How to Break In New Shoes

How to Break In New Shoes

New shoes are awesome, but not until after the first painful period of breaking them in. Here are the best tips for breaking in your new shoes with the minimum of gross blisters and hobbling.

Pre-emptive blister prevention

The worst thing about new shoes is probably the accompanying blisters, caused by rubbing between your shoes and your skin. To reduce blisters, you can rub petroleum jelly or antiperspirant on the problem areas before you wear your shoes, or tape up with bandaids or paper surgical tape (aka Micropore) first. If you’re not sure where the worst spots are going to be, wear the shoes around the house for an hour and you’ll find out.

Rehearsal

Don’t make the mistake of leaving the house for a full action-packed day of running around in your brand new shiny shoes. You’ll thank me when you hit Hour 5 and your shoe isn’t filled with blister ooze and a dark maelstrom of regret. Break them in at home or at work (making sure you bring an alternative pair of shoes), where you can give up at any time.

Stretch them out

If tightness is the problem, you can try stretching your shoes out by sticking something bigger than your feet in them. Wearing your shoes with chunky socks is a classic (you can also try heating them gently with a hairdryer to get them to soften more)….

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Moving House Part 1: Finding Your New Home (Free Printable)

Welcome to our new series – Moving House (when you fucking hate housework)!

Due to a series of impulsive life choices caused by being in my mid-twenties, I’ve found myself in the unfortunate position of moving house 4 times in the last 2 years. The entire process is tedious and makes me want to throw myself out of my fourth-floor apartment window rather than do it all over again. But my pain is your gain, because now you get to read 15 posts full of tips on how to do it with a little fuss as possible.

Let’s start with Part 1: Finding your new home.

Move House when youe hate housework: Finding Your New Home

IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS

The very first thing you should do is figure out what your absolute no-compromise requirements are for your home. For some people, that might be the number of bedrooms. For others, it could be within a 10km radius from their workplace. For me, it’s an undercover parking space, no shower curtains, and a gas cooktop. For my boyfriend, it’s a bathtub (being British, he still hasn’t quite cottoned on to the fact that it’s usually too hot here in Australia to take a bath).

Next, identify the things that you would prefer, but would be happy to compromise on for the sake of your dealbreakers or budget. For example, I’d prefer two bedrooms but I’d be happy with one. I’m also cool with living a bit further away from work if it means getting more bang for my buck.

HOP ON TO THE INTERNET

Apparently in the good old days, the only way to look for properties was to open up the paper at 6am on a Saturday morning, circle all the listings with vague descriptions that may or may not meet your requirements, frantically drive to all of them and be crushingly disappointed by how awful they all are. Luckily for us, we have the luxury of the internet!

The two most commonly used websites are Domain and Realestate. Personally, I prefer Realestate. I just find it more user-friendly, and I prefer their Saved Properties feature, which will become your new best friend. Find a listing you like the look of? Save it to your Saved Properties list, and you can compare all your shortlisted houses in one place. It also puts them all into a handy timeline sorted by inspection time.

Here are a few tips to see through some of the tricks used by agents (keeping in mind YMMV):

  • If there are no photos of the interior, it’s probably awful
  • ‘Parking space’ ≠ undercover or secure parking
  • ‘Cosy’ usually means tiny
  • If it doesn’t list internal laundry, it’s probably shared
  • ‘Location Location Location!’ usually means it’s a garbage heap and it’s proximity to useful things is it’s only redeeming feature
  • ‘Immaculate’ usually means an old, gross building that’s been repainted recently

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Free Organisational Printables: Daily Planner

Ever since I started full time work after too many years at uni, I’ve realised what a precious resource my weekends are. There are just so many things to do and it’s hard to convince myself to actually get up and do them all efficiently after a busy work week.

Free Organisational Printables: Daily Planner

My weekends have gotten way more productive now that I’ve started using this planner. It works great for planning your workdays as well! How you decide to use it is up to you, but if you want some inspo here’s how I use it:

1. I print out a double sided copy so I have both Saturday and Sunday on the same piece of paper (I’ve started printing them out at half size since I got some skinnier pens!)

2.  I start filling out the To Do List from Monday morning. This means I don’t lose track of anything that needs doing with all the distractions that come up as the week progresses. I use the Notes section for jotting down details of specific tasks, like grocery lists and things to take photos of for blog posts.

3. On Friday evening, I start moving the items from the To-Do list into the Time Blocking section. Of course, I can’t predict exactly how long a task will take and what my motivational level will be, but having an allocated time forces me to procrastinate less. I think of it less as a rigid schedule and more of an optimistic guideline (sometimes overly optimistic!). It’s like a polite butler in the corner telling me to get my ass into gear.

Free Organisational Printables: Daily Planner

4. As I finish tasks in the To Do List I tick them off, because ticking tasks off feels fucking awesome. Anything I don’t manage to do on Saturday, I move to Sunday (I draw an arrow in the box to show that it’s been moved), and anything that I don’t manage to do on the weekend gets moved to a weekday evening or the following weekend.

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