Aigner Journal

From reading to organizing, suggestions while you're staying put

6 Ways To Use Your Downtime Productively

1. Learn how to knit

Whether it be personal use, a new baby in your life, or to donate to a local animal shelter, learning to knit a blanket is an excellent way to pass the time. We like this tutorial by Martha Stewart that provides a step by step-by-step guide on getting started.

2. Create family photo albums 

We’re guilty of putting off this task for too long! But, there’s no reason why we can’t use this time to create lasting family memories. Sites like Shutterfly and Snapfish make it easy to upload digital images into photo books that will ship directly to your home. 

3. Learn a new language 

Apps like Duolingo and Babbel make learning a new language easy with interactive exercises that’ll have you bilingual in no time. With over thirty languages to choose from, the hardest part might be selecting which language to start with!

4. Start an herb or vegetable garden 

With your backyard only a few steps away, and the weather getting warmer in most parts of the country, starting your own garden is the perfect excuse to get some fresh air each day.  You can order vegetable and herb seeds online (Amazon has tons available on prime!) and only have to walk out your back door to get them planted. Our friends at Good Housekeeping have a great step-by-step guide that can get you started in just a few minutes.

5. Start a virtual book club 

Between conference calls and an increased number of emails, its necessary to escape at the end of the day with a good book, but there’s no need to read alone! Programs like Zoom and Google Hangouts allow for multiple people to video chat at once. Find an agreed-upon time with your friends, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get ready to discuss your latest read!  

6. Clean out and donate

As we spend an unprecedented amount of time in our homes, so many of us are taking advantage of these days to reassess our possessions and pare down on what we own. As you go, you can put aside pre-loved items that are still in good condition to donate once non-profit organizations are back up and running. The Lupus Foundation of America and United Veterans War Council will even pick up from your door.