17 Things to Do on a Rainy Day When You're Bored

Updated 05/05/19
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Rainy days are the absolute worst when you have things to do and places to be, especially when it's pouring diagonally and an umbrella just does not work. (Can you tell this has happened to us before?) But when you have the privilege of staying indoors, it's a new type of day altogether. Usually, this is the point where you need to decide if you're going to have a lazy or productive 12 hours. But why not do a little bit of both?

Once we started compiling this list, we realized just how many things you can do when it's raining outside. And yes, we classify reading in bed as being productive (we all need that in our lives). But, of course, it is just rain, so we highly recommend venturing outside too—here are some of our favorite rainy day date ideas.

So here are 17 things to do on a rainy day when you're bored, going room by room. From getting things done to getting some rest, scroll through to see our favorites.

KITCHEN

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If you have kids, camp out for a drawing session at the kitchen table. Afterward, turn their masterpieces into custom phones case for you and your partner with CasetifyKids.
Break out your crockpot, and prep some of your favorite slow-cooked dishes to get ahead for the week.
Sick of realizing you’re out of ingredients? Take stock of all of your essentials like spices and condiments, then put the ones you need on your next grocery list.
Make a cup of coffee, and revamp your résumé using these key tips from a professional recruiter.

 

LIVING ROOM

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Measure for the rug you’ve always wanted (your feet will thank you!).

Download the Feng Shui DIY app, and rearrange furniture for maximum happiness. (It's free in the iTunes store.)
Clean under the couch cushions, and keep your eyes out for spare change.

Book a same-day massage through the Zeel app, and let them fix your sore muscles without leaving the house.
Peruse the 200-plus art books that The Guggenheim just pulled from its archive and made available for free as e-books. (There’s even some Picasso.) 

BEDROOM

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Ask yourself what the one thing is that you’ve been meaning to do for months—hang pictures, clean under the bed, etc.—then just do it.

Start your own book club in the comfort of your bed: Send out a Doodle invite to pick a day, then choose your first book. (Here's a list of some of our top picks to get you started.)

Rotate your mattress to increase its longevity.

Take a nap—no alarms, no interruptions (sleep mask optional).Have breakfast in bed. If you don’t feel like cooking, order something from Seamless and then crawl back under the covers. You deserve it.

BATHROOM

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Take a bubble bath while listening to spa music courtesy of the calming Relaxing Sounds app.

Give yourself that lip scrub, exfoliating treatment, or face mask you’ve been saving for just the right moment.

Read a magazine while soaking your feet in Epsom salt in the tubthe water will calm your tired toes.

If you're looking for more options, here are 37 things to do on a Sunday night.

This post was originally published on March 15, 2017, and has since been updated.

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