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Full-on Fall Festivities

November is the epitome of fall, the month that successfully sweeps us up into this beautifully cozy time of year. For most, November consists of all things autumnal- cooler days, falling leaves, the holidays just around the corner, and as always, delicious fall foods. We love fall. But one of the best reasons to love fall is, without a doubt, Thanksgiving dinner. With this delicious holiday on just about every American’s mind from the very start of November, we spend an enormous amount of time fine-tuning our interiors, outfitting our kitchenware, and mentally preparing for this grand meal. After all, hosting this mouth-watering holiday can be quite an extravagant undertaking, with so many moving parts to keep track of, mouths to feed, and people to please.

But this year, there’s a whole other added layer of stress to accompany the typical fall holiday craze. This year, things might look a lot different than in times past. And with recommendations from top health officials urging people to forgo this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, many are looking for unique spatial solutions to implement throughout the home in order to keep the annual Thanksgiving dinner, all while ensuring the safety of the whole family. So, if you’re like most, who have a particularly strong aversion to the idea of a Zoom Thanksgiving, you’re not alone. Luckily, The Sliding Door Company has some excellent space-saving solutions to help make this holiday one to remember. This year, it’s all about making sure your guests are comfortable, safe, and can move about your home at ease. So how can you prepare your home (and your mind) for this year’s fall festivities?

Interior Upgrades

First things first in setting your house up for hosting this year. One of the best ways to welcome in the change of season is to do a big seasonal clearing and cleaning of your interiors. Go through packed to the brim closets, rearrange shelves, dust, vacuum, get rid of clothes and other items that don’t serve you anymore, and in general, clear the air. The catharsis of cleaning and clearing can have one of the biggest impacts on your physical and mental well-being and how they relate to your surrounding environment. So, in order to prepare your home (and yourself) to welcome in family and other guests for the holidays, you’ll want to do some serious interior upgrading. The very best way to set the stage for a successful gathering is by starting clearer, cleaner, and leaner.

Safety Solutions

After your home is cleaned and cleared, start to consider what physical solutions you can put in place to help keep your Thanksgiving gathering as safe as possible for the whole family. Many this year are opting for table arrangements in which guests are placed at least 6 feet apart. Some are deciding to hold Thanksgiving dinner outdoors from a patio table where fresh air could help keep everyone safe from the virus. Others are opting to install sliding glass room dividers and glass wall partitions into the open floor plan of their home so as to safely block off areas of the home from guests and the potential for contamination. Floor to ceiling glass wall dividers allow visibility from room to room, and the feeling of togetherness while maintaining safety amongst guests. Glass is always a better choice for standing wall partitions as compared with Plexiglass or other acrylic alternatives, as it is a breeze to clean and wipe down, without the risk of it yellowing, or degrading over time.

Flexibility for the Whole Family

Giving yourself flexibility within the home will be a crucial part of this year’s holiday gatherings. Standing wall dividers don’t require costly and abrasive construction in order to partition off whole areas of the home and can be installed within hours, not days or weeks. And during a time when we don’t know what the next week, month, or even year will bring, flexibility is super important!

Help cap airborne contamination between you and your Thanksgiving guests with the most reliable physical barriers available! Schedule a free consultation with one of our team members and learn how you can update your space with the most flexible, stylish glass wall dividers for your unique home!

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Homeschooling Solutions for the fall

Being just a few weeks away from the start of the new school year, parents, teachers, and students are looking ahead to a new kind of education, from home. While many children already experienced this “new normal” this past Spring, this kind of learning takes some getting used to. Schooling from home can be incredibly difficult for children- impacting their social life, attention span, quality of instruction, and their physical wellbeing. The value of going to school has never been more overstated than now, after seeing the effects of homeschooling for months on end, we can all collectively appreciate what institutions of education have to offer.

Not just impacting students, this schooling-from-home has been a crippling experience for most parents and teachers. Teachers being asked to guide an entire class of students in online instruction every day has been stressful, challenging and has presented many real issues, such as altered lesson plans, virtual dependency, and a total lack of hands-on instruction. Not being able to connect with their students personally, teachers feel stunted and out of touch, especially at lower grade levels when personalization is so important to a child’s educational success.

For many parents, this homeschooling experience has been difficult for a litany of reasons. First, for parents who are still working from home, the disruption and distraction of children in and around their workspace and relative working environment make an already strenuous task even harder. Losing the ability to focus and stay on task, parents are experiencing diminished patience and increased stress and anxiety while working from home. Most parents are now wearing multiple hats, such as a teacher, a parent, a cook, and a nanny, all throughout their workday. With the normal school day and after school sports aligning well with the hours of the normal workday, parents used to enjoy free childcare during their important working hours and had time to focus on their job. Now that has all changed and everyone has been asked to fill in the gaps.

Create A Classroom From Home

Think about setting your child up with a classroom-like setting that will lend itself to the child’s imagination and provide a little safe space for your student to sink into schoolwork without the distractions of home. Install Glass Wall Dividers into an open floor plan that will help to enclose the classroom area and create a physical barrier between home life and school time for your child. Making these distinctions will help improve focus, offer a place to stow all of their supplies and desk, and allow them to feel considered in their homeschooling journey.

New Rules For the New Normal       

Working from home doesn’t just apply to children these days! If you find yourself still working from home after all these months, know that you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are still working from home and still having difficulty juggling all of the “extras” of home life. Though this is a trying time, luckily, there are a few helpful strategies to help prepare you to continue life from home with some new structure and boundaries.

To start, here is a shortlist of some of the most helpful tips for working from home:

  • Maintain Regular Hours. Set a schedule, and stick to it as best you can
  • Create a Morning Routine That Helps You Relax and Prepare for a Full Day.
  • Set Ground Rules with the People in Your Space (Children, Roommates and Partner).
  • Schedule Regular Breaks to Get Up and Stretch.
  • Walk Outside Every Few Hours to Get Necessary Vitamin D and Fresh Air.
  • Take Breaks in Their Entirety.
  • Don’t Hesitate to Ask for What You Need.
  • Keep a Dedicated Office Space.

Perhaps one of the most important tips on that list was the last one, Keep A Dedicated Office Space.

While most homes are not equipped with a home office or an extra bedroom, there are spatial solutions you can integrate/install into your home to achieve that physical separation you require for a productive workday from home. While juggling children, work, and your own mental and physical health can be super difficult. These solutions will help create boundaries you need for a successful day during life during COVID.

Office Partitions

Without a separate bedroom or an office in your home, it can be daunting to get work done from your couch or dining table while your family or roommates exist nearby. Consider installing Glass Office Partitions or sliding room dividers within an open area that doesn’t get much foot traffic. Little corners of the living room or the garage could function well for this. Order your very own sleek and modern glass wall partitions from The Sliding Door Company, and customize everything about them, from handles and accessories to their opacity and style. All available to order online, you can personalize your new office walls with the click of a button, from the comfort of home. By constructing a home office, you can create a sanctuary for yourself during the workday that children and family members know not to enter or bother you in.

Pretend Like You Are Still Going Into The Office

For some reason, when we think we’re going into the physical office, we take our work and ourselves more seriously. Consider getting up earlier than usual, taking the dog on a walk before starting work, dressing well even though you’ll be working from home, and making a pot of coffee first thing in the morning. These little routines will help get you in that headspace of productivity and feel like everything is business as usual, however far from reality that may be.

By providing the design considerations of the modern-day and melding them with consideration for the natural world, you step into the realm of breathtaking modern architecture. Assert your business as forward-thinking, eco-conscious, and highly modern, and watch your company thrive! For more inspiration and spatial solutions, don’t hesitate to check out the best space-optimizing sliding glass doors, Sliding Closet Doors, and sliding room dividers offered at The Sliding Door Company. Visit Us Online to browse our online viewing catalog and Enjoy A Free Consultation from one of our team members to actualize your vision today!

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