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?
Disposable products may be cheap and convenient, but there’s a cost associated with throwing out all that material. Many items have alternate uses and longer lives than just the one use their makers intended. Instead of throwing them away, get the most you can out of the following six things.
Mattresses are on the receiving end of dead skin cells, sweat, stains, dust mites, and all manner of lovely things. Despite linens and mattress pads, you still need to periodically clean the thing you sleep on every night. Follow these steps, and rest easy in the knowledge that your bed isn’t crawling with ick.
Earlier this year I wrote the Lazy Person's Guide to a Happy Home, full of cleaning tips for people who hate cleaning. Many of you read it, and commented, and added cleaning tips of your own, and your ideas were so good that I couldn't help re-sharing them. Read on for cleaning tips from some very wise people, aka: you.