Today’s Resolution: Turn the Tables

Today's Resolution: Turn the Tables

Need a change in scenery? You don’t even have to leave your home. Try rearranging a piece of furniture or two for a different perspective.  Move a sofa, change the direction of your bed, or relocate some lamps. It won’t take much movement to give your place a fresh look. Caution: This may require a little cleaning too if you have not vacuumed under the sofa in a while!

Today’s Resolution: Simmer Sweet Smells

Creating a subtle scent in your home can be as close as your lunch. Save orange rinds and apple skins, and place in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. When you have enough to cover the bottom of a small saucepan, add water, cinnamon sticks and simmer for an aromatic scent. Experiment with different fruits and spices. If all else fails, bake some chocolate chip cookies!

Today’s Resolution: Reach for the Stars (or Your Toes!)

Even if you can’t exercise each day, a good stretch will go a long way. Spend 2-3 minutes at various points during the day to stretch those muscles. If you are sitting at a desk, raise your hands above your head and reach as high as you can. Lift both legs and flex your toes. Hold that position for 30 seconds and relax. Try rotating wrists and ankles periodically. Standing? See if you can touch your toes or place the palms of your hands on the ground with straight legs. Try to make progress with flexibility each day.

Today’s Resolution: Put It in the Bag

Give some new life to your overnight bags, travel bags, and sports bags with a whiff of freshness. Before you tuck them away into a closet, add a small sachet or some potpourri to keep them from smelling musty or like the last hotel you stayed in. If you have a favorite athletic bag that is used regularly, it might need a good “airing” outside!

Today’s Resolution: Be a Calendar Curator

Too many things to keep track of? Many people take advantage of electronic calendars and organizers (Blackberry Butlers) to sort out the day’s activities. Sometimes an old fashioned oversized blank desk calendar can provide universal access in a household to everyone’s appointments, meetings, and activities. Put it on the refrigerator or tack it to a convenient bulletin board. Even if you live alone, having everything in one place to view without relying on technology can help you sort things out with just a quick glance. No buttons required.

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