Sometimes, pesky little annoyances can really add up at the office, especially when you’re hustling to get that big project done or close out the month’s orders before the end of the month. The first time you find yourself fumbling in your desk to find a pen or shoving a tangle of cords out of your way, it’s not a big deal, but the third or fourth time in a day can make you want to pull your hair out! But there are some things you can do to take care of those little things that bug you, and a lot of them require little more than stuff you already have lying around the office.
Almost everyone has a bottle of white vinegar sitting in the back of a kitchen cupboard, and some people probably don’t even know how it got there: It’s just always been there, somehow, gathering dust. Maybe you pull it out once a year to make Easter-egg dye, but other than that, it mostly sits neglected behind the vegetable oil and the salt. A lot of people don’t seem to realize that vinegar is good for a lot more than your child’s science-fair volcano, though. Vinegar is also one of the best, most versatile cleaning products in your home. I’ve touched on it before, but here are a few of my favorite ways to clean with vinegar.
Life can get pretty hectic, especially when you have two young boys running around the house like I do, so it’s understandable that sometimes, we don’t always clean our homes as thoroughly or as often as we’d like to. Even I’m guilty of sometimes finding a “science experiment” in the back of the fridge or smoking up the house because I forgot the clean the oven after the last time I made a pie. (Seriously, no matter what I do, I always seem to end up with blackened apple gunk on the bottom of the oven!) I’ll bet that there are even some appliances that you’ve pretty much never cleaned because you just never really think of it. Here are a few of the worst culprits I’ve found for that, the most overlooked appliances when you’re cleaning around the house.
Your office chair is trying to kill you.
Well, alright, I’m being a bit dramatic there. But the truth is that sitting for extensive periods of time can be really harmful to your health. In fact, studies have shown that people who spend a large part of their day sitting have about double the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems compared to more active people. Add on top of that the aches and pains that can be caused by bad ergonomics at your desk, and having an office job can start to sound downright dangerous! But there are a few things you can do to keep active while you’re at work, and they don’t have to be as strenuous as going to the gym. Every little bit of activity helps.
The holidays are upon us, and with them comes temptation in the form of a seemingly endless stream of holiday goodies brought into the office. When you’re working hard, trying to meet end-of-the-year deadlines, it’s easy to find yourself reaching for a little treat, a little something to reward yourself (or to quiet your growling stomach after you accidentally worked through your lunch break again). But there’s got to be a better afternoon snack than another gingerbread man or piece of fudge, especially since you’re bound to regret those snacking decisions when you get on the scale. I’ve found some good ideas for things you can bring in to eat at your desk that make much healthier alternatives to those holiday goodies. Here are some of my favorites: