I won’t lie-sometimes I think “having it all” is a heap of bullsh!t. Work/Life balance just seems to get harder and harder rather than easier despite my being in the same routine for nearly two months. Wonder why that is? Even though I’m feeling the pain of a time crunch, I wanted to share some quick (and CHEAP) fixes for your life, and to some problems I’ve had recently. Enjoy.
1.) Kitty Litter- $2.00
I know what you’re thinking…random, right? And no, I’m not attempting to train Murray to go in a litter box to make my life easier. (Although SIDEBAR: My grandma did teach her late chihuahua ”Tiny” to go in a litter box and it worked out really well for her…) With the weather changing I now have the wild hair to “make over” our little deck, but unfortunately our old paint cans and dead plants are left out there from forgotten summer projects. I can re-pot the plants, but how do I get rid of the paint? Storing three gallon tins is not ideal, and I don’t need that much anyway.
CAT LITTER can be used to dry out old paint, which is great when your trash goes into a central chute instead of into a private trash bin. You don’t want to be that asshole that puts wet paint in the community trash bin. People have to load that into trucks, ya know.
So you take the paint and put it into a smaller tupperware container, I set aside just enough for touch ups and mixed in the cat litter to the paint cans. I used up the entire bag for about two cans that were half full, and just kept stirring until the paint became very thick. I left it out overnight and voila-the next day it was safe to bag and place in the trash chute.
2.) 0.5% Hydrocortisone Cream-$1.95
Depending upon where you live hydro-cortisone cream may be a tad more expensive, but it is worth it. Most use cortizone cream to put on a rash, eczema or any type of skin irritation. It works great for those ailments, but did you also know it can be used as a pimple cream? Forget pricey brands or “specially medicated” formulas, this sh!t is where it’s at. If you have ever gone to a dermatologist to get a “pimple shot” for overnight acne (a lot of actors/actresses do this for auditions as well as brides to get rid of pimples quickly) that shot is nearly 90% cortisone, an anti-inflammatory agent.
So pick (or don’t pick-people have strong opinions about picking pimples) and put the cortisone cream on top of the blemish. It will be SIGNIFICANTLY smaller in the morning. I’ve tried toothpaste, Clearasil, whatever…this stuff works the best and it is CHEAP.
3.) Teux Deux (the app!) $1.99
Many have asked how I juggle so many things at once. I’m still trying to get on the Google Calendar Train (but my lily pulitzer paper planner is just soooooo cute..), but I do use my phone and computer for this fantasmo application. It’s simple, so simple you wonder why you’d need to spend $2.00 when you could just use pen and paper, but it’s effective. Besides, if you’re like me…you lose paper like you lose
It’s just a to-do list, plain and simple, but it syncs between your computers and phone. I leave it open on my desktop while I’m working, and then when I open it at the grocery store it’s automatically updated. I have one for my blog/life, and one for each job and it helps keep me focused on what I need to get done first. Also-if I’m working and have a brilliant idea I can just type it on the list instead of having to hunt down something write with/on. There is also a helpful “someday” list where I put down all the things I’d like to accomplish one day but that aren’t time-sensitive, mostly projects around the house or friends I need to call. Sadly, this list keeps getting longer and longer, but at least I’ll never forget! I’ll never forget because I wrote it doooooown.
I like it better than the “notes” application that comes on the iphone because it allows you to Mark through your completed tasks-which isn’t the most fun part of a to do list getting to actually
cross things out?