Baby, it’s cold outside! With the snow, rain and wind, venturing outside for activities can feel like way too much of a hassle. If you don’t feel like piling on layer after layer of clothing, staying inside is the only option. To combat cabin fever, here are some tips, tricks and activities to keep you entertained and best of all, warm.
1. Card games from your childhood: Spit, Egyptian Rat Screw, Speed. Rekindle the romance with these fun games you used to play on the rainy days of the past. If you’re up for some extra socializing, invite your floormates to a tournament and school them all with your amazing skills. Prize for the winner of the tournament is semester-long bragging rights. Can’t quite remember the rules?
2. Apples to Apples:
There are plenty of board games out there, but some of them lose their jazziness as almost-adults. Apples to Apples is a fun game that allows you to use your wit and political knowledge to make your friends fall on the floor giggling. You pair an adjective with a noun to make the funniest combination, and whoever draws the adjective for you to match decides if your pair was the best, funniest, or most topical.
3. Rearrange your furniture: Sometimes you get bored with the layout of your room. Make it a little more inviting by playing with the arrangement. “Rearranging furniture is always therapeutic,” Emerson College resident assistant Tau Zaman says. “You'd be surprised at what kinds of arrangements you can make.”
4. Favorite movie marathon: This is a great way to get to know your floormates. Ask everyone to pick their favorite movie among the DVDs that they brought to school with them and have a movie marathon. Getting to know others’ taste in movies and music is a great way to find some common ground between you—and this method just so happens to kill eight hours.
5. Learn how to do the Single Ladies dance:
This task is definitely the most difficult on this list, but also the most rewarding. Grab two friends and check out some YouTube tutorials like this one to shake your booty like Beyonce. Tackling these challenging moves doubles as a cardio workout and a great confidence booster.
6. Turn random stuff into new clothes: “Since it's super cold outside, you can also use old clothes to make new ones for the winter,” Zaman says. “You can turn sweater sleeves into scarves or leg warmers, sweatshirt hoods into little drawstring bags, or even old t-shirts into pillowcases! I'm terrible at sewing but even I found cool ways to give old clothes new uses online.” Try this site for ideas.
7. Clothing swap: Shopping for brand new clothes is for people with an expendable income, and unfortunately, that may not be you at the moment. Find a friend in your building who has a similar body type and ask if she would like to trade that shirt you bought but never wore for her scarf that you totally envy. It’s a great way to bond and also get some new loot while getting rid of some old stuff. You can also try swapstyle.com and swap clothes with millions of users!
8. Find a new look while playing around with makeup:
Aside from changing up your clothes, you can freshen up your look in other ways, too. If you’ve always been terrified of liquid eyeliner, there is no better time than now to attempt the seemingly impossible. Try to make blue eye shadow look acceptable. Put on some black lipstick. Do whatever moves you—you may find that black lipstick is actually becoming on you.
9. Make a wall collage: “One of my favorite projects was to get a bunch of tacks and cork-board tiles and tack artsy/antique postcards onto them,” says Zaman. “They make really classy wall decorations and depending on your level of detail you can spend anywhere from minutes to hours.”
10. Start a blog: You have thoughts! You have opinions! So share them with the online community. There are several blog hosts you can choose from: Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr, and many others. Post things that inspire you, your favorite recipes, or something really annoying that happened to you today. Being inside leaves you a lot of time alone with your thoughts; don’t be afraid to document them. And read theses HC article on blogging and fashion blogging to find out how you can get started!
11. Start a new show on Netflix: When your favorite shows end, your weeknights feel a whole lot lonelier. A Netflix account, if you don’t have one, is affordable and a great investment if only for the ability to stream shows and movies online instantly. If you’ve been meaning to watch Grey's Anatomy, The Bachelor, or re-watch your favorite episodes of Family Guy, being stuck inside all day is the perfect opportunity to begin.
12. Online Shopping: Pick. Point. Click “Buy.” And you’re all done. Pick up a swingy sundress or a pair of espadrille wedges to get you in the mood for spring. Sigh: the snow will melt away eventually. Check out this HC article on how to shop the online flash sale sites like a queen.
13. Chocolate cake in a mug: If you’re looking for something tasty and quick, try making cake is a mug. What’s great about this recipe is that it requires simple tools (a mug and a microwave) and some easy to get ingredients. Go ahead, make yourself seconds. We won’t tell. Check out this recipe for a ridiculously easy dessert.
14. Get dinner delivered: Have your roommates chip in for a few large pizzas and call out for delivery. Once they arrive, sit around and watch something totally trashy like “Jersey Shore.” Sometimes, it feels really good to veg out and let your mind shut down a bit. Plus, reality shows are great for a few laughs. Don’t forget to give the delivery person a big tip for driving through the slush to get you a piping hot dinner.