6 things to do on a rainy weekend

As much as we Aussies love our outdoors, there inevitably comes a few weekends with cold, rainy forecasts. When you have to cancel your outdoor plans and stay inside, in addition to complaining about the weather, here are some things to do:

1. An afternoon of games

This is the perfect time to bring out those board games (Monopoly, Scrabble and Pictionary are personal favourites) and spend a few hours of fun, laughter and arguments. Whether on cosy recliners, around the living room table or curled up on rugs and beanbags, a games afternoon brings the whole family together like nothing else. Don’t forget to take some pictures to preserve the memories!

2. Binge-watching TV

Yes, we all know how technology is the bane of our existence. But sometimes a bit of TV is what we need to keep us from growing crazy. And when the weather starts to cool, a movie marathon may be the perfect idea. Pop in a DVD, order some take away, lean back on the sofa, put your legs up and relax.

3. Rearrange the furniture

If you just don’t have the budget for new furniture, but feel your existing rooms need a change, this is a cheap way to breathe new life into your interiors. Move everything around, experiment with colours and have fun pushing and pulling – just don’t ruin your floors! You can even get some new cushions or a throw rug to enhance the new look.

4. Deep cleaning

No, don’t roll your eyes just yet! Cleaning is a chore, but deep cleaning can be ‘deeply’ therapeutic. So get those dusters and cleaning rags out and sweep, dust, mop and wipe to your heart’s content. Get under the beds, wipe the sideboards and clean the kitchen cupboards. Tackle it room by room and soon, you will have cleaned the whole house.

5. The purge

Along with the cleaning, do a purge. No, you don’t need that old sweater taking space in your dresser anymore. You are never going to wear those shoes again. And you definitely don’t keep five-year-old fashion trends that you never even liked. Same with the kids’ room – all the old toys and too-small clothing can go in the donate pile.

6. Bake-a-thon

Last, but never the least, whip up a batch (or two) of your favourite family treats. Brownies and chocolate chip cookies are the usual suspects, but if you have a new recipe that you always wanted to try out, here’s your chance. Little (and big) ones can help in measuring, mixing, pouring and of course, licking the spoon.

What is your favourite indoor activity?