5 Ways to Survive Your Snow Day

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February is notorious for inducing cabin-fever. The winter is long. We’re all tired of shoveling, of enduring powerful storms, of being snowed in under travel advisories. Instead of letting it get you down, why not take the day to spoil yourself, to truly relax and bask in the inability to leave your driveway? Try out new crafts, check things off your to-do list, or put extra marshmallows in that third cup of hot cocoa (you deserve it). Me, I’m diving into kitchen layout inspiration, hoping to find the perfect idea for a future kitchen renovation, and sliding around the living room furniture to explore different layouts.

Looking for more ideas? Here are some projects and activities to help you survive your snow day.

1. Put your slow cooker to the test.

Soap and 7 other projects you can make using a Crock Pot!You would be surprised how many things you can make besides dinner. Get creative while you’re stuck indoors, and make something unexpected like soap, candles, lip balm, and potpourri.

2. Take comfort in staying put.

Don't you wish your home spa looked as beautiful and tranquil as this?Create your own at-home spa. Bring out the bubble bath, the body scrubs, the face masks, and enjoy a day committed to feeling luxurious. (Psst, what a dream it would be to have a home spa that looks like this! See more of this fabulous space here.)

3. And as part of that spa day: Manicures!

A glittery DIY home manicure.The only times I can give myself a mani/pedi are when I’m not rushing to get out of the house. Being snowed in is the perfect opportunity to achieve a flawless finish. Need ideas? Check out our Valentine’s Day manicure (combining matte and glossy finishes), or our Hunger Games inspired “Girl on Fire” nails.

4. Commit to a new paint color.

Choose a new paint palette for your home.Being stuck at home can be a great opportunity to identify what you like and don’t like about your current interior design. Take in some tips for Feng Shui, assess what colors would be good for your mood, and make a point to pick up a gallon of paint when the plow clears the road.

5. Clean your washing machine.

How to clean your top loading washing machine.

Maybe you never considered that something that exists to clean would need to be cleaned regularly. Giving your machine a periodic clean-out using bleach and vinegar (in separate cycles!) helps to eliminate residue left behind by soaps, and improves the ability for your machine to clean your clothing thoroughly. A must-do if you’re sitting at home with a few hours to kill!

Finally, if you must leave the house, here are some tips for de-icing your windshield, including a tutorial on how to make your own de-icing solution!

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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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