Brace Yourselves, Winter is Coming (to Your Apartment)

It’s finally starting to get rainy and wintry here in San Francisco, and I know you east coasters have been pretty much housebound since all these storms set in. While I love my apartment, I’m an outside kinda girl — being cooped up inside while it rains or freezes outside gets old really fast. Fortunately, it’s not actually that hard to keep yourself occupied with something other than trashy TV shows (although I’m not hating on those IN THE LEAST) in your apartment until the weather clears.

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You know all those little cleaning projects you’ve been meaning to do for, like, ever, but you always had a work thing or weekend brunch plans? Yeah, now’s a great time to get those done. Not only do you get to cross something off your to-do list, you’ll probably be a lot happier spending time inside a sparkling clean, neat apartment, so your days indoors will be way more tolerable.

2. Rearrange your furniture

If you’ve got time to burn, why not test out a couple different furniture arrangements and see if one speaks to you more than what you’ve got going on now? As we’ve mentioned in blog posts before, rearranging your furniture can go a long way to making your apartment feel practically new, which might help alleviate the cabin fever.

3. Work out

You can actually do a lot in your apartment, even if you don’t have big home gym equipment — yoga, strength training, etc. I also recommend checking your cable’s On Demand listings for free workout videos. You’ll stay healthy, pass some time, tire yourself out, AND get some endorphins flowing to keep you in a good mood!

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4. Cook

Or bake (can’t go wrong with cookies in winter). Point being, if you’re going to be hanging out inside anyway, test out some new recipes or make yourself a really nice, time-consuming meal that you wouldn’t normally have time for. If your friends can safely make it over to your apartment, you could even have a small dinner party — that’ll definitely brighten everybody’s moods.

5. Catch up with old friends

I know, I know, with Facebook and texting and everything this isn’t as hard as it used to be, but I usually have at least a small group of emails/messages/calls I’ve been meaning to return when I had time to sit down and write a more lengthy, thoughtful response. Bad weather days are perfect for this! You’ll up your call-returning karma, plus it’s always great to chat with old friends. And family — call your mom, she’s worried about you and she heard a power line came down…WAS THAT NEAR YOUR HOUSE?

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6. Something nice for yourself

It’s easy to get frustrated and stressed when you’re cooped up and can’t go about your normal routines, so make sure you take the time to do something relaxing for yourself. Basically, just don’t feel like you have to be productive all the time, and let yourself enjoy a slower pace for a couple days.  If art or crafting is your thing, devote some time to that. Take a super long, relaxing bath. I tend to drop some money on new books or music (or make like 8 million new playlists I will later question). And hey, there’s always trashy TV. And wine.

Here’s hoping you’ll be back out in the sunshine soon, and in the meantime, how do you stay occupied during bad weather? Tell us here or on Facebook!

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