At the beginning of winter, the first few snow days are cause for celebration. A quiet blanket of snow falls and creates a winter wonderland, and you and your kids go out and enjoy everything that initial snowfall brings with it: sledding, snowman-building, snowball fighting, and maybe even skiing or snowboarding or other winter sports. Then you come in to warm up with hot chocolate and enjoy the snow falling outside your apartment window.
Toward the end of February, especially after a rough winter that has dumped feet of snow upon feet of snow, even the kids have lost interest in snowman-building and hot cocoa drinking. Moods may even begin to change … happy turns more toward cranky. There’s so much snow on the ground that venturing out becomes difficult and you find yourself staying inside your small apartment, and perhaps even suffering from a touch of cabin fever.
Don’t worry, spring is just around the corner! But until then, here are some ways you can get through these last few weeks of winter:
Clean out a closet! It may not sound like much fun, but a late-winter snow day is the perfect time to tackle that clutter and get ready for spring cleaning and garage sales!
Rearrange a room. If your small apartment is starting to look too familiar, try rearranging your living room or home office. If something has been bothering you (the traffic flow from the front door, that end table you keep banging your toe against), now is the time to find a solution.
Try a new recipe. Crank up your favorite playlist and tackle that soufflé you’ve wanted to make.
Find a hobby. Have you always wanted to learn how to crochet? Have you been dreaming of stenciling your desk? Go ahead and give it a try!
Have a spa day. Give yourself a manicure, try out that new bubble bath, or see if that oatmeal facial recipe you found on Pinterest really works.
Hit the gym! If your apartment community has an on-site fitness center, go try it out!
If the snow has lost its appeal, build a fort in the living room, wad up some scrap paper, and have an indoor snowball fight!
Create a winter wonderland. Cut snowflakes from paper and decorate your windows with them. Or, if you don’t even want to look at another snowflake, create an “indoor beach” by making palm trees, waves, and giant suns.
Put together a puzzle! Pull the kids away from the video games and work on a puzzle together. Or, try playing an actual board game (remember those?).
Get out of your apartment and go hang out in your community clubhouse! Take advantage of whatever your community offers – the coffee bar, the Wi-Fi lounge, the large-screen television, or the pool table.
Print out all of those great snow-themed photos you’ve taken in the past few months and put them together in a great scrapbook! Decorate each page with captions, stickers, ribbons, etc.
Go for a walk. Yes, it’s still cold. And yes, it is snowing. But a brisk walk around your apartment community is a great way to shake off cabin fever, get some fresh air, and chat with neighbors.