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Keeping busy at home (without Netflix)

If you like to stay on the move and have a low threshold for binge-watching Netflix, social distancing can be tough when you’re stuck at home and stuck for ideas.

With potentially six months of time ahead of us where we’re directed to stay at home, it’s a good time to get into something completely new.

Whether you’re a closet crafter or gifted gamer, there are plenty of opportunities to give a new hobby a red-hot crack – or even get around to something you should’ve done months ago.

Learn something new

Remember all those times that you said you wanted to learn Spanish? Or how about play the guitar? Now you can. 

And it's not just a way to pass the time. Learning a new skill or finding a hobby is beneficial for your mental wellbeing.

The internet is your best friend when you're keen to pick up a new skill or hobby. With language apps like DuoLingo and plenty of free online learning, you can expand your horizons and get ready for that future holiday.

Or if you're more inclined to learn a new instrument, it's cost effective to buy a second-hand instrument to make sure it's right for you. There are lots of online resources, like Fender's guitar education program - plus it's amazing what you can learn from YouTube.

Dedicated DIY

Now there’s no excuse for not having enough time to get to “that project” that’s been in the pipeline for months.

Squeaky doors, new paint, sanding back your coffee table, or building a planter box for a vegetable garden – you name it. There’s always something that you can fix or improve around the home, both indoors and outdoors.

Have a look around the house to see if there’s anything you can upcycle. That old cabinet might just need a fresh layer of paint and it will look like a completely different piece.

We have a wide range of tools that can help you get the job done.

Do some Marie Kondo-ing

Does it spark joy? If not, get rid of it.

Use the KonMari Method to go through your house in categories, bit-by-bit, to decide whether items “spark joy”. There’s no use in keeping things like old phones and electronics that you don’t use, books and entertainment items that you don’t enjoy or clothing that doesn’t fit.

If you haven’t used it recently and it doesn’t bring you happiness, put it in a ‘sell’ or a ‘throw’ pile. At the end of your cleaning you can either make some extra cash or dispose of your old items.

It’s easy to get a quote for your unwanted items online with our ‘What’s it worth?’ form. If you decide to sell to us, your item will bring someone else joy while giving you some extra cash.

Video gaming

Gaming is a tried-and-true way to keep yourself entertained indoors.

From early gaming in the 1970s all the way through to the modern consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, our relationship with gaming has only continued to grow. There are so many options for people who are just getting into gaming or have been gaming for years – just do your research and see which console suits your needs.

If you’re at home with housemates or loved ones, gaming together is a great way to socialise. Put on some tunes, fill up the snacks and play a co-op game like Mario Kart or Crash Team Racing. You can also play online with others, whether they’re strangers or friends, which can help you to feel less isolated.

We have everything from retro gaming to the newest games and consoles, so you’ll find something that’s your cup of tea.

Move it

If your daily walk or run outdoors isn’t enough and you’re mourning your gym routine, you can get what you need at home – you just need to be a little creative.

There’s a lot that can be said for the endorphins that you get when you exercise, and now they’re more important than ever. There are plenty of free and paid apps and fitness portals online that you can tap into to get your fix of daily exercise and help you with motivation if you’re feeling overwhelmed or bored.

For those who want a little piece of gym at home, check out our fitness equipment to help you meet your fitness goals while social distancing.

 

Looking for something to keep you occupied while you’re spending more time at home?

Browse our huge range of items from gaming to entertainment and DIY – we know you’ll find something that you’ll love.