Real Simple Love

Monday, December 13, 2010

I really enjoy Real Simple. Last year I renewed my subscription for just $5 on Amazon! I haven't seen it that low this year, but I did see it for $10 at one point. Less than $1 per issue? Yes, please.

I was just flipping through the January 2011 issue {I love the happy cover - I totally have the winter blues!} and was reminded again how much I enjoy the magazine.

The trends-worth-trying page? I love everything on it. {Well, except for the shoes. RS calls them "cool and trendy." I happen to think they're hideous, but to each his own.}

The hair-made-easier page? Let me just say that I really, really want to try blunt bangs... but I think it would end badly. I wish I had more courage. After all, it grows back, right? {Eventually.} Jessica Quirk is my recent inspiration!

And I love these pages from the 2011 Get-It-Together Handbook. The intro says, "If you have five minutes, pick a task, any task. These mini chores will give you that juicy accomplishment buzz while making the most of your sudden -- and fleeting -- downtime. Gold star for you."

I am a total fan of the whole "five minute task" idea. Seriously, I set the timer on my microwave all the time to convince myself that I absolutely have time for a quick chore. No matter how tired I am, I can almost always devote 10 minutes to something. Be it something necessary {folding the clothes piled on my bed so I can actually get in it!} or a little something extra {I'm-going-to-clean-the-dust-and-bugs-out-of-the-light-globes-if-it-kills-me!}, it's always worth it. And usually, I find that once my ten minutes are up I can double that time with ease. And things get done, and I am happier, indeed.

Here are a few of my favorites from the tasks RS suggests:

::Pick up five things and put them where they belong.
::Move some random files on your computer desktop to the correct folders.
::Clear off the top of the refrigerator. {Just did that over the weekend -- I hate stuff on the top of the refrigerator!}
::Throw out all expired coupons.
::Neaten up the freezer. {Just did that over the weekend, too. It was bad.}

Really, I like all of the tasks they mentioned. So much, in fact, that I cut them up and put them in a bowl. When I'm tired, I can reach in for a little five-minute task and call it a day. If I have more time {or energy}, I can set the timer for 20 minutes {woah!}. But overall, I think it's just so much easier to accomplish things little by little than to put everything off and have a giant mess at the end of the week/month/year! Do you agree?

{And by the way, I don't have a cat -- so I can't brush it. And I could call my dad, but he wouldn't answer. All of my hangers already face the same way, because I'm neurotic. So I guess I'll just have to come up with my own quick chores when their suggestions won't do. And looking around my apartment at the moment, I'm pretty sure there's no shortage of quick [and not-so-quick] chores to be done around here!}


Amanda said...

Love it! I always set the timer, too. I race against the clock, and then I feel accomplished. But since J came, the timer trick doesn't work so well. Not because of him, but because Maryn magically needs my attn. at least every 5 minutes. She drives me crazy, in case you didn't know.

Emmie Beth said...

What a great idea! I need that motivation. I am struggling so much with this. Can you tell me all of their ideas? And let me know what other ones you come up with. :)

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