What are your favorite memories of your childhood home? Whether it's family holidays or the view from your bedroom as the sun went down, the aroma of that secret family recipe or the smell of the cedar closet that was the best spot for hide-and-seek, our childhood homes are rich repositories of memory and sentiment. Some of us are lucky enough to still have these homes in our families, but some of us have had to say goodbye when the time came to sell the home where we grew up.
Meeting deadlines, going to yoga, cheering at the kids' soccer games, finishing that craft project, catching up with friends, answering that last email: We do a ton before it's even time to think about getting a good night's sleep — and our sleep usually suffers for it. But May is Better Sleep Month, so we're finally giving our shut-eye the respect it deserves for fueling our crazy lives. These 7 tips are a great start:
1. Set your thermostat to 65-68 degrees to prevent overheating. Waking up sweaty at 2 a.m. is no one's idea of restful. Hit this temperate sweet spot and you'll be dreaming comfortably.
I've mentioned before how much I love splurging on getting my house professionally cleaned. I like to think I know just how to get the best cleaning experience, but to make sure, I asked my awesome housecleaner the other day, and here's what she said.
Lately, we've been browsing photos of impeccably organized closets with the same dreamy eyes usually reserved for tropical beaches. (Hmm, maybe we need an organization overhaul and a vacation?) Yep, we're jonesing for containers, cubbies and closet space so we can stay organized all the time, not just after we clean. We took the top storage tips that we've learned from all our daydreams – and put them into action.
Whether you’re just pulling out your sweaters or putting them away for the season, a moth repellent is key to making your winter wools last. Forget the stinky, toxic moth balls—and who really has the space for a cedar closet? What you need is good smelling, tiny alternative, and we've got just the thing!
My roommate has pet rats. Though they are cute and somewhat friendly, they are some of the most disgusting animals to clean up after. They fling their waste, bedding, and food out of the cage all the time. My roommate is also very lazy in caring for them, and uses the excuse that she owns the house, to not take care of anything — often not cleaning the cage for weeks on end. Every time I bring it up to her, she gets defensive, and yells some comment like "I'm too busy!" or "this is my house!" which is irritating because I pay more that she does to live here (I rent the bigger bedroom). What should I do? The apartment reeks of rat urine, and I can barely walk through my living room without stepping on rat mess. Please help me find a solution!
We live in a beautiful time where free information is available to help us better ourselves, our homes and even our glutes. But if you happen to be one of the completely normal humans out there who sometimes gets too busy at work or is just too tired from running after kids all day to constantly be "bettering" 24/7, you might feel disappointed in yourself sometimes. Don't. Chances are whatever you feel like you've been failing at around the house isn't the end of the world (and there's plenty of time to get back on track).
Why is cleaning out your closet so agonizing? I've never quite been able to figure this out. Maybe it's because parting with old clothing, things that you remember wearing in the past, means making peace with and letting go of a past version of yourself. But making a little extra space in your closet doesn't have to involve a lot of hand-wringing and soul-searching. In fact, maybe you should get rid of (and by that I mean donate, of course!) these six things right now.
Everybody wants more energy but not everyone realizes that their home could be contributing to their lackluster reserves. A few tweaks to your home habits could be all that's standing between you and an active day.