With our first threat of rough winter weather here in middle Tennessee, many of us are already canceling plans and opting to stay indoors instead. This is great for safety, of course, but not always ideal for productivity (or bored kids). Rather than letting an inclement-weather day feel like a waste, why not make the most of your time? Stay cozy inside, and check out a few ideas for how to pass the time, whether it’s just you or a whole family that’s staying home.


  1. Organize something.


When we’re on the go all the time, it can be hard to force ourselves to tackle home projects that aren’t pressing. Organizing or small improvements can get pushed to the back burner for months at a time—especially since the holidays just took a huge toll on our schedules. Now that you’re forced inside by ice or snow, you’ve got nowhere else to go! You might as well clean out that kitchen junk drawer, work on editing your wardrobe, or get your holiday décor in order (read more here for help with post-holiday organizing!). Think of it as a super early head start on your spring cleaning!


  1. Cook.


If there’s a threat of losing electricity during a winter storm, start on this activity early! Being stuck inside can give you a chance to do some meal prepping and get a running start for the weeks ahead. If you’re looking for something a little more fun to do, bake cookies with the kids and have a decorating contest. Or, make a batch of hot cocoa to warm up in the midst of the freezing weather—find some recipes for inspiration here.


  1. Take a walk (if it’s safe!).


Sometimes, ice patches can prevent you from getting outside at all. But if you’re only faced with snowfall, grab the kids for a short nature walk while there’s still daylight outside. Leave your phones at home, and take the opportunity to see your neighborhood in a completely different way.


  1. Nap.


Yes, really. Too many of us have run ourselves ragged trying to get ourselves and the kids back into a solid routine after the holidays. You can’t leave the house, so you might as well take a catnap and recharge your body and mind. Plus, snowfall always seems to create a peaceful mood—perfect for curling up under a blanket for a midday snooze.


  1. Read a book or watch a movie.


On the note of curling up under a blanket, both of these activities go hand-in-hand with cozying up for a few hours. Grab the kids and watch something goofy that will give you a laugh (and keep you from going stir crazy), or if your kids can entertain themselves, take this time for your own leisurely reading. Plow through a few chapters of that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for the last three months, and let yourself unwind.


Enjoy the break from your routine, and stay safe!


Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, an old soul, and a chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.