Winter can be tough. Poor weather conditions keep us all at home more, but luckily, there’s a positive side to being trapped indoors! There are tons of indoor organizing projects that you now have all the time in the world for. If you can’t binge-watch one more episode of your favorite Netflix show, make yourself some hot cocoa and choose one of these organizing projects to while away a snowy afternoon.

Build a car emergency kit.

If you don’t have one already, you should take the time to build a winter car emergency kit. Bad weather can lead to unpredictable situations where being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. Use a collapsible tote or other storage bin that will fit in the back of your car and store the basics. Include a flashlight, a small ice scraper and shovel, blankets, gloves, and extra warm clothing. A few bottles of water and some non-perishable snacks like nuts or dried fruit are also a good idea.

Create next year’s calendar.

This is a fun project that frees you to be creative. Rather than using a traditional calendar that results in crossed off dates and canceled plans, build your own calendar. Create calendar compartments that are big enough for a sticky note pad and place a pad in each calendar square. These removable sticky notes can change as the months go by and offer a clean canvas, regardless of cancelled events or written mistakes. We found a great HGTV tutorial to help you create your calendar. Watch it here.

Tackle your jewelry box.

Say goodbye to tangled necklaces and missing earrings. There are many ways to store jewelry, whether you prefer a hanging corkboard or a compartmented drawer. Take this time to untangle necklaces and bracelets, and to find matches to earrings that have lost their partner. You can even put on a favorite movie in the background, as this tedious task doesn’t require all your attention.

Clean out the medicine cabinet.

How many expired medicines do you have in the medicine cabinet? Who knows how many open bottles of cold syrup there are, but now is the time to find out. Set aside medicines that have expired so you can dispose of them properly (check out the options at your local pharmacy) and trash the cough drops that have been on the top shelf of your cabinet since you bought them a few years ago. Small projects like these really make a difference. You’ll be glad you completed this one when you’re groggily reaching for relief from a winter sickness.

Refresh the family photo display.

It’s wonderful to have family photos hanging around the house and it can be a lot of fun to either add to your collection or exchange for updated pictures. Consider a homemade collage of photos celebrating different milestones or replace last year’s family photo with a more recent picture. Have fun with how you display your photos by building a family tree on the wall in the living room. A cold winter day is the best time to arrange and rearrange photos for a fresh take on the pictures within your home. Display your photos on a digital frame? Now is a great time to download all the photos you’ve been storing on your phone so that you can update your digital frame, too.

The winter doesn’t have to be dreary and boring, and the cold weather can encourage you to consider organizing projects that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. There’s nothing as refreshing as a newly organized space in your home, especially during the months where you are spending more time indoors.