The Best Ways To Spend A Rainy Day

A drop fell on the apple tree
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh.

A few went out to help the brook,
That went to help the sea.
Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
What necklaces could be!

The dust replaced in hoisted roads,
The birds jocoser sung;
The sunshine threw his hat away,
The orchards spangles hung.

The breezes brought dejected lutes,
And bathed them in the glee;
The East put out a single flag,
And signed the fête away.

– Emily Dickinson

I am always in the mood for an Emily Dickinson poem. I admire her pretty poems and, in fact, we share the same birthday, December 10th.

Just like her poetry, I am also always in the mood for rainy days. Of course, I would much rather see the sun compared to clouds and raindrops, but I try to appreciate the dreary weather.

It is easy to just want to relax and let laziness loom. Let’s face it, we all deserve and need those days.

No matter how you like to spend your days, here are some suggestions on how to pass the time as rain pours heavy.

At Home

1. Organize Desk Drawers

Desk tops and drawers can get messy and hectic easily. Organizing the chaos can create a less cluttered workspace and a more pleasant spot to work. Mugs can be a good container to store pencils and pens. A flat glass container can be good for paperclips. A calendar on the wall can be better to keep track of the days and to-dos, as a large calendar that sits on your desk can become piled with too many things. For another tip, have certain materials limited to a specific drawer, leaving minimal questioning and wondering about where you stored something. Labels can also be of help.

2. Become A Collector

Clean or organize your collection of stamps, coins, seashells, or whatever your collection is. You can also find a new way to display your collection. If you are not a collector, take the day to decide what you want to collect and research ways to expand the collection. Antique shops can be worthy locations to begin your collection today.

3. Read A Book

A place to read can always be found during rain or shine. But rainy weather is the perfect time to curl up with something cozy. Read your favorite book or something brand new.

4. Complete DIY Projects

Rainy days can be fun and spark creativity. Ignore the pouring showers and backyard puddles, and complete as many DIY projects as you can. Many projects are made of material almost anyone has inside their house and are recycled material. To find DIY projects, click this Pinterest board here.

5. Have A Post-Rain Photoshoot

After the rain finally moves away, the sun, wet grass, wet flower petals, and drooping tree branches can be perfect settings for a nature photoshoot. If you have a polaroid camera, snap your photos and display the final results. Stick them in an album or hang them in your bedroom.

6. Clean Out The Closet

Open the space in your closet, organizing clothes and shoes, and give back to the world. Toss styles you do not wear and package them up. Donate the clothes to a store or worthy cause. Free space in your closet can kick clutter to the curb and offer more room for a shopping spree.

7. Chase The Rainbow

Once the rainstorm passes and a rainbow appears, chase the end of it! *Spoiler alert* you won’t find any gold at the end of the spectrum, but enjoying a nice evening drive can be a relaxing way to conclude the day. Take pictures too and share them across social media.

8. Cook

A rainy day can cause you to have more time in the kitchen to find a new recipe or dust off that recipe you have wanted to prepare for awhile. Gather your ingredients and enjoy your delicious meal!

9. Bake

If your sweet tooth has been craving sugar recently, bake cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or other sweet treats. Make one batch or several, the choice is up to you.

10. Organize / Embark On Your To-Do List

If the day’s dreariness has you wanting to push work to the side, take a small chunk of time to create your to-do list. Make a list of the things you want to complete tomorrow, throughout the week, or month. Organize your to-do list in a particular order, whether what needs to be done first to last, or what will take the longest to shortest time. To make your to-do list more appealing, make it colorful and spruce it up with something pretty, such as doodles. Write on paper with a pattern instead of the bland lined sheets.

11. Watch Movies

Have a movie marathon of horror, romance, or comedy. Pop lots of popcorn, which is the best snack in my opinion, and grab a few cans of soda. Lounge in your pajamas and snuggle beneath a few blankets. Get comfy! This rain is showing no sign of stopping!

12. Catch Up With Talk Shows

One of my favorite things to watch during the day are talk shows. Catch up with your favorite talk show host, Steve Harvey, Dr. Phil, or Rachael Ray.

13. Write Rainy Day Poetry

Become inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem from the beginning of this post and write your own. Write a long free verse, a short haiku, or a villanelle.

Out & About

1. Bookstore

Grab your umbrella and go to the bookstore. Forget about the gloomy sky and dive into a planet of words. Time seems to flash by quickly in bookstores, making this spot one of the best to visit during rainy days. You can even sit down and relax for a session of reading.

2. Gallery

Art galleries often have changing exhibits. The large frames and pictures can trick you into believing it’s a sunny day. Walking through luxurious hallways can make you feel fancy that day.

3. Museum

Museums are large spaces to interact and learn something new. With dozens of museums across any state, create a bucket list of ones you want to visit. They can be close to home or a few cities over.

4. Plan A Trip

What city or island are you craving to jet off to? Chicago or the caribbean? Houston or Hawaii? Select a location and spend the day planning your next vacation. Give yourself something to be excited for.

5. Go To The Mall

Update your wardrobe for the season. Shop inside all of your favorite stores, chasing sales like stars. Shop until you drop and you’ll forget about the rain.

6. See A Movie

All you need are tickets and a few snacks. Attend the theater for a romance, action, or comedy. A movie can keep you out of the rain for a few hours. And munching on popcorn and candy is always a delicious time.

7. Visit The Library

Libraries are the cheapest way to earn great reads and get your hands onto an abundance of content.

8. Walk Through The Woods

If you do not mind getting a little wet, grab a poncho and pair of sneakers. Enjoy a stroll through the woods as raindrops fall, making forests seem more green than ever. This walk can be a great photoshoot opportunity and a chance to connect with nature.

9. Indoor Activities

Good thing bowling alleys, skating rinks, and indoor mini-golf exists. Find a fun and spontaneous indoor activity that is perfect for making memories.

10. Antique Shopping

Find a collector’s item or two, whether to be used around the house or for decorating purposes. Antique shops can be a great place to begin your collection of records, wares, or something else.

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