What has sheltering in place taught you? Or revealed about yourself? If you don’t usually spend a lot of time inside your apartment, you may have felt bored, trapped, or at a general loss for things to do. If you’re more of an introvert, you may still hanker for company.
With the onset of winter, we’ll be back spending more time indoors, so this apartment living guide will help you have fun while staying at home.
Catch up on your favorite television shows and movies
If you haven’t already, subscribe to a streaming platform like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Apple TV+ and Prime, and catch up on all the movies and television shows that you missed because you were too busy working. You can now finish all eight seasons of “Game of Thrones.” Broadway may be closed, but you can watch Hamilton on Disney+. If you live with other people, get them in on the fun by letting a different person choose a movie or television show each time you plan on watching together. You may develop a newfound appreciation for horror movies, or cooking shows like “The Great British Bake Off.” It’s also a great way to bond with your roommates and family members.
Go on a cultural tour of theaters, museums, and art
Many museums have started to open, but theaters have remained closed. If you want, you can go on virtual tours from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Guggenheim Museum in New York, or the British Museum in London. If you prefer street art, download The Banksy Bristol Trail app on your smartphone and take a virtual tour of Bristol’s streets while you appreciate Banksy’s art. For those looking to learn about art, the Museum of Modern Art is offering free courses on contemporary art, modern art and ideas, and photography. Simply sign up to start learning.
Broadway’s bright lights may be dimmed for now, but Andrew Lloyd Webber, renowned composer and musical theater impresario, is offering a free musical every Friday on the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! Each show can only be viewed for 48 hours once it’s uploaded, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Cook or bake away
Unleash your inner baker. Bake the sourdough bread you always wanted to make but never had time to do. Call your parents or grandparents and ask them for a cherished recipe that you can make at home. Leaf through your old cookbooks for new recipes to try or simply go to recipe websites like AllRecipes.com, FoodNetwork.com, or Food.com. If you’re not into baking, improve your skills by learning how to pickle veg like cucumbers or fruit like lemons. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, expand your culinary repertoire by tackling more challenging recipes. If you want something quick, you can also use your microwave to make cakes and brownies. You may not be able to fly to Madagascar this year, but you can still make Tilapia à la Malagasy, or a Madagascar Vanilla Bean Fruity Clafouti at home.
Enjoy the outdoors while inside your home
Virtual tours aren’t just for museums. If you’re missing the great outdoors, you can go on a virtual tour of many national parks. Fly over an active volcano at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, or enjoy the stunning rock formations at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Check out the impressive fjords, glaciers and icebergs at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Environmental advocates will even be able to look at a melting glacier and understand how climate change has affected the icebergs. You can also livestream the Northern Lights from Manitoba, Canada once January rolls in.
Work out at home
Don’t remain glued to your chair all day. There are many ways to stay active even while you’re inside your apartment. Establish a simple stretching routine or do some yoga. Invest in a treadmill or Peloton. You can also check out strength training and HIIT and boxing videos online. If you don’t have any exercise equipment, you can create an easy circuit of exercises such as air squats, alternating knee strikes, crunches, and push-ups.
Don’t let staying at home get you down. If you’re looking for an apartment where you can shelter in place, Sundance Property Management has extensive experience in managing rental apartments and many guides to renting an apartmentanywhere in Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. For more information and other first-time home renter tips, contact 513.489.3363 or info(at)sdpmi(dotted)com. You can also leave us a message here.