This week I’m excited to welcome you to a new periodic feature called, “Seana’s Sampler.” In this post I’ll be sharing thoughts, finds, tips, products and other discoveries that are making me smile. I hope you’ll enjoy perusing this content and come away with something you like!
Song I’m Enjoying
Recently I visited my daughter and was delighted to discover that she wakes herself up each morning to a playlist. I’ve always loved music in the morning. It is much nicer to awake to music than the news or a blaring alarm. In addition, a morning playlist can help keep track of time. We become accustomed to the order of the songs, and subconsciously notice that time is passing. For example, we might realize that by the time the fifth song is playing, we should be finishing breakfast and packing up to leave. It’s a great trick for children and adults alike.
The first song from my daughter’s playlist has stuck with me. It’s called “Morning Song” by Steffany Grezinger from her album, “The Undoing.” I’m finding it a sweet beginning to increasingly dark mornings.
You can listen here…
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Habit I’m Forming
Leaving my shoes at the door. While I know many people take off shoes when they enter their home, I’ve never been a stickler about this. However, with the advent of COVID-19, I’ve become more aware of what I might be bringing into my home on my body. My new routine is to step into my mudroom, remove my shoes, and put on my slippers. Then I go into the bathroom and wash my hands. Even if this doesn’t make my space any healthier, it should keep it a bit cleaner, especially during the winter months!
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Tip I’m Sharing
When it comes to “using every inch,” and especially inside a drawer or cabinet, it makes sense to prioritize containers that are either square or rectangular. Round containers, by their nature, result in waste of space around their periphery. A round basket next to a couch or some round containers on the countertop are lovely, but inside a drawer or lined up a shelf, stick to containers with 90˚ angles.
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Thought I’ve Been Having
Last week featured “Prime Day,” where Amazon (and other retailers) offered special pricing on a large variety of items. I heard on the news this morning that small and mid-sized third-party sellers made more than $3.5 billion this year, which represents an increase of more than 60% over last year. While I am happy that the economy is coming back to life, I am also wondering how much of that spending was for items that will be loved and/or used. I spend a lot of time weeding through accumulated belongings with clients. Good intentions often end up in the donation pile. While reduced prices on objects we really want can be helpful, a low price – in itself – is never a good reason to buy.
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Solution I’m Loving
There are lots of small items that we need to store in a location that is easy to reach, such as dog treats, k-cups, hair bands, binder clips, and countless others. Objects like these store well inside a drawer that has been fitted with dividers, but if you lack a drawer, or if your drawer is too full, I’m loving these glass jars with wooden lids, a.k.a. “Montana Jars.” They come in a couple of sizes and you can get them at Crate & Barrel, Amazon, and The Container Store (to name a few). I love them because they are attractive, seal well enough to keep items fresh, and are clear, so you can easily remember what goes where.
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That’s it for my first “Seana’s Sampler.” Did any of these resonate with you?