Fighting Boredom for the Housewife Without Kids
At first, being a housewife is fun. 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. Oh yeah! That is extremely fun especially, when once upon a time, you worked so hard at a company and never took a day off.
However, after 3 weeks, you're getting bored with your mundane routine. There's no challenge in your life anymore. You're bummed by the idea that you're now penniless, jobless and bored. Yes. Seriously bored.
Now, you need to get rid of that mundane routine that you're having. You get to get up and do something. There's no way you're going to waste your time everyday feeling bored. Start being active. NOW!
1. Book Reading Challenge
Reading is a great mind-enriching activity. You can broaden your knowledge and also fill your time with learning new vocabularies. However, to make it extra ordinarily fun for the bored housewife, 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. Or maybe, you can read on something lighter.
If you want to get out of the comfort of your home, go to a library. Meanwhile, if you think that's too far from you, why not get a Kindle / Nook / Kobo and start borrowing books.
This is my ultimate favorite pasttime! I am hooked with crocheting. Knitting and cross stitching are some other options too. I restarted this hobby once I become a housewife. It's fulfilling. There are countless of projects and so little time to make (though I'm a childless housewife!). I look at pinterest and etsy for general ideas. The colors and the patterns, they are all amazing!
You can make socks, bags, sweaters (the obvious), home decorations, hats, toys, baby stuffs, slippers... and much much more! Once you start making them, passionately, you can't stop. You're totally going to be hooked by it.
3. Green Hand
The air breezes the fresh smell of rose. Isn't it lovely? You enhance the look of your house and you get fresh flowers. If you're bored, start gardening. Not only you plant flowers but also some vegetables and herbs. Home depot has a lot of choice for you start with your simple gardening hobby.
If you live in an apartment, you can be creative and decorate your tiny place with natural air purifier. Plant hydroponic greens and you are occupying yourself well.
4. Become a Writer
You're reading a hub right now. Surprise surprise! Since you're reading it, why not be a hubber as well? I'm a housewife and I find that I can write something to share with people. So, I started to write at least an article a day. It is not difficult at all. You can talk about things you like and the more visits you get from people, you get a few cents.
If you're not into the money, it's very okay and you can just write. Slowly, the money will build up and you'll be surprised by how much you're cashing in. Take this up, it only take you 15-30 minutes to write. If you're passionate about something, you can just type as quick.
I did this! Honestly, it's not my favorite thing in the list, but maybe you are interested in it. You can google more about this mTurk thing. Basically, you're doing microlabor tasks using human intelligence to complete them. I gained $100 in my first three weeks answering surveys, entering data etc but I don't really enjoy them. I still prefer writing articles though I generate income slower this way.
6. Learn a New Language
Starting to learn is slightly a bit slow when you've left school for like more than 10 years. You don't have the urge to learn again. Think positively. Learn online. You can get to read story books or listen to their music. Stop living in your bubble. Explore the other culture through their language. Make an aim that one day, you'll visit the place where the language that you're learning takes place.
If you're an English speaker living in USA, Spanish is a great language to learn. You can simply communicate with the Hispanics. It's not that difficult. Push yourself. Set a goal and start learning.
7. Organize Your Home
Being a housewife requires a skill in organizing. Once you have children, it'll be slightly to late to start learning this vital technique. Start by decluttering and a major spring cleaning. Donate and recycle your stuff as the first step.
When the house is clutter-free, organize them. Label the items, arrange your wardrobe, have an organize place for the food and utensils in the kitchen, revamp the laundry room and tend the garden. Not only that you'll be happier housewife, you feel happier and proud being at home.
8. Get Rid of the Fat
Exercise! You can't be serious about keeping that fat for decades. Through exercising, you're training your body to be active. Your brain will be at a constant alert and you feel good about yourself. Start eating healthily and you'll be happier looking at your body.
Force yourself to start walking around the neighborhood. Adopt a puppy, and that will be your friend when you want to start the jog. Perhaps, start a dogwalking business, and with that, you're exercising as well.
9. Snap Pictures
I love taking pictures. I really do. And the best thing about it, you can sell them! Yes! You can sell your pictures.
Before you get too excited though, your pictures must be of high quality. The right angle. The proper lighting. You don't have to be a professional, but be creative. There are a lot of websites buy your snaps, Shutterstock and PhotoSctockPlus are some of them. Use that iPhone and start saying "cheese"!
10. Cook, Bake and Sell
How about taking care of your tummy better? Impress your husband with your cooking and baking skills. Besides that, by polishing your talent in the kitchen, there is a chance that you can become a caterer. Focus on a signature dish, flaunt it and start getting busy.
Cookies are easy to make. I have a thought before that I can bake cookies, and put them in jars and sell those at the flea market. You get to earn something and you have fun.
11. Sew Something
An investment has to be made. You need a sewing machine for this. There are tonnes of amazing projects you can do by sewing. Look around you. There are a lot of things are sewn, and you can make them too! Imagine the dresses that you want to wear, or the nice curtains that you can hang. There are an infinite of opportunities that you can do once you start sewing.
If you're a beginner, you can take a look at my Sewing Projects for Beginners that you can start with. Go to pinterest and start pinning ideas for your projects! In fact, your creation can be sold in Etsy.
12. Start a home-based business
Start a business? What am I going to do? Sweetheart, there are a lot of things that you can do from home. Freelancing is one of it. Launch a research on home-based business ideas. List the things that you can do. After that, you can start listing the pro and cons.
In fact, start with the skills that you have. If you're good in crafts, sell your goods in Etsy or Ebay. Most of the home-based business are skill-related. Something that are not are like childcare service, dogwalking and ironing service. I always believe that it's good that you're doing something than doing nothing. If it's possible, the income can help boost your financial status. No more depending on the husband.