10 Ways to Spend a Perfect Night in (Without Netflix!)

Arriving home after a long day of work, you immediately set down your things, remove the monstrosities that are your bra and business-casual pants, and relocate to the comfiest spot in your home to stream an episode or six of a trashy drama or British baking competition.

Sure, you might have made a list of all of the things you wanted to get home after work, but it’s knocking on 7 p.m. and your bed is calling you…

Sound familiar? It does to me, in any case.

The urge to veg out after a stressful day nothing new, but access to apps like Netflix, Hulu, and HBONow have made it easier than ever to spend every weeknight in front of a screen. Sure, I might have plans for the weekend that get me out of the house, but weeknights involving anything other than sweatpants and a screen have become rarer and rarer, leaving me feeling lazy and unsatisfied.

If you find yourself in the same predicament, here are 10 ways to spice up a night in without Netflix:

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Organize your life

Getting organized might feel like another bullet point on your endless list of chores to accomplish, so why not shake it up and make it the main attraction for the evening? Put on your favorite music, podcast, or audiobook, and finally get around to sorting your office space or closet. You’ll feel incredible after accomplishing such a big task, and having a cleaner space will only make your nights in more enjoyable later.

Practice a new hobby

Remember when I wrote about how no one seems to have hobbies anymore? Netflix, in a lot of ways, is to blame. Decide on a new hobby (here are some ideas to get you started!) and devote your evening to fun and self-betterment.

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Crack open a book – but make it special

So often I set a goal to read more books, but end up putting it off because it feels like more work than mindless television. Well, it is more work than mindless television, but your brain will thank you for the stimulation, and your body will thank you for some much-needed relaxation time.

To make the idea of curling up with a book more enticing, make an evening out of it: Put on a really nice pair of pajamas and enjoy the book with a delicious snack and a glass or two of excellent wine. Click here for the list of books our readers are enjoying this Spring.

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Pamper the hell out of yourself

Break out the sheet masks, because your face (and body!) are about to get some much-needed love. Set aside an evening to do a full skinhair, and nail/toe regimen, because you work hard and you deserve a little self-care.

Start an evening workout plan

OK, you might need a screen for this one, but we’ll definitely give you a pass since you’re choosing to get active instead of laying in bed eating chips. There are plenty of apps to try for simple at-home workouts (Aaptiv and Sweat with Kayla come to mind if you’re looking for resistance workouts, whereas YogaGlo and the Yoga Studio App can help you with a more meditative night in). Click here for our list of favorite online workouts.

Again, don’t think of getting a workout in as another chore you have to tick off (or procrastinate on while netflixing). Think of it as an enjoyable way to spend the evening, and be amazed at how quickly your mindset toward getting healthy changes!

DIY something for yourself

Whether it’s all-natural cleaning products, an upholstered headboard, or an ingenious IKEA hack, chances are there’s something you need to DIY around your house. If you schedule a fun project for a weeknight in, you’ll not only have a productive evening, but you’ll end up with an awesome DIY product to show for it.

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Cook an over-the-top meal

Sure, you have your easy weeknight recipes on lock, but why not make preparing your meal your main entertainment for the evening? (Bonus: This is even more fun with friends or a significant other.) Pick out a dish you’ve always want to try, and follow that up with baking something delicious for dessert. You’ll have an amazing time, an amazing meal, and – with any luck – amazing leftovers for tomorrow.

Call your loved ones

When was the last time you spent an hour (or three) on the phone with a relative, your beloved college roommate, or your friend who lives across the country? Send them a text or an email asking if they have time to catch up, then plan your evening around it. You’ll be entertained, sure, but you’ll also feel so much better after prioritizing relationships with people you care about.

…or write them handwritten notes

Snail mail is a dying art, which makes it all the more special to receive a handwritten note in the mail. Pop some popcorn, put on some music, and spend an hour or two writing notes to tell the people in your life why you appreciate them. You’ll brighten their day (or week!) and finally be able to make use of your adorable stationery.

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Host a wine and cheese party with friends

Who said nights in had to be spent by yourself? Call up your friends and invite them over for an evening of vino and fromage. If you’d like to divvy up the cost, have each of your friends bring their own bottle and a complimentary cheese to try. Can you think of a better way to catch up with friends without even having to leave the house? (And if you’re looking to take it up a notch, here are some great tips for planning a wine tasting party).

How do you stay entertained when you’re not binging your favorite show? Share it with us below!

  • Pampering oneself is always a good idea =o) I love to have evenings in on Sundays where I simply take care of my skin and hair =o)

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  • I’ve always been a big reader but after having kids fell into a hole of zoning out on the couch. This year I’ve made it a priority to read more than watch TV and it’s been awesome! So much more rewarding and relaxing than TV. Definitely looking for more non-TV nights, though not cutting it out entirely.

  • I love having an evening where I cook myself something nice and then have a pamper, but I normally end with a movie, so maybes I’ll replace that slot with reading next time

    – Natalie
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  • Night ins are major pamper the hell out myself times. I enjoyed the article. Keep it up!

    Yvonne | Beauty & Lifestyle
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  • These are such wonderful ideas! I want to do every single one lol, thanks for sharing!

    – Victoria | http://www.shakeofluxury.com

  • Wine and cheese nights are awesome! A woman who is after life’s simple things, so these tips for a perfect night in routine are exactly for me. I love washing my hair, cooking myself a great meal, catching up on reading or my art. Just carving out some space for Sheriden 🙂

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  • Love these ideas!
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  • Game nights are my personal favorite!

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  • these are such cute ideas!! x
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  • These are some really great ideas for nights in! I always love to read a book or do some DIY, but pampering yourself and spending more time to connect with friends and family during the week sounds like a plan!

    Romina | http://www.hausofcrochet.de

  • This is a great alternative night to watching Netflix (one of my bad habits). Recently I have completed my exams and now I feel I have so much free time that I fall into binge-watching back to back netflix! These are some great tips that I will take into account 🙂

  • Pepita

    I knitflix hahahaha #knitflix knitting while watching series, nothing more addicting than that. Saw that at We Are Knitters and I can’t stop!

  • Natalie Redman

    I love a good pampering sesh!

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

  • Amelia Bartlett

    I love to journal or, when I’m feeling up to it, bullet journal. I also enjoy DIYing – elderberry syrup, cold brewed tea, things that aren’t sitting still (like knitting) but aren’t too mentally taxing (which sometimes baking can be). If I’m feeling up to it, baking or prepping a healthy dessert is my favorite!