For most of us, finals have finished or are about to, and summer is starting. For those of us with interesting internships or study abroad opportunities, this is exciting. However, for those of us (me) who are living at home and attending summer school, summer is looking like it might be a little–dare I say it–boring.

However, it doesn’t have to be. Part of the reason summers at home can be kind of dull is that there isn’t a whole lot of scheduled activity to occupy your time like there is during the school year with homework and classes. To add insult to injury, your high school friends may not be returning to town, isolating you with your family. As much as you may love your family, everyone involved in the situation gets really tired, really quickly when you feel confined and bored.

With that in mind, summer bucket lists can be a great way to alleviate boredom and give you a sense of accomplishment. The concept is the same as a regular bucket list–make a list of things you would like to do before you die/go back to school. For the summer, try to include at least twenty items of varying levels of commitment–maybe visit a few places to visit that you haven’t seen before, but also add several smaller things that you keep meaning to do but haven’t gotten around to (like repairing clothes or finally giving away your things from high school that you no longer need).

I’ve started on my own summer bucket list, and so far it’s an interesting mix: I’ve got clothing to mend, dresses to sew, minimalism to embrace (I refuse to pack all of my things back into a dorm room), and far-away friends to visit. Even though I’m spending summer taking chemistry courses, I don’t feel like the summer is going to be boring, and I’m already planning out when I’m going to accomplish my tasks. It’s given me a way to re-direct the list-mania that allows me to be organized during the school year. Summer’s even beginning to look exciting!

Do you have a list of things you’d like to accomplish before the summer’s out? Share your goals in the comments!