Free date ideas: Get stuff done date

I think the best free date idea is to get stuff done together. It’s actually kind of fun, and it makes you feel productive. Here are some suggestions for stuff you can do in your spare time that will hopefully help at least one couple out there spend less time on Twitter or Tumblr when they could be doing something productive.

The possibilities are endless, but here’s a start:

Clean and organize your closet and/or dresser. Here’s how: Make two piles of clothes: one for you to wear now, the other for you to wear when you’ve lost weight. Get rid of stuff that doesn’t fit or is worn out; if there’s something in the “to wear later” pile that you no longer like, get rid of it too. Now, take all the stuff you’re getting rid of and put it in a box or bag to donate. Once you’ve done that, open your closet or dresser drawers (depending on where you did the cleaning) and re-organize them by color. This will help you find what you’re looking for quicker and you’ll be able to use the things in your closet more efficiently.

Clean the bathroom or kitchen sink. Really, this can apply to any room in your house–it’s nice to be able to walk into a room and not want to immediately run away (or at least, not as much). Here’s how: Make a list of all the things that need to be cleaned. It could be anything from “get rid of old magazines” or “wipe down the kitchen counters” to “scrub the bathtub.” Once you’ve got your list, make sure you have everything you need to get started. Here are some items that are good to have on hand: glass cleaner, dish detergent, rubber gloves (if you have sensitive skin), paper towels, a scrub brush or sponge. Here’s what you do: Get started on the easiest task first. If it’s something like “wipe down the counters,” start by getting rid of any clutter you don’t need. Then wipe down the counters, pull out any appliances you’ll be using, put them away when you’re done, and make your way to the next task on your list until everything is finished.

Clean up around the house or apartment. Here’s how: Start by clearing out anything that doesn’t belong where it is (this would be a good time to get rid of the junk you don’t need, by the way). Then, pick one room or area that will look nice with some extra work. In this case, let’s say clean out your kitchen cabinets and put everything away neatly. Here’s what you do: Put on some music (this is also a great time to break open the bottle of wine or the six-pack you picked up on your last trip to the grocery store), clear off a table, and start sorting through everything. If you have stuff that doesn’t belong in your kitchen cabinets, put it in boxes (label them if there’s some kind of order to how you’re putting things away). Once you’ve got everything sorted out, put the items where they belong. If you don’t have enough space in your cabinets, try using a small stepstool to make it easier to reach things in high places.

Another option is to clean out the junk drawer in the kitchen–pick a day when you both have time and get out all the objects that don’t belong in it and put them away where they actually do.

Do spring cleaning. If you’re not sure what this is, here’s what you do: You take everything out of your closet(s) and dresser(s), wash or dry-clean anything that needs it (including all the bedding!), and put everything away neatly and in order. This is a good time to get rid of the crap you don’t need, too–meaning stuff that’s broken, outdated, or doesn’t fit anymore.

Clean out your car(s). Here’s how: Look in the passenger seat, floorboard, trunk/boot/hood (if it’s a car with one of these), and in between the seats. If you find anything, no matter how inconsequential it seems, put it in the trash bag you’ve brought along for just this purpose. Once that’s done, take whatever time you have left to vaccuum or dust your car’s interior–if nothing else, at least make it look presentable.

Take a walk or go on a hike. This is a great way to get some exercise, clear your head, and spend time together as a couple (or as friends).

Organize the linen closet. Here’s how: Pull everything out of the closet, wash all the bedsheets and towels, put anything that doesn’t belong in the closet away, and put everything back neatly.

Go on a lunch or dinner date–just the two of you. This might seem self-explanatory, but here’s what you do: Forget about doing chores for a few hours (or at least put them on pause) and spend time with your significant other.

Pick up the living room. Or living-room, if you live in a place that only has one of them or it’s not relevant to your situation. Here’s what to do: Pick up any clutter around the area, put away anything you’re done using, vacuum or dust (or both), and turn on some music–and you’re good to go.

Go dancing or do ballroom dance lessons. If this sounds fun, here’s what you do: Find a place near you that offers dancing lessons and schedule an appointment–you can always look online beforehand. Then show up, put on your dancing shoes (it doesn’t matter what kind of shoes they are), and have a blast.

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