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I recently read this NY Times article about 5 Cheap(ish) Things You Can Do To Improve Your Life and was inspired to list out some of my own goodies and habits that have improved my life. Some of these are things, some of these are habits…writing these out, I realized how helpful each of these have been and was greedy to learn more. So please share yours as well!
Clear storage boxes. I have a ton of these Sterlites, in a bunch of different sizes. Yes I believe in Marie Kondo but even after seeking joy in each of my rooms I still have a lot of stuff in storage. Clear boxes make stuff SO much easier to find, are overall neater, and its so much better for my mental health to have things sorted. Whenever I go to Target, I used to never leave without some cosmetics goodie…now I am proud to say, I usually leave with some kind of storage.
I put a large glass of water by my bed each night. I’m always super thirsty in the morning, and even when I’m not, I always find I’m happy to down an entire glass in the AM (thus bringing me closer to my eight glasses per day water goal). Even my husband, who isn’t really a water drinker, has adapted this habit.
Speaking of water, we largely use these Duralex glass tumblers in our home and love them.
I get Munchery for dinner for the family at least once a week (shameless referral link here). Replace with DoorDash, Seamless, etc as you see fit. Also for those with kids: pay for a sitter to stay through the dinner/bedtime rush once a week on a weekday. We either go to a restaurant with our son while she watches the baby, or she helps out while we eat dinner at home.
I have a bunch of little pouches (mine range from Target to Hermes, and this Madewell is a nice and affordable option) and stick at least a $40 bill inside and have them in all of my bags. Anyone with kids knows that you have a zillion different bags and totes and backpacks (or is this only me)? and I started doing this after realizing that I had left my wallet in another bag when already out and having ordered a coffee. On that topic…
Packing cubes. I know I already wrote about these in an earlier post but I have to reiterate my love. I have three sets of these. I use them not only for travel (I have a favorite travel tips post coming up) but for packing diaper bags, etc.
I take a daily walk. A lot of the times it’s with one of the kids, but forcing myself to walk everyday has been so great for my daily sanity. It forces me to get some fresh air, to get what (I believe, at least) is a modicum of exercise, and often after the walk I realize some problem or open question I’ve been pondering has been solved by my subconscious.
What are some of the cheap/small things you do to improve your everyday life?