April showers bring May flowers, but that doesn’t help the fact that rainy days are a total bummer. After the harsh cold of winter, we just want to get outside and enjoy a little sunshine, not stay at home staring out the window at drizzly, gray days. But since a wet spring is an almost certainty (at least in our neck of the woods), we’re trying to make the best of the additional time indoors. Here’s where you’ll find us on those stormy spring afternoons.
1. Spring Cleaning
Is it fun and glamorous? No. But spring cleaning is totally necessary (at least, it is for us!) and as awful as it may sound, nothing beats settling in to a clean, fresh home knowing that every bit of dirt has been scrubbed, every stray paper filed and every nasty nook or crusty cranny has been disinfected. We’ve rounded up some of our best tips for cleaning those oft-forgotten corners, but our best tip? Crank up the music, find your stride and trust that it will all be worth it in the end.
Once you’ve come out of winter hibernation, it can be rough to be unable to expend your springtime energy. Netflix marathons and curling up with a book are standard for energy dips caused by lack of sunlight, but once you’ve had a taste of spring, cabin fever can hit full force. Use that energy and motivation to knock some of the projects off of your DIY list. Bonus points for focusing on change-of-season projects like repurposing your spring cleaning rejects or repainting a room in a nice, airy color.
3. Hitting the Gym
I know, I know, another groan-worthy activity. But if you’re stuck indoors anyway, you might as well use the time to get into summer shape. If you made a fitness-based New Year’s resolution, now’s the time to kick it to the next level, or forget about all those weeks you skipped and rededicate. A few laps on the track is a great way to burn that cabin-fever-induced restless energy!
4. Throwback Thursday
Think of something you haven’t done in years—odds are it’s making a comeback. Whether it’s roller skating, bowling or even laser tag (don’t lie, you know you loved laser tag), there are tons of active, indoor activities you used to love as a kid. And now, these types of places are catering to adults, too, with bowling bars and “throwback” nights gaining traction.
5. Planning your Next Trip
What better way to spend a gray afternoon than by planning your next big adventure? We’re using the time to finalize itineraries for our summer trips, dreaming of the days when we’ll be staring out at blue and white beaches instead of stormy skies. Even if a summer vacation isn’t in the budget, use the time to plan your next dream getaway so you’ll be ready when the time comes. Plus research shows that planning your trip might be even better than taking it!
Now you tell us…what’s your favorite rainy day activity for spring?