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Finishing Out The Latest Lockdown Strong

As much of the country returns to a lockdown for the next couple of weeks, people are once again asked to adapt to new circumstances. Yet, there is a difference between now and last Spring’s stay-at-home mandates. That is, people have become much more prepared and now know what they’ll need in order to get through these trying times. With most public spaces, gyms, and other facilities closing down yet again, it can be hard to find daily balance and a healthy physical outlet to turn to, especially moving into the winter months.

Returning to this highly unusual way of life can be difficult for many reasons. The loss of social time with friends and family, little interaction with the outside world, less time in nature and the general inability to do and see the things that we love can leave us feeling strained, depressed, and exhausted. After all, restaurants and public spaces served as a setting in which we were able to see and interact with our friends, coworkers, and loved ones while being presumably safe and comfortable. Without the ability to dine “in”, our options for social interaction have significantly reduced and have caused us to feel rather estranged.

It’s important to remember that these times will pass and will be back to a normal way of life soon enough. But in the meantime, while we head indoors for the next month or so, we at The Sliding Door Company have come up with some helpful tips to help manage your home life, your health, and your happiness during this new wave of lockdowns.

Make A Routine

One of the best ways to find a sense of normalcy and stay productive during this new lockdown is to create a functional routine for yourself, even when it feels like there is nothing you have to do or no place you have to be. Working from home or managing schoolwork at home affords much more flexibility in terms of choosing when to work and when to take breaks. But what many find, is that too much flexibility can often lead to being unproductive. Many of us have felt ungrounded and unsettled without the typical structure we were once accustomed to over this past year.

So, make some for yourself! With a self-made schedule, one can maintain a healthy structure to the workday, take the time your hardworking mind and body needs to feel refreshed, and feel like the days aren’t all blending into each other.

Time is Ticking

Set an alarm for the early a.m. and get up to start your day in a different way. Sneak in a little yoga practice or just enjoy the time to yourself to have your coffee or read before your workday starts. Making time for yourself in this way can be elemental in maintaining a sense of peace and grounding throughout your day. Encourage your roommates or kids to do the same and hopefully, everyone can feel more at peace during these strange times.

Get Your Head in the Game

Exercise is Everything!

The key to achieving a happy, well-balanced life? Physical exercise! And although it’s cold outside and most gyms are closed, that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to move our bodies. Transition to outdoor activities like biking, jogging, or hiking if weather affords. Too cold for that? Consider setting up a home gym in your house. Make a point to get into the home gym at least once a day, even for just 20 minutes if that’s all you have.  Do some yoga, lift some weights, jump rope, try a pilates video, stretch, and just get your blood moving enough to enjoy some much-needed endorphins. And if you don’t have an available room to turn into a gym, not to fret!

Our Solution

Install Sliding Glass Wall Partitions into any open space in your home to create an entirely new space in a matter of hours with no major construction! With hundreds of available spatial solutions and glass wall dividers available from the Sliding Door Company, there’s no reason you can’t make the space you need to break a sweat! Staying on top of your physical health will also do wonders for your mental well-being. When our bodies are happy, our minds are at peace. Consider installing life-changing floor-to-ceiling room dividers or flexible glass walls today, from The Sliding Door Company, and choose health this holiday season.

With the Sliding Door Company’s glass wall partitions, the options are truly endless! The key to finishing out this turbulent time is to make it work for you, not against you. Lean into the moment and transform your space with the solutions you need for success. Schedule a free consultation today with one of our team members. View our online catalog and see what glass solution suits your needs specifically!

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Business Closures Change Holiday Plans

Across the country, newly mandated shutdowns have sparked fear and concern for many.

Particularly in California, after Governor Newsom announced a second mandated restaurant closure, millions across the state were left shaken with the news. With the winter holidays just weeks away, this shut-down has come at perhaps the worst possible time of year. Yet after the COVID case numbers have rapidly risen over the past few months, a shut-down appeared to be the only solution available for halting the spread of Coronavirus. Other major cities across the country have enacted similar stay-at-home mandates in order to curtail the spread during the most dangerous months of the year. Many of us can expect at least three weeks of no in-person dining as well as a significant reduction in retail shopping capacity.

This news has certainly caused a widespread shift for the year’s most anticipated gift-giving holidays, and we can expect to see these parameters reflected in consumer purchasing behavior this December. What are some expected shopping trends this holiday season?

Online Ordering

For one, the vast majority of holiday shopping will be done online from the comfort and safety of our homes. And while this is quite saddening for many who rejoice in the holiday shopping outings, it truly will help keep us safe this holiday season. Plus without the ability to dine at restaurants, a holiday shopping experience just isn’t the same.

DIY Stocking Stuffers

Second, we can expect a lot more homemade gifts and DIY presents this year filling our stockings and waiting under the tree. Luckily, homemade presents are actually a great excuse to flex your creative muscles and share some activities with friends and family. The image of sitting around a table making thoughtful gifts is actually, in many ways, much more aligned with the holiday gifting spirit than going on a consumer-driven shopping spree for easy gifts. So if you’re feeling creative, here’s a list of some fun ideas for homemade presents:

  • Homemade treats (holiday cookies, lemon bars, or fudge)
  • Framed pictures of some of your favorite memories. You can even decorate wooden frames for a personalized touch!
  • Wooden cutting boards. While this requires a little bit more skill, it’s a great entry-level woodworking project that would be a fun thing to do as a family. You can even personalize the cutting boards by carving names into them as final touch.
  • Paintings or drawings. Try your hand at painting a special photo that means something to the receiver. They’ll love seeing the memory encapsulated in paint!
  • A recorded song or album. This one is particularly creative and highly personal. Your gift recipient will feel honored to be thought of and included in your creative process.

Home for the Holidays

The other big category that we can expect to be a hit this holiday season are helpful home goods and appliances. With so much time spent at home during this past year, people have their interior spaces close in mind. Consider helpful gadgets, kitchen appliances, and even space-saving solutions for your friends and loved ones. So whether this gift will be written on your personal wish list, or for a family member, consider the wonderful gift of extra space. We know that might sound odd- but think about it. One of the biggest necessities of 2020 was having enough personal space to get through the day while stuck indoors with roommates or family members. And with months of indoor time on the horizon, perhaps some solid spatial solutions would be the perfect present this year. Luckily, the Sliding Door Company has it all.

From sliding glass barn doors to floor to ceiling wall partitions, these spatial solutions integrate flawlessly into larger shared spaces or rooms within your home all while maintaining a beautiful modern aesthetic. So if you’re like the millions of Americans who crave to bring peace, privacy, and productivity into the home as soon as possible, sliding wall dividers and other space optimizing solutions are practically begging to be brought home. Whether these space optimizers will be used to construct your new home gym, your much-needed Work-From-Home office space, or as a play-place for the kids, you’ll be wishing you’d invested in them sooner. With The Sliding Door Company’s glass wall partitions, glass room dividers, or sliding pocket doors for the bathroom, the options are truly endless!

You’ll have no trouble finding a special present this year for your loved ones. Stay home, shop online, and check us out online today to learn more about your sliding solutions! Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our team members and view our online catalog to discover what glass solution suits your needs specifically!

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The Holidays

Hosting for the holidays is inevitable. Maybe it’s just your brother and his new wife this year. Maybe it’s your mother, your father, and your distant aunt. Or perhaps it’s your in-laws. Whatever iteration it is, you have a very full plate on your hands on top of all your other demanding engagements. Let’s just go with scenario #3; The In-Laws.

Your In-Laws are in town along with their children, and all other members of the family, including their new dog. They come bearing gifts, festive cheer, and lots of baggage. Literally and figuratively. You’ve already done your part to organize the week they’ll be in town- planning excursions, meals, and bonding activities. You’ve cleaned the house, shopped, delegated chores to your partner, and alas, prepared for the influx of foot traffic and noise into your normally tranquil home.

You are anticipating the classic and slightly awkward scenario involving a lack of rooms in your home as well as beds to accommodate all of your loved ones. Within days, your home will be turned upside down due to the inevitable taxation hosting bears on a house. Its chaos. It’s uncomfortable. It’s saying goodbye to a full night’s sleep for the next five days. It’s the Holidays.

This year, you want desperately to claim ownership over your environment, find solutions to a lack of rooms and hospitable spaces for your guests, and get a good night’s sleep. After all, you’re already running on low. After doing a cursory Google search for Japanese tri-fold wall partitions and indoor tents, you realize your options are looking quite limited. You don’t want to squeeze too many people into one room, but you also are weary of inundating your living room with blow-up mattresses and pull out couches.

Amidst your hurried internet reconnaissance, you finally stumble upon something resembling a glass wall divider. Not only does it appear to be sturdy and cost-effective, but it also lets ample light through, looks stylish and won’t compromise the aesthetic of your beloved home. The luck! Your daydreams of glass containers may not be as far off as you might have thought.

You find yourself scrolling through the very mecca of space optimizing solutions. You have landed upon The Sliding Door Company. You find your way to the products page and realize that not only do we offer beautiful Sliding Door Dividers, but we also make innovative sliding glass barn doors, entire glass room partitions and, a bonus you hadn’t even considered yet- space saving closet doors!