As winter’s icy chill continues to have a firm grip on the land, 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 wind 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.
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8 things to do when it’s too cold to go outside
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 a bit of 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.
Not sure what to read? For cozy mystery lovers, there are the Murder, She Wrote books. If you are into fantasy series, I recommend checking out the Green Rider series. Interested in manga? You can’t go wrong with Erased or A Bride’s Story.
Start a new hobby
Have you been wanting to get into sewing? Or perhaps wood carving interests you? Maybe you want to learn how to crochet. 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-finished 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 when it’s too cold to go outside.
Learn something new
This goes hand in hand with starting a new hobby but can 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 saw 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 Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots a few years back and it’s a fantastic quick game to play. Another favorite is Catan as it takes a while to play so it’s a great way to pass the afternoon.
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. 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 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 unhappy 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.
For more decluttering inspiration, check out my Use It Up Challenge, where every month we tackle a different clutter category.
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 the 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?