If heading out to shop on Black Friday is low on your list of priorities, here are some alternative ideas for how to spend the day. These projects don’t require as much effort as sitting in traffic, fighting for a parking spot, or waiting in a long checkout line, and they’ll leave you with a definite sense of accomplishment between holidays.
Instead of waiting until the last week of December to think about how much you would like to donate to charity, make some decisions now. Write a list of organizations and causes that are important to you, consider your budget and designate an amount to give to each. Once you’ve made your decisions, the actual giving part will be fast and easy.
Spend 30 minutes going through old newspapers, magazines and catalogues and recycling outdated issues. Chances are you’ll have little time to catch up on reading between today and the end of the year, so either read the articles you’ve been saving or get rid of them. Updated catalogues will arrive in your mailbox in the next few weeks, so there’s no need to hang on to old copies.
Choose one or two things on your to-do list that you’ve been putting off and complete them. It could be sending that belated birthday card to your aunt, finally hanging a piece of art or boxing up items to be returned via mail. Taking one or two things off your list of tasks will be satisfying and will probably be easier and less time-consuming than you imagined.
We all have a cabinet or box filled with old pictures that need to be organized, but never have the time to work on. Meanwhile, the photos sit untouched year after year. Pull them out! You don’t have to organize them or even look at all of them. But you’re hanging on to them because they hold important memories, so why not enjoy them? This will be a fun activity and may just provide the motivation to finally get them in order.
If there’s a recipe you’ve been hoping to make for the holidays, tomorrow is the perfect day to give it a try. You can only eat so many leftovers.
Choose a project that’s small and relatively easy. Maybe you’ve wanted to go through your linen closet or sort through your child’s bookshelves for titles she’s outgrown. If you haven’t pulled out your winter hats, boots and gloves, tomorrow is the perfect day to prepare for upcoming colder weather. Choose something that can be completed in a few hours or by the end of the day.
If you have children, go through their toys and gather things to donate before the onslaught of toys arrives during the December holidays. Many parents assume that their kids won’t willingly part with anything but are often pleasantly surprised when kids agree that they’re done with a toy. Give it a try. This will help you remember what they already have before you go shopping and make space for new toys. And, if you donate those things your kids have outgrown or no longer play with, another child will benefit.
We’ve all said at some point that if we only had a day at home, we could accomplish so much. Make Black Friday your day at home to get things done.
Anzia is a freelance writer and owner of Neatnik. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.