Things to Do at Home to Curb Your Cabin Fever

From upskilling and crafting, to reading and Netflixing, these are the fun things to do at home that will keep you from boredom

With lots of people doing their bit by staying at home, the usual weekend FOMO is replaced with JOMO — the Joy Of Missing Out. With that said, sitting at home with every streaming service known to mankind does not a productive time make. From crafternoons and culinary inspo, to DIY projects and upskilling, discover all the things to do at home that require nothing but free time and your undivided attention.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Eat & Drink

Insta-cooking inspiration

These days, Instagram is a veritable treasure trove of foodie inspiration. Whether you’re there to pick up culinary tips or just work up an appetite, everyone’s favourite app provides a previously unheard of insight into the lives and eats of Australia’s top chefs and bloggers. Our only advice? Don’t scroll on an empty stomach.

Coconut and Bliss Nice Cream Bowl
Make a batch of nice cream

There's a lot to love about nice cream. Not only is it deliciously vegan-friendly, when it’s done right, it’s incredibly pretty to look at, nutritiously healthy, doesn't require many ingredients and you can tuck in entirely guilt-free. Simply put, nice cream is frozen bananas blended up into a soft serve and topped with an array of goodness. Think peanut butter, cacao nibs, buckinis, raw brownies, blueberries and hemp seeds.

Get clued up on food wastage

With more than one third of all food produced globally going to waste, food waste has become a worldwide issue. In Australia, up to 1.3 billion tonnes of perfectly edible food is wasted each year. There’s so much to do on a logistical level, like developing better food harvesting practices, transport and retailing processes. But there are also a number of simple actions we can all undertake to help fight food wastage at home.

If you’re passionate about minimising your impact, we bring you some of our favourite tips, recipes and apps to get you started.

Get inspired by our favourite cookbooks

Whether you're novice in the kitchen or Masterchef guru, our pick of the best cookbooks will guarantee you kill food boredom and will always be dining on delicious dinners.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Arts & Culture

DIY crafternoons

If you aren't already following Geneva Vanderzeil and her @collective.gen Instagram account then do yourself a favour! Known for her beautiful aesthetic, practical tips and design knowledge, you will find yourself endlessly scrolling through her feed for daily home and life inspiration. With a collection of DIY projects that are equal parts fun and practical, you will feel productive and creative all in one crafternoon.

Binge the latest Netflix show

Looking for a new series to stream? Squander away your weekends with nail-biting thrillers, 90s TV sitcoms and comedy classics. We’ve pulled together a binge-worthy edit of must-see shows, all available to stream now. So clear your calendar, make space on your sofa and get ready to wave goodbye to your social lives; these are the TV shows worth staying in for...

Listen to local sounds

With Youtube's Neighbourhood Sounds there are 13 playlists in total spanning from Alice Springs to Fremantle to Bondi to Byron, each one with a focus on bringing “local to life” through the eyes of resident icons that have a unique connection to Australian music and culture.

Curated by 13 specially selected local personalities – including local cafés, restaurants, bars, artists, surf clubs, record labels and photographers – look forward to over 34 hours of songs, with over 80 per cent of them of them from Aussie artists, and featuring a selection of official tracks, live recordings, covers and remixes. The playlists are available exclusively on YouTube Music, and you can stream them now for free. Here’s a rundown of what to look forward to… 

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Upskill & get ahead

Learn a language

For foreign cinema fiends and keen travellers, learning a new language may be on the cards for this year. Take it at your own pace online with Duolingo, where you can learn over 30 languages (even High Valyrian, for all you Game of Thrones fans).

Find your literary love

Haven't found a book that you love or been burnt by an awful ending? Mix things up and pick a new read. Just because those bookshelves at home are full, does not mean you need to start your reading journey there. If you're in need of inspiration, head to homegrown book blog Camper Reads. Offering up honest reviews and recommendations based on genres and moods, you will never pick up a dud book again. 

Update your LinkedIn

Something we always put off, there is no time like the present to reacquaint yourself with LinkedIn. Refresh your profile, get your colleagues to endorse your skills and get your work history up-to-date. Reach out to new people and expand your network by engaging with posts and forums within the platform – you never know who you will get in contact with. To help take the pressure off, you can now alert recruiters on the platform that you are open to new opportunities.

Learn to code

Dash, a free online course provided by General Assembly, will teach you all the basics of web coding. From HTML and Javascript, to CSS, you will be kicking web dev goals in no time!

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Fitness & Wellness

Get active in your living room

From personal trainer to Pilates teacher and strength trainer, Leah Simmons is one of the Eastern Suburbs most sought-after fitness gurus. Today, Leah reveals her daily workout sessions and for the self-isolators, gives us her five daily exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Get down with your meditative self

To help you achieve a more mindful state, we caught up with meditation teacher and co-founder of 1 Giant Mind, Jonni Pollard, to take us through his 10-minute mindful mantra. In just five simple steps, Jonni will guide you through to mindful greatness, to ensure your day is productive, successful and entirely stress-free.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Shop

Support Ovarian Cancer Research and buy a CAMILLA AND MARC tee

Determined to drive the conversation and necessary funding needed for ovarian cancer, CAMILLA and MARC have created three limited edition t-shirts, with all proceeds donated directly to UNSW’s Ovarian Cancer Research. The objective, to support Associate Professor Caroline Ford and her team to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer and, in the process, raise awareness of the disease.

From $140

Buy online

Buy From the Bush

For your next online shopping binge, switch your internationally shipped order for a bunch of goodies from the country. The Buy from The Bush campaign aims to connect shopping-savvy city slickers with small businesses, artisans and crafters from rural Australia. By buying from the bush, you’ll invest much-needed dollars into local regional communities and help combat the negative impact of the drought.

Pick up some new Bailey Nelson shades

Breaking conventions and pushing acetate to its limits, Bailey Nelson's new range is too cool for school (in the best possible way). Adding radical bevelled detailing around the perimeter of each frame, Bailey Nelson teamed up with Sydney creative Yasmin Suteja, founder and director of Culture Machine, to bring this new collection to life, with a shoot inspired by an end of summer backyard barbeque.

Available online

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Home Design

Marie Kondo
Get your 'Marie Kondo' on

Right now, is the perfect opportunity to take the time to re-evaluate your home and declutter your life. Before you start getting trigger happy and throwing out old magazines and half-used candles, there is one person you need to consult: Marie Kondo.

© Adam Robinson Design Landscape Design Project Balmain
Revitalise your garden space

Landscape designer and exterior stylist (and all-round garden guru), Adam Robinson, has earned himself quite a rep for his award-winning gardens; transforming lacklustre spaces into places that pop. So, whether you have a courtyard, a balcony or neither, Adam guides us through creating hangout spaces that only those green beauties can bring.

Get inspired by Australia's most innovative designers

When it comes to homes, Australian designers have got it covered. From interior designers working their magic to furniture makers, crafting together that special piece which can totally complete a room — these are the Australian-based designers, and their seriously gorgeous Instagram accounts, to have on your radar. Prepare to be inspired, folks.

Image: West Elm
Style up your home office

Whether you’re a fearless freelancer, small business hustler or flexible work advocate, your home office set-up is crucial. An organised workspace will not only help improve overall productivity, but will also allow you to combat stress when it strikes and your shoebox storage system starts to fail you.

Photo Credit - Greenhouse Interiors
Pick up some new homewares and furniture online

To help you with your digital shopping adventures (read: addiction) while you are self-isolating, we’ve rounded up our favourite interior sites where you can shop from the comfort of your sofa for everything from textiles to tableware.  


Looking for more things to do at home? Make sure to check out our Home Design page for all our home improvement ideas. Or more of a foodie? Check out our Entertaining section to discover delicious recipes from some of our favourite chefs!

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