73 Productive Things To Do At Home When Bored

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After a full day from work, it is normal when all you want to do at home is relax and enjoy your downtime. But, sometimes we look for things to do to kill boredom, right?

How do you usually spend your free time at home? Do you feel that you are not taking advantage of your free time, and you want to start doing something productive instead?

I have put together 73 productive things to do at home when you are bored! You will find different ideas that you would love to try—grouped by categories.

Productive Things To Do When Bored

Productive Things To Do When Bored: Get Organized at Home

When thinking about productive things to do at home when bored, then the first thing that should come to mind is organizing your home!

I got more inspired by the home organization after watching the Get Organized with The Home Edit series on Netflix! I loved every transformation The Home Edit did in every episode. If you haven’t seen that, you should definitely check it out!

1. Plan your meals for the week

Planning your meals for the week not only saves you a lot of time, but it also helps you save so much money on groceries!

You can use a meal planner to help you figure out what to eat during the week. I like planning my meals because I don’t like to spend time stressing about what to make for lunch or dinner!

2. Try a new recipe

I have to be honest, I have go-to foods, and it is difficult for me to try out new food! I am not a fan of cooking too, so I cannot imagine myself cooking new recipes all the time.

Although I have one of those days when trying a new recipe is on top of my productive things to do at home!

3. Organize your kitchen

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4. Clean out your fridge and pantry

If you want to take your kitchen organization to the next level, then the next productive thing to do at home is to clean out your fridge and pantry.

The best way to organize it is by using food storage containers to make more space.

5. Check expiration dates

While you are cleaning out your fridge and pantry, chances are you will encounter expired food. Throw it out and add it to your grocery list if you plan to purchase it again.

6. Restock your fridge and pantry

7. Declutter your wardrobe

How often do you clean up your wardrobe? Since I am living in Sweden, I have to deal with four seasons, and I have seasonal clothes.

There is a high chance that you keep clothes and accessories you no longer wear for the past 6 months (or sometimes a year)! If you know you haven’t worn them for that long, then it’s the perfect time to put it to your donation bin.

Some closet accessories must-haves

8. Giveaway unused clothes and accessories

9. Clean your mirrors and windows

10. Clean each room of your home

11. Decorate your home

12. Rearrange your furniture

My husband might not like it, but my favorite productive thing to do at home is to rearrange the furniture! I like to see something new in my apartment. It feels refreshing!

So, if you are looking for a productive thing to do, grab your partner, and rearrange your furniture at home!

13. Change your bedsheets

14. Repot your home plants

15. Clean out your junk drawer

16. Recycle

17. Fix something around your home

18. Organize your work desk

I like my work desk to be clean and simple, but sometimes having additional accessories or decorations could also inspire you more when working. I often make sure that everything on my desk is functional.

Related: Home Office Desk Inspirations

19. Organize your beauty products

I only have basic makeup products, so organizing my beauty products is not too much work. I told myself that everything should fit on a turntable (with stackable containers, of course).

But, if you really have a lot of beauty products, then one of the productive things to do at home is to organize it. We often overlook these products, and some are expired already. So, that needs to go.

Some beauty storage organizations you will love

20. Clean your makeup brushes

21. Do your laundry

22. Clean your handbag

23. Sort out papers

Productive Things To Do When Bored: Manage Your Finances

This should be on my “worst things to do at home” list! Looking at my bills and finances makes me sad! But, kidding aside, you need to face it! It is not avoidable, but this should always be part of the productive things to do at home.

Managing your finances is important so you can have a clearer picture of your financial situation.

Here are the productive things to do at home that is related to your finances.

24. Organize your bills

Creating a system when organizing your bills helps you keep track of the bills to pay or the bills you paid. It is less stressful and more manageable when you organize your bills.

I use a bill checklist in the Notion app and there I listed all the bills I have to pay including its due date. I also note if the bills are auto-debit.

Of course, if you prefer having it on a paper, then you can get a printable bill tracker. Whichever you think will work for you.

25. Learn about finances

One of the most beneficial productive things to do at home is to learn. You can start by reading a finance book or just Google about the best tips on how to manage finances.

26. Create a plan to pay off your debt

Don’t we all have debts to pay? If you don’t, then kudos to you, and please share how you did it!

Currently, what works for me when paying my debt is by using the debt snowball method. I don’t mind not paying the ones with bigger interests, but I really like the feeling of fulfillment if I pay off a small debt first.

27. Plan and review your budget

When I’m looking for productive things to do at home when I’m bored and I want to suffer (haha), I plan and review my budget.

Planning and reviewing your budget helps you determine if it is working for you. It’s fine to change it every now and then as long as it works and you follow through.

Productive Things To Do When Bored: Make a List

Simpler and more exciting productive things to do at home that I definitely love—making a list!

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I love, love, love lists! It also shows because this post is about a list of productive things to do at home so you understand, right?

You can write it down on a paper or you can use apps to store your lists!

28. Plan your goals and start taking action

29. Create a to-do list

30. Make a wish list

31. Create a vision board

32. Create a travel bucket list or start planning your dream vacation

33. Make a grocery or shopping list

34. Create a list of things you want to stop doing

Productive Things To Do When Bored: Improve Yourself

You’ve had a lot of ideas now on what are some productive things to do at home when bored. Now, let’s talk about YOU and your personal development.

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You can be still in the process of getting your life together, and you just want some ideas on how to kill time productively. This section is your best find!

35. Do the tasks you’ve been avoiding

Can you finish that task in 2 minutes? Then do it now! Think of the tasks you’ve been avoiding doing. Sometimes it can be then faster than you think it is!

36. Set up reminders in your phone

37. Start a side hustle

38. Read a book

39. Start a journal

40. Learn a new language

41. Update your resume

One of the most productive things to do at home that will help you career-wise is to update your resume.

Even though you don’t plan on leaving your current job, you’ll never know when an opportunity comes!

42. Update your LinkedIn profile

Same with your resume, you should also update your LinkedIn profile. I am guilty of not updating my LinkedIn profile, but I will definitely do this whenever I am bored at home.

43. Start a new hobby

What else can you do when you want to kill time productively? Start a new hobby!

44. Start a blog

I started this blog in 2016 and it was only recently when I decided to do things differently! Blogging is one of my weekend hobby (or after-work hobby), and I am really passionate about my blog.

If you also want to start your own blog, check out my post on how to start a blog!

45. Start exercising

46. Listen to a podcast

47. Listen to an audiobook

48. Take an online course or learn a new skill

49. Change your morning routine

A productive thing to do at home also is to review your current morning routine and try to change it up a bit. Same with your evening routine.

Related: Productive Morning Routine Ideas to Boost Your Day

50. Create an evening routine

51. Review your calendar

Productive Things To Do When Bored: Declutter Your Digital Life

One of the most overlooked aspects of life is digital life! Since it is not tangible and does not take up clutter at home, we often forget about everything on our laptop, phones, or anything digital.

So, one of the productive things to do at home when bored is to also declutter your digital life. Below you will find some ideas on what you can declutter from your digital life!

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52. Clean out your inbox

53. Organize your phone

54. Download some productivity apps

I am biased on this and I 100% support you on downloading more apps after deleting other apps BUT as long as those are productivity apps!

55. Remove contacts from your phone

56. Organize your files on your computer

57. Backup your pictures and documents

58. Update and store passwords

59. Sort your photos

60. Create a photo album

61. Cancel unused subscriptions

Productive Things To Do When Bored: Declutter Your Social Media

Social media can sometimes often drain your energy. Are you following people who inspire you? Are you following someone who only brings negativity? There’s too much going on right now, and the least you want to have is another toxicity from social media.

Regularly declutter your social media and start following people who inspire and motivate you!

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62. Update your social media profiles

63. Unfollow people on social media that don’t inspire you

64. Schedule social media posts

Productive Things To Do When Bored: Self-Care

Last, but definitely not the least, the category of the productive things to do at home when bored is prioritizing yourself and taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental health!

Give yourself a break and enjoy your productive day!

65. Take a nap

66. Learn a new makeup look

67. Keep in touch with your friends and family

68. Practice positive self-talk

69. Automate your home

70. Shop

71. Watch TED talks

72. Watch a documentary

73. Get to know yourself: find your Myers-Briggs personality type or Enneagram type

If you don’t know yet your personality type, then you should take the Myers-Briggs test when you are bored at home! It’s a fun way to know more about yourself, and sometimes you’ll be surprised by the result.

Another one that I love is knowing my enneagram type. It’s been a few months since I took it and I am a type 5! If you want to know yours, you should also take the Enneagram Personality Test and let me know your result.

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