How to Take Advantage of Your Time at Home

During these unprecedented times, we could all use some ideas on how to spend our days at home. Many people are seeing that it was easier to think of things to do during the first week or two of social distancing and working from home, but are now running out of ideas. We’ve compiled a list of ideas below to help spark some inspiration. 

Take advantage of the time available to you! Whether this means indulging and making your favourite recipes that take lots of time to prepare, or taking the time to learn new things! There are many recipes available on Pinterest which will have reviews by people who have tried that recipe. Another blog who frequently posts new and exciting recipes is Serious Eats.They offer recipes for easy and basic meals, to more technical and time-consuming meals. 

If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to declutter your home, car and office. Take inventory of what needs to be repaired and what should be replaced. Most transfer stations are not accepting customers who did not have an account set-up, so a bin rental may be in your best interest. To get a quote you can fill out this short form and a customer service representative will respond very shortly. Bin rental orders are able to be completed without any face to face contact whatsoever, so it is respectful of physical distancing protocols, yet still allows you to declutter. 

There is also an opportunity to do a thorough cleaning of your home once all of your clutter has been taken care of! Check out our 4-week Spring Cleaning Challenge for an organized schedule to refresh your home!

What better way to occupy your mind than to learn something new, or enhance your knowledge of a topic or program! There are a few free options available online:

Harvard University is offering free online courses right now, with subjects ranging from web programming to psychology. You can check out what they’re offering here.

GFC Learn Free is another excellent source if you are looking to either develop or enhance your abilities in computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive programs, even social media! You can explore all their different options by clicking here.

If you’re looking to learn a new language or brush up on your fluency, Duolingo is a great tool to do so! Duolingo can be used online, or on your phone to enhance your language ability. Learn more about Duolingo here.

There are many platforms you can use to keep in touch with friends and family. If you’re looking to hold an online video conference, Facetime, Zoom and Skype are all reliable options. 

There are also apps you can download that allow you to play games with your loved ones from your own homes. Check out “Houseparty” and “Psych!” on the App Store and explore how you can still have fun with others while physical distancing!

Cleaning up around our home seems to be a pretty common thought on how to spend your time, but what people often do not think about cleaning up is their online presence. 

  • Start with your email! Organize important emails that you want to keep into folders, and discard what you no longer need. Be sure to also clean out your ‘promotions’ or ‘junk’ folder, which could be taking up memory space. 

  • Next move onto social media profiles. This includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linked In, etc. Look through the pictures and other media you have posted in the past and make sure that no embarrassing photos from 2008 will be coming back to haunt you anytime soon! This is also an excellent opportunity to go through your friends and followers on each platform and make sure that you are still comfortable with everyone who has access to your profile. If your profile picture is outdated, update it to a current one! Social media is not a place we often think to clean out and update, but is a great idea when you have the time.

Although the current state is not ideal for anyone, we might as well do what we can to spend our time as productively as possible. We hope these ideas are helpful!