10 Things To Do Indoors When It's Freezing Outside

The outside temperature is -23 ºC (-9.4 ºF).
The outside temperature is -23 ºC (-9.4 ºF). | Source

What are you doing when the weather outside is getting too cold? When you can spend just five minutes outside and feel that you can't stand it anymore because of the freezing temperature, it's time to go inside, stay there and find something to do. Here are some tips for the really freezing days, when you simply don't go outside if you really don't have to.

1. Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets

This is something many people do before Christmas. They clean the house, every little inch of it, and it all needs to be done before Christmas. Otherwise there will be no Christmas, they tend to think. Relax, don't do this in December! You have thousands of other things to do, when you prepare for Christmas. Normally it's getting colder in January, February or March. Then you have time to do all the things you didn't do before Christmas – like clean your kitchen cabinets!

Chocolate Muffins


2. Bake A Cake

When it's really freezing outside, you do everything to avoid going out. Then you can use the ingredients you have at home and bake a cake. If you don't find a recipe in any of your books at home, go and look on the Internet. Google will be your best friend. You can even watch YouTube videos to see how you bake a cake. Why don't try this Chocolate Heaven. Bake the cake, make a hot cup of coffee and enjoy.

3. Read A Book

If you have a really good book, you now have the opportunity to read it. Look for the most comfortable armchair you have, take a blanket and put it on you, open your book and continue reading where you left off. Let the journey inside of your head begin. Nothing is that enjoyable like a really good and exciting book you just can't stop reading. One of my favourite authors now is Mons Kallentoft. He writes crime novels.

4. Write A Hub

If it's too cold to go out, you simply have to read hubs and why don't write one?! If you are out of ideas, go to the answers section on HubPages and maybe you'll find a question you can make a hub about. Read the hubs that give you advice how to write hubs or write about something you like. Publish your hub! Now, look what the cold weather did to you! It made you write a hub.

5. Play Games On Your Wii

There are many games you can play on your Wii. If you like Zumba, different kinds of workouts or like to dance, there are games for those things. There's a also games like Wii Sports and Wii Sing if that are any of your interests. You can play together with your children if you prefer that. This is fun for a whole family, which can't go out skiing or ice skating because of the freezing weather. Wii is really great if you want to move your body, burn some calories and just don't want to hang around and do nothing.

One cold morning at work
One cold morning at work | Source

6. Watch A Movie

You know that movie you bought a year ago and never watched. Now is the right time to look for it and watch it. Why don't you invite some friends to watch it with you. And while you are watching one movie, why don't watch one or two more? I mean, it's going to be freezing outside for a while. Watch movies, eat some snacks and chat with your friends. That's a good excuse for not going out. Notting Hill and Bridget Jone's Diary are two of my favourite movies.

Enjoy A Good Meal


7. Defrost Your Freezer And Cook A Meal

If you have that type of freezer that needs to be defrosted, now is the time to do it. The temperature outside is the same or colder than in your freezer. At the same time you empty your freezer, throw away all the food that's old and has been in the freezer for too long. Maybe you'll find some food you've forgotten about. That piece of meat can be your dinner. You can cook a good meal from some of the ingredients you find in your freezer.

8. Call An Old Friend

Something that's going to make you warmer on a freezy day, is to call an old friend of yours. I'm sure you have a lot to talk about if you haven't spoken to each mother or seen each other for months. If you for some reasons run out of things to talk about, you can always talk about the weather. If this friend is a really dear one, you can end up talking to him or her for hours. Do it! This will be something you can remember when meeting this friend later in the summer. You can both think about the three hour call five months ago, when you both were sitting at home, isolated from the world because of the cold weather, chatting with each other.

9. Knit A Pair Of Socks

If you don't already have a pair of knitted socks, you sure need a pair now. Even if it's warm inside, it gets freezing after a couple of days. If you've never knitted a pair of socks, now it's time to learn. Maybe your grandmother has provided you with a pair of socks every Christmas, but she won't be around for that many years. Who will be knitting your socks then? You will, and make sure you teach your children to knit as well.

My Children Playing Inside

My spouse/the children's father is working with wood floors. Once he brought home a bunch of little wood pieces. Me and my children can spend hours playing with these small wood pieces, building different things.
My spouse/the children's father is working with wood floors. Once he brought home a bunch of little wood pieces. Me and my children can spend hours playing with these small wood pieces, building different things. | Source

10. Play With Your Children

If you're sitting at home, surfing the net and looking for a recipe for some chocolate muffins or if you are writing a hub, you need to take a break. After you've defrosted your freezer and played enough Wii with your family, you need to play with your children in the old fashioned way. Take the big box with Lego and start building houses and cars. You can do this for days if you have a place to be and don't need to clean it up after a couple of hours. You can build jigsaw puzzles too, which can be a challenge for both you and your children depending on how old the kids are. There are numerous of things you and your children can play with inside, when it's freezing outside.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for this Made; We are snowed in - in London right now. I don't fancy going out. This hub has given me some ideas other than to watch TV.

Regards, Elena.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Lady_E, I'm glad I could help you find something else to do. I've heard about the weather down in Europe. We are used to the snow and cold up here in the north, but as it gets freezing outside, it's nice and cosy to do something inside with the rest of the family.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Fortunately, here in Southern California, it's never freezing outside. But these are also good for a rainy day. Voting this Up and Useful.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

You are right, alocsin. You can do these things on a rainy day, too. Sometimes I wish I was born in a warmer place, but the freezing winters have their charm, too. :)

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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

After a very long and cold winter here in Sweden, I must have the tidiest and cleanest kitchen cabinets in the whole wide world! He!He! However, these are some great suggestions, and have given me some new fresh ideas, other than cleaning the cabinets. Voted up and useful.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Only a few times here in the southern USA have we had severe cold for very long so when it happens we take it as a gift--a chance to go down for extra rest. However, for those who live in areas where the cold lasts I can see how important it would be to find ways to be busy with the family on a regular basis. These are some good ideas for doing so--enjoy your beautiful winter, and sunny days to you soon! :)

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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Love this and reminder there are those times when we can just simply rest...

Blessings from Canada

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

I'm glad I could help you find some new ideas, SanneL. Soon spring will be here, and then it's time for window washing. :)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi RTalloni, I really enjoy the winter days now. They are very bright and beautiful, and I guess the coldest days are over now. I wish you could send me some warm winds from southern USA. :)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

@ Rolly A Chabot, I'm sure we need the time to rest. In winters you get very tired, because it's so dark outside. I appreciate your comment.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I like all your ideas! I don't like the cold. At all. This is why I live in Florida where we have more warm days than cold. I selected read a book!:)

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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Baking is one of my favorite winter activities. I like to bake pretty much any time of year, but it's a great excuse to heat up the kitchen in winter. The picture of your kids is really cute.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Linda, read a good book is really nice. Sometimes I envy people, who live in warm places. Sometimes I really enjoy the feeling of a warm sauna (here comes the sauna again) after being out in the cold weather. :)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thanks, randomcreative. It's really nice to have a heated kitchen that smells good, too, on a cold winter's day.

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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

I like more than 1 of your choices, but the best would be watching a movie, baking a cake, and playing with my children....great article..

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

mismazda, that sounds like good choices. I'm glad it's summer now, but our winters in Finland are freezing.

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tamarawilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

We will often throw up a tent and let the kids pretend they are having a campout. Playing in the tent seems to lessen the "cabin fever" they feel when they cannot go outside.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

tamarawilhite, that's a good idea. I think we'll do that this winter. Thank you! :)

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well my dear, when does winter arrive in Finland? When can you expect the first of many snowfalls to arrive? That picture of the long, cold road sure looks lonely and desolate. Brrrr!

Great list; I especially like the "play with your children" one.

Wishing you a happy weekend!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Bill, the first snow usually falls in October. We haven't seen any snow yet this fall. Last year we didn't have much snow before December. The year before that it started snowing in mid-October and we had snow on the ground for almost seven months. Brrr!

That road shows what Finland is all about - no people, just woods and a cold climate. I was driving on that road today, too ... It's very peaceful to live here. I'm having a happy weekend, because the sun is shining today. Thank you, Bill. :)

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Zainab Tarawali 2 years ago from Nation's Capital

This is a really nice hub! With all the bad weather I've had in my area lately, I can definitely relate to this info! I will be sharing this hub and voting it up!

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Made 2 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Zainab Tarawali, thank you! I'm glad you can relate to this.

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