One thing I love about it moving into winter is the time for indoor hobbies. With the days being much shorter and less chores to do outdoors, there is a lot more time to adventure into different activities. In this post, we are going to discuss all the different things to do on the homestead during winter.
One thing we want to take good measure against are the winter blues. Depression is no joke, and it is certainly easier to slip into a funk during the winter months. To prevent that, we are going to discuss all the fun things you can do to stay excited during all seasons of the year, especially winter!
Things To Do On The Homestead During Winter
One of my favorite things to do is research and learn new things. I started this blog as a way to document my journey and share what I learn with you. Of course, my reasoning has evolved over the past several years, and now I am to serve you in the best way possible.
With all of that said, it would be a disservice to you if I did not share with you some things to do during the winter months to help avoid winter blues and keep you excited about all the things to come for the next growing season. Let’s get to it!
1 // Plan next year’s garden
This is something most homesteaders love to do, because it helps you not go too crazy when ordering seeds for the next year. Well… it is supposed to help at least! 😉
Get a notebook or some grid paper and draw out exactly where you want to put things. If you already have plants in spaces, be sure to include them within the drawing.
2 // Read a book or two or three
Reading is an easy way to continue your education in homesteading, because there is always something to learn. What things have you wanted to learn about, but haven’t yet? Herbalism? Homemade breads? Quilting? Take the time to dive into reading and learning.
Maybe you just want to discover a new world or alternate reality. Fiction books are fun to take us away from our reality for a bit. Why not read a dystopian or science fiction book to really pull you into a new world? Of course, cheesy Hallmark stories are a great option, too!
3 // Plan your projects for the year
Aside form the garden, you may want to build new fences or shelters. Now is the perfect time to research, draw, and plan your action. If you have to save up for it, this will give you plenty of time to do so.
If adding animals to your homestead is a priority, you may want to plan for what they need, how much they will cost to keep healthy, and when maybe the appropriate time to add them onto the property.
Having a plan that you can adjust is always better than winging it.
4 // Learn how to cook new recipes from scratch
During the winter months there is considerably more time to get in the kitchen and cook/bake. Why not take advantage of that and learn how to cook a new pie, bread, casserole, etc? If you have little ones, have them help and turn it into a family past time.
5 // Start seedlings to get a jump on the gardening season
Depending on where you live, you may need to do this to have a fruitful garden. However, this is a great way to beat the winter blues. Seeing something grow gives hope, and when you increase the feelings of hope, it is harder to feel depressed.
So you may do this due to a short growing season or as a great form of self-care. Either way, it is always fun to experiment with starting seedlings indoors and transplanting them once it warms up a bit.
6 // Experiment with DIY self-care recipes
Do you love a good foot soak, hot bath, or moisturizing lotion? If so, this will be a winner for sure! Take your homesteading skills to the next level by trying out different DIY recipes. There is a long list of things you can try, and I’ve actually gathered a few ideas HERE to get you started.
There is no limit to what you can do with this, and it is another great family activity! Have fun and get creative with this one!
7 // Connect with your community
This is the perfect opportunity to connect with people in your community. Either find a network of homesteaders already meeting or start your own meetings. You could participate in recipe swaps, seed swaps, workshops, and so much more!
Do not be a hermit, like many are inclined to be during the winter season. Get out and make some new friends and maybe even a mentor to help you flourish on your homestead.
These are just a few things to do during the winter months on the homestead. I would love to know what you do that isn’t listed. Let me know below in the comments!