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How to be a couch potato – Steps to enjoy life as a couch potato

Updated on December 23, 2011

"How does learning how to be a couch potato fit in my schedule?" you may think. Indeed, the rut of life gets to the most of us and that's exactly why you must master the art of being a couch potato to truly enjoy life at its best without too much effort every once in a while. Here's a cheeky and humorous take at the steps you can take at being the ultimate couch potato, even if it lasts only for a few days before you head back to work.

Sometimes a few days as a couch potato is all it takes to get you back in the groove - Find out how you can master the art of being a couch potato
Sometimes a few days as a couch potato is all it takes to get you back in the groove - Find out how you can master the art of being a couch potato | Source

1) Buy a great sofa

One of the first and most important things that you need to learn how to enjoy life as a couch potato is an awesome sofa. Actually, the word awesome is an understatement. You need the best sofa in the world to enjoy life as a couch potato! Scout for deals online or watch out for those neighborhood garage sales from where you can buy a cheap sofa for all your lounging needs as a couch potato.

2) Take leave from school, college or work

If you think that you are going to spend time being a couch potato while simultaneously continuing to study or work, well, forget it. Being a couch potato is a full time thing and you cannot mix it with the other serious and boring things in life. Take leave from school, college or work and make sure you have got absolutely nothing lined up for the next couple of days while you indulge in the blissful art of being a couch potato.

3) Stock up on movies

A couch potato without a good collection of movies is like a headless chicken running around town. Stock up on your favorite movies and more. You will be surprised at how many movie marathons you can easily pull off in just a few days as a couch potato. In fact, you may even become the next big movie critic. If you can't get your hands on DVDs, update your Netflix account or better yet, subscribe to Amazon Video Rentals to watch movies online without spending a lot of money.

4) Buy an awesome video game console

Try taking a video game controller out of a couch potato's hands and you will know how dear it is to them. Whether you are a Sony PlayStation fan, a Wii fan or an Xbox freak, the idea is to stock up on your favorite video games and make sure that your video game console and the controllers are in working order. After all, what else will you do except play video games while you take breaks from your movie marathon?

5) Stock up on books that you love to read

If you want to enjoy life as a couch potato, you must stock up on good books to read, whether you like reading books or not. Do you know why? Books are god sent for a couch potato because when all other gadgets and entertainment consoles fail whether from an electricity outage or otherwise, books will still remain as entertainment. Hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, come what may, books will keep you busy as a couch potato. If you are not a fan of hard bound covers, you can get an e-book reader or a nice little tablet like the all new Amazon Kindle Fire to keep you company.

6) Stock up your refrigerator

Your refrigerator should be stocked with foods, especially foods that are easy to cook. Readymade food packets and meals that can be cooked easily in the microwave or oven are your best bet. Also to include are tub(s) of ice cream and many other deserts to suit your midnight food cravings.

7) Stock up on the essential groceries that will keep you going

Enjoying life as a couch potato requires a lot of concentration, energy and focus. It is very easy to lose focus and start living like a normal human being again. To help you to keep your energy levels up, you must stock up on the essential grocery items during your stint of being a couch potato. These essential grocery items include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Lollies and candies
  • Jar of coffee
  • Chocolates
  • Chips
  • Sauces or dips
  • Chicken or fish nuggets
  • Cola

8) Make sure your microwave and oven are working

Your attempt to be a couch potato will be an epic fail if your microwave or oven conk off during the period. Check and double check that they work properly to ensure that you have no hiccups in preparing your pre-cooked meals.

9) Buy a pair or two of comfortable loose fitting pajamas

And you thought you could enjoy life as a couch potato in your denims? Hello? To complete your act, you must buy a few ultra comfortable and loose pajamas that will keep you warm and snuggled on your sofa or bed. We often refer to this type of clothing as comfort clothes which are a wardrobe essential in the life of a couch potato. Remember folks, being a couch potato is not about looking sexy or stylish, it is about being comfortable and happy!

10) Invite a couch potato friend

Two couch potato's are better than one couch potato. Invite a lazy friend over and ask them to 'just be'. Make sure you don't invite a friend who is an organizational freak or someone who can throw water over your plans of being a couch potato.

11) Buy some good wine or beer

No, this is not about turning into an alcoholic. But if you are going to invite a couch potato friend, you may as well as stock up on a decent bottle of wine or a 6 pack of beer. Make sure you don't have too much alcohol, else you may get drunk and feel like going out in the town. Now that will negate the whole idea of being a couch potato, won't it?

12) Arrange for food for your pets

If you have a pet, you must arrange for their food supply. We talked about this earlier when we learnt how to do nothing. There is nothing worse than having to get out of your comfortable jammies, having to take a bath and getting ready to go to the supermarket just because you forgot to stock up on food for your cute cat, dog, hamster or any other pet.

13) Remove all guilt

One of the biggest road blocks to our hard work and efforts at being flawless couch potatoes is the guilt of being one. Chances are, that you may feel strong pangs of guilt and self-loathe after a few hours or a day of being a couch potato if you are in the habit of living an active lifestyle. As hard as it sounds, you must remove all guilt and stay away from elements that may cause this guilt, like parents, teachers, bosses, managers or other such individuals.

Check out these essential items that every couch potato must have!


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    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Haha! Being single would help, no doubt about that. But wouldn't you able to enjoy your time as a couch potato while your partner is away for a few days? Or better yet, get your partner to be a couch potato every once in a while too!

      I enjoyed your comment!


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      6 years ago from East Coast Rules

      Love this except you forgot the MOST important step for most people. BECOME SINGLE!!! As you can imagine most significant others will tend to detract from your experience as a couch potato. Even if its just disapproving looks I know that would ruin my enjoyment!

      Talking from experience here... :-D Voted up.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago


      "Princess with a keyboard" Haha, you're funny! Merry Christmas to you too and I hop you had an amazing time with friends, family and loved ones.

      Movie Master

      What better than easy steps when it comes to being a couch potato? Thanks for you appreciation and I'm glad you liked this hub.


      Falling asleep on the couch is a given in the life of a couch potato. After all, who would bother to get out from the couch and walk all the way to the bedroom?


    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi Aurelio

      A massage function would really go a long way in enhancing the counch potato experience, wouldn't it? Thanks for stopping by on this one.


      "..I feel that this is something I could excel at, given half the chance.." Haha! Looks like you have everything figured out - especially the bit with handling the remote control, uncorking bottles and packets of snacks. I hope you had an awesome holiday.


      I'm glad you liked this hub. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Senoritaa profile image

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      LOL. Would like to add one: Don't be afraid to fall asleep on the couch LOL.

    • Movie Master profile image

      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      These are some nice easy steps to follow thank you!!!

      Very funny entertaining hub, loved it and voted up.

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      6 years ago

      Great laugh - thanks PWAP or should that be Princess with a keyboard! Happy Christmas

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved this humorous take on being a couch potato- not just any couch potato but one with style and flare!

      Voted up, funny and awesome.

    • Jools99 profile image

      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      I am on holiday this week and this hub was excellent for me; though I fear I may already be well on my way to being a couch potato if this week's lack of effort is anything to go by. I have put my energies so far into operating the remote control, uncorking bottles and opening packets of snacks - I feel that this is something I could excel at, given half the chance.

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Lol. Love it. I'd make sure the sofa has a massage function as well. Voting this Up and Funny.


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