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What I’m Doing Inside During Quarantine

by | May 17, 2020 | Books, DIY, Home

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Before COVID-19, I loved my introverted tendencies to stay home and do nothing. However, wanting to stay home and being told to stay home are two separate things. As of late March, I have been furloughed from my full-time job. Being cooped up for this long, on top of the uncertainty of the world after shelter-in-place has been lifted, has taken a toll on my anxiety. However, I’m not going to let it get the better of me. Here are some things I’ve been doing during quarantine to help keep me sane.


It can be easy to forget to move around when you’re stuck at home. I’ve been trying to walk outside or do yoga for some sort of physical activity. Walking is nice because I can be outside and still socially distant. I did purchase a bicycle so my boyfriend and I can explore the bike trails in Oshkosh together, but I was recently in a bike accident and fractured my right elbow, so now I’m keeping physical activity to a minimum while my elbow heals.

Learn New Skills

Did you know this blog was a result of COVID-19? I wanted to get back into blogging, and COVID1-9 gave me the time to dive back into the world of blogging. I’ve also been learning about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), which is something I can use once I’m working full-time again.

In addition, I’ve been doing more cooking at home. My boyfriend and I still get takeout once a week to support local restaurants, but being able to better plan our meals [and actually have time to make them] has been beneficial, both for our health and our wallets.


My goal for 2020, originally, was to read 50 books. Because of being quarantined, I decided to update my challenge to read 75 books for 2020. I was able to get some books from my local library before they closed for quarantine, and I also found other good resources to get books. I use a mix of physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks for reading.


I’ve been using my free time to do some DIY projects that I’ve been putting off. I made a couple of DIY Tied Fleece Blankets for my friends who are expecting babies. My boyfriend and I are also installing a new floor and painting our bedroom.


Catch Up On TV Shows

This has been a good opportunity for my boyfriend and me to binge our favorite TV shows. Usually, we alternate between binging a show that one of us has seen and the other has not watched before, so we can experience something new. Since quarantine started, we’ve watched the following shows (and where to watch them):



The Boys



Kim Possible

The Proud Family

That’s So Raven

Wolverine & the X-men

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody


Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Cowboy Bebop




Avatar: The Last Airbender

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


Nailed It!


The Big Bang Theory

South Park


Firefly (Blu-ray owned by my boyfriend)

My Hero Academia (Funimation)

Spring Cleaning

Normally, my boyfriend and I hire a cleaner to help clean our house. With COVID-19, we’ve had to resort to cleaning the house ourselves. I’ve been able to sort through some items to donate or toss as well, but not having anywhere to donate them to or drop off has been frustrating. It was a good reminder of how to do everything again ourselves, but I can’t wait to have our cleaning service come back when it’s safe.


Even though I’m not wearing makeup on a daily basis, I’m still breaking out due to stress. I’ve been doing a lot of sheet masks and clay masks to help combat my acne and take care of myself. Being cooped up inside hasn’t helped my anxiety, but utilizing self-care has helped out tremendously.

What have you been doing while in quarantine! Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Lauren

    Looks like you are staying productive! I too am exercising and cooking more. I also am loving time to read!

  2. Leeandra

    I love these activities! its always good to stay busy. And I can so relate to the breaking out when stressed out, its happening to me too.

  3. Creaky Me

    I have been learning to blog during isolation and I have also been managing a local Irish Musician, creating live facebook concerts for him, on a weekly basis. I am an ex Teacher-Librarian, so I have been doing lots of reading too,

  4. Navneeth

    Wow, that’s a great list of shows you’ve got there Jenn! How far along are you on the SEO lessons? I’ve just started them too. Hopefully, things will improve soon and we can all be out and about again 🙂

    • Jenn Kalchik

      I’m getting there, it’s been mostly practice for SEO. Hoping to see some more traction over the next couple of months.

  5. IVI

    Wow, there definitely are lots of TV shows 💛. They just gave me some ideas

  6. Kasha je

    Definitely learning new skills and doing some diy for me

  7. Shed Happens

    This blog is a great way to deal with the whole COVID-19 situation. We spending as much time outside as possible as of late – whether it’s hanging out in our back yard (we have a nice one with plenty of space for the dogs to run) or walking the dogs around our town.

  8. Cynthia

    Sitting outside has been one of my greatest joys during quarantine! I love being able to enjoy my porch. I can bring my computer out there. Working outside (and at my home) is not something I was able to do before this! So I’m soaking it all in!

  9. Tiffany

    It is a stressful time. Definitely need to find ways to take care of yourself and your space. I have decluttered the house, read several books. Now it is warm enough to walk outdoors.

  10. Windy

    I too have been working more on my blog during quarantine and doing self-care often.

  11. Karletta

    Congratulations on using the extra time to get going on your blog again. If you like movies and you’ve got Netflix I watched The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind. Brilliant true story.

  12. Jen @Jenron Designs

    These are very productive ways to be utilizing your time and keeping your mind busy.

  13. Erin

    This is great! New TV shows to watch and more time filling ideas! Funny how we love staying home until we have to.

  14. Susan Gan

    Some good ideas. It sounds like you have been making the most of your self-isolation time with learning lots of new skills while still having plenty of time for relaxation 🙂

  15. Surabhi

    Great ideas! I need self care at this time


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