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10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less

Things You Can Do in 2 Minutes or Less

The little things in life that constantly pile up around us at home are often more stressful than the big projects waiting for us back at work. Think about it. When was the last time you felt like melting down while cooking dinner over a spreadsheet you have due next week? Or was it finding yet another glass on the side table beside the couch that did it? I’m guessing it was the glass. Or the socks on the floor. Or the muddy footprints through the laundry room. Or, or, or…

There are plenty of lists out there and plenty of life coaches who advocate to just DO something if it’s fast and easy. You’ll spend more time writing these things down on a list than you will just doing them. We agree, and these are our favorite things to accomplish in our 2 minutes!

  1. Make your bed and check off the first thing on your to-do listMake your bed – This may actually take you less than a minute! And there’s more to it than just the amazing feeling of sliding between crisp sheets every night – making your bed prevents all sorts of dust and dirt and debris from settling on an unmade bed. Which means you can go longer between washes. Which means you’ll be doing a little bit more to save the planet.   AND… it will help you get your day jump started, because within moments of rising, you’ll be able to go ahead and check something off your list! Admiral William McRaven gave a great talk which you can find on YouTube about how you can “Change the World by Making Your Bed” – check it out!
  2. Collect stray dirty dishes and gather them in the sink – No one likes getting the dishes finished only to turn around and find a few more glasses on the countertop. (This is a good little two-minute-task to delegate to kids as well… “Dinner is almost ready! Scour the house for extra dishes, then come wash up!”
  3. Drink a glass of water – Honestly, you’re probablDrink a glass of water to restart your brainy drinking enough already. Wondering how much is enough? Sports dietitian Dana Angelo White, who is also an assistant clinical professor at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Conn. says: “I often recommend half your weight in ounces as a starting point. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, aim for 75 ounces of fluid per day, and more if you exercise regularly.” So grab a wee glass next time you’re floundering through the kitchen feeling at loose ends. Maybe a shot of hydration will refresh your mind and giveDIY recipe squirt bottle you enough of a break to carry on.
  4. Wipe off your bathroom mirror – If you share yours with your kids like we do, there’s no end to the white spots and streaks that quickly gather on the surface. Keep cleaner nearby where you can spritz, wipe, and go. Next time you pop into the bathroom, life will be more sparkly and you’ll feel accomplished and on top of domestic menutia.
  5. Go through the stack of mail on your counter and THROW AWAY all the junThrow away your junk mail!k! Seriously. You’re not missing anything by not even opening it up. Save yourself the few moments of grief. Recycle the paper and spend the saved time inventorying your wine stash instead.
  6. Add an item to your Amazon list – how often have you heard about something in passing or thought of something while cooking dinner that you would like to have one day, or know you might need soon? Set up Amazon wish lists so that when these thoughts occur, you can add the items on the go. It will save you the trouble of beating your head in later when you can’t rememSwedish Dish Cloths are the answer to paper towels, sponges, and more!ber that “brilliant” idea. With online grocery shopping gaining in possibility and popularity, soon your groceries will be magically appearing on your doorstep… make ordering a snap by adding things as you think of them!
  7. Wipe down your countertops – we’ve expounded on the awesomeness of Swedish Dish Cloths before, and we’re SERIOUS! Having a dishcloth handy makes wiping down kitchen appliances and countertops easy, fun, beautiful, and FAST!
  8. Dust bust under your kitchen cabinets – dust busters are my #1 tool for sanity in child-rearing! All those tiny messes add up, especially at meal time. I keep my dust buster charged and tucked just underneath a rolling shelf beside my fridge where I can easily suck up life’s little, and continual, disasters.
  9. Refill the sink dispenser (a good chore to delegate!) – Soap getting low? Fill ‘er up! Kids ages 3 and up can help, and tend to enjoy this task. Conveniently, it also gets their hands clean before dinner…
  10. Take out the trash (another good delegation chore) – Especially the little bags in the bathrooms, offices and laundry rooms. Grab one a day and “trash day” will become much less chaotic!

Bonus: prep tomorrow’s coffee pot. I don’t know about you, but I definitely need fuel. And        there’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and NOT being able to just push a button. So prep your next pot while you’re waiting for water to boil or chatting on the phone. It’s quick and easy to do even while distracted. You’ll thank yourself later!

What else can you do in two minutes or less? We’d love to hear about what you do to tackle procrastination and slam through your to-do lists!

 

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CLASSIC ARCH WINE RACKS

It’s that time again… the smell of fall is beginning to drift in the air… There are only a couple of weeks of summer left and if you reside on the east coast like we do, you’ll soon be blessed with copious quantities of snow along with sub zero temperatures as the rotten cherry on top. (If you live in an area with a warmer climate where you can drink wine outside all year long, stop teasing us!)

Get prepared, it’s never too early to get ready for the inevitable winter blizzard! Get to the grocery store and get all your canned soups and veggies, cases of bottled water, candles and batteries, and… wait, a second… what are we talking about? Canned veggies are gross, soup is overrated, and if you have kids, you’ll need more than just water and batteries to survive a power outage. If there’s even a remote possibility you could become barricaded in your home under 6 tons of frigid ice and snow, I think the recommended number of FULL wine bottles to have on hand is… 47!

Now hold on, maybe you’re sitting there saying to yourself “…that’s a lot of wine, how will I store it all safely?” You’re in luck! With our Classic Arch Wine Rack, storage is easier than ever, and it’s easy to see if you’re fully stocked when weather alerts come roaring your way. This rack features 47 individual bays, enough for all of your finest wine. The unit is constructed of durable steel with a powder-coasted black matte finish. (In other words, virtually damage proof!)

Once you’ve made it through the long winter months, this unit has plenty of summer uses, too! Place the rack on your pool deck with rolled towels in the wine cubbies for kids and guests to quickly grab. Store paper towels. Corral art supplies. Place rolled magazines in the slots and silently point if any tiny humans in the vicinity complain of boredom… the possibilities are endless!

Need a few extra spaces for luck? Have a more industrial style? All of the above applies to our Epicurean Wine Storage, as well… except that there’s space for a whopping 91 bottles!

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EPICUREAN WINE STORAGE SYSTEM

How about you? Where would you use this Wine Rack in your home? Are you a fledgling wine connoisseur who needs storage space? Preparing for the apocalypse? A creative crafter? Hit us up in the comments with your thoughts!