Dalila is a seasoned housewife who likes to keep herself busy by crocheting, photographing, and writing.
Being a stay-at-home spouse without kids can be fun at first. You're free! You have all the time in the world to do whatever you want. You can simply sit on the couch and watch TV all day. That's an enticing thought, especially when, once upon a time, you worked hard for a company and never took a day off.
However, after three weeks, you can start to get bored of your mundane routine. There are no more challenges in your life—you're now penniless, jobless and bored. Yes. Seriously bored.
You need to get rid of the soulless routine you're stuck in. You have to get up and do something. This article lists some ideas of things you can do to fill your time while you're stuck at home.
What to Do to Fight Boredom as a Childless Stay-at-Home Spouse:
- Pick up needlework
- Learn to garden
- Learn a new language
- Get into fitness
- Pick up photography
- Cook or bake
- Start a home business
1. Start a Reading Challenge
Reading is a great, enriching activity. You can broaden your knowledge and improve your vocabulary. However, to make it extra fun, try to challenge yourself with it. For example, challenge yourself to read the whole collection of Agatha Christie's work, or read Charles Dickens' Great Expectation. If you're just getting started, you can read something lighter.
If you want to get out of the comfort of your home, go to a library. Or, if that's impossible or too far from your house, you can invest in a Kindle, Nook, or Kobo and start borrowing books. You can even borrow books using your computer!
2. Try Needlework
This is my ultimate favorite past time! I am hooked on crocheting. Knitting and cross stitching are some other fun options too. I restarted this hobby once I became a housewife. It's fulfilling and there are countless of projects you can work on—so many that you'll feel like you have too little time to make them all (even though I'm childless!). I look at Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration. There are so many different colors and patterns to choose from!
You can make classic items—like socks, bags, and sweaters—or you can work on home decorations, hats, toys, baby clothes, or slippers. . .the list goes on and on! Once you start making them passionately, you can't stop. You're totally going to be addicted to it.
3. Explore Your Green Thumb
A gentle breeze, the fresh smell of rose—aren't they lovely? If you're seriously bored, you can start gardening. You'll get to enhance the look of your house and be surrounded by fresh flowers. Plus, you don't only have to plant flowers; you can also try growing vegetables and herbs. Home Depot has a lot of choices to help you get started on a simple gardening hobby.
If you live in an apartment, you can still be creative and decorate your tiny place with plants, which double as natural air purifiers. You can even plant hydroponic greens in a small space!
4. Become a Writer
Surprise surprise! You're reading an article right now. Since you're reading one, why not write one yourself? I find it fulfilling to write something to share with others. I started to write at least one article each day. If you're passionate about something, you can write quickly.
5. Learn a New Language
Learning something new can start out a bit slow when you've been out of school for more than 10 years. Maybe you don't have the urge to learn again, or maybe you think you don't have the resources. Think positively! You can learn online, read books, or listen to music in your chosen language. Stop living in a bubble. Explore another culture through the language. Make it a goal to visit the place where that language is spoken one day.
If you're an English speaker living in USA, Spanish is a great language to learn—you can find plenty of people to practice with and it will be very useful. Just push yourself, set a goal, and start learning!
6. Organize Your Home
Organizing is a great skill to have in any home. Once you have children, it'll be hard to start learning this vital technique. Start by decluttering and a major spring cleaning. Donate and recycle your excess stuff.
Once the house is clutter-free, organize them. Label the items, arrange your wardrobe, have an organized place for the food and utensils in the kitchen, revamp the laundry room, and tend to the garden. Not only will you be happier, but you'll feel proud to be at home.
7. Stay Active
Exercise! Through exercising, you're training your body to be active. Your brain will be more alert and you'll feel good about yourself. Start eating healthily. Remember, it's not just about being be happier to look at your body—it's about feeling good, inside and out.
Force yourself to start walking around the neighborhood. If you can adopt a puppy, they can push you to jog or walk. If you like dogs, you can even start a dog walking business—that will keep you active and earn you money!
8. Snap Pictures
I love taking pictures. I really do. And the best thing about it is that, if you're good enough, you might be able sell them!
Before you get too excited, however, your pictures must be of high quality—you need the right angle, the proper lighting. You don't have to be a professional, but be creative. You start out just using a phone and saying "Cheese!".
9. Cook and Bake (and Sell!)
How about taking care of your tummy better? You can impress your household (and yourself) with your cooking and baking skills. If you enjoy polishing your talent in the kitchen, you might consider becoming a caterer. Focus on a signature dish, promote it, and start getting busy.
Cookies are easy to make. Sometimes I bake cookies, and put them in jars, and sell those at the flea market. You get to earn a little something and have fun!
10. Learn to Sew
For this hobby, an investment has to be made. You need a sewing machine. There are tonnes of amazing projects you can sew. Just take a look around you. There are a lot of things that can be sewn, and you can make them too! Imagine the dresses that you want to wear, or the nice curtains that you can hang. Once you learn to sew, there is an infinite number of projects you can create.
Go to Pinterest and start pinning ideas for your projects! When you're finished with your item, you can sell it on Etsy (if you want).
11. Start a Home Business
Start a business? Sounds intense! However, there are many things that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Start researching home-based business ideas and list the things that you can do. Many of the ideas listed earlier, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, can earn you some money,
Most home-based business are skill-related. Start with the skills that you have. If you're good at crafts, sell your goods on Etsy or eBay. Or, you can consider offering childcare, dog walking, or ironing services.
I've always believed that it's better to be doing something instead of doing nothing. And who knows—maybe the income can help boost your financial status. No more depending on your partner!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Leah on July 27, 2017:
I'm interested for what you said writer can earn a cent
May I know what site or what should I do ?
Dalila C (author) from Denver, CO on June 07, 2013:
Yes. Keeping busy is the key. It's good that you focus on yourself and put yourself as the priority in your life. I'm not saying that you have to be selfish, it's more like appreciating your time on yourself. You go, gerl!~
angryelf from Tennessee on June 07, 2013:
I'm not a housewife (and I hope that's so far away) but there are great ideas here! I'm already a writer, freelancer, cook, and a gardener; and they can definitely keep you busy!