5 Ways to Survive Your Snow Day

Don't get bored on a snow day. Here a few suggestions on how to use the extra time wisely or just have fun.

Instead of letting cabin fever get you down, why not take the day to spoil yourself, to truly relax and bask in the inability to leave your driveway? Try out new crafts, check things off your to-do list, or put extra marshmallows in that third cup of hot cocoa (you deserve it). Me, I’m diving into kitchen layout inspiration, hoping to find the perfect idea for a future kitchen renovation, and sliding around the living room furniture to explore different layouts.

Looking for more ideas? Here are some projects and activities to help you survive your snow day.

1. Put your slow cooker to the test.

You would be surprised how many things you can make besides dinner. Get creative while you’re stuck indoors, and make something unexpected like soap, candles, lip balm and potpourri.

2. Take comfort in staying put.

Photo by: ERICA GEORGE DINES

ERICA GEORGE DINES

Create your own at-home spa. Bring out the bubble bath, the body scrubs, the face masks, and enjoy a day committed to feeling luxurious. (Psst, what a dream it would be to have a home spa that looks like this! See more of this fabulous space here.)

3. And as part of that spa day: Manicures!

The only times I can give myself a mani/pedi are when I’m not rushing to get out of the house. Being snowed in is the perfect opportunity to achieve a flawless finish. Need ideas? Check out our Valentine’s Day manicure (combining matte and glossy finishes), or our Hunger Games inspired “Girl on Fire” nails.

4. Commit to a new paint color.

Contemporary Family Room With Sleek Fireplace

Contemporary Family Room With Sleek Fireplace

Being stuck at home can be a great opportunity to identify what you like and don’t like about your current interior design. Take in some tips for Feng Shuiassess what colors would be good for your mood, and make a point to pick up a gallon of paint when the plow clears the road.

5. Clean your washing machine.

Maybe you never considered that something that exists to clean would need to be cleaned regularly. Giving your machine a periodic clean-out using bleach and vinegar (in separate cycles!) helps to eliminate residue left behind by soaps, and improves the ability for your machine to clean your clothing thoroughly. A must-do if you’re sitting at home with a few hours to kill!

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