5 great ways to spend quality at home

I once read that home is the base where everything begins. It’s a place of relaxation and utter peace where we are able to simply unwind and rest after an entire week of work. I love staying at home, became a little bit of a couch potato recently –  totally not ashamed – and must have my own, personal time. Binge-watching Netflix shows, browsing through the Internet, watching YouTube videos of my favourite Creators and simply clearing my mind. This is all fine, I mean who of you doesn’t do it, right? At some point though, there comes a realization, that spending time watching YouTube might not be the best quality-wise time spent.

Realizing an issue exists is a first step to improve. At least that’s what my parents thought me when I was younger, so I analyzed and came to the conclusion there are numerous ways in which I can spend better-quality time at home.

1. Enjoy your time with board games

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I love playing board games. I bought and was gifted various of games including Catan, Scotland Yard, Monopoly (of course), Colt Express, The Witcher, Board the Train, Dixit and many others. Both Floret and I have been collecting games ever since we found an old version of the Scotland Yard in his parents’ house and we decided to play together. This is one of my favourite things to do during Friday evening when we don’t go out. It’s great; there’s rivalry, fun, all sorts of emotions and satisfaction.

Playing requires focus, it helps creating bonds within the family. Ever since I was young my parents used to play cards or European version of Monopoly called Eurobusiness with us. I loved it! I remember how happy I was when I got it for Christmas one year. The entire family played and it was great, I still recall those moments and even now, at the age of 27 I enjoy all sorts of board games. If you’ve never played I advise you to try out with something less complicated – like Monopoly. You won’t believe how entertaining that is.

2. Check out latest computer games

Ok, I’m not saying slay The Witcher III or God of War, by no means, but adventure games such as Uncharted 4 are great for all sorts of players! I love playing computer games – I was raised very closely with my older brother and we used to play together. If you’ve never played PlayStation4 games… What I can say is: that’s not what you think. Many people perceive gaming as a total and utter waste of time, but in reality it does improve your cognitive functions, it does make you notice details in the background faster and it definitely teaches you languages: look at me, never ever have I attended additional English classes and here I am, convincing you to check PS4 games out.

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Let’s take first example I mentioned above: Uncharted 4. This beautiful game created by Naughty Dog is a perfect example of how graphics improved within the last 5 years. This is a story of Nate Drake, a treasure hunter who helps his brother pay off his debt to a dangerous Gang Leader – by finding a pirate treasure. I can’t even describe how entertaining that games is – not only is it beautiful, it’s also humoristic, fun, packed with action and great plot twists. I enjoyed it so much I actually played it 4 times already, and each time I am home alone and cooking I simply turn on YouTube on my TV and watch Pewdiepie playing the game. Even now, when I’m writing this, my boyfriend Floret is just right next to me on the couch playing God of War

The titles I would recommend are: Uncharted series, The Last of Us (although way more aggressive), Until Dawn, Horizon, Dragon Age and of course, the king of all the games: The Witcher 3.

3. Read a book

If you believe that the art of reading in the computer age waned, particularly among children, is a sure sign that you are a Muggle.

These wise words were printed on my Polish copy of Harry Potter books when I first got them in 2001. I love reading – I always enjoyed spending a quiet evening with a book. I don’t even remember the time I didn’t know how to read – it’s simply like books were always with me. With age I shifted a little bit towards Crime genre, but I love Fantasy still. I don’t read much of Classical literature though – when I was in high school I made it a point to read a book from every single one of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature (which I did) but I can’t seem to remember half of the books I’ve read.

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There are though, pieces that you remember for your entire life. I loved reading Camilla Lackberg and of course the queen of crime literature Agatha Christie. I wanted to go now into which books I enjoyed but I can’t spend an entire year writing one post. I bought the book in the picture above today during grocery shopping and I’ve been craving to read ever since (meaning since yesterday) when I read the first part (I bought it and read it yesterday, that’s how hardcore of a crime reader I am).

I don’t think I have to advertise reading – it’s a common knowledge how great it is for broadening perspective and mastering imagination. Whenever I read, I truly feel like I am in a completely different world – Floret will confirm, even if he talks to me the sound just doesn’t get to my brain.

4. Plan your next holiday trip

I am soon planning to go for a short holiday in the mountains. I am a little bit overworked recently and decided to head for a camping trip at Solina Lake in Bieszczady Mountains – yeah, yeah, I know I’ve been there and shared pictures here, but the place is so stunning I had to see it again. For this trip, there is no planning required, but as I mentioned in my recent post about planning an EUROTRIP I was invited to spend some quality time in Croatia.

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As I’ve mentioned during the coverage of my Eurotrip experience, I’ve already been there once two years ago, so there was no need for me to purchase another guide. I am currently looking through maps, checking events and flights, prices for renting a car, distance from Dubrovnik to Montenegro and best beaches on the way. Finding things in advance might really improve the holidays experience and let us see things otherwise we wouldn’t even know of.

5. Sort through pictures!

I got you, didn’t I? Do you also have a pile of printed out pictures you should sort out but you never do because Netflix is so damn tempting? Is the pile stashed in a box from IKEA somewhere in your room and you pretend like it doesn’t exist because you feel guilty you were supposed to do something about it ages ago and you never did? Do you pray to God to become Bruce Almighty so you can use your stretching time capabilities to sort your pictures? Yeah, me too.

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I went for my Eurotrip 2 years ago and I still haven’t inserted my pictures in an album… – I am a terrible person, I know. I think sorting these out would bring a sense of piece of mind to me, so I might as well take care of it right about now. Keep fingers crossed!

And what do you do to spend a quality time at home?

Dorota

62 thoughts on “5 great ways to spend quality at home

  1. Board games, reading, blogging, and playing my instruments are my favourite things to do at home! They just relax me and put me in a great headspace. Great post!
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    1. Cooking is dangerous! Yesterday I was pretty bored (the weather was terrible and I just got my wisdom tooth pulled out so I also am not able to do much sport nor go out due to immerse pain) I decided to make some dessert and… I ate everything and it made my tooth (well lack of it) hurt even more 🙂
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      1. Oh no! Sounds so painful! Hope your tooth (or gap!?!?) is okay? But dessert is so good, I understand the desire. And thank you so much! xx

  2. These are all such fab ideas! I love a good board game. I haven’t played on in such a long time though x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

  3. I recently started working 10 hours every day so I’m finding it hard to spend my free time in a meaningful way. This post inspired me to read books again though! I hope I’ll be able to finish the vegan book that I started reading a few months ago before my work schedule drained me.

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  4. Love this! Reading is by far my favorite way to relax. I Can seriously get into a while with TV or Twitter. Thanks for this!

  5. This is such a useful & well-written post, Dorota. I love being at home and I am never ever bored when I am home as I always find something to do, either house or fun related 🙂 Organising something is definitely up my street and reading a good book is one of the best things ever!
    xox Nadia
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  6. I love to play board games! Soon, my future family would be forced to do it with me. Haha! Also, I have been spending some of my time playing games, not computer games however. I play mobile dragon nest. Number 5 from your list is also one of my favorite things to do! I hope to do it with my baby boy/kid soon!

    Ellaine | In Betweens

  7. Wow, I haven’t played a board game in years, and yet we have a stash in the cupboard under the stairs – thank you for that reminder! Yes, I do love reading a book to relax and unwind, it’s my all time favourite if I can get some time to myself. Fab list, lots of great ideas here 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  8. This is such a cozy, lovely post! I really love all the ideas you suggested. I love a good game of Scrabble to pass the time. I really want to get back into reading. And as for photos . . . I am about 2 years behind in scrapbooking! Thanks for the reminder! 😉

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

  9. I LOVE spending time at home! It always resets me and I find myself being super productive while also feeling secure (and it’s nice to have my little fur baby keeping me company!). Usually I’m blogging, cleaning, reading, or cooking at home. Ben and I love chilling out and playing chess too. Can’t beat it. Home is definitely where the heart is!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  10. Read, yes. Play computer games, but not on the Playstation ( I just cannot get into the controller things). I play WoW. Board games is a no from me, I just don’t like them. And planning holidays – always a win.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  11. I always spend my quality time alone by myself by binge watching to Korean dramas.
    I love playing board games as well. My most favorite of all time is monopoli.
    Maybe I should try another board games or even a new activity just like you mentioned before.
    Thanks for sharing this post.

    x Marlia
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  12. I love to do all these things as well! Especially sitting on the couch watching netflix. There’s nothing like letting your mind just turn off.

  13. i haven’t played board games in so long, i should really get back into playing them!! since i have more free time in the summer i have been getting back into reading!! there’s a local thrift store in town so i’ll walk down & pick up some books for 25 cents! i also love sitting outside & drinking coffee while listening to podcasts!!
    xo, Nora

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  14. I haven’t played a board game in the longest time! A couple of years ago I went through a phase of doing jigsaw puzzles and that’s a great way to relax. I should get back into it! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  15. I really appreciate this post because it goes to show that you can spend your time doing fun things at home and off your phone! I love boardgames, but haven’t played in forever. I look forward to playing all of my childhood favorites with Aviah when she gets a little bigger.

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

  16. I’m the same as everyone else–I haven’t played board games in ages! The last time I played a game with friends was months ago at a social event on campus; we played Cards Against Humanity! I’m trying to read more, whether that’s at home or outside! Another thing I like to do is sing obnoxiously loud (when I’m home alone) and/or play guitar 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  17. Reading a good book is my favorite activity to do while relaxing at home. I feel like I am being productive while still enjoying time to myself. Cooking fun dishes is also a favorite of my home activities. Summer is the perfect season to spend quality time at home without feeling like too much of a homebody or a couch potato! xx Jenifer

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  18. Lately, I’ve been opting for playing board games or reading books during my free time at home actually!! I love doing these activities to unwind.

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  19. this is a great idea! i love journaling and reading and painting so basically, those are the things i do at home. hehe. Anyway, just dropping by to say hello all the way from the Philippines! I hope you can drop by my blog too and follow along if you like. Have a nice day! 🙂

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  20. I love these kinds of posts! <3 Honestly, I cannot think of a better place to be than at home. I am not much for going out, partying etc., and my perfect weekend would always involve sitting around at home in pyjamas all day, haha! I really like your ideas. 🙂 Board games especially, I find that a lot of people forget about them these days, but being stuck in the 90s still, I absolutely love board games! Uncharted 4 looks awesome, definitely on my list to play through. Thank you for sharing, beaut xoxo

    Kay
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  21. Loving your ideas! I love spending some quality time at home and I think it’s very important to do so, especially with your family. I usually opt for a good old board game like Scrabble, Monolopy or Alias. Also, I like baking and find it very relaxing 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  22. Absolutely love your point about playing board games – they’re literally SO underrated, and nearly always end up with everyone in fits of laughter! This is such a lovely post 🙂

    aglassofice.com x

  23. This is such a lovely post and it’s always so nice seeing people’s tips about spending quality time at home. I actually love playing games and think it’s a great way to unwind in the evening after a long day and I also love playing board games too – Monopoly anyone?

    Loving your tips and post, a great way to get to spend some time relaxing!

    Layla x

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

  24. These are all such lovely things to do when you are at home! Strangely, I always feel like I am most productive when I work from home (or do something work-related while being at home). I guess it has something to do with the feeling of comfort and relaxation; sometimes it is so nice to just spend some quality time with your friends and family without having to wear anything else but your PJ bottoms xx

    Naya
    The Party Parrot Blog

  25. I love this post, Dorota! It’s lovely being out and about but I definitely like getting back home! I really relish spending time on my own especially, even if it’s watching Netflix or curling up with a cup of tea and a good book. I’m currently doing a Net Gallery challenge so I’m spending a lot of time reading!

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  26. Ah, a fellow gamer! I love computer games but am an Xbox gal at heart. I think my all time favourite game is Red Dead Redemption although I found the storyline and language a bit much at times. Still loved the sprawling world full of beauty, nature and horses to gallop about on.

    Have also been known to watch PewDiePie playing games whilst cooking and washing the dishes. One of my favourite ways to pass the time whilst doing things at home.

    Amy
    http://www.missamyrach.com

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