The heat is up,
The temp is down,
Snow is falling to the ground.
We’re stuck at home,
The snow’s too deep.
What else to do besides
Catch up on sleep?
Kelsi Curry © 2021
Yesterday was a holiday, so Andrew was off work, like many of you. On top of that, we were snowed in under bitterly cold temperatures, so no outdoor activity was appealing. While we were eating a late breakfast (you know, the catching-up-on-sleep thing), my husband said, “So what’s on my honey-to-do list? I’m BORED!”
Hmm…He’s definitely accustomed to staying busy. 😆
If this sounds remotely like you, then this post is YOURS! Below you’ll find 6 things to do when you’re stuck inside to feel productive and not so “bored” when you’re staying inside for what seems like forever.
6 Things To Do When You’re Stuck Inside
1) Clean the Fridge
I know, I know… not the most exciting task. But, let’s face it – it’s an oft forgotten task that needs to be done. This was one of the first things we did yesterday. Andrew used the vacuum to clean up some of the dried stuff at the bottom of the fridge. We used some Mrs. Meyers all-purpose cleaner to wipe up gunk, and I used some lemon and vinegar dish detergent to scrub a few especially yucky parts. It felt SO good to admire our work once we were finished!
2) Go Through the “Collection” Piles
Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m tidying up, I have a tendency to collect things that I don’t want to deal with right then and pile them up somewhere. This has become quite a problem, particularly since I got pregnant and had a baby. There were three spots that I needed to take care of – one in the kitchen, one in the dining room, and one in our bedroom. Being stuck at home kind of forced me to deal with these piles.
In order to do this effectively, I usually get comfy on the couch or at the table, and I start laying everything out so I can clearly see what I’m working with. Then, I make smaller piles, usually based on where the items need to go (i.e., kitchen, medicine cabinet, trash, etc.). Having everything in its proper place makes me feel productive and energized!
3) Go Through Mail
This is connected to “collection” piles, but I am SO guilty of letting unsorted mail pile up until I am just. done. UGH! I am getting better at going through the mail as soon as it comes in, but I had a couple of piles with old medical bills from when I had Annabelle, along with other random mail that I wasn’t sure we needed. Anything that I don’t recognize (credit card offers, surveys, etc.) goes straight to the trash. If it’s something Andrew needs to address, I leave it on his desk where he can see it. I usually will browse through ads to check for any coupons on things I already planned to buy, or for sales on food. After that, it all goes in the trash!
4) Clean the Cabinets
No, not clean OUT the cabinets (though you can do that, too). Clean the actual cabinets. We live in an old house with some old wood throughout the entire place. It appears that the folks before us just painted over these old wooden cabinets in the kitchen (something we will get to…eventually…), and the cabinets just catch absolutely everything that drips or spills from the countertops above them. Yay.
So, yesterday I got down there and scrubbed all those stains off, including the baseboards underneath the cabinets, with some Mrs. Meyers and a rag. That was fun >>insert deep sarcasm<< but definitely rewarding! They look great now!
5) Organize the Books
Technology is great. The price of ebooks is great (especially for college students), but there is just something special about holding a physical book and turning physical pages. It is beautiful. We have quite the collection of books, and we add to them every so often (used book stores are great for this!). However, they tend to become cluttered over time. A day at home is the perfect time to go through and re-organize those books! You can do this by author, by topic, by category, or even by color! I’m planning to do some reorganizing of our bookshelves before the week is complete.
6) Have Fun!
Finally, just have some fun. That may look different for you than it does for me. Maybe your “fun” is building a fort out of blankets in the living room, or sliding down the stairs on pillows. Maybe your “fun” is having an Uno tournament, or playing and finishing a game of Monopoly or Phase 10. Maybe your “fun” is snuggling on the couch with your spouse and/or kids, reading books or listening to a dramatized story. Whatever “fun” looks like to you, take advantage of the time at home to simply relax and enjoy.
When you’re stuck at home, it can seem like there’s “nothing to do”, but there is always a plethora of things that can get done if you really desire to be productive. These are just a few of those things, but of course, there are plenty more!
What things do you like to do when you’re stuck at home? Feel free to comment below!
Stay safe and warm. ♥️