If you remember, I wrote a post a couple of months ago about boredom. So today I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been doing the past several weeks to keep myself busy (and really busy at that!) to avoid those boredom blues.
Here’s what I’ve got:
Writing snail mail
I recently wrote a letter to a dear friend of mine that I’ve been out of contact with the past year or so. Taking the time to write a letter made me realize two things: 1) you write with more intention when penning a personal note for someone special to read and 2) my handwriting is now only legible for the first paragraph. These days, any handwritten letter or card will speak so much louder than any text or email. Also, as a huge fan of stationary and a self-proclaimed authority on thank-you notes, there’s no question I prefer writing notes on the fanciest of paper.
Going through a box of mementos
Over the past several weeks I’ve been doing a lot of spring cleaning and wanted to condense the boxes of curios, ticket stubs, pictures, etc. I stashed up over the years. What I enjoyed most about this process was taking a dive back into college memories, even high school ones. It’s always interesting to see what things you hold on for longest time. For me, it was my first generation video iPod and this little trap box I got at a market in Budapest when I was studying abroad. Digging through old stuff definitely inspired me to call some of my friends to tell them just how much I missed them and how I found all our old photos that were clear contenders for the “Weekend Shit Show.”
Donating old clothes
In the same vain as going through old mementos, I’ve been going through a lot of my old clothes for a clothing swap gathering I’m having with my girl friends. Personally, this has been extremely productive and it has made me realize that I should be shopping with more intention and save myself a little bit of money. Right?
I’ll start by saying, “I love magazines.” I love them. I love the experience of thumbing through the pages and reading all of the articles. This is seriously one of my favorite things since it’s so relaxing. But honestly in the past couple of years it’s been really hard to stay on top of all those magazines and actually read every single one. And more often than not those reads will end up in the recycle with page 37 never even seeing the light of day. One idea I’ve been meaning to get to has been clipping my favorite images from the magazines and making visual mood boards. You know, the stuff I used to do before “pin boards” were a thing. This is certainly a creative approach to cracking open all the magazines you just never get to.
Playing dress up
For any girl who grew up walking around in her mom’s best heels (not me, my mom’s feet were tiny), playing dress up was a fun past time. Sometimes, to kill time, I’ll venture into my closet and try on clothes. Too often, this will turn into planning outfits to go out in or trying on the bridesmaid dress I’ll be wearing this summer. I’ve found that this is the best way to avoid taking that extra fifteen minutes in the morning to decide what to wear. This is also a good idea for those who love to accessorize and dress outfits up and down but don’t have enough time to commit to styling.
Reorganize your kitchen cabinets
There was a weekend a couple months back that I was beside myself in boredom. So I thought about regrouping our tupperware shelf. That turned into organizing the whole cabinet. And then, before I knew it, I was on to the rest of the kitchen. I didn’t get rid of anything really but I was surprised to find that we actually had a ton of space that we were just using up inefficiently. Suddenly my Le Creusets had their own home and all the assorted flower vases I’d been collecting had a designated shelf. The only con from the spree was that my roommate couldn’t find everything right away.
Cookbook meal planning
As someone who has always found immense joy in cooking, it took a long time for me to get back to cooking after college. Lately, I’ve been trying to avoid cooking recipes that I’ve found on the internet and cook recipes out of all the books I’ve collected over the years. But flipping through books to find the perfect dish for that night isn’t always time-friendly. That’s why any spare time I have to sit down with Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings” is time well spent. This sort of planning gives me time to make a grocery list and make sure I block off enough time that week to make something tasty for dinner.
Planning a trip
I don’t think there’s ever been a time where I wasn’t dreaming about the country I want to travel to next. One thing I like to do when I have some extra time is to hop on Pinterest and start pinning through all of the destinations I’m most interested in traveling to. 2-day city itinerary? Pin it. Best restaurant guides? Pin it. 10 most useful phrases in German? Pin it. Since the most stressful part of a trip abroad is the actual planning component, this is the best way to organize all the things you’d like to do so you’ve tee’d yourself when it’s time to actually start booking.