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Top Ten Things to Do When you’re Stuck Inside

Updated: Apr 13

Knowing things to do when stuck inside can be tricky. And 2020 certainly tested everybody’s self-entertainment skills!

But don’t worry. The next time you can’t escape the four walls due to weather, another lockdown, or illness, you can use these top 10 indoor activities at home (or on holiday).

#1 Hone Your Baking Skills

A flatlay of baking ingredients including flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and oranges.

The first on our ultimate list of things to do when stuck inside is baking. Who doesn’t like curing boredom and having a tasty treat at the end of the day?

Even if baking isn’t really your thing, practice makes perfect. Start with simple recipes for scones and cupcakes. They are super easy and very quick to bake. You’ll have a delicious snack in no time.

If you’re an experienced baker, on the other hand, get creative! Try a recipe you’ve never attempted or maybe create your own recipes. Whatever you do, you’re bound to have fun with this “indoor day out”.

#2 Play Some Boardgames

A boardgame, one of the best things to do when you're stuck inside.

Playing boardgames invokes nostalgia – especially on those rainy days. Plus, they’re perfect to play on holiday, as most (if not all) cabins (like ours) and villas have a selection of the classics.

Now, boardgames often find themselves on all the “things to do when stuck inside” lists on the internet. However, they tend to mention the same old games - Monopoly, chess, ludo, etc. While they can take you back to the good ol’ days, we think you’ll love these ones:

· Frog juice

· The Game of Life

· Rummikub

· Rotten Apples

· Sussed? All Sorts

#3 Have a Crafting Day

A painter's palatte with paintbrushes, a rag, tubes of paint, and a palette knife.

We didn’t call our cabin Crafter’s Retreat for nothing – we love to craft. Whatever your chosen creative outlet, turn to that when you are wondering what to do when stuck inside. Paint, write, draw, crochet, knit, embroider, cross stitch, scrapbook anything creative will keep you entertained for hours on end.

If you are staying at our luxury cabin, you may have already noticed the easel and paints. They are there for you to use to your heart’s content! When the weather is pleasant, you can always move it outside to paint the sweet peas while sitting on the veranda, or perhaps the knot garden instead.

#4 Surrender to Netflix

A hand holding a remote pointing to a television displaying Netflix.

Sometimes, surrendering to Netflix just must be done when you’ve exhausted all the other things to do when stuck inside. There's no doubt that it can keep you entertained for hours. It’s one of the only times when binge watching shows is practically customary!

Netflix is great at making you feel like you’re having an indoor day out thanks to all the virtual adventures you’ll be taken on. If you’re stuck for things to watch, try some of our favourites:

· White Gold

· Suits

· Peaky Blinders

· Gossip Girl

· MasterChef

· Blown Away

· The Challenge

· Superstore

· Jane The Virgin

#5 Read a Book

A face down open book on a bed with a white duvet cover.

Reading isn’t for everyone, but when we’re looking for fun things to do indoors, fiction books are our go-to. If you’re one of those “I hate reading” people, we firmly believe that you just haven’t found the right author or genre yet.

From sci-fi to romance to non-fiction to dystopian, there is truly a book out there for everyone. You’re seriously missing out if you’ve been neglecting the printed pages.

#6 Create an At-Home Spa

A pot of oil with spa-folded towels and a face brush.

There is nothing more comforting than getting that spa feeling at home. You might think you need to invest a stack of cash to make your space feel tranquil, but this is simply not the case. Here’s how to set up your R&R like a pro:

1. Get a comfy robe. You probably already have one, let’s be honest!

2. Find a soothing eye mask.

3. Make a cup of herbal tea (the steamer the better).

4. Set the mood with candles or mist the room with a scent spray (a lavender one is best).

5. If your spa day includes hair removal, get yourself a high-quality shaving foam.

6. Give yourself a full-body treatment with a mud mask.

7. Exfoliate your face. Use a gentle scrub!

8. Use your favourite face mask.

9. Purchase a hair mask or make one yourself.

10. Stay hydrated!

#7 Actually Get Fit (For Real This Time!)

A stack of blue dumbbells with a blue exercises ball and blue trainers.

Working out is a fantastic stress reliever whether you’re amazingly fit or not. Contrary to what Instagram influencers will lead you to believe, you don’t need fancy equipment to get going. Just stick some trainers on and you’re good to go! There are plenty of personal trainers on YouTube who walk their watchers through the whole process.

#8 Step Up Your Bartending Skills

A Hawthorne cocktail strainer with two glasses, one filled with whiskey and ice cubes.

Do you love a cocktail? This is one of the best indoor fun activities you’ll do all year! While you may have to buy some basic bar tools, you’ll likely have all the tipples in your home bar (kitchen cupboard) already. Why not set up a cocktail night at home to test out your new skills?

Just make sure you follow these tips before the big night:

1. As we mentioned, get the right tools. A good-quality strainer, bar spoon, and shaker is perfect.

2. Never scrimp on ingredients. Have a selection off premium vermouths and spirits to choose from so you can fulfil any at-home cocktail request.

3. Familiarise yourself with classic cocktail recipes like martinis, pina coladas, long island iced tea, negroni, margarita, and Manhattan.

4. Make unique syrups and infusions. Try mixing cinnamon with your simple syrup, for example.

#9 Learn a Language

The word "welcome" in various languages.

You don’t need to pay for an extensive degree or move overseas to learn a language. Instead, you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Apps like Duolingo and Babbel allow you to learn Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, and many others in 5- to 15-minute chunks every day. They keep learning fun and easy. What more could you ask for?

#10 Deep Clean

ubber gloves, bicarbonate of soda, three stacked sponges, and two empty soap dispensers on a marble backdrop.

If all else fails, you can spend a day deep cleaning your home. It might not be one of the most exciting things to do when stuck inside. But you might be surprised by how therapeutic it is once you get started.

Of course, we don’t expect you do this when you’re staying at our Crafter’s Retreat or another holiday home! Just save it for the days when you’re bored in your own four walls.

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