137 Things to Do When You’re Bored at Home

Are you stuck at home, bored with nothing to do? Or maybe you have stuff to do but you don’t feel like doing it. This list is exactly what you need! 137 interesting things to do when you’re bored at home, school, or work. Maybe one of these ideas and activities will change your life forever. Seriously, some of the world’s best inventions grew out of boredom (necessity, actually, but who’s listening? Not the inventors.). The key is not getting too bored because you’ll fall asleep instead of creating something the world needs.

The best thing to do when you’re bored right now is to count the number of things on this list. There are actually many more than 137 things to do; I doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled several numbers. The final number is 137 but there are, for example, at least four 21s and two 54s. If you’re seriously bored, here’s what to do: count the number of actual activities and ideas on this list, and share your tally in the comments section. Maybe it’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but let’s face it: What else have you got do to?

Here’s what I do when I’m bored: I daydream about my next vacation. I was supposed to go to New Orleans next month for a travel writers conference, but it’s postponed. Pandemic. Nasty little virus. If you’re stuck at home and love to travel, read 18 Ideas for Creative, Meaningful Theme Vacations. Start planning your next family trip or solo journey! Use your imagination, get wild and crazy. You might even make a collage from previous vacations, travel magazines, or picture books.

Before you start counting the actual number of things to do when you’re bored, make a note to read through the comments section at the end. A few readers shared their hobbies and favorite things to do when boredom is driving them mad…you may find something life-changing or even just mildly interesting there.

What is the Best Thing to Do When You’re Bored?

One of my friends builds guitars. Drawing, planning, constructing, sanding, painting – that’s the best thing for him to do when he’s bored. Not me. I have lots of writing to do, ideas to mindmap, blog posts to delete, and interesting vacations to plan. I also play a flute, give my dogs haircuts, and spend time in silence with God. And walk! I could walk all day long and never get tired.

What is the Best Thing to Do When You're Bored?
“Boredom Buster” the Dog

The key to finding the best thing to do when you’re bored is to know yourself. If you don’t know what interests you or brings you alive, then no list of fun things to do will make you unbored! What do you like to do? Here’s something to do: make a list of your 20 favorite activities. Include everything from surfing (the waves in the ocean, not the internet) to eating popcorn (yum!) to writing song lyrics (no thank you, not for me). Creating your own list of things to do when you have nothing to do is the best way to beat boredom.

You could try learning a musical instrument – it’s good for your brain and it’ll give you something interesting to do. I recently started playing the flute, and will be joining an orchestra soon. If you like to listen to music, you might love learning how to play an instrument. Or maybe it’s time to research your college classes – or start researching the best jobs for college students. I was never bored when I was a kid because I started working when I was 11 years old (only as a babysitter, but still! It was a job!). And I loved to read, and write a little. But mostly read. So I was actually never bored.

1. Count the actual number of best things to do when you are bored on this list. How many duplicate numbers have I planted in this list? There are lots more than 137. When I first created this list I had 137 things, but then I kept adding activities and ideas. I’m just too lazy busy to re-number the list properly. So, how many boredom busters do you count?

1. Where is Aritzia? Look up faraway places and names in a print atlas. You’d be surprised at some of the names you find!

2. Make chocolate or hemp soap as a gift for someone

2. Make up your own reality show

3. Make up with someone you’re fighting with

4. Write something. Does writing bore you? Read How to Stay Motivated When You’re Writing About Something Boring

4. Look up funny quotes. “Never meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.”

5. Look up inspirational quotes. “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” – Anne Frank.

5. Clean out your junk drawer or medicine cabinet

6. Set financial goals

6. Pluck your eyebrows

7. Make a list of things you love about someone you love

8. Listen to hard or soft rock music

9. Write a mystery thriller or juicy romance novel (a boredom buster for budding bloggers)

10.  Write your the story of your life. Read How to Write When You Have No Ideas if your life is too boring to write about

11.  Update your email list

12.  Email your friends and ask for their favorite things to do when they’re bored

13.  Trade Wii games and gear with your friends — or try the newest Wii games

14.  Write an apology to someone you’ve been avoiding

14. Make homemade lavender ice cream (or bacon ice cream, or whisky ice cream)

15. Learn what your favourite dog breed reveals about your personality

15.  Bake oatmeal chocolate chunk coconut cookies

16.  Memorize 5 new words from the dictionary (boring, even for a writer geek like me)

17.  Play sudoku – thanks @BJMuntain for this boredom buster

18.  Organize your recipes

19.  Read your old diaries (one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored)

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Things to Do When You’re Bored

20.  Find a volunteer job – read 6 Reasons You’ll Love Volunteering as a Big Sister or Big Brother

20. Write a song – maybe this will be the start of a new career!

21.  Try aromatherapy

21. Learn a new magic trick

21. Capture a cricket

21. Teach your cricket the new magic trick

21. Make a mini stage for crickets who like performing for crowds

22.  Make your Christmas wish list

23. Plan your 100th birthday party so it’s not boring

23.  Freewrite everything that pops into your head

24.  Clean the bathroom

25. Learn how to deal with controlling parents

25.  Do an office workout (if you’re bored at work or on a long car ride)

26.  Make a list of things to do before you die

27.  Make a standup desk for your computer

28.  Tell God what you’re glad He created

29. Count your money

30. Cry

30.  Give yourself a manicure or pedicure

31.  Give your mom or dad a manicure or pedicure

32.  Find a new hobby

33.  Brainstorm new ways to make new friends

34.  Find someone to cheer up

35.  Solve the biggest problem in your life.  If your biggest problem is finding the best thing to do when you’re bored, you have a pretty easy life!

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What is the Best Thing to Do When You’re Bored?

35. Get a more interesting life

36.  Start planning your mom or dad’s next birthday party

37.  Go outside and play that game that people play when they’re bored

38.  Pretend you’re a tourist in your own city

39.  Wash your dog

40.  Brush your cat

41.  Brush your mom’s hair

42.  Go to the library (one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored)

42. Learn how to be a volunteer mentor through Big Sisters/Big Brothers

43.  Clean out your closet

44.  Donate your preloved clothes to charity

44. Remember something you forgot

45.  Watch old movies

46.  Learn how vision boards help you achieve your goals

47.  Join a MeetUp group

48.  Start a MeetUp group called What is the Best Thing to Do When You’re Bored?

48. Visit your library’s website and read the free digital magazines.

49. Search the internet for classic science experiments, crafts and upcycling ideas, board game hacking, code-cracking, geocaching, skateboard repair, yarn-bombing, stop-action movie-making, best-of lists, and much much much more

49.  Clean out your kitchen cupboards

50.  Write a letter

51.  Update your resume

51. Make low-fat high-fiber pancakes that don’t taste as boring as they sound

52.  Google old friends

53.  Play Lexulous on Facebook – thanks @venusvision for this boredom buster

54.  Clip your nose hairs

55. Write a letter to your mom, telling her what you love about her

56.  Rearrange your living room or bedroom

57.  Go to the dog park

58.  Face your demons

59.  Call your grandma or grandpa

60. Look up funny animal quotes. “Dogs have masters. Cats have staff.”

60.  Make a list of things your Guardian Angel has protected you from so far

61.  Practice self-hypnosis

62.  Plan your next vacation – read my Africa travel tips article – I lived there for three years!

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when you’re bored

63. Read When You’re Bored, Do These 15 Productive Things (but only if you actually want to declutter your closet or work on your physical health) 

63.  Make a “to do” list for tomorrow, so you’re not bored again tomorrow

64.  Read poetry

65.  Learn to crochet or knit

64. Start thinking about your scholarship applications

65.  Research your family tree

66.  Make a household budget

67.  Take a bubble bath

68.  Download your photos – maybe you’ll see you haven’t had such a boring life after all

69.  Knit

70.  Organize your finances

71.  Clean up a mess

72. Write a letter to your dad, telling him what you love about him

72.  Write a short story

73.  Pretend you’re asleep

74.  Learn 12 small ways to get healthy that make a big difference (is this a boring thing to do when you’re already bored?)

75.  Draw your bedroom on the back of a postage stamp

76.  Sort through old photos (one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored)

77.  Make a scrapbook

78.  Play online trivia games

79.  Go for a walk

79. Tell me: what is the best thing that ever happened to you?

80. Tell me: who do you wish was sitting beside you right now?

80.  Pick up trash in your neighborhood

81.  Get a job (unless you’re looking for things to do because you’re bored at work! Then look for a new job)

82.  Write a song

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What Do You Do When You’re Bored?

82. Read How to Know What to Do With Your Life and give me more ideas for that list of things to do for bored people 

83.  Start a blog (but not a boring one)

84.  Write a blog post about how boring your life is

85.  Change your blog theme

85. Read through the comments on this blog post – add to the collection of things to do when you’re bored at home

86.  Dust the shelves

87.  Listen to talk radio

88.  Talk a walk down memory lane

89.  Figure out what your dream job is

90.  Grab a yoga mat, focus on deep breathing, and re-energize with deep stretching – thanks @catlover1964 for this boredom buster

91.  Do crossword puzzles

92.  Wax your upper lip

93. Choose a life verse. Here’s mine: “I am like a tree planted along the riverbank with roots reaching deep into the water. I do not fear when the heat comes or worry in long seasons of drought. My leaves stay green and never fail to produce fruit.” ~ Jeremiah 17:8.

93.  Give yourself a massage

94.  Create a unique board game

95.  Pray. Ask God to give you direction, hope, wisdom, joy, peace!  

95. Read How to Stay Positive When Your Life Sucks

96.  Clean out your old computer files and make room on your phone or tablet for more junk

97.  Paint a self portrait

98.  Learn to juggle (one of my husband’s favorite things to do when he’s bored)

99.  Read old magazines

100. Tweet messages of encouragement and hope

101. Lie on the grass

102. Lie in the snow

103. Lie in the rain

104. Don’t lie to yourself or your mother

104. Toilet train your cat

104. Learn why life is more interesting when you hold on tight to God

105. Listen to different types of music

106. Try to make it through an hour without touching the floor (thanks Eliza for sharing this creative thing to do when you’re bored!)

107. Make silver coins with foil, and create a treasure hunt (thanks Renee for this boredom buster!)

108. Turn the music up LOUD and DANCE your boredom away (thanks Macie for this fun thing to do when you’re bored!)

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What to Do When You Feel Bored

109. Tell me how many “things to do when you’re bored” are actually on this list (I honestly have no idea, because of the duplicates)

110. Tell me one way to improve this blog – what would you do differently if it was yours?

110. Decide what you’d go to college for

111. Watch Zoolander but don’t do what they did when they were bored at the beginning of the movie!

112. Rewrite the ending of your favorite movie

113. Plan a treasure hunt for your dog or cat: Hide treats in strategic areas around the yard. But not if you have a problem with rats or raccoons.

Ok, back to Square One. Did you count the actual number of best things to do when you are bored? How many duplicate numbers did I plant in this list?

Your turn. What do you do when you’re bored?

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162 thoughts on “137 Things to Do When You’re Bored at Home”

  1. Im only 10 so i cant do most of the things.
    Btw you should add” Read this whole list while your bored” it helped

  2. A Super Sneaky Sloth

    I beat my boredom by being online (Pinterest, YouTube, Google) finding things to do when I’m bored. I rarely end up doing any of them.

  3. JustARandomPerson

    Pretend like a pillow is you arch-nemesis and beat it up while you use your hand to pretend like it is alive as well and punching you.

  4. One of the best things to do when you’re bored is to get off the internet! Stop playing online games or watching movies. Go outside, and find things to do that actually involve YOU. Being online is passive and boring….getting active outside is an interesting thing to do, if you’re creative. Go, explore, and be interested in the world!

  5. Thk u for amusing me wif ur words to beat boredom. ?
    Reading ur post alone is already one thing i did to get rid of this unbearable boredom.

  6. Learn to appreciate a cemetery and those who have gone before you. There are some really amazing headstones and epitaphs to read. Pull weeds around some stones that have been long forgotten. Maybe even leave flowers. Go to findagrave and find out which stones need photographed and take those photos (and then add them to the person’s memorial).

  7. i wish my friends liana, bianca, teya, and genesis were next to me with 4 gallons of glue and everything else you need to make slime. o and dont forget the containers!! We’re going to need a lot of those. THANK YOU for these things to do when you’re bored!

  8. My best tip for you guys to fight boredom is to read….read about something you’re interested…or instead of watching movies …

    1. You look like a statue- gold paint everywhere, you are sitting on air and it looks cool. People will put money in the box and take photos with you! That’s a good thing to do when you’re bored :-)

  9. i counted 103 when I’m bored i lie to make videos for my u tube account although i haven’t uploaded anything….yet..maybe when the time is ripe ? other than that i like to use up the data on my brother’s phone ? its weird i know but the look on his face when he finds out…..priceless!””?

  10. hey thnx for the great tips im gonna try the not touching the ground thing im half way there ;) cause i’ve been browsing on the couch for the last 30 mins n tis blog has been the most intresting yet cause of all the comments i wonder what ill do after this????:(

  11. If you are bored, you can write a letter to yourself and open it in a year’s time.. u can put it at the back of the wardrobe if you are messy like me…

  12. Try creating a newspaper for your school. I know it sounds boring, but it’s actually wicked fun. BTW, you don’t have to have the newspaper for your school. It could just be for fun, and imagine you’re handing it out at school.??? For more fun, add some things that would make the teachers at your school mad, and imagine you giving it to them.????? Again, I know it sounds boring, but it’s really a SUPER fun thing to do when you’re bored! Try it!

    1. For me I’d be done counting my money in .1 second (I have a quarter, a singular quarter, yep).

      Need something else to do when I’m bored!

  13. I’m really bored at the moment I’m trying to find ways of not being bored. I sleep,listen to music, cook wash up do housework but I miss fun stuff and cool stuff. I like fun people to be with some adventure and good times. I’m going through a bad time right now I’m having a breakdown that means I spend time on my own or just quietly.

    I might write a book about not being bored when your bored. I think that perhaps if you create a boredom network to put people in contact with others that find themselves bored, like a social network for the bored. For me boredom has been boring but interesting.

    I don’t spend money, I make everything last. I create meals that don’t cost much, I find things to do at home as I don’t have money to just do as I like. I’ve had to learn to be thrifty and that’s good for boredom! Try to see how far your funds can go and things you can find to do when you’re bored. I like music, radio, reading, writing.

    A good challenge is to move from modern technology and push yourself to find other “boredom busters” which is what im trying to do. Boredom is worse if your family don’t see much of you, or if you don’t drive. I hope soon I won’t be so bored, though. I hope things get better for me.

  14. One thing you didn’t have on this list of things to do when you’re bored is surf the Internet! Not only does spending time online get rid of boredom, it also makes the time go by really fast. You can get board when they’re online?

  15. My mom used to say that only boring people get bored, but I never agreed.

    How about coloring? That’s one thing you can do when you’re bored at home and even at work…especially if you work from home, and you sometimes suffer from the boredom that comes from staring at the screen all day!! Coloring is healthy and creative, and gives your mind a break.

  16. This has 110 things to do! (you numbered each one of them) These are good but Im still bored because Im not bothered to do any of this except of commenting on this. XD

  17. I really like Raja’s idea: try to identify things in your room with your eyes closed.

    One of my favorite things to do when I’m bored is to read books. And paint stuff.

  18. You’re awesome, Alta! Taking your dog for a walk is one of the best things you could ever do when you’re bored.

    And thanks for the tip about adding more color to my blog. You are 100% right. Yay! I love playing with the layout and color of Blossom :-)

      1. Or you can treat yourself as a dog…put a leash on itself then pull urself around the park….hahahahaha just to fight my boredom dude

  19. Thanks for all these great ideas. My favorite thing to do when I am bored is take my dogs for a long,slow walk. You asked what you could do to inprove your blog , and my awenser is add more coulor. Thanks.

  20. There are 123 things to do! Lol thanks for all the great stuff, i found A LOT of stuff i wanna do! Mostly the reality tv show thing! Lol thx!

  21. A very fun thing to do is read all the incorrect amount of double number answers left by other commenters. There are twelve doubles. I checked about three times. They are 1, 2, 7, 14, 20, 23, 42, 44, 64, 80, 104, and 110. You’re welcome. My real favorite thing to do when I’m bored is to do a puzzle or crack codes made by friends.

  22. Have you tried searching for “websites for teenagers” and “things for bored teens to do”?

    Be careful, though! Make sure the websites are healthy and good, and that they don’t ask for personal information.

    Although by now I’m sure you’ve found something to do?? :-)

  23. Do you or anyone else have any ideas for what to do if your bored, facing more towards teenagers? I would love to hear some ideas, I can’t seem to find any website pertaining to teens.

  24. Here’s a list of things to do when you’re bored
    – Listen to music
    – Paint your Nails
    – Face paint
    That’s all hope you like them.

  25. Your things to do when you’re bored didn’t really help us, but we love your website and we’re coming again. See you later, bye.

  26. Fun list for me but sadly most of them I can’t do like the one try and not to touch the floor I’m not that creative but I ended up doing nothing on my bed for an hour

  27. My heart skipped when I read this list of things to do when you’re bored. It’s obviously not me but it shocked me, number 14 x

  28. I don’t really know what to do actually. I like the make a scrapbook.

    I like to dance but when i don’t feel like dancing i will make a poster with old magizeines.

  29. these are deff NOT things to do at work ?!? i sit at my desk all day answering phones …. some of these are just pointless…..smh whatever i guess

  30. *Have a staring contest
    *Wash the car
    *Make a fairy garden
    *learn to change a car tire
    *Guess when 2 minutes is up

  31. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for sharing your ideas on my list of things to do when you’re bored! I wish I could hire you to clean up my blogs – I have a ton of work to do. So much work that I’m never bored :-)

    May you find ways to keep your head and heart inspired.

    xo
    Laurie

  32. Thank for this great ideas to do when bored but there are many other things you can when you are bored like laughing, reading funny jokes, inspire yourself reading quotes, solve tricky mathematical puzzles and questions and watch interesting videos. I have a website called “Fun Things to Do When You’re Bored.”

  33. Thanks for being here, Margaret :-)

    Playing a musical instrument is my best tip for when you’re bored. It’s so good for your brain, and who knows…you could be the next Madonna or Bon Jovi! Not that Madonna plays an instrument.

  34. You have 122 items listed. Thank you for doing this. You inspired me to
    * Look up the words I don’t recognize that were in the Word Search book I just finished.
    * Check next month’s budget to see if I will be able to send $100 for my sponsored child at World Vision this month. I wasn’t able to since Christmas, and they have a limit: must be at least $100.
    * I was already planning to walk our dog.
    * Roll the nickels and dimes in my nickel and dime bank, and see how much there is.
    * Clean out my medicine cabinet.

  35. I am traveling through Peru right now, and met two super nice guys from Ireland. If you are bored, plan your dream trip around the world!

    Also, I am tired of playing the flute – I want to learn how to play the violin!

  36. Im ten and i dont think it will work i live in ireland it rains all the time and it is the night time here and i feel bored thinking about it though it didnt work

  37. u should add one more; Try climbing around your room or another room without touching the gruond.( try making or breaking your record)!

  38. i built a giant fort out of sticks haha it was fun wen me and my friend shot it with paintball guns with my friend in it he made a bet that he could stay in the fort without getting hit by one paintball he was right paid him 10 bucks but it killed 3 hours WORTH IT

  39. My parents were at work and I live out of town so my brothers and I were stranded at our farm for a day. We built a huge obstacle course that ends with a trampoline bounce into our pool (which is freezing cold at the moment). We timed each other and it was super fun and killed a couple hours.

  40. Is learn a musical instrument on this list of things to do when you’re bored? That should be number one. Nowhere on this list should be video games!

  41. i still dont find this helpful because i am only 9 and my real name is not jenna anyways i have a idea i am going to go on my laptop and go on youtube and watch a show or watch tv but i dont have channels and my tv dosent work so i go on youtube on the computer or the laptop and watch wizards of waverly place,suite life of zack and cody or some other show.

  42. i think ..i like collecting perfumes alot…and basica;lly a change is the best when u are getting bored so i guess u can re decorate you room .. talk to your pet..lol.plant a flower or a herb …write its progress in your diary…or see interviews of your favorite personality …if u’ve missed one..

  43. I love to read how to live life more fully…like I’m doing now. Also, lately I like finding new fun ways to do things…like for instance, turning the tv to mute and having myself and my little girl play the characters with our own voice…it’s a little fun…but fun things like that which can dramatically shift the everyday routine to being a much more happier occurence.

  44. How about win something or solve puzzles, or both. You can do exactly this at Pyramid Effect. Competitions where you have to solve puzzles, find answers to cryptic clues or even just find hidden (virtual) treasure. As an added bonus once you complete these stages you get a chance to win something great.

  45. Write a thank you letter to your mom, for all the things she’s done for you. Or your dad, because tomorrow is Father’s Day.

    But don’t tell them you did it because you were bored and needed something to do.

  46. Volunteer at an old folk’s home, or an animal shelter. One of the best things to do when you’re bored is to give back to the world in a positive way! Pick up litter in your neighborhood. I know it sounds boring, but….volunteering is so good for you and the world around you.

  47. -make a fort out of couch cushions
    -make an anti bored kit (u might wanna google this)
    -try to make it through an hour without touching the floor
    -make a card house
    -learn how to pick a lock with a paper clip
    -act like a squirrel

  48. (this is for 6+) I make silver coins with tin foil and make a treasure chest out of a shoe box and and i lead a trail of the coins and the person has to find the chest.

  49. Whenever I’m bored, I like to add to my list of fave pet names because I love animals and names. If you ever need help with naming a pet, email me. :)

  50. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Volunteer! If you’re bored with life, volunteering will help other people and make your life more interesting.

  51. I love to look at something in the room and then try not to think about it. It is a fun way to make your brain go crazy! I always love to turn on some music blasting loud and then dancing like there is no one watching ( WARNING: close windows or someone unexpected might be watching hehe)

  52. I like to go on chatroulette.com although i warn it can be a little R rated so you have to move on quick and be ready ha. i like baking cookies or doing somethng crazy like going to a Karoake night or going up and down the street wearing wierd clothes. If your really bored don’t hold back and you’ll have the most fun. Some of my friend painted eachothers backs and took photos and it sounds wierd but it was a lot of fun and the pictures looked amazing almost professional. Just taking pictures is fun.

  53. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your tips, Isabel! I’m the complete opposite of you: I don’t garden OR write poetry.

    My favorite thing to do when I’m bored is to go for a walk — especially if I have a purpose. I know it sounds boring, but I LOVE to walk, and we have lots of forest trails around our house :-)

  54. I also read or write poetry. It is my way of pouring out all my feelings which I could never share with anyone. Poems on love and nature are particularly very nourishing.

  55. I do gardening. Not only do flowers and plants take my mind off so many stressful situations but being out under the morning sun also energizes me. In the late afternoons, I go back to check the flowers if they need watering and thereafter, just sit on the grass and warch the sunset…and all the tensions and boredom are gone…