Out of Office: 22 Snow Day Activities That Are Anything But Boring

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When you were a kid, snow days were magical. You'd peek through the blinds hoping that the ground would be carpeted in a dense layer of snow. But, now that you’re an adult, snow days have lost a bit of their magic. And, honestly, can feel like more of an inconvenience.

Preparing for a snowstorm is a wise step to stay safe and comfortable during a blizzard. Start by making an emergency kit, involving items like water, non-perishable food and extra batteries, along with other things listed on the American Red Cross's checklist. If you're living in a house, consider better insulating its walls prior to winter and purchasing items like a generator or shovel. If the power goes out and stays out for days, you'll be thankful you thought ahead.

If you’re stuck indoors and are utterly bored, we’re making a case to change the way you think about your day off. Perhaps it’s getting creative with an easel and paintbrush or maybe it’s finally finishing that novel that’s been sitting on your nightstand for months.

Wondering what to do on snow days? We've rounded up 22 things that will help you stay occupied as you hunker down by the fire.

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Play a Board Game

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Choose an old-school board game you haven't played in forever. That Monopoly at the back of your closet is dying to be played, and a snow day is a great day to do so. Or maybe you're more partial to a puzzle game, like Rummikub. when it comes to game night, the world is your oyster.

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Transform Your Bathroom Into a Home Spa

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Why go to a spa, when you can create one in the comforts of your own home? Light scented candles, fill a bath with bubbles and hot water, and relax. Whatever self-care you prefer, treat yourself while stuck inside—and you can use up all those pricey samples that are taking up space in the bottom drawer of your vanity.

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Start Reading a New Book

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Grab a coffee, curl up by the fire, and really enjoy the snow day in the way in which it was intended. Pick up that brand-new hardcover all your friends are talking about, the new paperback best-seller, or, finish a book already on your shelf that you've been meaning to get through.

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Netflix and Chill

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Grab some popcorn and hit the couch. Whether you're alone or with a house-full of people, a Netflix night is just the thing you need for a cozy evening in. Binge-watch the latest documentary or show you’ve been hearing so much about.

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Have a Movie Marathon

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Pick a genre (romantic comedy, period drama, etc.) or actress (Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, etc.), and watch three movies in a row. You're set to become the expert on whatever you choose by the time the sun comes out!

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Throw a Snowed-in Dinner Party

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What better during a snowstorm than spending time with the ones you love—even if it's virtually? Invite your roommates, partner, or family to a dinner party, either in person or on Zoom. Even if it's through a screen, you can still eat, drink, and be merry while stuck inside. It will even give you some time to practice your new favorite recipes.

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Clean Out Your Closet

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You’re stuck at home, so you might as well do something productive. Go through your closet and Marie Kondo it from the bottom-up. Take everything out of your closets and drawers and separate it into three piles: toss, donate, and keep. When you're done, you'll be left with clothing that you actually wear, and not an overflow of old pieces you haven't touched in years.

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Get Lost on Pinterest

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Pinterest is a great tool when it comes to generating new and creative ideas. That gallery wall you’ve been wanting to find inspiration for? Looking to create your dream home office? Use this free time to peruse ideas. Trust us: You'll start off with a simple browse and the next thing you know, you'll have ten inspiration boards and it will be hours after you began.

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Do a Meditation Course

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Take the day off to actually relax. Even if it's not generally in your wheelhouse. Apps like Headspace and Calm are perfect for carving space in the day for mindfulness. You might start with a few minutes, one day a week, and it can quickly build to a more regular practice.

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Have a Wine Night

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Open a good bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion and enjoy it with dinner—or any time of the day. You might even want to sign up for a virtual wine class to learn a little more about the bottles you're drinking.

The sister duo behind Ignoble Grapes is here to help—whether you're local to NYC and want an in-person tasting, looking for a custom-curated Zoom class for your nearest and dearest, or looking for a more general open online class that connects you with like-minded wine lovers from around the globe.

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Take an Online Course

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Now’s the time to finally learn to make your own website and create a strong online presence. Take the day to put one foot in front of the other and start to build the life that you keep saying you want, but don't have time to focus on.

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Practice Your Barista Skills

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Since you may not want to venture by car to your local coffee shop, try and recreate your favorite pour-over at home. The best part is, if you mess up, no one will be around to see! You can just toss it and start over. Besides, no matter how pretty (or not!) your pouring skills are, it all tastes the same!

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Update Your LinkedIn Profile

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Snow days can be productive, too, if you so choose. Take some time to update your LinkedIn with your most recent professional happenings and reach out to a person in your industry who you admire. This one snow day might just be the thing you need to jump-start your next chapter.

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Play Dress-up in Your Own Closet

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You’ve probably got something coming up that you need an outfit for, right? Figure out what you are going to wear on that date, job interview, or weekend getaway. It's also a great way to clean out your closet, when you're playing around and trying a bunch of things on.

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Act Like a Child

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Put on your snow clothes and go outside for a snow romp. Wet and messy it might be, but you'll enjoy celebrating your inner child...even if only for a few hours. After all, isn't building snow men and making snow angels really what a snow day is all about?

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Do a Little Online Shopping

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No judgment on how many orders you place—we promise. Really take a deep dive into that Net-a-Porter sale or Shopbop new arrivals section and prep your wardrobe for the warm weather that is to come.

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Style Your Coffee Table

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Feel free to try a new look with styled books or décor pieces. You might choose to organize them by size, category, or even color. Have more than one snow day in a row? Try out a bunch of different styling options and see which one you like best.

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Have a Crafternoon


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There are endlessly snow day crafts to create, from homemade cards to scrapbooking to watercolor painting. Don't have a skill that's already a go-to? Consider trying a new one, like embroidery or needlepoint.

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Start a Mindfullness Project

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If you've been constantly moving and stressing, take time this snow day for reflection and gratitude. Journaling and meditating are reliving activities to take your mind off your stressors. This single choice on a snowy winter day might just start off a routine that you'll keep for years to come.

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Plan Your Next Getaway

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Whether next week or next month, a trip will give you something to look forward to. Inspired by the snow? Why not set yourself up with a ski weekend getaway? Itching for warmer weather? Perhaps a beach or resort trip is the next thing your calendar is craving.

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Amp up Your Home Gallery

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Get creative and purchase new artwork for your home. Support a small business and order new prints for your home on Etsy. There are an infinitve amount of artists to support—and your space will look so fresh and styled. Like the framed prints you already own that have been lined up in a pile in your entryway since you moved in? Consider cutting out paper silhouettes of the lot of them and taping then on your wall to lay out a gallery style.

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Redecorate Your Home

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Change up the furniture layout in either your whole apartment or maybe just your bed or living room. You have nothing to do and nowhere to be, so simply relax and take a closer look at your current layout. If something doesn't feel right, switch it around. If you're moving some heavy furniture around, consider it your hard-core workout for the day as well.

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