What to Do (Besides Netflix!) When You Refuse to Leave the House This Winter

22 Jan

Tiffany Craig, Purdue Student & Peer Counselor

snowy trees

As winter wears on, and sub-zero temperatures make the great outdoors seem less than appealing, snowy adventures may start to lose their charm. While the first snow of the year offers the excitement of sledding, ice skating and snowball fights, ice and slush quickly become tiresome. So what should you do when frigid weather traps you indoors? We’ve compiled a list of 7 (budget friendly) indoor activities to rid you of your winter woes.


Okay, okay. So studying isn’t the most exciting activity to fill your time, but why not maximize your efficiency? You can use this time when you can’t go anywhere to finish homework, and maybe even get a head start on upcoming assignments! This way, when the weather warms up, you’ll have some free time to enjoy the great outdoors.


This activity won’t just keep you busy, but has the added bonus of creating a delicious reward! Nothing tastes as good as freshly baked cupcakes or warm gooey cookies on a cold day. You could even invite some friends to help out, or turn it into a competition.

stack of books & coffee cup


Whether it’s a novel you haven’t had time for, or a chapter of your textbook you never got around to, (or maybe a MyMoney blog article) take some time to enjoy the power of the written word.

Get Creative

When you’re stuck indoors, you have all the time in the world to develop a new hobby. Why not learn to paint, sketch, or even knit? If you don’t know how, no problem! There are tons of handy tutorials online you can learn from.


I’m sure I’m not the only college student with a parent, significant other, or elderly relative who would love to get a hand-written letter. Use some of your down-time to do something special for a loved one.

scrabble board

Bring back the Board Games

 How long has it been since you last played a board or card game? Grab some friends, and host a good old-fashioned game night!



Clean and Organize

Again, this isn’t the most fun or exciting thing to do on a winter’s day, but did I mention efficiency? I’m sure we’ve all experienced the frustration of living in a disaster zone that we just don’t have time to clean. Winter is the perfect opportunity to get in gear and get things clean. When you’re stuck in that space you just haven’t been able to clean recently, you have an added incentive to make it spotless!

Whether you’re in a dorm, apartment, or house, there are plenty of activities to keep you from going insane this winter. What ideas do you have to help yourself stay busy during the cold months? Let us know in the comments below!

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