Five Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

We’ve all been in this situation before. It kind of reminds you of when you were in elementary when bad weather forced your class to stay inside for recess and the teacher would pull out the box filled with out-of-date board games, rock hard Play-doh and a half-empty box of crayons. Well, now that “indoor recess box” is your home. Here are some ways to to entertain yourself when you’re stuck inside.

Play Games

While video games are probably the first type of game that comes to mind, don’t discount the power of board games. I’m not trying to guide you away from playing video games because they’re addicting and pleasurable, but just reminding you that a good board game is very enjoyable, and a little less of a strain on your eyes. There are the classics, of course, like Monopoly, Scrabble, Life and Clue, but there are some newer games that are a blast. Games like Apples to Apples and Catch Phrase are sure to liven up your day. If you’re home alone, seclude yourself with a video game. Surrounded by family and friends, veer away from the screen – go old school and grab a board game.

Watch Television and Movies

There are too many good TV shows and movies out there not to spend an entire day in front of your television. If you have that annoying friend that’s always saying, “Dude, you have to watch this show,” here’s is your chance to shut them up. And because you’re stuck inside, you don’t have to feel bad about watching an entire season of a show in one sitting.

If you’re more of a movie buff, throw some popcorn in the microwave, pick out three or four of your favorite or unseen flicks, sit back and press play. Since you’re stuck at home, your best bet for discovering the best movies is by subscribing to Netflix.


While it’s most certainly the least fun of all of the ideas, it’s the most practical. Maybe your garage is filled with junk, not cars – this is the time to take a day and unclutter the mess. Organize that messy basement and start thinking about remodeling. If you have kids, this is the perfect time to make them clean their rooms. When you’re finished, reward yourself with one of the other indoor activities we’ve suggested.


Here’s your chance! We’ve all thought about doing it. Turn on Rachel Ray and follow her instruction by instruction and cook yourself something special. Ok – if that’s not your fantasy, look up some good recipes and get to it! Zing Blog authors have offered up many suggestions from vegetarian dishes to Super Bowl party treats (Remember – it’s around the corner!).

You could also follow the steps of my mother and go on an all-day baking spree. Bake five different types of cookies, two cakes and two pies and then make awesome platters to give to your friends, co-workers and family.

Read a Book

This is something that today’s society seemingly doesn’t have time for anymore. Pick up a good book, or e-reader, and get back to good old-fashioned reading. Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” So after you’re finished reading this blog, dust off the old bookshelf and grab that book you’ve been putting of for years.

Whether it’s snow-mageddon, raining cats and dogs, or you’re just plain lazy, hopefully these suggestions will help you get through the day you’re forced to stay inside.

Do you have any other good indoor activities? Share your ideas in the comments section below!


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