12/21/2012 11:38 am ET Updated Feb 20, 2013

Twelve Things To Do When It's Cold Outside

Winter time can be wonderful. We get to spend time with family, catch up with old friends and enjoy delicious food. But when the sun has been hiding for weeks on end and you're cooped up in the house wondering how you'll survive until spring, it's easy to go stir crazy - I know I do.

Rather than slipping into a winter funk, use these dark days as an opportunity to get organized, get motivated and try your hand at something new. Why wait until spring to clean out your closet, update your décor or test out a new style? These cold months provide the perfect excuse to start the new year on the right foot.

Try our 12 easy, inexpensive tips to make the most out of being indoors - and have extra time to spend outside when spring finally rolls around.

12 Things To Do When It's Cold Outside