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Boredom: How To Squash It!

Updated on March 19, 2012
Writing is what I do with most of my time! It's never boring in my head!
Writing is what I do with most of my time! It's never boring in my head! | Source

Are You Bored?

When boredom sets in, it can be challenging to find ways to occupy one's time. I know I have plenty of things I 'should' do, but what about those times when I need to find something I 'want' to do?

To me, cleaning the house(moving a pile of clutter somewhere so I can sit down) is not fun. Mowing the grass(so I can find my dogs) is not fun. Vacuuming carpets once a year(whether it needs it or not) is not fun. As you can see, I'm not much of a housekeeper! Let it keep itself, I always say!

Needless to say, I have the cure for boredom. I have so many things on my 'Instead Of This, Do This!' list, I may need another lifetime to complete them all! I shall now share some of my ideas with you! No, no, there's no need for payment, just a simple 'thanks' will do!

And away we go...



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Instead Of This

  • Cleaning the refrigerator.


Do This!

  • Remove the light bulb. Also, to remove those pesky odors, put a clothespin on your nose. If you want to be even craftier, provide a different color clothespin for every member of the family! AND if you have even more time to kill, learn calligraphy so you can personalize the clothespins!


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Instead Of This

  • Mowing the yard.


Do This!

  • Make grass angels! Much like snow angels, but without the bone-chilling cold! One could just make one snow angel or many. Another great idea is to take a nap mid-angel. That's a good cure for boredom! Note: before attempting any grass angel, survey the area and remove any animal(or human) feces. Snow angels with feces is not nearly as bad as feces covered grass angels.


Look at you! You're already butchering that boredom like a pro!


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Instead Of This

  • Shampooing the carpets.


Do This!

  • Bathe every animal you own! Just lather 'em up(don't rinse!) and let 'em loose inside your house! Everyone knows how animals act after you've just given them a bath...they roll around like pigs in slop! With those lathered little bodies rubbing all over your carpet, it'll be clean in no time! After they're finished, throw them back outside to pick up more dirt and the next door neighbor's bulldog's pee scent and then go back inside to blow-dry the carpet with your daughter's hairdryer. Don't use your own, it could overheat!


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Instead Of This

  • Washing and drying clothes.


Do This!

  • If you're super-clean like I am, I take a shower like clockwork every Saturday, why not make that clothes washing day, too? This may take a few hours, so it's a real boredom killer! Get up early in the morning, put on a layer of clothing...shirt, pants, socks, underwear...and go take a shower. So easy, but here's the tricky part, remember to 'lather, rinse, repeat'! Lather up yourself and the clothes, rinse yourself and the clothes, and repeat with a different layer of clothes making sure to disrobe after every rinse. Hang clean clothes on clothesline, TV, door frame, or cars.


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Instead Of This

  • Making a boring, well-balanced dinner.


Do This!

  • Go through your cupboard and remove the labels off of every canned food item. Use the labels to decoupage a watering can or ugly vase. While your handiwork is drying, put canned goods into a brown bag and wait for the family to gather for dinner. Tell them to line up and pick something from the bag! Such fun! What they get, and they only get once shot at it, is what they eat that night. To keep boredom at bay for a little bit longer, have the family prepare their own can o' goodness outside over a good old-fashioned fire-pit and tell them they have to eat with their fingers! After dinner is done, take a walk to the recycling bin. Make this a "teachable moment". Tell your children why we recycle and how important it is. On the way home, tell them all about the importance of exercise and how to avoid the evil that is boredom. Tell them it makes you think(and write) bad things!


Not so bored now, are ya?


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      Darvin 2 years ago

      I'm impressed by your writing. Are you a professional or just very knlbgedleawoe?

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      ImKarn23, haha! No, I definitely don't understand boredom! I have so many things going on in my mind and I love to read and work those darn addictive Sudoku puzzles, too! Speaking of reading, I'm reading 3 books at the same time right now, and they are all due back at the library on Monday! That's what I should be doing right now instead of being online! Have a wonderful day!

      Thanks for the comment and vote!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      I think you're a lot like me, Eclectic - boredom is not in your vocabulary - and probably never has been! I can't remember a moment of boredom in my life - and - i enjoy spending a lot of time alone! sometimes i can't even sleep because my mind is going! when someone says they are bored - I tilt my head like a dog does when it doesn't understand what we say! lol..I do a lot of word and number games (besides my 'punnacious' hubs) - boggle, text twist, sudokus, poker - and oh, yes - READING! Far more interesting than fridge cleaning - altho - truth be told - i enjoy that as well! voting..

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Capedium, I never work too hard! Thanks for the comment and you have a great day, too!

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      lol!.. Hope you are not working too hard in the house ooo..

      Nice hub, Fusion.. It was funfilled.. refreshing and enjoyable.. Have a great day!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      johnnymnemonic, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      johnnymnemonic 5 years ago

      An excellent hub, it was fun to read it from top to bottom!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      jpcmc, me too! Thanks for the comment!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I love the smell of freshly cut grass!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Michael, my mind sure does go and go, but sometimes I'd like it to take a time-out and go sit in the corner for a bit!

      Also, I think the only time it gets boring around my house is when I'm ticked off about something. I don't talk when I'm angry! That's how you know I'm mad at ya! =)

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! I really appreciate you and your support!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Minnetonka Twin, thank you so much! You just made my day!

      As for the poetry, I also write my best when very down and sad. It can be a scary time, but writing helps me a lot! Just to get it all out and on paper is very therapeutic!

      Thank you for the awesome comment! Take care!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Bill, I'm so glad you liked it! I do have a weird sense of humor and not everyone gets it, but it makes me happy you did! Thanks!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Ruby H Rose, thanks for the comment! I hope you found some inspiration! =)

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Lisa, your mind just goes and goes. your sense of humor is sharper than a razor in a barber shop. to live with you would be never a dull moment.

      Great hub!!

      Michael

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      You are one fun and creative woman. I love your sense of humor! In regards to your comment to ALUR on writing when your down; I write some of my best poetry when I'm feeling scared or depressed. Their dark but their good. LOL

      Thanks for the fun and funny hub. Your the coolest of the cool!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness! Maybe I missed something. The other comments are so calm and reasonable..."great ideas, fun ideas..." I THOUGHT THIS WAS HILARIOUS! I loved the teachable moment at the end. Wonderful hub my friend! I'm going to bed now laughing.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Great ideas to take away boredom, fun ideas to do instead, thank you!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      sandrabusby, thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      ALUR, I know those dark thoughts all too well! Usually, I write poems about the dark times and that helps me a lot! Thanks for the comment!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Love your sense of humor. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

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      ALUR 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks. Boredom sprouts depression and often dark thoughts. Though if you're doodling or even daydreaming there is a positive element to the quite wandering.