8 things to do when it’s too cold to go outside

8 things to do when it’s too cold to go outside

As winter’s icy chill continues to have a firm grip on things, it can be easy to succumb to the winter blahs. Depending on where you live, this may not even be an issue. After all, some areas barely get any winter weather. However, those who live in the colder Nothern climates know all too well how long and cold winter can be. When the winter is howling, the snow is blowing and the temperatures dip to a dangerous level, what is one to do? Here are 8 things to do when it’s too cold to go outside.

Reading

Whether you have 1 or 100 unread books in your house, now is the perfect time to start tackling your to-be-read pile. Set aside some time each day, whether it’s in the morning, after work or perhaps before bed, and do some reading. It doesn’t matter if it’s a beloved book that you have read multiple times or something new. Reading is a nice relaxing thing to do during these months. In fact, I do the vast majority of my reading during the winter months. Find a comfortable place to sit, grab a blanket and a book and get lost in the words.

Start a new hobby

Have you been wanting to get into sewing? Or perhaps wood carving interests you? Now is the perfect time to work on those skills. Maybe, you have a hobby but have a hard time setting aside time in your busy schedule to do it. Well, winter is the perfect time for that. When you are trapped indoors by the cold, grab that half finishing knitting project and finish it! I recently took up crochet and have been loving it. It’s a fantastic way to keep me occupied while I’m stuck inside all day.

Learn something new

This goes hand in hand with starting a new hobby, but can also be something else entirely. Learning something new is a great way to pass the time. There are a number of online courses through sites like Udemi and Coursera that can teach you all kinds of things. Whether it’s improving your work routine, mastering yoga or learning how to communicate better, you can find just about anything on these and other sites. Is there a language you want to learn? Download an app or take a course to start learning! Even doing something as simple as learning a new recipe can be fun.

Watch movies or TV

Most new series or returning seasons come on in the fall and last throughout the winter. This makes it easy to keep up with shows and not miss out on them, or worse, have the episode ruined by someone at work who say it but doesn’t care that others haven’t and don’t want it spoiled. Chances are, you likely have some DVDs laying around the house. Have you watched them all? If not, nows the time. What about Netflix, Hulu or Crave? There are probably several shows and movies on there that are on the to-watch list that you haven’t got to yet. Much like with reading, set aside some time to start knocking those out.

Play board games or video games

Board games are a fun way to kill time. Gather your friends or family and have a game night. There are so many great board games out there to choose from. Another option is video games. Not everyone enjoys video games, but for those that do, it will be easy to log a few hours. Find something you enjoy playing, or try out a new game. If you are looking for new games to try, but don’t want to break the bank, hit up your local thrift store. Those are great places to find games for cheap. We got Rockem Sockem Robots for almost nothing a few years back and it’s a fantastic quick game to play.

Declutter your home

While you are stuck inside, take some time to evaluate the stuff in your home. Winter is an excellent time to declutter. Start with a room or a certain category of items and get to sorting them. You may be surprised by how much you can find in a room like your bathroom that you no longer need. Those clothes that don’t fit anymore but you are holding onto them just in case they do one day, get rid of them. That pair of jeans with the rip you have been intending to fix for two years? Toss them! Those items that make you happy every time you see them? Put them in a box and take them to a donation center. Clear out your space and it will help improve your mood, even on those bitterly cold days.

Home improvement projects

Has your house needed a bit of work, but you haven’t found the time? Give it a try now. Although not all projects can be done during the colder months, you can take some time to tackle those ones that can be. That loose doorknob that you keep overlooking? Grab a screwdriver and fix it. Perhaps you need to hang a new set of curtains in your living room. Do it now and then you will be ready for when those sunny days of spring or to keep pesky neighbors from looking in on you.

Start a blog

Blogging is such a fantastic thing. It allows you to express yourself, and in doing so you can create new friends and memories. If you have been considering starting a blog, or even if this whole blog thing is completely new to you, this is the time to start. Write up a list of post ideas, a name for your blog and anything else that comes to mind. Blogging does take a bit of planning, but hey, you’re trapped indoors, so why not give it a try. Once you get started, you may find yourself completely addicted.

What do you do to help pass the time in winter when it’s too cold to go outside?

Winter blues got your down? Want to do something but it's too cold to go outside? Give these 8 activities a try!

16 Comments

  1. All of these are great ideas! And they will work just as well for stormy or super hot weather as they do for the cold so will definitely have to keep them in mind the next time we are trapped inside!

    1. Author

      Yes, they can also be good for hot or stormy summer weather.

  2. Great suggestions.
    During the winter months, I tend to do a lot of decluttering to keep myself busy. It does wonder for my mood having things organized and tidy. It also makes my spring cleaning go a lot smoother. 😀

    1. Author

      I did a lot of decluttering last winter as well, and then, when spring came and I could fill up the bed of my truck, it all went to donation. It definitely makes spring cleaning easier.

  3. All of these are things we do when it’s way too cold to be outside. There is nothing I like more than snuggling up with a good book!

    1. Author

      That’s great that you do these too.

  4. Love all these ideas. Really inspired to start reading a bit more.

    We also like to play more active inside games with Little Miss like hide and seek to help her get some energy out.

    1. Author

      Glad to hear that. Winter is my favorite time to read. Ah, that’s a good idea as well. I know even kids can go a bit stir-crazy when they can’t get outside regularly to run around.

  5. I love this list! It has many great ideas. I had never heard of Coursera, so I might check that out. Also, this reminds me that I wanted to do some decluttering. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Author

      Thank you. My husband showed me Coursera a year or so ago after I had done some courses on Udemi. Now is the perfect time for decluttering!

    1. Author

      That’s great. I am really enjoying crochet, it’s oddly relaxing. Marie Kondo is a great inspiration for decluttering.

  6. I am so glad that reading is number one. I love nothing more than cuddling up in a blanket with my cats, some tea, and a good book. Relaxes me and just makes me feel so cozy.

    I also love to binge watch Netflix. We are currently obsessed with Arrow and The Flash. I need to finish the first season of the new Sabrina.

    Starting a blog, ahhhhh!!

    Great suggestions! I live in FL so cold right now is 40/50…but these still apply for me.

    1. Author

      I had to put reading first because reading is my #1 love. I do most of my reading during the winter as well, so it had to be included. I haven’t seen Arrow of The Flash yet, there are way too many shows I want to watch and not enough time to do it all. That’s pretty chilly for Florida, for me, that is spring weather, haha.

  7. Speaking of Netflix, I really need to watch the Kondo series! I’ve heard so many things about it; can’t wait!

    1. Author

      Yes, watch it! It’s really good and will absolutely inspire you to declutter and get organized.

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