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11 Cozy Things You Can Do When Winter Has You Trapped Inside

Brrrrrrring it on. 

It only takes one foreboding weather forecast to turn what should be a shimmering winter wonderland into a wasteland. This time of year, it's easy to be swept up in winter woes. Below-zero temperatures make the great outdoors less than inviting. Oh, and your car is buried under five feet of snow!

 

On days like these it's tempting to crank up the heat, pile on the blankets, and binge on Netflix. But if you find yourself bored, here are a few ideas to combat your cabin fever.

1. Try a new recipe. One that you would never otherwise even dream of making. Might we suggest a beautifully browned soufflé? Flavored with tangerine, milk chocolate, or cheese-and-kale? (Trust us when we say, it's easier than it looks.)

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Photography by: John Kernick

Or sip on something sweet. Is it even a snow day without a cup of hot chocolate and a batch of pillowy-soft marshmallow snowflakes?

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2. If you're feeling ambitious, rearrange an entire room. You'd be amazed at how repositioning a few pieces of furniture and tweaking the lighting can instantly declutter and brighten a space.

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Photography by: Kathryn Barnard

3. Plant a winter-friendly container garden. This arrangement -- a forest of miniature evergreens planted in a gleaming brass bowl -- makes a show-stopping seasonal centerpiece.

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Photography by: Lennart Weibull

4. Craft a set of sparkling snow globes. If you want to enjoy falling snow without, you know, actual snow… a set of snow globes keeps it all under glass.

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5. Knit a pair of mittens. And if you're new to knitting, a snow storm is the perfect excuse to learn.

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Photography by: Christopher Baker

6. Clean-spree your closet. Because you don't really need that dress from your cousin's wedding five years ago, do you?

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

7. Arrange a photo wall display. Isn't it about time you printed those images off your phone and enjoyed them in full, living color? Hang your favorites in a staggered collage.

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Photography by: Paul BARBERA

8. Send funny photo cards to all your friends. (Goofy snapshots optional, but definitely recommended.)

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9. Watch everything in Martha's Netflix queue. Who knew she was such a big fan of Maggie Gyllenhaal?

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10. Light up a roaring fire… if you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, that is. Here's an idea for a fragrant fire starter: Use hemp twine to bundle small pine branches and cones, as well as dried orange slices, sage, lavender, or eucalyptus.

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Photography by: Kathryn Barnard

11. Sink into a luxurious bubble bath. Add flickering candles, scented bath fizzies, sudsy soaps, and exfoliating body scrubs (and maybe a glass of your favorite wine?) and you’re all set for the afternoon. Lather, rinse, relax, and repeat.

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Photography by: MARIA ROBLEDO
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