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How To Make The Most Of Your Downtime

When you’re busy all week having some downtime is essential, time off allows the brain to re-charge and creativity to flow. All work and no play makes for a dull day.

Downtime doesn’t mean spending a weekend on the sofa unless you want it too, it can mean getting those annoying chores done quickly or starting a new hobby you have always wanted to try. Whatever it is, the great thing about downtime is, it’s up to you.

Read articles to get some new ideas on how to make the most of your downtime, on is great way to start and by reading on, you might be surprised to find they’re not what you’re expecting.

Start a New Hobby

Start a new hobby but not just any hobby, try something new and exciting. Right now is an excellent time to Google, make notes, and bookmark some resources that’ll help you get started.

What about soap carving? In Thailand and Indonesia, it’s common to see hand-carved soap flowers sold at the market. As a hobby, soap-carving is an art form, and people often sell their creations online. There is a massive market for this hobby turned business if you have the talent.

Revamp your Wardrobe

Revamping your wardrobe doesn’t mean physically ripping out your closet. It means sorting out your clothes, another opportunity to make some extra cash, you can use that cash to buy some new clothes or accessories, it’s a win-win situation.

The first thing to do is go through your wardrobe, take out the clothes and shoes and put them on the floor. Collate four categories of items, category 1 – items to sell, pile 2 – items to keep and lot 3 – quality clothes and shoes for the charity shop and pile 4 is for ethical recycling.

Ethical recycling centres take any old clothes no matter the condition and strip them down to primary products to re-use elsewhere.

Implement the Marie Kondo method, and the decluttering guru suggests that you pick up each item and have a good look at it and ask, ‘How does it make you feel’? Only keep the thing if it brings you joy. Sounds extreme, but this method can help you make a decision. 

Don’t keep the item if it has rips, broken zips, or looks tired, put it in the recycling pile because you will never get around to repairing it, these things just sit in the bottom of the wardrobe creating negative energy.

Next tip – only keep the items that you wear now or have worn in the last 12 months. If you haven’t worn the clothes or shoes during that time the chances are you won’t wear it. Remember only to keep the things that you love and bring you joy.

Don’t keep anything that doesn’t fit, you won’t ‘slim down’ into it, and every time you see that pair of jeans in your wardrobe, you will beat yourself up. So get rid of them and don’t feel guilty; life is too short to wear uncomfortable jeans.

Once you have put your items into the categories, then you can see what you already have and what you need to update your look. 

Category 1: sell your unwanted clothes. There are plenty of online sites, for instance, eBay, Vestiaire Collective and even Facebook Marketplace. Here you can sell preloved and vintage items that you no longer love, think of it as upcycling. You sell something you don’t want anymore and with the money buy something you love to refresh your style

If you’re smart about it and you can read the trends, you can get to the point where you never spend any real cash

So, we have sorted out your wardrobe. What about your old furniture?

Upcycle Furniture for Fun or Cash

Are you tired of looking at that dull bedside chest or those shabby bookcases? Why not revamp it by giving it a fresh lick of paint, add new handles or try some decoupage? Look at it in the same way as selling your old clothes and shoes.

To upcycle furniture you only have to make three decisions, refresh the item, keep it or sell it on an auction site. Make some money to buy new furniture or donate cash to charity

Think of the hours of fun you can have to trawl the next for an old washstand or Rococo mirror, and you never know your new hobby could become your new career. If you don’t try, you may never know.

If upcycling is not for you, what about taking a course?

Take a Course

With sites like Future Learn from the Open University and Skillshare, learning something new is easy. Simply sign up to these sites, for free, and begin learning right away

Learn how to fight cybercriminals or become a community champion, teach yourself to cook, learn Italian, the options are endless. 

It’s amazing how just thinking in a slightly different way helps you to switch off from the regular 9-5. Taking a course is one of the most useful ways to help you move up in your career. Or, you can just learn a new skill just for fun. No amount of education is ever wasted.

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