When we rounded up our staff's Weekly Upgrades last Saturday, our editors were settling into workable workout habits, downloading Netflix shows to get through the commute, admitting when we need new clothes, and breaking up the day's monotony with shared Spotify playlists.
This week, we're deep cleaning our apartments, switching to standing desks, re-tooling our writing routines, and saving money on our Target runs.
What upgrades did you make this week? Let us know in the comments.
Stick to Your New Year's Cleaning Resolutions
I organised my closet and dresser. I deep-cleaned my bathroom and added a shower caddy, which I love. I bought a hamper that comes with a removable laundry bag for easy apartment-to-laundromat transportation. My roommates and I cleaned our kitchen, including decluttering a towering shelving unit filled with food and cookbooks. Basically, I spent all of my money buying storage, but it was worth it.
Alicia Adamczyk, Staff Writer
Stand in the Place That You Work
On the first day of 2018, a chat about meditation somehow spiralled into a search online for a standing desk. By the middle of the week, after a few emails, a pair of text messages, and one incredibly harrowing Lyft ride, I was the proud owner of a used standing desk. I'm sceptical of the whole "standing desk" movement but the positive effects standing could have on my day-to-day activities, coupled with the negative effects of sitting on your behind all day, are too risky for me to ignore.
Patrick Austin, Staff Writer
Don't Settle for Cold Coffee
Our New York offices have been freezing recently, and when it isn't possible to work from home, we've all been coming up with workarounds. For me, that's meant keeping a blanket at my desk, and also ordering one of these desk coffee mug warmers, the kind of tiny office gadget that makes a surprisingly big difference. My tea can't keep my hands warm if it gets cold after five minutes!
Virginia K. Smith, Managing Editor
Lounge Around in Genie Pants
The other day, I bought stretchy-waisted velvet cropped pants on sale at Anthropologie, and it is possible that I haven't taken them off since. My husband says I look like Aladdin, and I kind of do, but I love them a lot. They are so comfortable and feel fancier than my usual yoga pants. It's nice to feel fancy.
Michelle Woo, Parenting Editor
Get Stuff for Your New Stuff
I'm using a new all USB-C Macbook Pro now, but I still need to use old-school USB stuff, so these adapters are a life-saver.
Patrick Allan, Staff Writer
Dive Into Digital Couponing
I have always been very resistant to any kind of couponing for whatever reason, but a friend finally convinced me to get the Target app, which was a good move because I go to Target all the time. I saved $11, which is a cocktail, so I'd say it was worth it.
Claire Lower, Health & Beverage Editor
Add Greenery to Your Bathroom
I put a pretty little potted plant in my bathroom. It will die, but until then, it just makes me happy.
Beth Skwarecki, Health Editor
Don't Fake Being a Morning Person
As a writer trying to complete a few projects in my free time, I'd been struggling to write in the mornings. I am not a morning person; I can get up if required to do so, because I'm an adult, but opting to get up before the sun makes me want to weep, because I'm still kind of a baby. (Although I guess babies do get up before the sun shines. But I digress.) Anyway, this week I started a new habit: I'm writing at night. And sure, maybe I'm worn out from a long day of life hacking. Maybe my mind would be clearer at dawn. I don't care. I don't have to drag myself out of a warm bed while it's pitch black out any more. And if I have a bad writing session, it doesn't ruin my entire day.
Alice Bradley, Deputy Editor