My tidying the house strategy, for the longest time, has been this: it gets messy, I let it get messy, I have an epic cleaning day to clean it up. Been there, done that? Haven't we all? But actually, there is a better way...
A New Jersey cabinetmaker has built a 350-pound replica of a .44 Magnum that he uses as a mailbox. The Lopatcong Township resident says he's had nothing but compliments about the mailbox, which he built in an effort to drum up business. But how would you feel if this moved in next door?
Ever since we moved to Seattle, my husband and I have created last rites for summer. With endless months of gray and drizzle ahead, we make the most out of every last second of sunshine. Fall is coming and our calendar is crammed with activities that take advantage of the waning days of the season.
Q: I'm downsizing to an 800 square foot condo with an interstate move and limited funds. I'm a pack rat who's always dreamed of being a minimalist. My problem is that my things are my memories. I'll have to say goodbye to so much and close so many chapters (like giving up on my 20 year old unfinished dissertation and academic papers). Giving up my late mother's possessions, not to mention the few things I have from my dad, brings tears. I'm alone, so siblings aren't an option. Nor is a storage locker at new destination; limited funds won't cover. Any advice, emotional or practical, would be much appreciated. How would you handle all this? Many thanks.
When I lived alone in San Francisco, there were a few things that made me feel safer at home at night: I kept a phone right next to my bed, I was friendly with a few neighbors — and I slept with a hammer under my mattress. Of course, this meant I could never find my hammer when I needed it for actual hammering...
Launched earlier this year, Madesmith is an online store featuring wares from both established and up-and-coming makers. Madesmith also interviews each artisan who is featured, so as you shop, you'll find pictures of their workspace, and read stories about what inspires and motivates them, and their thoughts on the city where they live and work.
If your life is fun-filled and action-packed, housework somehow gets done in the tiny pockets of time between fun and action. But when you have some free time, housework can seem to take over. Bridget Jones theorized, "Packing always expands to fill the time available so best use of time, surely, is to make available time v. short." Can that apply to household chores as well?
It's been a while since I've had a roommate, and for the most part, my tales of shared living are pretty innocuous. But some of my close friends have had quite the nightmarish co-habitation situations. Hoarded toilet paper, late-night wailing, and unhealthy remedies for mold are only a few of the reports I've heard.
It's been only a few weeks since I made the big move south to Atlanta and meeting new people and making friends with the neighbors is very high on my list of things to do. I've just moved from a city I love, where I had a circle of friends who lived within 5 blocks, so to put it bluntly, I'm having a difficult time adjusting.
Today I wanted to put together a post that everyone would find helpful. With the end of August the flies seem to be gaining strength again as summer produce fills kitchen counters, and we're seeing a lot of readers looking for fruit fly solutions in particular. To help out, I've pooled all of our collective knowledge right here in this one post. Let me know if it's helpful and add any other tips you have in the comments below.