15 Rainy Day Activities We Bet You Haven't Thought Of

15 Rainy Day Activities We Bet You Haven't Thought Of

Shifrah Combiths
May 16, 2015
(Image credit: Anna Tk/Shutterstock)

It's so easy to grab the remote and settle in for a Netflix marathon when thunderstorms rain on figurative and literal parades. (Hello, Florida weather!) There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but why not shake things up a bit with these rainy day activities that will leave you happier, wiser, and better-looking once that storm has passed?

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KonMari your drawers. If you've read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you know what I'm talking about. This organizing method, developed by the author of the book, Marie Kondo, involves keeping only the things that "spark joy." When it comes to clothes, once you've pared everything down, you are also instructed to fold each item of clothing so it can be stored vertically. You could get lost in a YouTube education of how to fold various articles of clothing, but, oh how those beautiful drawers greeting you every morning will reward you for your efforts.

Build a fort. Nothing says you have to be under twelve to make a pillow and blanket fort.

Make your own exfoliation scrub (and use it). Stir together some coconut, almond, or olive oil and some salt or sugar, with maybe a sprinkle or two of essential oil and then scrub away in a warm shower. Or make a really small amount and just exfoliate your lips. Then go kiss someone.

Clean your doors. Warning: really looking at how dirty your doors are might make you feel like an unclean person. But! Cleaning them will make you feel super clean and you can do it fast.

Go through your pantry. Sorting through items in your pantry and organizing them will make you feel awesome, will save you money buying repeats or accidentally letting food go to waste, and might give you some menu planning ideas.

Budget. Okay, this one doesn't win many points on the fun-ness scale (and you might want to read this before starting), but boy is it among the most potentially life-changing activities on this list. I use YNAB, based, actually, on several recommendations from many of you and it is fantastic.

Unplug. Find out what you would do with yourself (and those around you), if you didn't have the TV, the phone, or the computer to keep you occupied on a rainy day. I'm surprised, and honestly, chagrined, by how much I can accomplish when our internet is out. Create the scenario for yourself, on purpose.

Fill four bags with items to donate. If you're a bit to antsy to do a meticulous KonMari, grab four garbage bags and fill them with items to donate. Think clothes, toys, books, extraneous kitchenware, the pillows you've never liked anyway....

Write a letter — on paper. When it's so easy to shoot a text or "keep up" with people by passively observing their life's goings-on on Facebook, many of us can't remember the last time we wrote someone a hand-written note to tell them hello or thank you or anything else, for that matter. What words and feelings might flow from the pen rather than the keyboard? Try it out. The upshot of letter-writing becoming a lost art is that a hand-written, snail-mail letter is that much more special.

Make pasta. Because why ever not? And when else are you going to do it? Check out these instructions, which include notes on how to roll and cut your dough even if you don't have a pasta machine. Top it with this magical sauce. It tastes like sun-warmed tomatoes straight from Italy.

Cull through a portion of your digital photos. Whether they're on your phone or on your computer, you more than likely can delete up to half of your photos. Doing it will make the good ones stand out and put you in a much better position to actually do something with them. Here are some tips to help you decide what to keep and what to, so to speak, toss.

Get down to nothing in your inbox. Archive, respond, unsubscribe, and delete your way to e-mail nirvana.

Paint your nails. A little pampering and you'll be extra ready to go out and play in the sun when it comes out again.

Re-enact The Sound of Music thunderstorm scene. I just realized that "raindrops on roses" was sung while raindrops really were falling on roses!! Gather the kids (or the grownups!) and play pillow-toss on the bed while you sing the song or shout out your own favorite things. Talk about memory-making.

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