Oh sure, everyone lives for the weekend but, hey, why pass on the other five nights when weeknights at home can be fun, too!

Home is that place of sanctuary, rest, relaxation; a place to recharge one’s batteries for the next day. You might think of “at home” time as being boring or routine or otherwise unexciting.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Home can – and should – be a place of fun and adventure, too; of exciting evenings shared with loved ones – or just by oneself.

But, gee whiz, how do we make that happen?

Fortunately for us, Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill has some ideas and published a list in a recent post. (We’re on Houzz, too, come find us!)

Here are 10 ideas shared with us by Gaskill for weeknight fun:

1. Bring home dessert. A night with dessert to look forward to after dinner is pretty much guaranteed to be a better-than-average weeknight. Drop by your local market or favorite bakery on the way home and pick up a little something to share with your family.

Weeknights at home can be fun, too!2. Make your own mini-bouquets. Fresh flowers, whether plucked from your own garden or picked up at the grocery store, make any table feel more special. Instead of fussing with a big arrangement.

3. Take a sip and a snack outside. Pour yourself a special drink, load up a tray with little nibbles and head outside to enjoy some pre-dinner R&R. Better yet, invite over a neighbor or friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with for some low-key hangout time.

4. Do something a little bit different for dinner. Whether it’s cooking dinner on the grill and eating outside or carrying a feast to your nearest park to enjoy on a big blanket on the lawn, all it takes is a little twist to make a weeknight dinner more exciting.

5. Take an after-dinner stroll. Once the plates have been cleared, resist the urge to immediately cue up that show you’ve been binge watching and take a walk instead. Even a short, leisurely walk in the fresh air can help slow the pace, giving you extra breathing room to think through a problem that’s been bothering you or catch up with your partner.

6. Cozy up on the couch for a movie night (but make it extra-special). If you want to watch a TV show or movie, no one’s stopping you! But there’s a difference between intentionally choosing what (and how long) you’re going to watch and mindlessly zoning out with whatever happens to be on.

7. Light up the fire pit. Gas fire bowls in particular are easy to flick on at a moment’s notice, so there’s no reason to save them just for special occasions. And isn’t gathering around the fire pit reason enough to celebrate an average Wednesday night?

8. Light candles around the house. When you’re ready to begin winding down, why not make the atmosphere reflect the mood you want to create? Light some candles, turn down the lights and perhaps put on a bit of soft music. If you’ve still been checking email or doing any work, now is the time to put it away.

9. Pick up a craft, sketchbook or journal. If you’re still not quite ready to turn in, choose a tactile, creative activity like sketching, knitting or writing in a journal. Take this quiet time to reflect on your day and consider what you would like to accomplish or experience tomorrow.

10. Soak the stress away in a fragrant bath or shower. An evening soak is much different than a quick morning shower. It’s a chance to unwind and let go of any lingering stress from your day. And if you have any special aromatherapy oils or bath products you’ve been saving, this is the perfect time to put them to use.

Read Caskill’s full piece: