Musings of a Museum Fanatic

1.13.2021

8 Unexpected Items You Should Replace Regularly

When the new year arrives I always feel like I want everything to be new. I also feel like I want everything our house to feel new and clean. Do you feel this way when the new year hits too? I can't be the only one!

Lots of times I'll go through the kitchen and toss out any items that are expired, a mini purge. While I'm very good about items with an expiration date there are a lot of items in our home that I don't think to replace. Some of these items I'm surprised at how often you actually need to replace them. 

8 Unexpected Items You Should Replace Regularly by Musings of a Museum Fanatic



Here is my list of 9 items you don't replace as often as you should and probably should toss right now!

Pillows
We sleep on them every night of our life. Can you imagine how much micro grossness has accumulated on them!? They should be replaced about every two years. 

Bath mats
This is one item I don't think about replacing until it's probably torn to shreds. It makes sense though since your bathroom humidity and temperature changes so often with showering bathmats can attract all sorts of gunk. Plus you step on them all the time too! These should also be replaced about every two years. 

Toilet brush
This one is going to come as a complete shock to everyone. Toilet brushes should be replaced about every 6-9 months. I can tell you that we've now moved ours twice so ours is way past it's expiration date! I mean think about it, the brush is cleaning your toilet that's pretty gross. 

Towels
I never would think to replace towels until they are completely ragged but as something that's used to clean up your dirty body and other dirty things it makes a lot of sense. I've seen recommendations of every three years to replace your regularly used towels. Good thing we're looking for new ones right now!

Hairbrush
Finding a hairbrush you like is so difficult that when you do you keep hold of it much longer than you should. I've read that cleaning them regularly can prolong its life but in the end you should make sure to replace them regularly about every two years. 

Razors
When it comes to razors I'd be willing to bet money that none of us replace them after the recommended amount of 5-7 shaves! Using a dull razor can result in more cuts as well as not performing their best leaving you with a bad shave. 

Sheets 
Like pillows it makes sense since we're lying on them for 6-8 hours a night every night that they should be replaced on the regular. I've seen most recommending every 2-3 years. I'll have to break it to my mom who still has sheets that are probably as old as I am! 

Bras
Bras should only be worn until they start to loose their elasticity which can be as short as 6 months if you're wearing the bra regularly. To make your bras last longer make sure to rotate them regularly. If the wire is poking out or something is ripped it's definitely time to replace them!

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12.30.2020

7 Ways to Cope With Change

We almost made it to 2021! I never thought a new year would get here. 2020 was a year full of change for all of us, whether we had personal changes happening or it was just the craziness with the pandemic there was a lot of change. 

I consider myself to be a flexible person overall but when it comes to big changes in our life that can be hard to cope with no matter you you are. At the end of 2020 there were some big potential changes that took me by surprise and it was really tough to deal with them. They are still going on but I'm working to better set myself up mentally and physically to handle them. 

7 Ways to Cope With Change by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #change #improving #life

Acknowledge that change always happens
No matter how much we try to avoid change by putting up walls or trying to put rigid routines in our life there will always be change. I mean look at 2020. Who ever thought that plans like the every Friday date night movie out or meeting up with friends for dinner out type of thing would be completely non-existent? Change is going to happen to us whether we invite it in to our lives or not. 

Acknowledge the change
This is something that can be really uncomfortable for some people, myself included. If something makes me stressed or uncomfortable I try to avoid it. I try to not think about it or if it's a person avoid them. This is definitely not helpful or healthy. Acknowledging the change or the potential change will help you work towards not feeling so upset or stressed about it. 

Connect with your support
Doing anything alone can be a bummer but when you're working through a big change it can be excruciating. You're alone in your thoughts about this change and potentially over reacting. When the big change was starting last year I didn't talk about it with anyone outside of my immediate family for several weeks which made it really tough. As soon as I opened up to a couple of my close friends it made me feel much better. Even if they can't do anything having your support people there to reassure you that you're not alone in the situation can make a huge difference. 

Don't let the stress overtake you
I've learned over the years that super stress tends to manifest itself in my stomach. My stomach gets all tied up in knots before I realized that this was my stress reaction it could prevent me from eating for days. One time I even lost 8 lbs. in a week I could barely eat. Letting stress overtake me during that time of change like that was terrible. Since then I've worked on developing methods that help me tackle the stress and anxiety. What helps you tackle super stress change moments?

Don't vent too much
Venting to our support people can be super helpful but if we keep on venting over and over again it can become a bad thing. Venting without thinking about and talking through solutions won't help you through the change. It will only keep you stuck in the bad mindset. Make sure when you're venting to your people that you also switch over to that solution mindset. 

Think positively
Thinking positively is an extension of getting into that solution mindset. Even if all we can see at the moment is the big bad change that has us so upset and stressed there is always something positive about it. By focusing on that positive aspect the big bad change might not feel so big and bad either. Good things tend to have a way of softening something. 

Keep your routine
When parts of our life feel out of our control because they're changing it can be important to keep other parts routine. This will help you feel steady and not feel like your entire life is out of control. Maybe you eat breakfast at a certain time or always call your mom right after work. Make sure to keep the routine going so it helps anchor your life. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also join me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. In addition to life-capades and doing it for yourself, I love all things 'real life' so use the hashtag #museumfanatic on social media so I can see your beautiful unstaged life. Oh and on the top of the side bar to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!