things to do at home in the winter

Wintertime can be cold and boring if you let it. Or you could make it exciting and fun! Instead of getting trapped in the same old routines, try one of these ways to enjoy your home during the winter.

1. Watch a classic movie

Bridesmaids is a great movie, but let’s hold off on watching it for the 30th time. Kick back with a classic movie that you and your family haven’t seen. Need help picking one? Try this list of the best movies of all time from IMDb.

2. Make a home cooked meal

This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. We know not all of us are gifted with the ability to create delicious dishes, but we can all break out the cutting board and fresh ingredients once in awhile to make a home cooked meal. Check out Real Simple or if you need inspiration.

3. Look through old photos

It’s a digital world we live in and most of us don’t ever print out photographs anymore. But you can still reminisce and reflect by looking at old photographs. This is a great way to take a trip down memory lane with your family this winter.

4. Read a book

You’ve probably read a blog or skimmed a magazine recently, but when was the last time you sat down to enjoy a book? Now’s the time!

5. Complete a puzzle

Working on puzzles is fun, challenging, and very rewarding when you complete one. It’s a great activity that the whole family can get involved with.

6. Rearrange a room

Tired of how your bedroom feels or how your living room functions? Take a day and rearrange a room or two in your home to see if you can find a better setup. Even if you have to move everything back the way it was, at least you got some exercise in.

7. Listen to your favorite album

These days you often only hear a hit single on the radio. This winter, take the time to sit down and listen to an album in its entirety.

8. Make a craft

How many crafts have you pinned on Pinterest lately? Probably several! Take time this winter to actually complete one. If it doesn’t turn out so well you can always share it on

9. Call a friend or family member

When’s the last time you called (not texted, not emailed) your brother, sister, or good friend? Set aside 30 minutes to talk uninterrupted.

10. Build a fire and sip some wine

Please note you should only enjoy this one if you have a fireplace in your home. If you do not have a fireplace, do not build a fire. Simply sip some wine instead.

11. Throw a dinner party

Host a pitch-in or make the entire feast yourself. Either way your guests will love coming over and visiting over a good meal and conversation.

12. Start or finish a scrapbook

You don’t have to go crazy with this and document your child’s entire life. Start small and design a book that covers one major event or year.

13. Send a letter

Emails are great and all, but a handwritten letter is much more personal and thoughtful. Pick one or two recipients and write a note to say hello.

14. Clean out your basement

Although most people choose to do their heavy cleaning in the spring, we recommend tackling some of your big cleaning projects in the winter. If you’re going to be stuck inside you might as well get some cleaning done.

15. Plan an event

It never hurts to think ahead. Use the wintertime to plan out summer parties, birthdays, and other events.

16. Plan a vacation

You may not be able to escape the cold winter physically, but planning out your family vacation is a great way to cure the wintertime blues. You may also find that you can score some great deals by planning so far in advance.

17. Build a blanket fort

The blankets are already out and you probably have boxes leftover from Christmas that would make great walls for a fort. Your kids will love it, and let’s be honest, you will too!

18. Plan your spring garden

It may not seem like it, but spring will be here soon enough. Spend some time over the winter thinking about what you’ll plant and be sure to start seedlings indoors if needed.

It’s not hard to enjoy your home during the winter, it just takes a little more thought. What would you add to this list?