7 productive things to do on a rainy day

How to keep yourself entertained at home when it’s raining outside

Wet weekends can be depressing, especially as the weather gets cooler.

Your usual sport activities are cancelled. Your kids automatically glue themselves to their electronic devices. And you’re left wondering the best way to fill your day.  

We’ve collated a list of 7 productive things you can try. Some involve the kids, but others can be actioned on your own.

1. Clean

While it might be an obvious option, this is your chance to smash through some household cleaning. Get on top of that pile of dirty laundry or ironing (not literally), dust those neglected windowsills, or tackle the grease-covered oven.

You can even turn it into a game (either for yourself or with the kids) and set a timer to see how much you can get done. Make sure there are little rewards afterwards!

2. Get rid of clutter

If you’ve watched the Netflix show ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’, you might be inspired to declutter your home. Start with your clothes, then books, papers, komono (miscellaneous), and finish with mementos. Alternatively, you might want to go through your garage and get rid of any unwanted items. Or put them aside for a future garage sale!

You never know, you could have half the house decluttered by the end of the weekend.

3. Cook a new recipe

Do you have a shelf full of well-intended, but unread, cookbooks? Now is your chance to crack them open and try some new recipes! Whether you prefer baking sweets or want to attempt a new meal, a rainy weekend gives you the head space to do it.

This is a good one for the kids as well. You could even host a kids’ cooking competition – if you dare!

4. Try new exercises

Thanks to YouTube, we have access to thousands of exercise videos at our fingertips. Been meaning to get back into yoga or tighten your tummy? Pull out your yoga mat and have an exercise session in your lounge room.

There are exercise videos suitable for kids as well. If you’ve got the space, why not make it a family affair?

5. Fix and replace things

Been awhile since you changed the smoke detectors? Did a globe die in the guest bedroom…two months ago? Or is there an annoying leaky tap you’ve been meaning to fix?

Being stuck at home could be the push you need to get these things done.

6. Get crafty

Have you lost your sense of creativity lately? Rainy days are perfect for reconnecting with or discovering handiwork.

You may have a scrapbook you’ve been meaning to start or a woodwork project you’ve never finished. Sit down with your tools and make it happen!

7. Redecorate a room

Have you ever thought about moving furniture to freshen up your living room? Or do you have some new heart-warming family photographs to add to the walls?

Redecorating a room can offer a breath of fresh air to your home.

After you’ve done one (or more!) of these productive things, you’re sure to feel a sense of accomplishment. Then feel less guilty when you relax on the couch afterwards!

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