As I'm writing this, I'm staring out at one of the dreariest days I've seen in a while — it's early fall cold outside, with a consistent driving rain that'd be perfect for the protagonist in a romantic film to stand in, yelling at the man she loves so fiercely.
There are, however, more productive (and drier) things to do on rainy days than simply standing in the cold rain and shouting heavenward. If you're stuck inside on one of those gray, drizzly days, here are 25 ways to make the most it. (See also: 25 Frugal Changes You Can Make Today)
1. Make a Savings Goal, and Start Working Towards It
This can be as involved as taking a long, hard look at your finances or as easy as putting $5 in an envelope labeled "vacation fund."
2. Reorganize Something
From straightening up the house to getting your computer in order, this list of 25 organizational changes you can make today should give you plenty of ideas.
3. Try a New Hobby
Research how to start a new hobby you've been interested in, and if possible, go pick up supplies and dive in.
4. Or, Pick Up an Old Hobby
My knitting and embroidery supplies have been sitting untouched for entirely too long. If you have an activity you enjoy but haven't touched in a while, a rainy day is the perfect time to pick it back up.
5. Cook Ahead
Get ready for the upcoming week or month by preparing some soup, bread, casseroles, or other foods that can be stored in the fridge or freezer until needed.
6. Refamiliarize Yourself With Your Pantry
Pantries can be incredibly useful...or they can easily become homes to forgotten ingredients. Take stock of what you have in your pantry, and either cook something with what's there, or make plans to use the items in the upcoming week.
7. Weed Out Your Closet
How many outdated, ill-fitting, or otherwise unused pieces of clothing do you have in your closet? Take a ruthless look, and pull out the items you don't wear. Then make plans to have a clothing-swap party with your friends.
8. Try Some New Exercises
From yoga to body-weight strength-building exercises, there are plenty of indoor exercises you can try.
9. Make Life Plans
Take the time to clearly write out your life goals, whether they're for career, family, health, or even just little projects you want to work on. Defining what you want to do is the first step to getting it done.
It might seem unproductive, but journaling can help you take stock of where you are, decide where you want to be, and work out tough problems.
11. Catch Up on Correspondence
Owe someone an email? Dragging your heels on thank-you notes? Just thinking of someone who might appreciate a call, letter, or even something as simple as a text message or Facebook post? Make it happen.
It's a classic. You should do it anyway. If you're already good at keeping things neat and tidy, give a deep scrub to a room or two.
13. Try a New Recipe
Rainy days are especially great for recipes that take a while — even if it's not active cooking time. Bake a yeast bread, whip up some sugar cookie dough that has to sit in the fridge, or set some baked beans to slow-cook in the oven. Or make something fancy and complicated that you always feel like you don't have time for. Plus, if you make enough, you'll have leftovers for the rest of the week.
14. Order In, and Use the Time You Would Be Cooking to Do Something You Don't Want To
Indulge in a bit of comfort food — always nice on a rainy day — and then use the time you would have been cooking to do something not-so-fun, like scrubbing the tub, reorganizing a particularly persnickety junk drawer, or sorting through a big pile of papers.
15. Let Someone Know You Care
This effort can be big or small, difficult or easy. Tell someone you care, or show it by doing something nice.
16. Make Appointments
Get on the phone or internet and get appointments scheduled — whether it's for the doctor, at your salon, or with a friend you've been meaning to meet up with.
17. Pay Your Bills
This is pretty straightforward. Get your bills together, and get them all paid. If there are any bills you could put on auto-pay that you haven't already, consider switching them over.
18. Review and Update Your Budget
Take the time to see if your budget has been working for you. Adjust accordingly.
19. Start Preparing
Start preparing for anything. A race. A trip. A task. Just because you're not on deadline doesn't mean you shouldn't start now. Get things done early, and worry less later.
20. Move Your Living Space Around
If you've been feeling tired of your living space, trying moving around what you have before buying something new.
21. Bake Cookies
They warm, they're comforting, and they're classic. Don't want an entire batch? Freeze a log of the dough — cut into individual cookie-size slices — so whenever you want just one cookie, you can pull it out of the freezer and pop it in the oven.
22. Make Cards or Gifts
Don't be surprised by birthdays you didn't realize were coming up — if you keep a supply of homemade cards and gifts around, you're always ready to celebrate someone's special day with frugal, from-the-heart gifts.
23. Work on a Side Gig
If you already have a way to bring in extra money, spend some time working on it. Or if you don't, research ways that you could earn some extra cash.
24. Weed Out Your Facebook or Twitter
If you have no idea why you're following certain people on Twitter or are sick of your acquaintance's constant bragging updates on Facebook, go through your social media and unfollow accounts or set Facebook to not show updates from people you aren't interested in.
Not productive, you say? Okay, if you get enough sleep every night, no, sleeping more isn't productive. But if you're the type of person who's chronically under-rested — which can negatively affect your weight, your alertness, and your productivity levels — a rainy weekend day is the perfect time to sleep in. Then, after you wake up well-rested, attack the rest of this list!
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This is a book of things you can do when you are grounded. This book is intended to be helpful; it is not just a time-passer. When you are finished with this book, you will probably have already served your grounding.
When faced with being grounded, there are 101+ things you can do. I have listed only 101. These 101 things are only helpful if you are grounded, not if you are bored. When you are ungrounded, keep this book for future groundings, if you have any.
101 Things to do When You’re Grounded is a list of chores and fun things that you could do when faced with groundings. Please enjoy. Also, try not to get into any more trouble.
Zachary S. Dyar
Read a Book.
This is a favorite past time for all generations. Try these authors:
Dean Koontz, Steven King, or Tom Clancy.
Draw a Picture.
Drawing, more commonly referred to as “doodling”, is always fun if you are grounded. Try using your imagination to come up with your best ideas!
Write a short story.
Here is a sample writing prompt: Write a short story about a teenager who is grounded. Also, he/she is awaiting trial for armed robbery.
Clean your room.
I told you in the beginning, this book has chores too.
Take out the dog.
Animals need to pee too!
Wash some laundry.
You can always use a clean shirt.
Build a Lego mansion.
While difficult, this is very time consuming and not to mention fun.
Feed the animals.
The dog is a living thing, you know!
Clean the kitchen
Yes, this includes the dishes.
Write a graphic Novel.
This is very challenging. I mean, can you draw 100 – 250 pages of cartoons?
You could always lose a few pounds.
Charge your phone.
You probably can’t use it. It is running on a battery, though, so it needs to be charged anyway.
Clean out the litter box.
Who likes the smell of drying poop?
Polish your church shoes.
Make ‘em shine!
Brush your teeth.
Protect against cavities! You will need those teeth someday!
Take out the trash.
Before it overflows!
Wash the baseboards.
If you have white carpet, the baseboards really stand out.
Check the mailbox.
You never know what bills your parents are paying until you’ve seen their mail.
Write an apology letter to whoever grounded you.
It was probably your parents, so go ahead and suck up to them.
Type up a family newsletter.
Keep the family posted on your grades, appointments, and more!
Clean the garage.
This includes getting the grease off of the concrete.
Wash the car.
Soapy water can be fun too.
Give the animals a bath.
They deserve good hygiene just as much as the next guy.
Take a bath.
This is a time when you can relax and daydream to your heart’s desire.
Clean the bathroom.
Go ahead and suck up some more!
Clean the living room.
Even more sucking up.
Write a report on how you got grounded and what you will do differently from now on.
I know that this sounds boring, but it will enhance your writing ability.
Write a novel about a teenager who got grounded for robbing a store and is awaiting trial.
More writing practice for the budding writer.
So you can pass all of your classes.
Draw a picture of your room.
This is good practice for illustrating your writings.
Take a nap.
So that you can dream up your next essay.
If you can, go outside and pick up the back yard.
This will get you on your parents’ good sides.
Dust all of the shelves in your house.
So that you can stop sneezing.
Look for change in the couch.
Then, after you collect all of it, put it in a jar and save it.
Clean out your backpack.
So that you can look fresh and clean even if you haven’t showered in a week.
Organize your desk.
This is a task for the neatest of the neat. If you clean your desk, you can write/draw as you please.
Gaze out of the window and start to daydream.
So that you can write whatever you think of.
Think about what you did wrong.
This is probably what your parents have told you anyway.
Build a model car.
If you are the violent type, take a bat and smash it when you are done building it.
Build a model airplane.
The same applies as above.
If you are allowed, text your friends.
You probably can’t do this anyway, but try to get away with it. Get caught, and get more time added.
Clean the windows in your room.
So that you can see out of them to daydream.
Lint brush all of your clothes.
You can’t look good with dog hair all over you.
Have a family game night.
Grab Monopoly and beat your parents!
If you are allowed, play your game system.
I know that when I was grounded, I was allowed to play PS2. So ask your parents if you can play your game system.
If you are allowed, watch a movie.
This is a great time-passer. My favorites are on Comedy Central.
Polish the model car that you built.
This is just so that it looks good.
Have an ice cream eating contest with your mom.
This makes you and her both happy.
Play with hot wheels cars.
This may seem childish to some, but it will pass the time a lot faster than just sitting there.
If you are allowed, Google your house address.
If your computer privileges are revoked for the time being, sorry about your bad luck.
Eat a bowl of trail mix.
Trail mix is fun to make and eat.
Drink plenty of water.
This probably sounds like something that your health teacher told you yesterday in class. This is just something healthy to do while you are grounded.
Do your homework.
You can never learn too much algebra.
Write down your New Year’s Resolution for next year.
This seems like something you would do in December, but you can get a head start this way.
Imagine what the world will look like in 400 years, and then write about what you think.
Just another writing prompt for all of you budding writers.
Listen to the radio.
If you are allowed to do this, then great! If not, that sucks.
Organize your room.
So that your parents can see how mature you are.
Clean the computer keyboard.
So that you can type in that favorite letter combination, “Facebook.com”
If you are allowed, call your friends.
Just to tell them not to text you. In case your parents have threatened to take away your phone.
Find out when you are ungrounded, and then mark it on your calendar.
So that you can count down the days until freedom.
Wash your hands.
Personal hygiene is always a must!
Bring your journal out and start writing about your day.
Who knows, you may write down something that you could use in a story someday.
Ask your parents if you can go to the store for them.
This is a good way to get out of the house.
Wax the car.
After you wash it, of course!
Build with Linking Logs.
Something for the first-time grounded youngsters out there.
Rewrite the first twenty pages of the dictionary.
This is very time consuming and extremely boring!
Color in a coloring book.
So that you can show your mom that you can color inside the lines now.
Sharpen all of your pencils.
Or you could just disturb the class with that loud grinding noise.
Stock up on school supplies.
So that you never run out of paper to doodle on in math class.
Clean your laptop.
So that you can type with ease. Do as needed.
Wash your shoes.
Wash away all that mud from recess.
Clean the bathtub.
A clean tub is way better than bathing in your own filth.
Clean the toilet.
So that you can make it dirty again after chili night.
Clean all sinks.
After the dishes are done, scrub the sink so that no food remains in the drain.
Cook dinner for your parents.
Sucking up times three!
Save all of your money for when you get ungrounded.
That is, if you are still getting an allowance.
Cut your fingernails.
Another personal hygiene matter.
Wash under your fingernails.
After you clip them, wash under your fingernails for the topmost cleanliness.
Clip your toenails.
This comes with the territory of clipping fingernails.
Do a soduko puzzle.
Even though you will never get the right placement of the numbers.
Fun, easy, and time consuming.
Do paper mache balloons.
These are very hard to fcraft.
Walk the dog again.
They have to go out more than once a day, you know.
If you are allowed, clean your parents’ room.
Just so that you can suck up some more.
Read a magazine.
If you don’t have any, order some offline.
Write a magazine article on being grounded.
I did this while I was grounded.
Change the baby’s diaper.
If you have one.
Read your journal, and then correct all mistakes in spelling, grammar, ect.
Kind of self-explanatory.
List all the reasons you got grounded for, then put them into a short story.
Another writing prompt.
Give your parents a hug.
For ages twelve and under.
Try to get off for good behavior.
I try this every time I am grounded.
Listen to what your parents tell you.
And don’t judge their judgment.
NEVER do anything without asking first.
This is the number one rule of being grounded.
If you are allowed, go on a jog.
Exercise is the key to happiness.
Charge your iPod.
If you still have it.
Play with the dog.
They enjoy the attention.
Rearrange all of your posters.
Remember, use tape, not thumbtacks.
Make your bed.
So that your parents can say that they have “never seen that before.”
Make your mom’s bed.
She probably hasn’t done it since she was grounded herself.
Give your mom and dad a card saying that you are sorry.
Suck up a wee bit more.
Make your own list of things to do when…
You get the picture!