Whether you’re tired of shoveling snow or sick of dealing with the shorter, darker days of winter, this time of year can get you down. Regardless of whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow, it looks like we’re in for another month or two of wet, yucky weather so we might as well make the best of it. Here are some of my favorite ways to beat the winter blues without spending a dime or leaving home!
Do Some Reading
Stop making lists of all the great books you plan to read this summer and start one today! If you’ve got an Amazon account there are countless books available for free every day. Not sure what to read? Check out the best-sellers list or find something that can help you in your career. (I read a recent article said that the most successful business people read an average of four marketing/business related books per year.) If you’re looking for a romance or action packed novel, remember most movies were originally books so pick your favorite and get a new perspective.
Have a Netflix Marathon
If you’ve never binge-watched a TV series, you don’t know what you’re missing. Snow days are perfect for Netflix TV marathons. Simply get comfortable, make some snacks and settle in. Start with a classic series like Friends or How I Met Your Mother, or catch up on the latest season of your favorite show. Netflix has numerous seasons available so you can watch a TV series from start to finish, or get sucked into one of their original series like the award winning drama, Orange is the New Black.
Build a Fort
This one is great when school gets cancelled and the kids are home for the day, but you don’t have to have kids to build a totally awesome pillow fort! Stuck at home with just your hubby? Get creative and relive your childhood days seeing who can make the best fort using only blankets, pillows and the furniture in the room. Does your fort have TV access? Host your Netflix TV marathon from your fort and it’s sure to win!
Bake a Pie
You don’t have to be Betty Crocker to whip up a delicious pie to beat the winter blues. Take stock of the fruit in your home – maybe you have some apples or peaches that are on the brink of going bad, or maybe you have a bunch of bananas that no one has eaten. Instead of letting them go to waste, find a recipe for that type of fruit pie or muffins. (Bananas are perfect for muffins!) With just a few additional ingredients like flour, sugar, and heavy cream, you’ll have a delicious pie in no time. Trust me, if I can make one of these recipes, you can too! Click here for some easy Pinterest recipes to get you started!
Start Your Spring Cleaning
You don’t have to go all out, but a little bit of cleaning here and there can save you from needing a major “deep cleaning” down the road. If you’re stuck inside for the day, make an effort to reduce clutter and start a Goodwill or Salvation Army bag to fill with items that can be donated. Make another bag for trash. Don’t be a pack-rat… If you don’t use it, donate it. If it’s broken, put it in the garbage. Start with your closets to free up storage space, then move to rooms like the kitchen and bathroom.
If you have kids, do a secret playroom clean up! Use the donation bag and garbage bag method but add a third bag or storage bin for toys that you know your kids like, but haven’t played with in a while. Chances are, they won’t notice they’re missing and in a few months you can get them back out and they’ll be like new! “Rotate” toys like this every few months to eliminate clutter and save money.
Take a Bath
When the roads are icy and activities get cancelled, take advantage of the unexpected free time and give yourself some “me-time.” Draw yourself a nice hot bath and give yourself at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted relaxation. Light some candles, add some bubble bath or Epsom salts and turn your phone off. Treat your skin to an exfoliating scrub or try this DIY mud mask.
However you choose to spend your snow-days, remember to take some time to enjoy the little things!