Things to do when you are stuck at home

Things To Do When You Are Bored At Home

In the event you are stuck at home there are quite a few things you can do to fill in all the spare time on your hands. As a matter of fact, being stuck at home is not necessarily a bad thing because in many cases, it enables you to get things done that you have been putting off far too long.

SPRING CLEANING

It might be called Spring Cleaning, but a total cleaning of your home can be done at any time of the year. There is actually a long list of things that fall under the overall cleaning category and here are just a few ideas.

Dust Everything: Don’t forget to dust off all the things that often get ignored, like your computer screen, computer tower, and computer desk. Dust can get sucked into your computer tower and enough dust can stop your computer from working properly. Also, dust the T.V. (including the back) and clean the computer monitor and T.V. screen with a microfiber cloth dampened with a 50/50 water and vinegar mixture. In the event you have pictures hanging on the wall don’t forget to dust them as well, especially the top of the frame which always seems to collect the most dust.

Vacuum: Once the dusting is done, vacuum everywhere. This is your chance to move the furniture and get all the spots that often get ignored and don’t forget about all the baseboards.

Shampoo Carpets: In the event you do have carpeting in your home, maybe it’s time to give it a good shampoo.

Things to do when you are bored at home
Many homes have hardwood floors

Clean and Polish Hardwood Floors: Most people seem to have some type of hardwood floors and they could probably use a good cleaning if it hasn’t been done in a while. There are also specific polishes that will make them look like new again. The same for ceramic floors. There are cleaners and polishes that will make them look like new again.

Clean the Oven: Not everyone has a self-cleaning oven. This is a job that nobody likes, but it’s sure worthwhile once it’s done. Maybe now is a good time to take apart the oven door so you can clean the inside of the glass.

Clean Out the Fridge: I thing every fridge in the world is home to food (especially condiments)that are either outdated or will never be used. Now it the time to get rid of them. Don’t forget to clean out the freezer as well.

THROW STUFF OUT

In the event you are like the average person, you could probably get rid of a lot of stuff that you haven’t used for years. Here are a few examples to get you started.

The Junk Drawer: Everyone has one of these somewhere. They are normally found in the kitchen area. If your junk drawer is anything like mine it’s probably home to assorted nails and screws, tools, tape measures, playing cards(a deck of 51), string, wire, twine, elastic bands, tubes of glue, outdated road maps, fuses, picture hanging wire, instructions and warranties for appliances you bought ten years ago, computer cables, and accessories for the first mobile phone you ever bought. I’m sure you have a lot if interesting stuff in your junk drawer and if you haven’t used some of it for five years or more maybe it’s time to give it the heave-ho.

The Sock Drawer: Only you know why you are saving all those multicolored individual socks that have mates that were eaten by the washing machine. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye.

The Clothes Closet: Chances are that if you haven’t worn something for ten years, then you probably never will. Maybe it’s time to go through all your clothes and do up a goodwill bag. I’m sure there are many people out there who are in need of clothes that are in good condition. The same can be said for shoes and boots.

PUT ON A FRESH COAT OF PAINT

Maybe it’s time to give your home an entirely new look. Painting the walls can have a dramatic effect on the look of your home.

Maybe you like the colors you have, but they could use a fresh coat of paint to bring them back to the original glory.

Things to do when you are bored at home
Put on a fresh coat of paint.

In the event your paint is not that old, maybe consider washing the walls. Use an ounce or so of Blue Dawn dish soap in a half-filled bucket of water. Blue Dawn would be especially effective in the kitchen as it is excellent for removing grease. You would be surprised how much grease from cooking clings to the kitchen walls.

Don’t forget about the baseboards. Depending on where they are in the home, they can get scuffed and marked and a fresh coat of paint will do wonders.

In the event you have stucco ceilings, they can be painted as well. I did mine when I did all the walls and what a difference it made as far as brightening up the entire room. All you need is a special (kind of shaggier roller) and a long handle that will fit into your roller handle and you are good to go.

WRITE OR UPDATE A WILL

This is important and something that often falls victim to procrastination. Sooner or later will all leave this world and it’s a mystery when that might happen. It could happen next week or years from now, but it doesn’t hurt to be on the safe side. Believe me, as much as a hassle as it might be it will provide peace of mind once it’s done.

Many people don’t realize that a will in your own handwriting is perfectly legal if you prefer to not pay lawyer fees. They are called Holographic Wills and are legal in most of Canada. Keep in mind that a typed will with the testator’s signature is not recognized. It must be done in its entirety in your own handwriting.

Alberta is one of the provinces in Canada that recognizes handwritten Wills. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland are the other provinces. I find it interesting that holograph Wills do not have to be witnessed.

Hand-written wills work best for those who have or ever will have very little in the way of assets. If it’s a complicated will that includes a business and millions of dollars, then it would probably be money well spent to hire a lawyer.

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It’s vitally important to have a will.

Lawyers will, of course, try to put the fear of God in you that you should never handwrite a will. Of course, they will say that because they want to be able to part you from your money.

Here is a story about how much power a hand-written will can have.

About 65 years ago, a Saskatchewan farmer was working out in his field and there was an accident that pinned him under his tractor.

On June 8, 1948, Cecil George Harris became pinned under his tractor on a farm near Rosetown, Sask.

Fearing he may not survive he used his pocket knife to scratch the will onto the tractor’s fender.

“In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo Harris” – those 16 words formed a case precedent for lawyers the world over and is commonly used as an example in law textbooks on wills and estates.

They found Harris ten hours later and took him to the hospital, but he died soon after. The next day a neighbor spotted the will scratched out on the fender. The fender was removed and determined by the courts to be a legal holographic(handwritten) will. It left no doubt about his wishes and it was accepted by the courts right away.

You can actually see that fender today. It’s displayed at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.

NOTE: Should you live in the USA it’s a simple matter to do a Google search on the individual states that recognize Holographic Wills.

If you are a USA citizen and prefer to use a formal will you can find a Printable and affordable Last Will and Testament at Law Depot.

Because there are different laws in Canada, you will need to print off a Canadian version of do-it-yourself Will if you are a Canadian citizen.

CONNECT WITH FAMILY

Stuck at home and missing your family?

Have you ever heard of Zoom? For a very small cost, you can link up with family, friends, or business associates from all over the world. You can see them and talk to them. You just designate a time and send everyone you want to include a copy of the link and that’s pretty much it.

It’s a great idea for special occasions like Easter, Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, or simply just a great way to get the entire family together in one place no matter where in the world they happen to live.

IN CONCLUSION

It’s easy to fall into the trap of watching hours of T.V. when you are stuck at home, but why not reduce your T.V. time and do something constructive?

Spring Cleaning, sorting out your clothes, painting, writing a will, or connecting with family are just some ideas of ways to be constructive in your spare time.

Also, don’t forget that fitness is important and it would be a good time to make use of fitness videos.

Here are some Zoom options and prices for you to check out.

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