Q: I am renting and in an old building. The kitchen doesn't have an air duct and doesn't have windows. Every time I cook anything with oil at high temperatures the smoke detector goes off (and the neighbors are not too happy about it). Do I have any options for ventilating the place so this doesn't happen? Thanks!
Our new house has a hundred-year old cellar rather than a basement, but thanks to a high-powered dehumidifier and a major investment in totes, we're pretty sure we'll be able to store things down there. Speaking of investment, how much is reasonable to spend keeping your possessions safe and dry?
As everyone who's ever tried to say organized knows, having a tidy, uncluttered home takes more than just a big "I'm-a organize all the things!" binge every now and then. Getting (and staying) organized is more about developing attitudes and habits that help you keep clutter under control every day, and not just once a month or twice a year. We dug into our video archives for some of our best ideas for things you can do to get organized — and stay that way for good.
Q: I desperately need advice regarding a situation that probably only a few of you are familiar with. My boyfriend and I have recently rented a tiny apartment (38 sqm/410 sqft) in the heart of Amsterdam, and to get a place with a roof deck, we sacrificed bathroom space.
My enthusiasm for measuring things is something of a joke around my house. At any moment I might jump up, grab my tape measure, and start measuring walls, windows, furniture, trim, etc. You name it, and I've probably measured it several times over.
I used to live on San Francisco's Valencia Street, where I was regaled day and night with traffic noises and what I affectionately referred to as The Valencia St Yelling Team. That was NOTHING compared to the racket I'm enduring living way out here in the country...
Q: I do a lot of moving, and I have a LOT of books (I'm an academic). Every time I pack them up, I use a ton of cardboard boxes, which get weakened and can't be used again. Any recommendations for crates/ cartons strong enough to move books, easy to carry (handles a plus), and can be stored in a small space?
Heads up, tomorrow is National Make Your Bed Day and 'round here we plan to celebrate. As we've always maintained, making your bed each morning is a great way to start out your day on the right foot. What better day to begin?