It’s the end of a long week, the crummy weather is bringing you down, but GOOD NEWS: Friday Hacks is here to pick you up! We’ll get back to our fancy shmancy tech hacks next week, but right now, we know you’re looking for a way to get through a sunless weekend. Here are a few out-of-the-ordinary creative projects to keep you busy until the clouds clear:
- Invent your own board game.
We love Scattergories and Monopoly as much as the next person, but how cool would it be to create a whole NEW game to play? Here’s how it’s done:
- Choose a board game you’ve played a thousand times.
- Choose a TV show, movie, book or something else with which one can be obsessed.
- Decide on a few key components of the game (depending on how involved you want to get), such as cards, spaces and pieces.
- Alter the original to relate to the preferred obsession. Don’t feel the need to get crazy crafty if that’s not your style – handwritten, Harry Potter-themed Community Chest cards on scrap paper work just fine.
- End up with something along the lines of “The Game of Life: Friends Edition.”
- Spring clean like you mean it.
Any Joe-Shmo can pick up a feather duster. Knock spring cleaning right on its hiney by transforming these seemingly ordinary household items into organization dreams come true:
- Baby food or mason jars: Hold nuts and bolts
- Painted/decorated crates: Mount to the wall in your mudroom to store shoes
- Tissue box: Store that chaotic mess of plastic bags
- Empty toilet paper roll: Slide hair ties around the outside
We could go on, but you get the idea.
- Make up a scavenger hunt.
If you’re home all weekend with your kiddos, roommates, pet chimpanzee, etc., avoid getting on each other’s nerves by coming up with a scavenger hunt. Hide a few simple gifts or one big surprise for one another throughout the house, and then write up some creative clues so they can find it.
Here’s our best shot at a clue example (if you were to hide something in the refrigerator):
“It’s cold outside, but even colder in here
Your next clue is where you would also find beer.”
But please make yours more age-appropriate if you are playing with children.
Pumped up for the weekend yet? Feeling better about the gloomy weather? Good. That’s what Friday Hacks are for.
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