Remember when we were all like “2021 will be our year”? LOL. We’re only halfway through January and while the pandemic raging on and recent violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol makes it feel like the world is fully aflame, I swear it’s not all doom and gloom. There are COVID-19 vaccines to be hopeful about, a brand-new president (and WOC vice-president!) about to take office and, if you squint, you can see that spring isn’t so far away. Something else I’ve found that helps ward off the apocalyptic scaries? Focusing on what I *can* control since so many things are out of our hands right now. I, for one, have decided that 2021 is the year I stop fighting with my dusty old canister vacuum and let an actual robot do the job I loathe so much. (Seriously.)
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Because let’s face it: This year might just be 2020 with bangs, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept the status quo. There are ways to majorly level up your life since it looks like we’re going to be here awhile. Here’s how team FLARE is upgrading our home lives this year, in the kitchen, home office and beyond.
Shop items for upgrading your home life
The pet pampering upgrade
When I laid eyes on this sherpa-lined, water-resistant nylon pet carrier, I immediately felt like a deadbeat cat mom for forcing my precious kitty into a hard, plastic monstrosity for visits to the vet or cottage. We're not going far right now but at least my fur baby can be as cozy as her mom and dad, and not to mention stylish. The tote has latches that can fasten it to a car seat belt and a sleeve that secure it to any Away luggage. And yes, my Willow's luggage now matches mine—the cuteness!
—Jennifer Berry, digital director
Away The Pet Carrier, $295, awaytravel.com