What do you do at home all day?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do you have any hobbies that you could develop in your spare time? I’m not a stay at home mom, but when I do have down time at home, I tend to research web development (building a website for my photography, which is a hobby) and study up on photography techniques. If you are interested in something that can easily be researched or developed at home, that’ll make your down time feel a lot more productive!

Post # 5
2372 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

I pin.

I pin all this great stuff from pinterest about all these cool project im gonna do on my NEXT down day that never happen because im pinning again….

Maybe you could look up cute crafts to do for Christmas/Birthdays/Holiday gifts? Then your project has a deadline AND you’re checking things off of your to-do list as far as getting gifts for family/friends?

Post # 6
9019 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Ninteenthchance:   When I was a SAHM I hated daytime TV so much!  So I studied quantum physics because I didn’t want my brain to rot.  Find something you’re interested in pursuing that’s fun and interesting to you; reading or a hobby.  Enjoy!  The baby days don’t last long.

Post # 7
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Ninteenthchance:  I don’t stay home, but when I do happen to have a day to myself I like to use my home gym (okay, I don’t like it but I do it), read, cook, or write. I like structure or else I feel the day ends up getting wasted. I tend to plan what I will do ahead of time.

Post # 8
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i am learning another language and we are building another custom home.  that takes up a lot of our time.

Post # 9
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  I craft (crochet, make jewelry, etc), cook, volunteer, clean and take care of my pets (we breed geckos).  I hardly ever watched TV when we had it.

Post # 10
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Not a mom but:

Work: I work from home part-time so I spend part of the day working at my desk.

Fitness: I go to the gym 5-6 days a week

Volunteer: I’m a CASA volunteer so I spend time making phone calls, emails, doing research, visiting “my” kids talking to teachers, doctors, foster parents, psych, and testifying in court.

Errands: Bank, shopping, doctors appointments (I have a lot these days) wedding planning now.

Hobbies: Music, sewing, writing, reading, cooking, hiking, going out to cafes and working, friends, restaurants, etc. 

House work!

I have a TV but its hardly ever on, too busy for that! I may watch about a hour a week on Sundays. 


Post # 11
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

When I’m home the #1 thing I do is get up early, take a shower and get dressed. Then I go out for a walk. I found that if I stayed home with my “comfortable” clothes on, I would do nothing. Getting ready in the morning as if I were going out, gets me doing stuff throughout the day.

Post # 12
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

@Ninteenthchance:  Cancel cable 🙂 I did, years ago, just because I felt it was a waste of money and time. You’ll naturally fill up the time, probably with better things. And you’ll get so used to this way of living that next time you’re confronted with a TV commercial break at someone else’s house, you’ll be shocked about how loud, annoying, long and offensive those commercials that used to seem so normal really are, and privately give yourself a mental high-five for not having that in your life anymore.

I work from home much of the time, and when I take a break, I like to research various things (I have a bunch of things I’m learning about as hobbies), keep on top of the world news, and when I just need a brain break that’s when you see me on the bee, lol!

Post # 14
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was under or unemployed for about 1.5 years, and during that time I made SURE I didn’t rot in front of the TV – we don’t have cable, and I limited my netflix watching to one episode per day – two if I had a bunch of laundry to fold or something else to do.

I learned how to make soap, I crafted, I played a computer game for an hour or two at a time, I went out for a coffee at our local cafe, I read a lot of books, I went for walks, I took the dog out, I cooked, cleaned, went to yoga, researched anything I was remotely curious about whether it was Alzheimers or how designer shoes are made. I meditated at home, got out and walked around the mall without buying anything, went to the botanical gardens, and in general just used the time to learn and grow and enjoy the peace of a day alone.


I also got 9 hours of sleep every day which was AMAZEBALLS.

Post # 15
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Ninteenthchance:  I work in an office but when I am home all day I clean a little, watch TV (right now I’m on a Mad Men marathon on Netflix), and sometimes some cooking. The other night I mended one of my dresses that was ripped and then I made H a bowtie. I like to craft a lot. And we also have a garden.

Post # 16
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Ninteenthchance:  When I did I was enrolled in law school so while my stepdaughter was in daycare during the day I attended classes.  After class I would pick her up early, make dinner, and then clean the house.  During breaks I found myself bored often so I tried to make sure to get out of the house first thing in the morning to run errands like grocery shopping or going to the post office.  On days I didn’t have any errands to run, I would try to get at least an hour’s worth of exercise either walking around the local park or through the local mall if it was too hot or raining.

If you can, get rid of cable so it’s not as bog of a temptation.  At least try not turning it on until later in the day after you have accomplished a few things.  Maybe try to start up an etsy business selling arts and/or crafts that you can do to keep yourself busy?  Are there other moms your age that stay at home nearby?  See if you can join their playgroup.  Our local online Meetup board has tons of mommy groups.

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