Boredom Busters

Organise your digital photos in eight easy steps

With a camera in every mobile phone, most of us probably have thousands of digital photos that never see the light of day. It’s also easy to end up with photos stored over a number of different locations such as computers and external hard drives. Here are eight ways you can organise your digital photos so they are in one place and easily accessible.

  • If they’re not already there, download all your photos onto your computer, so everything is in the same place.
  • Delete any duplicates along with photos which aren’t great (E.g. unflattering, blurry, or eyes closed)
  • Don’t be afraid to let go of images that are just taking up space. If you wouldn’t keep a hard copy of a photo – don’t keep a digital one.
  • If you have lots of slightly different versions of the same photo – choose the best one and delete the rest.
  • Give each photo a descriptive name, so they’ll be easier to find. For example, Sam’s 5th birthday party 1, 2, 3, etc.
  • Create folders – and name them – you can decide how you do this, but the year is always a good place to start. You can use sub-folders to break it down even further. For example: Year – month – date or event.
  • Split your organising over multiple sessions to make it more manageable and less overwhelming.
  • Once you’ve done this, a monthly maintenance session should keep everything in order.

You can also scan your old print photos and store them the same way. Then you will have all your significant images in one location.

Organise photos

Start a movie or TV club with friends

Just like a book club, a movie club is an opportunity to get together (either in person or online) with friends and/or family and discuss a movie or TV series that everyone has watched. Keep the group numbers under 10 so it’s manageable and choose people who you think may have similar tastes to your own. Here are few tips to get you started.

  • Find out which streaming services everyone has access to.
  • Set a schedule. For example, choose a movie per month or watch an episode of a TV show each week. If everyone has the time, you could set a challenge to binge a whole TV series over a weekend!
  • Take it in turns to choose – you can also include documentaries.
  • Decide how often you’ll get together as a group – it could be once a month for a movie or once a week for each episode of a TV show.
  • Get together and discuss things such as plot, characters, directing and music.
Book Club

3 easy steps to organise your wardrobe

With a change of season and time on your hands, now is a great time to organise your wardrobe and get rid of those clothes that you don’t wear any more. Breaking the process down into three steps will make simple.

1. Take everything out of your wardrobe, look at each item and ask yourself: 

  • Does it fit? 
  • Have I worn it in the last 12 months? 
  • Do I love it? 

If the answer to any of the questions is ‘no’ then let it go!

2. Create three piles: 

  • Keep
  • Donate (store items until charity shops reopen) 
  • Sell (such as those designer items that you bought and have rarely worn!) 

3. Start refilling your wardrobe: 

  • Store your clothes by category – for example, hang all your jackets or dresses together. 
  • Keep sweaters and denim on shelves. 
  • Take advantage of vertical space and store shoes in stacked boxes. You can put a photo of the shoes on the front of each box, so you know what’s inside.
  • Roll clothes going into drawers so you can find things easily or use drawer dividers.
  • If you don’t have much storage space, pack away out-of-season clothes (e.g. in a suitcase) and store them under the bed or on top of your wardrobe. To prevent moths from feasting on your stored items, add moth balls or sachets of lavender to the storage container.

And finally, use the ‘one in, one out’ rule to keep your wardrobe in order

Get out the board games or playing cards

Dust off your favourite board games or master some new card games - you’ll find lots to try online. Board games are great for family fun and there are lots of health benefits as well, such as:

Family time

Switching off the TV and playing a board game after dinner is a great way to connect as a family and strengthen your family bond. You can give each other your undivided attention and create some happy memories, which is good for everyone.

Laughter

A common side effect of board games is laughter! Laughter is the best medicine (as the saying goes) as it releases endorphins in your brain making you feel happy and reducing anxiety.

Improved memory and cognitive skills

The areas of the brain used when playing board games are responsible for complex thought and memory formation. They also help the brain retain and build cognitive associations well into old age.

Stress reduction

Board games can be a healthy distraction for the whole family as it is an excellent way to unwind, take your mind off things and relax.

 

Board Games

Jigsaws – great for family fun and a workout for your brain

Jigsaws are a great opportunity to unplug, get the family together and give your brain a good old workout. Jigsaws have so many benefits; you are using both the left and right side of your brain at the same time, they can improve short-term memory and attention span and they also relieve stress which is very important for the whole family. When completed your family will feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Get Organised

Doing a jigsaw as a couple or a group means you need to be organised. Make sure you have a surface which is large enough to spread out the pieces. There needs to be enough room so that you aren’t bumping heads or blocking anybody else’s light!

Start by collecting all the edge pieces and then sorting the rest of the pieces into patterns, objects or colours (such as sky, trees or people) and then put each family member in charge of one section.

A jigsaw is great to have on the go as you can keep coming back whenever you have a few are spare minutes (or hours!).

Upskill

Get a handle on that computer program you’ve been meaning to master. There are many free resources available, including online tutorials.

Make a time capsule

Find a suitable container (eg biscuit tin) and fill it with anything you like. You could add drawings, a toy, a magazine, photos, and finish with a hand-written letter. Find a place to hide it for someone to discover in the future.

Get organised

Finally take care of that project you’ve been putting off, such as organising your wardrobe, sorting out your pantry or going through all your old recipes.

Practise meditation

Meditation is great for calming the mind and you only need a chair or a small amount of floorspace. You’ll find plenty of free tutorials on YouTube or you can download an app to guide you through it

meditiation

Listen to a podcast

Take some time to relax, unwind and listen to a podcast - there are loads to choose from and there’s something for everyone.

Make playdough

Kids love playdough. It’s great for developing their motor skills and imagination - and it’s easy to make yourself.

Write a letter

Rather than texting or emailing someone to say thank you for a gift, or to simply stay in touch, why not write a letter instead.

write a letter

Unleash your inner artist

There’s an artist in everyone, get creative with your own artworks, colouring in or paint by numbers.