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4 Projects to Take on While Social Distancing

Social distancing helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to stay at home. Help pass the time with these projects.

Social distancing affects everyone differently. Some people have enjoyed a little downtime and found peaceful ways to fill the extra hours, while others have been stir-crazy from day one. If you fall into the latter category, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are plenty of productive, creative, or downright fun ways to pass the time at home. If you need to be apart from your friends, family, and daily routine, you can still make the most of your time with any of these projects to take on while social distancing.

Start Journaling

Pen and Journal
A wooden page on an empty journal.

There’s no wrong way to keep a journal. You can write poetry, make an aesthetically pleasing bullet journal, or just spill your thoughts out onto paper. Like a lot of projects, journaling is relatively easy, but it’s easy to forget alongside the rest of our busy lives. Your time spent at home might be the perfect opportunity to build a journaling habit. Take your morning commute time and dedicate it to sitting down with your journal. This also doubles as a way to let loose some of your thoughts and take care of your mental health during these crazy times.

Spruce Up the Garden

Garden equipment
All necessary gardening equipment in wheelbarrow

If being cooped up inside is making you feel restless, one of the best cures is to spend some time out in the fresh air and sunshine. It is spring, after all. You can still make the most of the season by figuring out a few garden projects to take on while social distancing. Take your regular garden routine a step further by trying something new. Maybe you want to expand your garden, grow something new, or add new decorations or features. Maybe you want to start your dream garden for the first time. Your newfound downtime might be just what you need to kickstart your green thumb.

Find a Pen Pal

Social distancing might put a strain on your social life, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely lose connection with people. In fact, this could be a great chance to reconnect with those you haven’t spoken to in a while. Take communication back to the good old days by sitting down and writing a letter to a friend or family member. Don’t have the stamps or envelopes to keep up with a pen pal? Email is also a great way to send long letters back and forth. You can even combine the two by taking a picture of your letter and sending it along, mixing the personal touch of handwritten words with the convenience of modern technology.

Upgrade Your RV

Retro RV Camper In The Desert
Retro RV Camper In The Californian Desert Wilderness At Sunset

For many people, summer is the start of the RV season. Unfortunately, coronavirus has led to canceling many vacation plans. However, just because social distancing disrupts road trip season doesn’t mean you have to let your RV sit and wither in the yard. You can still go through your spring maintenance routine. You can even take the extra time to upgrade and redecorate your RV. Maybe you want to completely swap out your decorations or do some work to make the space feel cozier and more like home. The work you do on your RV now will still benefit you when you can hit the road again. Plus, in the meantime, you can treat yourself to a luxurious backyard camping trip.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food.