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11 Fun Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside During Winter

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She's trying to reduce using chemical and toxic products. She wants to improve her way of life by using as many natural remedies at home.

Winter is not everybody favorite season. However, there are fun things to do at home while you're trying to avoid the cold weather.

Winter is not everybody favorite season. However, there are fun things to do at home while you're trying to avoid the cold weather.

Winter Time

It's that time again. Winter.

It's time for warmth, comfort, good food, and pleasant talk while enjoying a warm cup of beverage. It excites both joy and blues. While some cannot wait for the cooler weather, others dislike the frigid temperatures and the sicknesses that follow the cold air. You are stuck inside, yet again, due to the latest snowstorm, cold polar vortex, or gloomy rain.

However, it doesn't mean you should be stuck in bed or sitting on a couch all day. You should challenge yourself and try to find activities to fight the boredom. Three years ago was my first winter in the US, and it wasn't very pleasant. I had a winter sickness due to the weather change from a tropical and humid climate to cold and freezing weather. After a while, I slowly adapted to the change.

Fun Things to Do List

I decided to make a list of fun things that I did last year and a few new things that I will do this winter. Believe it or not, there are many fun and useful things you can do while you are stuck inside the house. Sometimes, we might not realize that winter is the ideal time to achieve something that we want to do before the year-end. For example, if you haven't finished reading a book that you have started, (as you have been busy for the past 11 months) winter is a perfect time to finish reading that book.

Try any of these entertaining ideas at home with your family.

Delicious stack of pancakes with fresh strawberries.

Delicious stack of pancakes with fresh strawberries.

1. Make a Delicious Breakfast

Breakfast is an essential meal of the day. I believe making a delicious breakfast can influence the rest of your day. It can be scrambled eggs with toast, pancakes, french toast, and waffles. Nothing complements a cold winter morning better than the smell of egg-y butter, fresh fruit, and maple syrup. If you feel you make these foods often, then try to do something different. Experiment with a new recipe to surprise your family with a lovely breakfast.

I made these wall decors using some of dried leaves I picked during fall.

I made these wall decors using some of dried leaves I picked during fall.

2. Inexpensive Crafts

Crafting is one of the best things to do while you're stuck at home. Take advantage of the time you have to get creative with stuff you have at home. Think about some inexpensive crafts you can do at home without having to spend a lot of money. Book scrapping, drawing, doodling, or bookmarking are some of the ideas you can do on your own or with your kids. I love doing bookmarking at home using dried leaves that I picked up during the fall. Other than that, I have also used the leaves as the wall decor.

Write a journal or diary can be a routine not just during winter. Writing helps your mind feels calm.

Write a journal or diary can be a routine not just during winter. Writing helps your mind feels calm.

3. Write in a Journal

Writing in a journal is an essential idea during this season. You can start writing your thoughts or diary entries, and keep them in a secret place. Other than thoughts, you can write poems, recipes, or just doodle. Any of these will help your mind to be active. It's a new year; why not start with a brand-new journal or diary this year? Write down the list of things you want to accomplish this year. Maybe for the next five years as well.

Nutella swirl babka. Bake something you like and enjoy it with your family.

Nutella swirl babka. Bake something you like and enjoy it with your family.

4. Bake Something

Baking is a great idea to do while you are stuck at home. During this time, I can likely be found in the kitchen (the oven already on), looking through my pile of cookbooks or the saved recipes on my phones for something to bake. Winter is where I devoted more time to conquering recipes or techniques that I hadn’t faced before. But above all, the chilly weather is a perfect time to bake something fresh and warm. Wouldn't it be nice to have a slice of fresh-baked raisin bread or cinnamon rolls at home? You can have them with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while lounging on the couch.

Tea has enormous benefits. Give it a try during this winter.

Tea has enormous benefits. Give it a try during this winter.

5. Afternoon Tea

I'm not an everyday tea drinker. Therefore, there isn’t a better time to drink tea than in the winter. The cold season makes our bodies more responsive to sickness. Drinking tea in winter is like giving yourself a warm bath on the inside. Not just that, tea is a natural remedy for the winter daze as well. The benefits of tea are many, and winter invites us to try a warm cup every day. A cup of afternoon tea sounds like such a good idea. So go to the kitchen, boil some water, pick your favorite tea flavor, and start making one. I promise it will calm your winter blues.

Cleaning such a good idea during cold month. It's like a work out!

Cleaning such a good idea during cold month. It's like a work out!

6. Deep Cleaning

We should be obsessing over winter cleaning. After all, we're about to lock ourselves inside rather than spending time outside. I notice my house gets very dusty in the winter because the air is warm and dry. This is why cleaning such a good idea during this time of year. I recently gave my own house a thorough, deep cleaning. Actually, cleaning is one of my favorite things to do while I'm stuck at home. I think it's great both mentally and physically. I got sufficient exercise, and it felt pleasing to be in a clean and bright house.

These chocolates are dangerously good. If you don't fancy chocolate, pamper yourself with something different.

These chocolates are dangerously good. If you don't fancy chocolate, pamper yourself with something different.

7. Pamper Yourself

I'm sure during the holidays we received presents from family members and friends. Why not pamper yourself with the gifts or presents you received? If you got a box of chocolate, it's time to open it and indulge yourself with dark and sweet chocolate while watching your favorite TV show. However, please do not eat the whole box (though it's might be hard to stop yourself). Maybe take a few from the box and share it with others.

Home exercise has become my routine. Working out at home during winter is a must!

Home exercise has become my routine. Working out at home during winter is a must!

8. Home Exercise

When daily trips to the gym aren’t desirable during winter, and gym memberships to seem expensive, home exercise is a great choice. No matter what, we must be active during these cold months. If you feel too lazy to run, start by doing a simple exercise such as stretching, squats, push ups, and lunges. Did you know brisk aerobic is one of the best exercises you can do at home? Your breathing and heart rate will increase during aerobic activities. It helps keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy.

Let's go! Plan for a trip for your summer vacation.

Let's go! Plan for a trip for your summer vacation.

9. Plan a Trip

Winter is an excellent time to plan your next summer vacation or trip with your loved ones. If you're traveling alone, it would be easy. I travel with my husband. Winter break is the best time to discuss and to make a plan for our trip. Furthermore, flight tickets and hotels are cheaper if you booked earlier. (Though your trip will be ready in next 5–6 months). Sit down with your travel buddy to plan your best summer vacation. Make sure to have your important items available (passport or ID) if you're ready to book for a flight!

Pick up a book or a magazine to give your eyes some break from those gadgets.

Pick up a book or a magazine to give your eyes some break from those gadgets.

10. Read or Finish Reading a Book

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. It never gets old. It is the best time to pick up a new book, perhaps finishing what you have started a few months ago. Before I pick up a book and start reading, I like to get comfy. Most of the time, I will wear my favorite jumper, sit down at my favorite chair, light up a candle, and start reading. Sometimes, I will make a cup of coffee to company my reading. If you feel lazy to read a book, pick up some magazines and read your favorite columns by your favorite writer. It can be something about lifestyle, food, travel, music, or something else. It is good to give your eyes a break from the phone or computer.

I love organizing. It not just makes your pantry looks in order but, you will feel calm and happy to see the result.

I love organizing. It not just makes your pantry looks in order but, you will feel calm and happy to see the result.

11. Organize the Pantry

As much as I love cleaning, I love organizing very much too. Organizing contributes energy and calmness to my body. One of my favorite sections to organize is the pantry. I'm sure everyone has their favorite areas at home to clean or to re-organize. After months, it's about the right time to clean the dust in the pantry. Start by taking out all the items from the shelves and put them aside. Then, pick up a cloth and warm water or multipurpose cleaner and start to wipe the shelves from top to bottom. Before placing the items back into the pantry, check every item's expiration date. If it's expired, toss it.

© 2020 Liza

Comments

Liza (author) from USA on May 12, 2020:

@bhattuc Thank you!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 11, 2020:

Good tips.

Liza (author) from USA on January 25, 2020:

Alyssa, thank you for your engaging comment. Exercise is one of the utmost activities I do every day. However, winter can be sinister. So, I make sure to do my exercise after a morning coffee. Yes, I agree music is the best companion while exercising. I have a workout playlist that I added to my phone library. We did share some similarities! Nice knowing you. Have a lovely weekend!

Alyssa from Ohio on January 25, 2020:

This is a fabulous list, full of wonderful ideas to pass the time while still being productive during the nasty winter months. As someone who has exclusively worked out at home for the past decade, I love that you added home exercise on your list! I also love cleaning. I put on music and it feels almost meditative to me. Thank you for sharing!

Liza (author) from USA on January 13, 2020:

Hi Suchismita,

Thank you for taking the time to read the article. I realize the winter is longspun still, but it provides me enough time to fulfill these fun activities at home. I'm currently reading a book, and I enjoy doing it at this time of year. Have a great day!

Suchismita Pradhan from India on January 12, 2020:

Thanks for sharing different ideas liz.These funfilled ideas will definitely help in killing the boredom.Thanks for sharing.

Liza (author) from USA on January 12, 2020:

You're welcome, MG Singh. I really have fun doing these things while stuck at home. I hope everyone does too :)

MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 12, 2020:

Liza, thank you for a very interesting article. A wonderful way to pass the time.

Liza (author) from USA on January 11, 2020:

Hi Penny, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub. I hope everyone can use some of these fun ideas during winter :)

Penny Leigh Sebring from Fort Collins on January 11, 2020:

Great list of fun things to do during the winter months!

Liza (author) from USA on January 05, 2020:

Hi Prantika, I'm glad you are on-board with this list :). We require to be active during winter so we can withdraw the winter stress. The pressure of the cold weather can contribute to an unhealthy condition. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions on how you like spending your time during wintertime. We shared some similarities :) Have a lovely weekend!

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on January 04, 2020:

The list works for me not only for winter but also for the entire year. Some books I need to complete and some I want to read. I love writing journals, organizing and cleaning the book shelf, and baking during the holidays when I am at home. An evening with a favorite book, coffee, and some chocolates is one of my favorite things to do during the winter. An interesting list to follow instead of getting stressed during the winter. Thank you for the amazing list.

Eastward from Bangkok, Thailand on January 04, 2020:

Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

Liza (author) from USA on January 04, 2020:

You were right, Natasha. These things can be done not just during winter but, it sounds very reasonable for us here right now :) Thank you for commenting and reading my hub. Have a nice weekend :)

Liza (author) from USA on January 04, 2020:

I'm envy to hear that. Lol. Nevertheless, enjoy the weather and Happy New Year!

Natasha Tungare from India on January 04, 2020:

Such an amazing list!! For me all of these would work not only in winters but rather all 365 days as I am an introvert and prefer being home doing things

Eastward from Bangkok, Thailand on January 03, 2020:

That's the way to do it. Winters can be very long if you don't have things to keep you occupied. I'm enjoying my time in Bangkok, thanks. It's definitely the opposite of winter weather here!

Liza (author) from USA on January 03, 2020:

Linda, you are so lucky indeed :) Library sounds a perfect place to read at this moment. I never thought of doing that. Thank you for that approach :) I love reading autobiography and history books. Despite winter, I hope we still can be productive by doing things we love.

Liza (author) from USA on January 03, 2020:

Thank you very much for your thought, Eastward :) The best I can do to avoid myself from winter stress is to get active with things around me for the next few months. I trust you're having a great time in Bangkok, Thailand?

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 03, 2020:

You've shared some great ideas, Liza. I especially like the idea of reading books. So many interesting books are available, especially in some libraries. My local library is excellent in this respect. There's actually more than one library that I could visit, so I'm very lucky.

Eastward from Bangkok, Thailand on January 03, 2020:

I'm glad to see you are becoming an expert on managing the US winters! Nicely written article.

Liza (author) from USA on January 03, 2020:

@Crezyl thank you for your comment. You know I miss tropical weather as I was born and raised in Malaysia. I have had up and down while I live in a seasonal climate country. But, I love fall because I love the fall foliage. I guess the list is helping to avoid me from winter stress :) Happy New Year to you too!

Liza (author) from USA on January 03, 2020:

@Liz Westwood, thank you for your lovely comment. Recently, my husband and I were updating the pantry at our house. We have a small-sized pantry, but I love to have a bigger pantry someday :)

Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido from Philippines on January 03, 2020:

Gosh. These are amazing sets. Sadly , we don't have winter here in the Philippines, but I was interested in doing those things. ❤ Happy new year Liz!

Liz Westwood from UK on January 02, 2020:

This is an inspirational article. That pantry looks incredibly well-organized, matching your excellent and well-structured hub.