’m a sucker for audiobooks. There is something so calming about someone telling you an interesting goodnight story. Oh, the nostalgia.
Audiobooks offer spectacular selection and with a free tutorial, you get to pick 2 free audiobooks of your choice.
There’s not gonna be enough quarantine days to be ever done with the podcasts.
Gyms are closed so no one is going to see you sweat your ass off and breathe heavily in your shallow attempts of exercising, but you. Let’s get out of this pandemic jacked as hell, which is gonna be super hard with all of those snacks just sitting in your drawer right?
You won’t sweat that much and there are basically no strict rules. You do you. Do what makes you comfortable, slowly push the limits and just breathe. Lie on the ground still, breathe deeply and call it yoga.
Slowing down is the bright side of this whole tragedy.
On one hand, I’m glad we get updates about the infectious spread or death rate every 20 minutes. On the other, it’s so freaking stressful.
That’s why it would be so awesome if you could find a couple of minutes of your busy day of doing nothing to actually do nothing. Just sit, breathe and don’t think about anything. Honestly, it’s harder than it sounds.
15. Clean your windows
This comes up form my experiences with Americans. I feel like you guys clean your windows like once a year or once every other year. What’s up with that? Or is it just the people I know?
Anyhow, it’s ok to clean your windows more often and it would definitely keep you busy for a while.
I know you’ve been dying for me to say this. What better time to kill time?
Trust me a lot of people are fond of baby-making this quarantine as they, later on, visit our pharmacy to ease the consequences of the rough lovemaking. Sure paracetamol, vitamin c, thermometers, face masks or hand sanitizers are number one these days but vaginal cream is a close second.
Nothing is stopping you from having fun on your own, on your self-quarantine. Pornhub offered free premium access to quarantined Italians and that’s super nice of them.
Slovakia’s number one search at pornhub is CORONA and I believe many Slovak people mistook pornhub search for google search. Not surprising though.
17. Movie marathons
Once you finish up with all of the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter movies, the quarantine would be over.
18. Clean your wardrobe
Try on your old clothes and see if they fit. Maybe this would motivate you to exercise or snack up more.
Winter is almost over so feel free to bring out your summer clothes from the back of the wardrobe and switch them with your winter coats.
It would be fun to try your clothes on once, at the beginning of the quarantine, and once at the end, just to see what happens.
19. Online shopping
Even when shops are closed you can still go nuts on online shopping. The list of my preferred fashion sites I reviewed is right here: Fashion.
Besides that the best ones out there in my opinion are:
20. Board games
If you’re quarantined with your family, significant others or roommates then board games are a great way to connect, spend some quality time together or get super angry at each other.
Safe to say you won’t be bored at all.
21. Online games
Be like the kid who asks you if you have games on your phone.
Get some. Spend unholy time playing them and once this all is over delete it in order to become a functional part of the society.
If you own some sort of video game console you might not even notice there is a pandemic going out outside so you just stay put.
If you live in a house with a garden get it ready for the spring.
If you, like me, live in an apartment with a balcony, get that balcony ready for late summer hangouts.
23. Message your ex
Start a drama. It’s not like they could confront you until this quarantine is done. Or simply ask how are they doing and watch it mess with them.
24. Message your friends
It’s the time when most of the population is sitting on their asses doing nothing. Message your highschool friends you haven’t been in touch for years and get reminiscing.
Call your grandparents. Talk to them. Isolation is super hard on them when all their hear from the news is how they’re gonna die next.
I’ve been saying I’ll get back to drawing for 2 years now. Sadly, I have to work so you can sit home, so feel free to live up my dream.
26. Deep clean your bathroom
Scrub your bathtub or shower. Actually scrub everything off. Pick up clogged hair, wash your washing machine, clean every possible loophole you never even noticed by now. Again, you have the time to do it now. All you need now is the will.
27. Sort out your containers
I’m sure you have a drawer full of containers and lids right?
Check if all of your containers have an appropriate lid. I sure as hell know I have way more containers than I have lids. I’ll have to look into that soon.
28. Learn a new language
Use the quarantine to improve yourself and learning a new language is an ultimate way to do that. Rosetta Stone could help you with that. Choose the language you wish to learn and get 3 days trial for free.
29. Clean your handbags
Ladies let’s be fair, who actually regularly clean their handbag?
Speaking from experiences, I found 5 hand sanitizer gels once I cleaned up my handbags. Doing so could save lives.
30. Clean your trash can
Did you know you can actually clean your rubbish bin? When was the last time you did that? What’s stopping you? It’s not just about exchanging the bin bags, let’s clean the bin itself this time.
Write a diary, letters, blog or book. I’m sure all of the part-time bloggers are having a blast right now. So much free time to do what you love so write your heart out.
32. Clean your laptop and phone
Not only disinfect them from the outside, even though, you show definitely do that.
Clean up your folders. Delete the apps you’re not using. Change your background. Sort out your photos. Clean out your iCloud. Delete the iTunes albums you no longer listen to. Rearrange the apps. Actualize the Windows now, don’t remind me later.
Endless hole of entertainment. Best moments of this or that. Top funny cats or dogs. Conspiracy theories. Bloopers. Best ticktock. Best Vines. Live shows. Crash courses. Literally anything you can think of. How could you even be bored with youtube? Empty inside, sure, but not bored.
You have so much time to actually dig deep into the stalking world and it’s so easy to lost track of time while finding out what your kindergarten sweetheart is up to these days.
Be careful and don’t turn into Joe Goldberg YOU.
35. Family time
Spend time with your family. You never know, they might be pretty nice people.
36. Learn to embroider
All you need is some textiles, needle, thread and a lot of time and will to stab something repeatedly.
37. Wash your blinds
Because why not.
38. Change your hairstyle
I do this on a regular basis, whether there is a pandemic or not. More on that in my New Hair, Who Dis? article. Hairdressers are closed so why not try to cut or color your hair yourself. Good news – if you mess it up no one would know cuz you’re all quarantined.
39. Check out my blog
I’ve been writing here on renegade7x for around 3 years now and there are plenty published articles to catch up on.
40. What we’re all be doing anyway:
Despite all of these tips, I’m positive most of the people would just hang around refreshing the same 3 social media apps and complaining about how bored they are while eating snacks. It’s me. I’m the people.
Times are tough but don’t forget we’re all in this together.