Things You Can Do When You’re Stuck At Home

Right now, many people are finding themselves with more time on their hands than they’ve ever had before. The COVID-19 pandemic has most of us sheltering at home, but there’s no reason to be bored with so many things to do. We’ve created a list of things you can do while sheltering at home during the coronavirus crisis.

Visit Someplace You’ve Never Been

There’s no reason you can’t still explore new places while you’re stuck at home.  Was the coronavirus crisis responsible for cancellation of your spring travel plans? Maybe you can still go there virtually — and explore other places you’d like to see as well.  Here’s some possibilities.

Learn A New Skill or Take A Class

Is there something you’ve always wished you could do but never had the time to learn? Perhaps sheltering at home during the coronavirus crisis is the perfect opportunity to learn or improve a skill, earn a certificate or take that class you always wanted to take.

Create Something

Enjoy Art

Many museums are offering their collections online and this is a great time to visit museums you’ve wished you could go to. Here are a few possibilities.

Enjoy Music

Your favorite streaming app, YouTube, Amazon Prime Music, or radio station are still great options. Additionally, performers including Elton John, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and others are offering concerts you can watch from home during the pandemic.


While our beaches and biking and walking trails are closed in Long Beach during the coronavirus pandemic, you can still take a walk or ride your bicycle around the neighborhood or in one of your neighborhood parks as long as you practice safe social distancing. There are also tons of online resources for exercising at home. You may consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlists or try at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Here’s a few you can check out

Beautify Yourself

You can’t head to the spa or salon now during the coronavirus crisis, but you can still do some self-pampering while you’re at home.

  • Give  yourself a facial or manicure
  • Start a new skincare regime and stick to it
  • Try a new hair color — if you don’t like it, nobody has to see it. Want to see what it would look like virtually before taking the plunge? There are lots of sites that allow you to do that, including Redken.

Improve Your Home & Garden

You’re spending a lot of time at home now, so why not invest a little time into making your home the best it can be?

  • Is now the time to start that DIY project like a new kitchen backsplash, painting the spare bedroom, or perhaps installing a bidet to conserve on hard-to-find toilet paper? You may be able to order the supplies online and YouTube has tutorials on just about everything you may want to do. Additionally, home construction is considered an “essential” industry and some contractors are still working and might be glad to have your business during this time as long as you’re all able to practice safe social distancing.
  • Organize your sock drawer, linen closet, spice cabinet, medicine cabinet, kitchen drawers, bookshelves, garage or any other spot you’ve been meaning to organize. Channel your inner Marie Kondo and get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” While you may not be able to donate items right now as many places are closed up tight, bag or box the items, store them neatly in an out-of-the way corner of the garage and then get rid of them once we’re past the pandemic.
  • Plant a garden.  You can order seeds online and start it from seeds. Or order online or by phone from Armstrong Nursery and they’ll either deliver your plants or have them available for curbside pickup. Wondering what you can plant? Consider 12 vegetables you can grow from scratch.

Watch TV

This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on movies you’ve been meaning to see or binge watch series you never have time for.

Read A Book (Digital, Paper, or Audible)

Suddenly, there’s actually time to read those books you’ve been meaning to get to. If you’ve got a pile waiting for you, dig in now. Not sure what to read? Here’s some possibilities for where to find online books as well as some reading lists.

Improve Your Finances

The coronavirus crisis has increased unemployment and shut down numerous businesses so now is a great time to really pay attention to your finances. Whether you’re a homeowner, renter, landlord, business owner, an employee or employer or self-employed, there may be options for financial help during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here are some other things you can do as well.

  • Create a budget
  • Balance your checkbook
  • Shop around for a better insurance rate – or if you’re not driving as much now, ask your insurance agent if you can temporarily change your mileage to reduce your premium
  • Go through your credit card bill and google play and eliminate any unnecessary subscriptions
  • Talk to a lender about whether now would be a good time to refinance. Need a referral? Let us know.
  • Meet virtually with an attorney to create a trust and write your will if you don’t have one
  • If you still have cable or satellite TV, look into whether now would be a good time to cut the cord.

Activities with Kids

Many of the above activities are good for kids or adults. Involve your children in trying new recipes, exploring sites virtually, or planting a garden. Here’s some other options as well.

Still Looking For Ideas?

Here’s sone other resources for what to do at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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