It can be frustrating to wake up to the sound of rain on a cold, damp morning outside the window at times, especially in the spring and summer when we can't wait to get out and enjoy nature. However, rainy days can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. Now you finally have time to do what you wanted to do: clean the house, start working on the diamond painting, rearrange the closet. Be that as it may, use this day as an opportunity to do something different. If you're not going to be productive the next rainy day, you can also try some of these fun activities, like building a fort or having a play day with your family.

1. Build a fort.

You don't need to be a child to enjoy the good old fortress. But, if you have children in the house, they will definitely want to take part in the construction of your fort for a rainy day. This is one of the most popular indoor nonsense things to do on a rainy day. There are dozens of great ways to build a fort, depending on how much you want to invest in the project. If you have a living room that allows it, you can hang sheets around the sofa, turning the entire living room into a fortress. Then, put on more pillows and blankets and make yourself comfortable. Another classic fort construction method is to use a table and chairs to hold the blanket. Add books or other heavy objects to keep the roof of the fort firm and still. Blanket forts are another fun and aesthetically-pleasing type of forts (just search for “blanket forts” on Pinterest) that you can build in your living room or bedroom. Simply throw a large sheet over a line of clothes that runs from side to side in the room and decorate the interior to your liking.

2. Play games.

Getting stuck inside all day is a great excuse to spend a night of play (or a day of play, the choice is yours!). Gather your family in a room or invite a group of friends for an evening of laughter and fun. When it comes to playing late at night, the options are endless, so pick your favorite. Funny adult games like What Do You Meme? o Cards Against Humanity tests your wits, while classic games like Monopoly, Candy Country, or Chutes and Ladders can keep kids entertained for hours.

3. Make some crafts

For us, a rainy day is finally a day of crafts! Rainy days are a great motivation to finally start working on a project you wanted to work on. Get your diamond painting kit out and get your family involved! Scrapbooking is another great craft for rainy days because adding fun pictures and embellishments to each page can take a long time. Set a goal and try to work on multiple pages while you have some extra time inside. Knitting and crocheting are two other fun activities we love to work on in bad weather.

4. Rebuild your home.

Okay, this isn't nearly as fun as the others, but a rainy day stuck inside is sometimes the perfect opportunity to pull off the shake you've been wanting for a long time. Don't feel pressured to renovate your entire home. Instead, pick a specific area that might require a little extra love, like an office or kitchen, and start minimizing. Get rid of things you haven't used in over six months and start looking for better ways to organize what you need on a regular basis. This is also a good time to do a deep cleaning: dust off the jewelry, thoroughly wash all kitchen countertops, and heck, scrub the inside of the oven or microwave.

5. Learn a new recipe yourself

When you can't go for a night run, you have extra time to prepare a special meal, so why not try a new recipe? This is the perfect time to experiment with appetizers like bubbled peppers in a cast-iron skillet or a fun dessert like Oreo cake. Prepare a new three-course meal and quickly go to the grocery store to buy additional ingredients. Then surprise your family with a gourmet home-cooked dinner.

Take advantage of a rainy day

The next time you get bored and stuck indoors all day due to bad weather, don't let that day slip away. Set goals and have fun! Try doing something indoors on a rainy day, like rearranging or removing something in the house, and then reward yourself with play or have the children help you with your latest diamond painting project. There are so many fun ways to pass your time even on rainy days!