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Happy Hours1 of 12
By Elizabeth Jenkins
For most of us, one day can feel a lot like the next, and the next, and the next. To help, we've rounded up 11 upgrades that will make the everyday feel less ordinary—one hour at a time.
7 a.m.: Drink Up2 of 12
Ban the plastic bottle and start the day off right by drinking water from this eco-friendly glass bottle. It holds around six cups of water and can go anywhere you go—this lightweight version comes with a no-spill stopper.
SHOP NOW: Bed Bath & Beyond water bottle, $25
8 a.m.: Stash & Store3 of 12
Keep your fresh-baked treats, well, fresh with these BPA-free containers from the Container Store. The airtight canisters have an easy-to-open lid—just a quick pop on the top and it's off—essential if you haven't had your morning coffee yet.
SHOP NOW: POP Canister set, starts at $10
9 a.m.: Pen Pal4 of 12
Recycle all those pens that don't work well and invest in the metal rollerball pen by Moleskine. Made from aluminum, it comes in its own case with a cap that clips to your notebook so it won't get lost. Filled with quick-drying black ink, the soft-touch tip makes taking notes—the old-fashioned way—more fun.
SHOP NOW: Moleskine pen, $50
11:00 a.m.: Coffee Break5 of 12
Rather than drink coffee from disposable paper cups (guilty), bring a little sunshine into the office with a set of stacking rainbow mugs. Choose a different color each day and spread your upbeat mood to your co-workers.
SHOP NOW: Rainbow Mugs, $60
12:00 p.m.: Helping Hand6 of 12
Washing your hands with soap and water is always best, but using a hand sanitizer is an easy and convenient option to get rid of germs when there's no sink nearby. Since the plastic bottle is rather pedestrian, tuck that container into a wool needlepoint cozy for a stylish wash on-the-go.
SHOP NOW: Needlepoint Purell Cozy, $42
1 p.m.: Clean Sweep7 of 12
Addressing those floor crumbs immediately is easy to do with this humorous hedgehog-shaped mini-broom. It's small enough to keep inside a drawer but cute enough to leave out—simply hang on a wall peg to keep handy.
SHOP NOW: Redecker Hedgehog Crumb Brush, $13
2 p.m.: Tea Time8 of 12
Looking for a little pick-me-up after lunch? Grab a container of your favorite loose-leaf tea and pour some into this egg-shaped silicone infuser. Far more elegant than a tea bag, the Tea Egg comes in six different colors and is dishwasher-safe.
SHOP NOW: Tea Egg, $18
4 p.m.: Produce Stand9 of 12
Grab one of your recommended servings of fruit from this multi-tiered stand. Because the fruit is elevated, in plain sight, they won't get lost at the bottom of a bowl—and you'll be more likely to reach for a healthy afternoon snack.
SHOP NOW: XL tiered stand, $52
5 p.m.: In Its Place10 of 12
Rather than stow supplies in a drawer and toss keys on a table, create an artful arrangement of various items with this series of small square glass boxes by Vitriini. Available in two sizes and in numerous colors, these dainty glass containers look purposeful and uncluttered when grouped together.
SHOP NOW: Vitriini Storage Boxes, from $39
7 p.m.: Duly Noted11 of 12
Notebooks are becoming a thing of the past with all of our connected electronic devices, but this Kelly green notebook with gilt-edge paper is way more appealing than high-tech alternatives. Use it to write down the next big idea, your grocery list, or any other helpful reminders.
SHOP NOW: Smythson Panama notebook, $80
9 p.m.: Sleep On It12 of 12
Don't climb into a bed with scratchy sheets—you've had a long day and deserve better. Italian satin bedding will help lull you into dreamland.
SHOP NOW: Restoration Hardware sheet set, $249 (queen set)
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