When you’ve been cooped up in the house for an extended period of time, things can get a little restless. These activities will help alleviate the boredom while you wait out the cold seasons.

Plan a DIY (Spa) Day

Adirondack chairs on deckYou can make DIY bath scrubs and soaps and then use them yourself. Since all the ingredients are natural, they are more sustainable than store-bought products. After you’re done taking a break with your new creations, you can pamper your bathroom a bit too.

Give your light fixtures a quick upgrade with energy-efficient light bulbs, or add some floating shelves. The guys can find something in the tool shed to build, like a paper towel holder or an Adirondack chair. Both parties get to take some time for themselves and do something they enjoy.

Cook a Meal Together

While cooking can be a fairly mundane and even irritating task when you have lots to do, cooking when other obligations are on hold can be a fun experience. Find a new recipe to try with the whole family. After you’ve enjoyed a home-cooked meal with your loved ones, let everyone pitch in for a deep clean of the kitchen.

Learn Yoga

woman in child's poseYoga or other forms of meditation can be extremely therapeutic. Studies have found health benefits for all age groups, so even kids can join in. You won’t learn everything in a day, but it could be the beginning of a new healthy habit. Before you can balance your chakras, you have to have a space to start your meditation.

Change your mindset from “being stuck in the house” to “improving the home for better health,” and clear out that old office space for a more productive hobby. Add some new curtains, repaint the walls, or touch up any holes that your once-younger child might have put in the wall.


The amount of exercise you can do at home may be limited, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. There are plenty of floor exercises and home exercises to help keep you in shape until you can get back to the gym. Install some suspension straps in the garage and create your own fitness center. Check out these other ideas for DIY gym equipment, like sandbags and water balls, to add some variety to your home workout.

Don’t let cabin fever get the best of you. There are plenty of ways to be productive for yourself and for your home, so pay some attention to the shared spaces of your home, like bathrooms, the kitchen, an office space, or the garage. Your time stuck inside will be over before you know it!