Stay Inside, Stay Safe: 7 Cozy At-Home Winter Activities
Baby, it’s cold outside! As winter weather digs in deep, it’s time to explore things you can do to stay off the roads and comfy cozy indoors.
Drawing a blank on what to do during the winter months? These seven cozy winter weather-approved indoor activities will give you plenty to do during your warm and cozy sit-in that might fuel your inner sense of fun throughout the long, cold winter ahead.
1. Try a New Recipe
Nothing shakes out the cobwebs or warms you up inside quite like outstanding winter foods. This is the time of the year to explore new recipes! Whether you’re creating goals of healthier eating or want to warm up your home and your belly, there are plenty of amazing recipes to try, like this ground beef vegetable soup recipe or oatmeal peanut butter bars for a healthier after-school snack option for your kids. A simmering pot of soup, stew, chili, or goodies baking in the oven always helps to keep your home warm and cozy too.
2. Start a New Book
Many libraries offer curbside pick-up services for checking out books and online streaming options for audiobooks and eBooks. This means you can create a vast book bucket list and get started on reading it this winter. More importantly, you can do it without venturing out to the store or adding to your Amazon tally.
3. Watch a Movie, in Style!
While red carpet fashion may not be the warmest or most comfortable clothing, you can always opt for your most comfy and cozy pajamas and a pile of plush blankets for your movie viewing pleasure and stream to your heart’s content. Add a few fancy beverages or movie snacks into the mix and you have all the trimmings needed for a cozy movie night. Alternatively, you can make your own pizza for pizza and a movie in your living room.
4. Start a DIY or Craft Project
Is there a home improvement project you’ve been putting off because you haven’t had the time? How about a passing interest in a crafting hobby? There’s no time like the present to get started! You just need to pick up supplies at your local craft or home improvement store, do some research, and dedicate some time to dive right in.
5. Have a Spa Date at Home
This might not be the first thing that comes to mind when exploring fun at-home activities, but it can be! Pamper yourself a bit with a great face mask, mani-pedi, or even a nice long bubble bath. The idea is a little self-care to help cure your winter blues without getting out in the winter weather to get there.
6. Start Your Summer Garden
Did you know you can get a head start on your summer gardening by planting seeds indoors in winter? It’s true and you’ll enjoy a longer growing season as a result!
7. Give Back
Send a care package to a soldier or a loved one who lives far away. Start a letter-writing campaign for a project you’re passionate about. Or simply donate money or items to an organization that can make good use of them.
Winter isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be miserable! Bring some joy into the winter season with these activities that are simple yet comforting. Plus, doing these fun at-home activities in your home means you’re spending less time on the streets staying safe from the weather, sickness, and other potential risks this winter.
Originally published 1/26/22 - Updated 2/2/23