With the east coast still recovering from #Blizzard2016, many in places like D.C. and NYC are still hunkered in, waiting for the snow to clear.
So how can you make use of this time? Sure you could just go back to bed and wait it out, but why not turn this time into something positive? Here are a few things you can do to keep you busy:
Check Expiration Dates
Sounds boring, huh? Looking at canned food and boxes of cake mix to see if they’re still good sounds like a chore. Well it is, but it’s one that you’ll be glad you did.
Americans Goodwill stores and community organizations always need donations. That business suit you never wear could be just what some else needs to land a new job. Add to that a tax write off and a little extra space for the stuff you really want to wear, and it’s a win-win-win.
Your smoke detector batteries are likely the last thing on your mind. With the newest models coming with 10 year+ batteries, chances are you won’t have to worry about this much longer. But if your home has older smoke detectors, it’s important to check them.
It’s also a good time to make sure you have various batteries handy. Keeping a pack of AA, AAA and 9V can often save you a trip. More importantly, if you have kids stuck inside with a dead toy, it can also save your sanity.
Your furnace, your vacuum cleaner and your Brita water purifier. These are just three of the things you probably haven’t changed the filter on in months.
When it comes to your furnace, you should check the filter monthly and change it when it looks dirty. It’s really pretty simple, and the few minutes and couple of dollars it costs will truly make you and your family breathe easier.
Your vacuum cleaner and other things such as water filters can vary for each make and model. Assuming you have long since tossed the manual, search the product name on the web along with “replacement time”.
Check for Cold Spots
If the cold weather is what’s keeping you trapped inside, do a walk through of your home to check for potential cold spots. No not areas of paranormal activity, but places where you may be losing heat.
Check around windows, doors, heating vents and even electrical sockets. There are dozens of simple places where you could be losing precious heat. But don’t worry. The fixes are usually simple and worth the expense.
Take a Nap.
Yep, That’s right. Remember naps? Like you used to take when you were a kid? Why not relive you’re childhood through the magic of some much needed sleep.
Sleeping for even a short time can help make you more alert and energetic. Maybe take some of that energy and go check those expiration dates. Seriously. Go do it. You’ll forget later and besides this is almost over.
BING WATCH EVVVVVVERYTHING
Ok, screw it. It’s cold and you don’t feel like doing a thing. It’s cool. We’re not going to judge.
Why not catch up on all those shows people keep telling you to watch? Better yet, watch something you know you love. Perhaps a little Parks & Rec? The Office is always good. Modern Family? Did you know you can stream Bob Ross Painting?
Whatever you do, don’t waste this opportunity. Don’t look at it as being stuck inside. Look at it as a chance to do all the dumb stuff you won’t want to or get to do later… or probably ever again.