There’s one thing people enjoy doing when the power is out, and if you don’t believe me just show up to the nearest hospital 9 months later. There is often about a 20% increase in babies born, or in Hurricane Sandy’s case, about a 30% increase.
After natural disasters that force many to stay at home, and large metro area power outages that strand millions, about 9 months later there is a mini baby boom. – Florida News Journal
Nothing is wrong with enjoying each other when the power is out, but what do you do with the rest of your time?
After going through our first hurricane and losing power, I quickly realized practically EVERYTHING I do requires electricity. Entertaining kids was difficult (they’re iPad addicts), I couldn’t get any work done without a computer, and even chatting with friends was not an option without cell phones working.
With hurricane season here and the chance of being without power increasing, you might want to have a few ideas up your sleeve so you’re not twiddling your thumbs. It gets real boring – believe me! Every day without electricity felt like 100, especially when your neighbors get power back before you do and you can’t help but stare at them in envy!
10 Things You Can Do When the Power is Out
Here are 10 ideas I’ve come up with, but I would love to have you add to my list in the comments! The more ideas the better!
#1 – Take a Nap
I won’t lie, this is the first thing I did when the power went out, but it’s usually what I do whenever I have some extra time. 😉 Go ahead and let yourself relax and catch-up on sleep. Let’s face it, most of us could use a little more!
#2 – Meet Your Neighbors
Kuddos to you if you know your neighbors already, but if you don’t, get out of your house and meet them. There really isn’t a better time to get to know your neighbors than when the power is out and everyone is forced outside anyways.
#3 – Play Games (the old-fashioned kind)
With Wii’s, iPads, and Playstations, we sometimes forget that not all games that aren’t hooked to an outlet exist. Find some fun games your family enjoys (think hide and seek, but the ones in the link are ones you probably don’t already know), or be creative and invent your own!
#4 – Write a Letter
When’s the last time you wrote a letter, with a pen and paper? I”m sure you can think of someone who would appreciate knowing you were thinking of them. You can also take this time to write in (or start) a journal!
#5 – Sort through closets and cupboards
Surely your home has at least a few closets and cupboards that are downright scary to open! There’s nothing like a day full of nothing to do to get those spaces cleaned out. Your first step will be to remove everything from the entire cupboard or closet, or, if it’s too scary, just one shelf at a time. Sort through each item and handle each only one time. Make your decisions right on the spot as to its fate: throw away, give away, sell, or keep. Download this free organization guide for complete instructions!
#6 – Practice Survival Skills
This is a great time to take the kids outside and teach them a thing or two about survival (or even work on a few skills yourself)! Here’s a list of 48 skills you can print off and have ready for when the power goes out.
#7 – Read an Actual Paper Book
With Audible and e-books becoming so popular, not as many people have a library of books in their home. If this is the case for you, make sure you get a few books to read because they will become your best friend! Check out this list of books related to survival and preparedness and this one for kids of all ages.
#8 – Make a Shopping List
Chances are you’ll start to realize you don’t have everything you need – especially when the stores are closed! This is a great time to take inventory of what you have (or don’t have) and make a shopping list.
#9 – Get Outside
Go on a walk, take a bike ride, work in the garden, or even play flashlight tag once it gets dark. Sometimes we don’t appreciate the outdoors enough – I know I don’t!
#10 – Organize Your Preps
Sometimes getting organized is one of those things that keeps getting pushed down to the bottom of your to-do list! Well…when you don’t have anything else to do, take advantage and finally get it crossed off!
Don’t forget to make a printed list of all the things you can do when the power is out, because you won’t have the internet when it does! Better yet, put a box together filled with games, books, and this list for the times you’re without power. Unless you enjoy making babies, then by all means…just do that. 😉
What do you do When the Power is Out?
If you’re really brave, go ahead and do a practice run to see if you can go a day or two without electricity! This will really give you great insight on how well your family can handle being electronic free.