When we last rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades, our editors were moving into new apartments, prepping our emergency supplies, and trying new expense-sharing apps.
This week, we’re whitening our teeth, managing stress, making time to see new friends, and inventing our own furniture DIYs.
What upgrades did you make this week? Let us know in the comments.
Make a DIY standing desk
I’ve had an IKEA bedside table kicking around the house for a while. It was marvelously cheap (under $20 I think) and has been repurposed in many ways over the years. Recently, I plopped it on top of my desk. Now I have the perfect height standing desk! It takes up so little room that I still have a space next to it to put my laptop when I prefer to sit.
Beth Skwarecki, Health Editor
Add some new reading material to your rotation
I am currently reading The Pisces by Melissa Broder, which is just as good as everyone is saying it is, if not a bit too real (minus the Merman, of course).
Alicia Adamczyk, Staff Writer
Stop yourself from spiraling out in times of stress
I’m approaching tech week for a theatre show I’m in, so I’m not so much “upgrading” my life as I am trying to maintain normal levels of sleep, food and friendliness. So far, I have only managed to achieve one of these three goals, but I look forward to getting a little “rest and relaxation” this weekend. And maybe pizza. Undoubtedly pizza.
David Murphy, Senior Tech Editor
Replace your grimy shower curtain liner already
I replaced my shower curtain liner and my shower is a much more pleasant place now. It was $5 at IKEA.
Claire Lower, Food & Beverage Editor
Organise your dang documents
I got a document organiser. No longer will my desk be a mess of papers! Nothing can stop me now!
Patrick Allan, Staff Writer
Clean your soap with MORE soap
I cleaned my shower of soap scum, after hearing the pro-body wash elite complain how bar soap leaves soap scum on shower walls. Turns out it comes off super easily with regular old dishwashing liquid. Didn’t cost me anything, and only took about three minutes. I will still not use body wash.
Joel Kahn, Senior Video Producer
Make time for your internet friends IRL
I got drinks again with a reader I met recently. Every time, we end up talking about the state of tech and whether the future is going to be garbage. He got a job in San Mateo, so we’re getting one last drinks next week before he moves. Now I’ll have a new geek friend in Silicon Valley!
Nick Douglas, Staff Writer
Whiten your teeth without overpriced strips
This week I hopped on the bandwagon (or what seems to be a bandwagon based on my Instagram feed?) and tried whitening my teeth with activated charcoal. The results weren’t incredible, but they were good enough that I’ll keep doing it. Plus, it’s cheaper than Crest WhiteStrips and much less painful, so I count it as a win.
Virginia K. Smith, Managing Editor