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Your Game Plan for a Better Bathroom in Just One Day

Your Game Plan for a Better Bathroom in Just One Day

My morning bathroom ritual is so important to me. I splash my face and put on makeup while I listen to synthy pop music and it puts me in such a good, confident mood for the rest of the day. Those morning minutes (sometimes five, sometimes 50) truly form the foundation of my day, and by extension, my life.

The problem is that private spaces, like the bathroom, usually don’t get as much housekeeping attention as the areas where you spend the most time, or rooms where you might have guests. Bathrooms tend to be spaces where we let things collect and get messy—which is fine, sometimes. But you deserve a peaceful place to get ready in, to set the tone for a peaceful life.

Today’s Assignment: Clean up and clear out the bathroom.

Give your bathroom a quick little spruce-up, both inside and out.

If you have a bathroom on the larger side, you may want to set a timer or some other hard limit so this project doesn’t get too unwieldy; the goal is to focus on a few high-impact projects that’ll make the bathroom figuratively and literally shine.

Start by clearing out your storage areas. You can either choose one messy drawer, for example, or try to tackle the whole thing, if your bathroom storage feels doable in one swoop.

Bathroom Drawer Cleanout | January Cure

You can watch the video above to get some tips and watch me clean my bathroom “junk drawer,” but here’s a quick rundown:

Once you feel like you’ve made some progress on your storage areas, give the “outside” of your bathroom a little shine. You probably have a routine you like, but here are some spots I always make sure to handle:

Don’t stress if you can’t get your entire bathroom spotless and clutter-free in one day. If, after today’s assignment, you’d like to revisit some other cleaning or decluttering projects in here (or in a second bathroom, if you have one), add that to your list for 2020.

It’s not too late! Here are a few ways to participate in the Cure:

Published at Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000

15 Affordable Beach Towns in the U.S. Where You Can Actually Live

No matter the weather, it’s safe to say most of us dream of escaping to warmer climes and beach vacations. But if you want to live that salt life all year round, moving to a beach town isn’t an unattainable dream. There are many inexpensive coastal cities around the country. Here are 15 affordable beach towns, based on median home values under $250,000, and ordered from most to least populous.

Situated on the Treasure Coast of the Sunshine State, Port St. Lucie—full of quiet neighborhoods, golf courses, and waterways—has a laid-back vibe. Sporty types will love all the activities, from boating and fishing on the St. Lucie River; to watching the New York Mets play at Tradition Field during spring training; to attending the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance.

There’s never a dull moment in this Space Coast city, where visitors and residents find endless things to do. Known for its many parks, ranging from natural preserves to cyclocross (bicycle racing) tracks and paintball fields, Palm Bay also offers golf courses, as well as many trails for running, cycling, and more. Waterfront dining and ample shopping opportunities round out the experience.

A well-rounded beach town located on the Space Coast, Melbourne has a bit of everything. Its historic downtown features quaint shops and restaurants while the miles of pristine beaches draw sunbathers, surfers, and snorkelers. Set along the scenic Indian River Lagoon, the city hosts popular annual festivals like Oktoberfest, the Filmmaker’s Festival, the Arts Festival, and Aviation Day.

Jacksonville, North Carolina

Jacksonville is a military town through and through, thanks to the presence of Camp Lejeune, the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast. Memorials and sites around town honor troops, including the Freedom Fountain, Lejeune Memorial Gardens, the Montford Point Marine Museum, and more. Outdoor activities like fishing and paddling are popular pastimes in addition to local sporting tournaments and events. 

Mississippi’s second largest city after the capital, Gulfport is all about fun. In the waterfront entertainment district, people stroll with cocktails in to-go cups while taking in the diverse public art. Tourists can’t resist activities like ziplining through the coastal canopies or boating to the scenic Ship Island. At the town’s picturesque harbor, charter a fishing boat to toss a line into the Gulf.

Cajun flavor permeates this town in southeast Texas that’s equal parts history, culture, and nature. Between Lake Sabine, Sea Rim State Park, and Pleasure Island (a manmade island and entertainment hub), aquatic activities abound, including windsurfing, fishing, and boating. The Museum of the Gulf Coast displays items like a replica of Port Arthur native Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche and other quirky pieces.

Located in Florida’ panhandle, Pensacola is a popular vacation destination, thanks in large part to its gorgeous white-sand beaches and warm waters. History buffs are intrigued by the Spanish settlement origins, as illustrated at the Historic Pensacola Village, while aviation enthusiasts thrive in the local flying culture. Navy pilots train in Pensacola, which is also home to the Blue Angels Naval aerobatics team and the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Try your luck in Biloxi, a Gulf Coast city known for its many casinos. Locals and visitors alike let the good times roll in two entertainment districts. Those inclined to quieter pursuits may prefer to lounge on the white-sand beach, hit the links on a championship golf course, or take a sunset sail on a schooner. You can even embark on a shrimping trip in Biloxi, once known as the Seafood Capital of the World.

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Another city known for its casino culture, Atlantic City is also famous for its wide beaches and classic boardwalk lined with souvenir shops, rides, arcades, and all the greasy food your heart desires. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but AC isn’t far behind, thanks to the many casinos, nightclubs, and lounges, which regularly host concerts, comedy acts, and other live entertainment.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is a classic seaside vacation town where sun-kissed residents make memories on the 60 acres of coastline and the iconic boardwalk, lined with eateries, souvenir shops, arcades, the Family Kingdom amusement park, and the SkyWheel (one of the highest Ferris wheels in the nation). Its more than 100 golf courses are also a big draw.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

A quiet Gulf Coast town in Florida’s Panhandle, Fort Walton Beach captures unspoiled natural beauty at its finest. The beaches are made of powdery white sand, and the waters are a brilliant emerald green—particularly off Okaloosa Island. Get up close and personal with marine creatures at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, or read up on local history at the Indian Temple Mound Museum.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Ocean Springs just oozes small town charm. Its quaint main street, with brick buildings sporting wrought-iron detailing, is lined with old oak trees, while three entertainment districts offer plenty of diversions. The town is also known for its artistic vibe and festivals, including Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival, Mississippi’s largest fine arts festival.

Our only West Coast contender, Aberdeen, is located at the mouth of Grays Harbor, formed by the Chehalis, Wishkah, and Hoquiam rivers in Washington. It offers a variety of parks; a popular spot is the Kurt Cobain Memorial Park, named in memory of the late Nirvana musician who was born in town. After a day outside, stop into one of the town’s many coffee shops for a pick-me-up.

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Nope, not that St. Louis. This is Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, a quaint seaside town with nautical character to spare. In addition to its alluring beaches, warm waters, and first-rate fishing, the town offers land-bound pleasures like exploring its many art galleries, Creole cottages, and 19th-century abodes.

Outdoorsy types will love the simple life in Freeport, Texas, about 50 miles south of Houston. The town offers ample fishing opportunities, including charters and tours, and the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, comprising 40,000 acres of wetlands and a huge variety of flora and fauna. Walk the boardwalks, hike the trails, or take a car tour of the preserve.

Published at Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:00:00 +0000