Feeling unproductive during COVID-19? Here is a master list of home activities to do during the lockdown

Feeling unproductive during COVID-19? Here is a master list of home activities to do during the lockdown
Feeling unproductive during COVID-19? Here is a master list of home activities to do during the lockdown

The state of Victoria has extended its lockdown until mid-May. Kids are learning from home and adults are working from home, but even so, it seems that there is still plenty of time for activities. If you're feeling a little unproductive lately, here's a list we've compiled filled with at-home activities you can complete at any time.

LIVING ROOM

  • Rearrange furniture around the house.
  • House plants are proven to be good for your health, consider placing one plant or two in the living room. 
  • Hang some artwork, prints or posters.
  • But if you are feeling creative, paint!
  • Try interior photography — it helps you view your house in a new light
  • Clean the windows and blinds — dust settles very easily in those places.
  • Clean the filters in the air conditioner.
  • Exercise: there are tons of workout videos on YouTube.
  • Post-workout warrants a Netflix binge-watching session.
  • And end every busy night with a movie night.

BEDROOM

  • Declutter, Marie Kondo style.
  • After that, fill all unwanted clothes into bags. Take these items to charity stores once the lockdown is lifted.
  • And after that, organise the bedside drawer and any other drawer or closet in the bedroom.
  • Vacuum your bedroom if the floor is carpeted.
  • Otherwise, use a lint roller to stick up all the dust and hair in every corner of the bedroom.
  • If you are feeling extra productive, wash your pillows, blankets and bedding — sweat and dust accumulate quickly in these, so you should ideally be doing this once every fortnight!
  • Create a dedicated working space for work or your child’s online classes.

KITCHEN

  • Try out the recipes you've been meaning to cook. Try making your own ravioli or a homemade chutney. 
  • Bake your own bread or sweet treats.
  • Clean the stovetop — cooking oil, if left to accumulate, deteriorates the stovetop.
  • Clean the sink.
  • Organize the fridge. Categorise each compartment. Fruits, vegetables, frozen foods, beverages, dairy products, etc. should be in their respective places in the fridge.
  • Clear the bins and take out the trash.
  • If you are a Masterchef with loads of kitchen tools, check out how to create more storage for cutleries and other appliances here.

GARAGE

  • Like other rooms in the house, start by decluttering! The garage stores mountains of unwanted items, so it is finally time to officially throw these unwanted items out.
  • Mount a pegboard wall. Hang up your home tools, e.g. hammer, wrench, scissors etc.
  • Create storage space for sports equipment.
  • Create storage space for gardening tools.
  • Create a designated space to park bicycles vertically.
  • Build simple mini shelves for extra storage space to keep smaller accessories.
  • For miscellaneous items that you’d still like to keep, store them in containers. 
  • Wash your car

BACKYARD

  • Have a backyard brunch with everyone in the house. If you live alone, organise a Skype brunch session with a friend!
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Water your plants.
  • Trim bushes or weeds around the garden.
  • Otherwise, plant and grow some flowers and vegetables.
  • Fix the fencing.

If you have any other ideas, let us know in the comments!

Jieyee Ong

Jieyee Ong

Jie Yee is a researcher at urban.com.au with experience in business, financial and property news.

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