The Stay-at-Home Bucket List
Most of us live on Couch Island these days, which can start to feel especially dull when you think about the actual island-hopping that can’t happen right now. The good news? Staying in The Great Indoors still offers a wealth of bucket-list worthy items, even if some of them require a bit of creative thinking.
When we’re on the other side of this, know that you did more than visit your friends at Central Perk for the dozenth time or watch hours of living room choreography on your phone. Behold: The Stay-at-Home Bucket List.
1. Learn to Tie-Dye
You can order dyes, or better yet; use natural dyes like avocados, beets, or carrots. Grab a t-shirt, tote bag, pair of socks, or some towels and experiment with different methods and patterns.
2. Change the Walls
Paint your entire bedroom or just a single wall. You can also try peel-off wallpaper if you need to go with something more temporary.
3. Get Scrappy
Find cardboard scraps, leftover yarn, old paint, and anything else you’ve thrown in a junk drawer or craft box. Make something totally impractical like a hat that looks like a cake, a piece of wall art, or an oversized necklace made for video chat.
4. Express Yourself
Create a pattern for a favorite quote and cross-stitch it. You could also try your hand at iron-on letters on a plain sweatshirt or embroidery on the pocket of a shirt. Nothing is quite as impressive as saying “Oh, thanks, I made it myself!”
5. Finish Your Coloring Book
What if (now, hear us out on this) you finished the whole coloring book?
6. Foreign Language 101
Whether it’s to order tacos in Spanish, to ask where the bathroom is in Italian, or to ask for a beer in Mandarin, now’s the time to prepare for your next foreign language exchange.
7. Learn a New Digital Skill
Many software programs are temporarily free or discounted, so you might as well work on your video editing, sound mixing, or illustration skills.
8. DIY Origami
You might not have display-worthy origami paper lying around, but if you have some scrap paper, you’re all set to look up patterns online and teach yourself how to make something like a frog, a cat, or a crane mobile.
9. Be Prompted
Get out of your own head and reach daily writing, drawing, or cooking goals by turning to outside prompts. Ask your friends for prompts or find some online, then set out to do things a little differently.
10. Become Your Own Handyman
Sometimes you look around your house and realize that you’re not quite the handyman you always thought you’d be. The only way to learn is to do it yourself, though. So, tackle a small project (maybe skip A/C servicing and new plumbing for now) with the help of videos online or calling a friend on speakerphone.
11. Go International
Choose a country or a specialty cuisine and cook your own internationally-inspired feast. Keep the theme up with decorations, trivia, or movies, too.
12. Use What You Got
If you forgot about those bananas you bought two weeks ago, they’ll make the perfect banana bread. The best dishes often come from using what you already have, so poke around your pantry and fridge.
13. Make Your Own Pizza
There’s always a pizza on the menu that you wish you would have ordered instead of going with the one you know you’ll like. Make the adventurous pizza for yourself, starting with the crust.
14. Homemade Speciality Foods
Turn things from ho-hum to haute cuisine by making your own specialty foods. Just think; you could make your own ricotta, your own ice cream, your own pesto, or your own green juice cleanse.
15. Join the Sourdough Cult
And don’t skip starting with your own starter!
16. Master the perfect push-up
If nothing else, this will make for a great party trick whenever you get to go to a party again.
17. Get to 10,000 Steps
Walk around your house during the day, lap the block, and explore your entire neighborhood.
18. Improve Your Run Time
For anyone trying to wear out their running shoes, this is a great time to start a new running routine that you can build on as you increase your stamina.
19. Pull-Up Prep
It’s likely that you don’t have a pull-up bar near you right now, but you can still train at home by working on your shoulder, lat, and tricep strength.
20. Your Own Crow’s Pose
You probably have a specific yoga pose that you’ve always wanted to effortlessly pop into. Start some daily training now for your own personal yoga milestone.
21. Finally print your favorite online pics
Go through your Facebook and Instagram pages and start printing the pictures you’ve always said you’d get to later. Send the files off to be mailed to you or get your own photo printer.
22. Gallery Wall
Get your measuring tape and pencil out and dedicate an afternoon to finally creating your dream gallery wall.
23. Feng Shui
Reach some harmony in your house with a mindful refresh of your layout. Maybe it’s time to move your bed under the window or switch a bookcase to a new side of the room.
24. Bullet Journal
Bullet journaling is a complex, visually-pleasing organizational method that will make impressive use of your blank notebooks and colored pens.
25. Clean Your Closet
It’s spring, we’ve been stuck inside since winter, and there’s never been a better time to dive into spring cleaning.
26. Required Watching
Watch the classic movies you’ve always wanted to say you’ve seen.
27. Night-in on Broadway
Many Broadway staples are currently available to be streamed for the first time ever. It’s showtime.
28. See Some Artistic Masterpieces
Find virtual tours of some of the world’s biggest museums and take a digital stroll amongst their masterpieces.
29. Make the Ultimate Playlist
Get to know a new musical genre or go deep into your favorite artist’s discography by building a comprehensive playlist that draws on musical influences and genre-bending songs.
30. Attend a Live Performance in Your Pajamas
With so many superstars going live on their social platforms, we’ve never had more options to spend time listening to our favorite performers play live. And you get to bring a blanket.
31. Snail Mail
Give your family and friends a reason to get excited about going out to their mailboxes.
32. Reconnect with Your Childhood Best Friend
If you’ve been meaning to spark up old friendships, pick up the phone (or the pen, as you did in #31) and make some new memories.
33. FaceTime with Family
Find yourself video chatting with your Grandma’s first selfie or your baby cousin’s crawling. Don’t forget to take a screenshot.
34. Go Live
Turn to Instagram for some instant community by going live with your friends as you review your favorite sour candies, show off your sneaker collection, or tackle making the perfect latte on air.
35. Teach Your Old Dog a New Trick
It might finally be time to learn how to roll over.
36. Grow Your Own Food
Indoor herb box, planter tomatoes, pepper bushes, lettuce plants… the options are endlessly yummy.
37. Leave No Trace
Grab some gloves and a trash bag and pick up the trash in your neighborhood. Others will see you hard at work and you could inspire a community movement, too!
38. Bird Watching
You could keep notes, sketch what you see, and even broaden the watch to include bugs, plants, weeds, dogs, and garbage cans.
Find out if your area has an active geocaching guide. Be sure to have your face mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer ready for when you find the cache.
40. Sidewalk Chalk
This doesn’t just have to be for the kids in your life, either. If you’ve got chalk and a sidewalk, you can create a masterpiece.
Tackle a 1,000-piece puzzle and tear through your dusty puzzle collection.
Maybe you’ll Saran Wrap a desk, put googly eyes on bathroom products, or literally turn the living room upside-down.
43. Complete a Crossword
Don’t throw in the towel when you can’t think of a three-letter word for “Pictures of Yosemite”.
44. Themed Trivia
If you want to learn more about French new-wave cinema or show off what you already know about book covers, create digital trivia games that you can send out to your friends.
45. Distance Learning
Make things official and enroll in a remote university course or join a local group that specializes in your field of interest.
46. Make the Perfect Glass of Homemade Lemonade
One great thing about the Stay-at-Home Bucket List is that it encourages you to make the most of what’s already around you. It may seem weird to turn this time into an opportunity, but we think you deserve some lemonade.
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