Name: Alex Location: Noe Valley, San Francisco Size: 1,738 square feet Years lived in: 17 years; owned Years hosting on Airbnb: 2 1/2 years
Alex's two-story home is situated on a quiet, tree-lined street in Noe Valley. From his upper balcony you can see a stunning view of the city, and on a clear day you can spy both the Bay Bridge and Twin Peaks. With a hot tub on the lower deck off the master bedroom, and a hammock off the upper deck opening off of the dining area, it's an ideal spot and an oasis for any traveler looking to retreat from the bustle of the city.
There's a lot of confusing things about adulthood that you probably feel like somebody should have let you in on–things like paying taxes or how exactly health insurance works. Eventually you find your way, and it pays off in more ways than just being able to read a 1040 form. Once you've been out in the world for a while you begin to develop a taste for the finer things in life–and your home life is all the richer for it.
There are plenty of habits everyone should adopt to keep a home reasonably clean and tidy. Here are ten worth practicing in any size home, but especially vital for people living in small spaces when even a small amount of clutter can make your home look and feel messy.
This will be my first December being single in years. I LOVE the holidays, and always love throwing parties, but I don't want to be the only single girl in a sea of couples. I'd love to throw a holiday party to cheer myself up—is it rude to invite my friends without their significant others?
Not everybody cleans the same way. Some people like to let things pile up, then do big clean sweeps, spread out over time (or at least right before company comes over). Others–who may be the "tidier" of the two–clean a little at a time, chipping away at tiny messes as they go along. This list is for folks who identify with the former, but who aspire to be a little more like the latter.
My flatmate recently made the fantastic decision to take a two-day weekend DIY course. As an architect who runs her own company, she's no stranger to the building trade, but she wanted to feel more confident tackling everyday repairs around our home—and stop relying on our tool-owning friend down the road whenever anything needs fixing or hanging. Even though I haven't yet learned a thing (except that I win at flatmates), this has been a game-changer for me.
How holiday ready is your home? With only a couple of weekends until Thanksgiving (and plenty of other holidays on their way after that), you could get a leg up on all the holiday work by preparing your home for this today.
Whether you have one shared bathroom in your place or a half a dozen, when you're hosting for the holidays you want to get those spaces ready for houseguests as soon as possible. We've put together a totally doable, slow-paced two-week plan that will have you clean, ready and–most importantly–relaxed.
It's said that smell is the sense with the closet ties to memory. As you prepare your home for the holidays with plenty of love, laughter and decoration, don't forget about ambiance. 'Tis the season to dim the lights, put on some soft music and, if you're so inclined, prepare one of these lovely and fragrant little recipes to fill your home with great memories.
We all know someone whose home is always mysteriously, maddeningly clutter-free. How do they do it? Maybe they just don't have any stuff. Maybe they incinerate everything right before anyone comes over. Or maybe they have a few secret weapons. Here are three of your most important allies in the fight against clutter.