Favorite This: August & September 2018

October 2, 2018

A professional organizer's stand out favorites to support Simplified Living.

Happy October! As is customary around here, I’m recapping my stand-out favorites of the past month (s). Here’s the skinny on the 6 things that rocked my world the past several weeks:

 

1. Foldaway Dish Drying Rack

A professional organizer's stand out favorites to support Simplified Living.

Husband insists on the need for a drying rack; wife desperately doesn’t want one to live on the counter. What do you do? You find the perfect compromise, a.k.a. this foldaway drying rack is what you do. There when you need it, compactly storable when you don’t. Ten out of ten.

 

2. Two-tier turntable

A professional organizer's stand out favorites to support Simplified Living.

The downside of most turntables is that, despite the increased accessibility they provide to the contents on the outer layer, they can create a cluster in the middle. But not this one. An inner, raised tier ensures that the middle siblings don’t get lost in the crowd.

It’s perfectly sized for things like spices, skincare vials, nail polish, and on.

Not recommended for: vitamins, unfortunately. My guess is that most supplement bottles might have too wide of a base to fit.

Alternate recommendation for two-tier turntable.

 

3. Drop Cloth w/ Grip

A professional organizer's stand out favorites to support Simplified Living.

For anyone who does painting projects, arts and crafts, or who just needs to provide temporary protection for floors and counters, this cloth is where it’s at. Unlike plastic sheets, which are veritable banana peels, this canvas cloth is safe to walk on, since it’s grippy bottom ensures it stays in place. It’s a new essential in my work bag. Oh, and did I mention it’s machine washable?

 

4. LED Waterproof, Dimmable Outdoor string lights

A professional organizer's stand out favorites to support Simplified Living.

This year, I opted not to purchase another set of cheapy outdoor lights that would rust and break, and to purchase, instead, quality outdoor string lights that can withstand the elements. These are those.

The heft of the box they arrive is enough to convey their durability, and, importantly, they’re bright. These aren’t some wimpy-dimpy bulbs that emit a glow similar to that of a tea light. These are the stadium lights of outdoor string lights. These are what you get when you want lights that actually light up your space.

 

5. Outdoor Furniture Covers: Round table cover // high back chair cover  stackable chair cover // standup patio heater cover  // Chaise lounge chair cover

A professional organizer's stand out favorites to support Simplified Living.

In case you haven’t picked up on it, I decided to really invest in my outdoor living space this year. Thus, the need and desire for high quality furniture covers that will provide protection for my pieces during the next million months of inclement weather. I purchased these covers after a thorough investigation pointed to their obvious superiority.

In person, they live up to the hype. They’re heavy duty, have clips that attach to individual chair legs (to avoid the covers being blown off), and, most importantly, water beads right off of them.

P.S. One reviewer mentions that these covers kept her furniture dry in an F-2 Tornado. So.

6. Weighted blanket

A professional organizer's stand out favorites to support Simplified Living.

This blanket has changed my life.

I know that as a society we’re prone to hyperbole, but this is not a case of exaggeration.

For years, I’ve been a semi-flunky at sleep. I spike a fever of 118° the instant I crawl into bed, for starters, and I tend to wake up in the very early morning hours and then find myself unable to fall back to sleep.

It was undeniably to the detriment of my REM cycle that I continued to sleep under a serious quilt. Only, the weight of a heavier quilt was always what helped me to fall asleep. So I was adding heat to an oven, and waking up somewhere between 2:00-4:00AM burnt to a crisp.

Finally, David and I realized that my best-life-blanket would be one that was very heavy and provided next to no warmth. Weighted blankets had been on my radar for a while, and at the end of August I pulled the trigger and bought one. I’m honestly upset with myself that I waited so long. I have had better sleep the past month than I have in years. And as a result, I’ve had more energy, more focus, felt happier, my skin’s been better–I mean the list of tangential benefits goes right on down the line. 

If anything I’ve just said resonated with you, I beg you to explore whether a weighted blanket might be the answer to your dreams.

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