10 Ways to Get Creative Every Day

It happens to all of us. We get bored. Not school’s-out-for-summer bored, but the kind of bored where your normal routine just isn’t working anymore—and your attitude shows it. You find yourself with a closet full of nothing to wear, a shelf full of books you don’t want to read, and a fridge full of food you don’t want to cook because you’re simply not inspired. If the humdrum part of life is bringing you down, it’s time to find new ways to add adventure to the everyday. Discover a free, quick, and/or easy way to make your days more creative and break out of the weekday mold.


1. Take a trip to the local library.

There’s no better place to get inspired than a library. Spend time flipping through books in a different genre than you usually read. Even if you’re not much of a reader, you can use this as an opportunity to judge a book by its cover because book jackets are works of art on their own.


2. Visit a thrift shop.


Thrift shops are the mecca of whimsical and unexpected goodness. You never know what you’ll find, making it a true treasure hunt. On particularly monotonous days, skip lunch and make a trip to the thrift shop to wander around.


3. Spend time outside.


Whether you live in a rural area or a bustling city, the outdoors are full of opportunities to get inspired. It costs nothing to walk outside and breathe in the fresh air.


4. Begin a project.


Need a new dining room table? Build one. Want to learn how to do calligraphy? Start learning now. Trying something new will force you to think a different way in a new perspective.


5. Check off items on your ever-growing to do list.


Being bored and unmotivated go hand in hand but if you start doing those things you’ve been putting off for a while, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and be inspired to break out of the rut.


6. Rearrange your furniture.


You don’t need to go out and buy new stuff to get a fresh look at home. Work with what you’ve got and rearrange your furniture at home. Try the couch on the other side of the room or rethink your gallery wall. Something as simple as reorganizing your bookcase or closet will allow your creative juices to flow.


7. Cook dinner with a friend.


Making dinner with friends is a fun way to learn a new cooking tactic. Your friend(s) might approach cooking a particular thing differently than you, leaving you both with some new ideas in the kitchen. It’ll also help avoid that lingering temptation to have cereal for dinner again.


8. Strike up a conversation with a stranger.


Never underestimate the power of a good conversation with a total stranger. Next time you get a cup of coffee, chat up the barista. Or talk to that guy in your office you’ve never met. Meeting new people is exciting and will definitely shake up your routine.


9. Start a club.


Book clubs have been around for a while but have you heard of a story or articles club? They’re the same idea as a book club but with less commitment, Story or article clubs can foster the same discussions as a book club but only require reading a short story or article to discuss, instead of an entire book. That means you can put together a story or articles club on a moment’s notice and still give people plenty of time to prepare.


10. Stop by the farmer’s market.


Farmer’s markets are bursting with color from the fruits, vegetables, and flowers being sold there. And nearly every booth will offer a sample of a fresh fruit to try. If that isn’t enough, the farmer’s market is the perfect way to get outdoors.


Images by Allie + David via Death to the Stock Photo