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25 Activities to Make Staying at Home Easier During the Pandemic

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16. Start every day with a to-do list

Making a to-do list gets you organized, gives your day purpose, and lifts you out of the doldrums. Your list can include tasks that have to be done — laundry, paying bills, cleaning the house — to fun diversions like playing Scrabble, charades, or board games with the family.

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17. Create a budget

Now may be a good time to get your finances in order. It will help going forward if you create a plan that ensures you don’t spend more than you can afford. There are many apps you can download that can help you to organize your finances and become debt-free. Go over regular bills and see what you can do to save money. Grocery shopping can be a slippery slope in times of quarantine. Some people may feel there isn’t much to do but cook and eat, so — here are 20 signs you’re spending way too much money on food shopping.

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18. Go to bed at the same time every night

Staying at home all day can be a major disruption to your usual schedule. Transitioning to this new reality is challenging but it helps to keep everything as normal as possible. While there are many things you can’t control right now, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is one trick totally within your control. It may even help you to sleep better.

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19. Keep your house at a comfortable temperature

A hot room will raise your body temperature and make you uncomfortable. A cold room probably won’t make you feel great either. Since you’re spending a considerable amount of time in your home, it should be comfortable. Use the heat or air conditioner as needed. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, use a fan — you can put a box fan in a window to push out warm air. Here are 30 ways you can make your life more environmentally friendly.

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20. Clean up your social media accounts

You probably follow too many people on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other social media accounts you have. And, as a result, you’re probably seeing the same feeds — news, statuses, and pictures from the same people. Since you are likely on your phone even more these days, change things up and diversify your feed. Who knows…maybe you’ll reconnect with old friends.