Caroline Biggs's Recent Articles
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The 7 Pillars of Adulting: Have You Mastered Them?
Being an adult isn’t easy. The demands of balancing bills, budgets, and a busy schedule can often be downright exhausting and trying at times, to say the least. That’s why like all things related to personal growth, acting like a grownup requires a lot of patience and practice. Needless to say, the art of maturity is a difficult one to master. To help, we’re taking a closer look at the seven basic skillsets of adulting and providing some useful resources along the way.
Apr 27, 2017
12 Ways You Can Tell You’ve Been Living Small for Too Long
Living well in a tiny apartment is no easy feat. On top of tiny rooms, cramped kitchens, and virtually no closet space, living in a small home forces you to constantly get creative with your square footage (or more appropriately, lack thereof). But even with all its challenges, when you get some help from Pinterest and a few awesome brands, small-scale living starts to feel pretty, well… normal after a while.
Apr 26, 2017
Can Custom Made-for-You Shampoo Really Give You the Best Hair Day Ever?
My hair has a life of its own. Along with being oily, limp, and color-treated, the texture is super fine—meaning it’s prone to tangling, frizzing, and generally being all over the place. I’ve rocked the bedhead look for the better part of the past decade because of this unruliness. I’ve also made the quest for the perfect shampoo and conditioner a priority for the past few years—i.e.
Apr 21, 2017
25 Small-Space Game Changers Your Storage-Challenged Home Needs Now
Living in a small space can be tough. But finding affordable, storage-savvy furnishings for your petite place is maybe even harder. Sure, the web is brimming with attractive options, but to make the most of your tiny abode, it’s important to seek out purposeful pieces of furniture and accessories—i.e. items that are both space efficient and multi-functional. As always, we’re help to help, so we’ve rounded up 25 of the most small-space-friendly goods on the Internet.
Apr 21, 2017
Living in the Future: “My Plant Waters Itself”
Okay so I’m admittedly a bit of a black thumb. For starters, my apartment—like most in New York City—has windows that directly face the brick exterior of a neighboring apartment, which means natural sunlight is, well, reserved for time outdoors. Throw a busy schedule and life in the mix and remembering to water your succulents is not as easy as it sounds . So although it’s upsetting that I can’t even keep an air plant alive, it’s not terribly surprising.
Apr 18, 2017
Renters on the Rise: The 21 Cities in America Where Homeowners Are Outnumbered
Nationwide, home renters are on the rise. So much in fact that according to a recent study by ABODO based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 36.4% of the American population is renting their household—the largest percentage the nation has seen since the 1960s. And as the number of renters continues to grow (there were 1.4 million new renter households in 2015 alone) so do renter-dominated cities. As of 2015, renting has the become the majority in 21 cities across the United States.
Apr 17, 2017
How One Woman Launched the Trendiest Furniture Company of 2017
Time and time again, necessity proves to be the mother of invention. That’s certainly the case for Femke Furnée, founder of FEST Amsterdam. If you’re already hip to the awesomeness that is this Dutch home goods company, you’re definitely not alone, as the brand, in its four years of operation, has taken the design world by storm. But let’s go back to the beginning here.
Mar 31, 2017
Looking for Small-Space Furniture? Here’s Where You Need to Be Shopping
Where to score stylish, petite and practical furniture online.
Mar 27, 2017
No Counter Space? Solutions for a Clean and Clutter-Free Kitchen Sink Zone
Kitchen sink zones come in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, the smaller the space, the harder it is to find extra room for storage. Throw in the fact that you’ve barely got any countertop space, and keeping things clean and organized around your sink can really start to get tricky. Luckily, all it takes is some effort and imagination to transform a cramped kitchen area into a streamlined display.
Mar 14, 2017
How Amazon’s Subscribe & Save Can Save You Major Cash
As if we needed another reason to hit up—Prime, Pantry, and Dash Buttons, anyone? The Subscribe & Save function is the mega marketplace’s solution to a digital grocery list, except instead of writing down (or remembering) everything you need to buy before your next trip to the store, you sign up for items you know you’ll need – and use regularly – ahead of time, like toilet paper or coffee pods, for instance.
Mar 9, 2017
Five Moments in Decorating When Patience is a Virtue
Although it’s fun to jump right in and make rash decisions about decorating your home, it’s definitely not always the smartest approach. While home shopping on a whim can be beneficial for accumulating accent pieces and small appliances, when it comes to making major interior changes, it’s usually best to step back and pump your brakes.
Mar 2, 2017
7 Books You Should Read After “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”
If you aren’t already hip to the value of a good cleaning book, now’s the time to listen up. Along with offering useful housekeeping tips, these books often provide eye-opening philosophical insight about organizing your life. Case in point: Mary Kondo’s bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
Feb 27, 2017
How Much Should Pet Sitting Cost?
It’s almost vacation time. You’ve booked your tickets to paradise, set some money aside for food and shopping, and got approved for the time off from work. Now the only thing left to figure out is who is going to come over and take care of Fido while you’re gone for the week. A quick Google search might show the going rates for pet-sitters near your location, but still not the exact figure you’re hoping for—one that takes into account your unique situation.
Feb 15, 2017
The Only 3 Things You Need to Clean Before Having People Over
We’ve all been there. It’s Friday night and after a long work week, you make it home just in time to remember that you’ve invited your friends over—gasp!—in an hour. Your sink is full of dirty dishes and you haven’t swept in days, so naturally, panic ensues. But before you pick up your phone to cancel or postpone, perhaps consider a new a plan of action.
Feb 10, 2017
9 Things You Should Always Take to the Dry Cleaners (And 5 Things You Really Don’t Need To)
Instructions are important to pay attention to, especially when it’s laundry time. You might think that measly little tag inside your favorite sweater doesn’t offer any sound advice, but in reality, the future of your wardrobe might depend on it. You see, many of us take the words “Dry-Clean Only” as a slight suggestion, when they need to be read literally (should you want to preserve the life of your garments). And yet, just because a tag recommends dry-cleaning (i.e.
Feb 8, 2017
Galentine’s Day: 12 V-Day Gift Ideas for Friends You Love
Besties, buddies, BFFs; it doesn’t matter how you say it: They’re your closest friends and you love them more than anything. And just like anyone you truly adore, it’s only natural to want to spoil your squad silly on Galentine’s Day. Presents for your best buds are about celebrating your history together, as well all of the fun adventures that lie ahead. These gifts are a great way to show your friends—and the world—just how inseparable you really are.
Feb 8, 2017
It’s Complicated: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Person You Aren’t Sure You’re Dating
You’re not exclusive, but you’re certainly not just friends, it’s, well, complicated (or at the very least, undefined). A V-Day gift for the person that you aren’t sure you’re dating requires all the same effort and care of a romantic present; except with the added task of not looking too obvious. Less pink and more “made you think,” these gifts are about saying how you feel—without really saying it—and never losing your cool.
Feb 5, 2017
I Successfully Went One Month Without Logging Into Social Media
Caroline Biggs is one of six people tracking their resolutions with Apartment Therapy in real time. You can read her earlier installments here and here. According to a recent study, there are a whopping 2.3 billion active social media users worldwide. That’s nearly one-third of the entire human population that, per another staggering study, spends around an hour of every day on Facebook alone.
Jan 31, 2017
Commute with Celebrities: 10 Audiobooks Read by Famous Voices
Audiobooks are having a moment. Sure, bookworms and scholars have long cherished them, but with the recent resurgence of celebrity narrators, book recordings have taken on new levels of popularity. And we’re not surprised. Filled with knowledge and star power, audiobooks are an easy way to enjoy the latest literature without having to actually read it. So to celebrate the beauty of book recordings, we’ve rounded up our favorite celeb-read classics for your consideration.
Jan 24, 2017
The 10 Commandments of a Clean Car
For many of us, our cars become a home away from home. Between work commutes, kid pickups, and daily errands, we wind up clocking some serious hours inside our vehicles. And just like any place where we spend a lot of time, keeping things tidy can be tough. Luckily, with a little effort, there are ways for even the laziest of drivers to stay nice and neat. So to help, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite (and foolproof) approaches for maintaining an orderly automobile.
Jan 18, 2017
The Important Cleaning Task We All Skip (But Shouldn’t)
Considering all of the different cleaning sprays and solutions available on the market, we’re surprisingly trusting of the ones we bring home. That’s why the pros have always sworn by “spot-testing”—where you sample new products by testing them out on a small area to make sure they won’t cause any damage or discoloration.
Jan 17, 2017
I’m Halfway Through My Social Media Fast and It’s Been Eye-Opening
Caroline Biggs is one of six people tracking their resolutions with Apartment Therapy in real time. You can read her first installment here. You’d be surprised to discover how often you check Instagram. True you might only spend a few minutes total scrolling through it every day, but if you’re anything like me—i.e. committed to staying off social media for a month—you’ll come to find you check your apps almost compulsively, at all hours of the day. Bored at work?
Jan 17, 2017
Fashion Hacks: 9 Simple Ways to Customize Your Clothing
The new year is finally here and so are the latest trends. And while it’s fun to embrace all of the new cold-weather clothes, it can still be tough to set yourself apart from the rest of the fashion-savvy pack. That’s why it pays to find ways to personalize your wardrobe without sacrificing your style (or budget). With a little time and creativity, you can turn your basic apparel into an exclusive wardrobe that’s unique to you.
Jan 16, 2017
The 10 Things Pro Home Organizers Can’t Live Without
Keeping organized isn’t easy for most of us mortals. Throw a busy schedule and tight budget into the mix, and a little apartment clutter can turn into total chaos, real quick. And even though the Internet is filled with fun organizational products to purchase, sometimes picking out the good ones (a.k.a. worth your hard-earned dollars) can be as just as hard as staying tidy. Luckily, we have Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin from The Home Edit to call on for help.
Jan 12, 2017
Selling Your Home: The 11 Most Important Spots to Declutter Before the Open House
Make no mistake about it: when you’re selling your house, potential buyers want to see everything. That means no area of your home (not even your utility closet) is safe from the gaze of a serious house hunter. That’s why it’s crucial to maximize every square inch of your place—backyard shed included—by minimizing your overall clutter.
Jan 9, 2017
The Spots in Your Kitchen That Are Dirtier Than You Think
Of all the spaces we have to clean at home, the kitchen might very well be the dirtiest. Along with the dust and grime that we’re faced with in every room, kitchens have the added disadvantage of gross food buildups and greasy stains. No matter how often you wipe down your countertops and clean out your fridge, you’re bound to still have a few spots in your kitchen that are more soiled than they appear.
Jan 9, 2017
I’m Signing Out of Social Media for the Month of January
Caroline Biggs is one of six people tracking their resolutions with Apartment Therapy in real time. I guess you could say I have a problem with overusing social media. Of course, I don’t consider it a real problem, per se—especially when compared to some of my over-sharing peers—but whenever I tell someone close to me that I’m giving up social media for a full month, they can’t help but express equal parts concern and relief.
Jan 3, 2017
Bigger’s Not Always Better: 10 Reasons to Love (Cleaning) Your Small Home
When it comes to cleaning house, bigger definitely isn’t always better. Ask anyone with a giant place if they’d rather be responsible for looking after a studio-sized apartment—and suddenly your humble abode won’t seem so bad after all. In fact, preserving your neat and orderly small-ish home can feel relatively painless when you compare it to cleaning ones with more square-footage—consider it the silver lining of small housekeeping.
Dec 13, 2016
Win at Secret Santa This Year: 30 Gift Ideas Under $30 for Your Secret Santa
It’s no secret that holiday shopping can be hard. Throw in the fact that you’re shopping on a budget—and possibly for a complete stranger—and things get even trickier. For as fun as being a “Secret Santa” can be, it’s often difficult to find affordable things that aren’t a total flop. But fret not, friends; the Internet is filled with interesting and inexpensive items that are begging to be gifted.
Dec 7, 2016
Sleep Mode: Where to Buy Matching PJs for the Whole Family (& Grownup Onesies, if that’s Your Thing)
Sleepwear is a many-splendored thing. On top of being a great last-minute gift idea, a solid set of pajamas is guaranteed to keep you (and your loved ones) comfy and warm all winter long. Luckily, the Internet likes jammies just as much as we do, and while most loungewear on the market deserves some time to shine, we thought it would be fun to focus on two of our current faves: adult onesies and matching family sets.
Dec 5, 2016
No Dining Room, No Problem: How To Host a Dinner Party in a Small Space
One of the greatest joys of the holiday season is hosting friends and family for feasting. But what happens when you love to entertain but don’t actually have a dining room, or even, say, a proper table to sit everyone at? Fret not, folks—a cramped living space is no excuse to cancel your festivities. There are plenty of ways to work around a small apartment and still pull off hosting Thanksgiving dinner like a pro.
Nov 18, 2016
Ways to Spend Less on (Still Great!) Gifts this Year
For as fun as holiday gift giving can be, it’s also expensive. While your heart may be set on showering all your friends and family with lots of cool presents this year, your budget might not be feeling so generous. Lucky for you, a low bank account doesn’t have to leave you empty-handed. With a little time and creativity, you’ll find there are tons of affordable gift ideas out there; ones that require more effort than funds.
Nov 11, 2016
The Secret to Happiness at Home is Hygge — Here are 9 Ways to Practice it this Winter
Finding the words to convey sentimental feelings can be hard sometimes. Yet, the opposite is true when it comes to the Danish term “hygge.” Although there is literally no single translation for the concept (pronounced hoo-gah or hue-gah) the Danes use hygge to describe the warm feelings of happiness, comfort, and coziness—not unlike our idea of holiday spirit—they strive to achieve during the cold weather season.
Nov 3, 2016
10 Tiny Details that Really Up Your Organization Game
When it comes to housekeeping, a little effort can truly go a long way. That’s why it pays to mind the details when you’re organizing all of your home’s unsightly stuff. Small things that might seem insignificant—think: box labels, basket lids, and table skirts—can actually make a world of difference when you’re putting together your place.
Oct 26, 2016
One-Day Warriors: Tips for Cleaning Your Whole Home in a Day
Even if you happen to be a Monica Gellar type—someone who spends their free time dusting and sweeping—spending an entire afternoon indoors cleaning is still way less fun than, well, just about anything. It’s really no wonder that so many people make a habit of putting off cleaning until it’s absolutely necessary, i.e. until you’re suffering from either out-of-town visitors or out-of-control allergies.
Oct 22, 2016
Secrets of People Who Leave Work on Time, Every Day
Fact: Unless you truly live for work, few things feel more rewarding than leaving your office on time everyday. However, as liberating as breaking away from your desk can be, the art of actually getting out of your workplace can truthfully be tricky to master. It may seem effortless to head straight for the door at 5pm, but it requires a lot of practice, patience, and perseverance to get to a place where you can pack up and go with confidence.
Oct 19, 2016
9 Signs Your Home is Cleaner than You Think it Is
Keeping your home clean and put-together is hard work. Throw a full-time job, kids, and/or pets into the mix and it’s dang near impossible. Yet somehow you manage to pull it off. Whether it’s because of daily wipe downs, weekly chores, or even monthly cleanouts, you’re making it happen—even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Chances are your place is a lot less cluttered than your headspace, and most importantly, it works for you.
Oct 16, 2016
6 Dirty Little Secrets of People Who Live in Small, Perfectly Organized Apartments
Let’s be honest: we all have a friend or family member who against all odds is irritatingly clean. Despite their studio-sized apartment space and insanely jam-packed schedule, they somehow manage to keep their place perennially—if not inexplicably—prim.
Oct 11, 2016
Read All About It: 10 Super Savvy Ways to Style Your Bookshelf
Although the rise of e-books have saved many a-reader from hoarding their favorite texts, countless old-school bookworms are still stuck with the daunting task of storing them. That’s why a well-staged bookshelf can really be a game changer when you’re designing your home. Not only do they offer organizational direction—see also: color blocking, gallery style, backwards, etc.
Sep 28, 2016
7 Celebrity Instagram Accounts to Follow for Steal-able Home Style
One of the greatest gifts of Instagram is that it gives everyday people the opportunity to see inside the personal lives—and homes—of their favorite celebrities. Not only can we ogle their street style and selfies for hours, now we get to study their bookshelves, bedding, and bathrooms in the background to get a sense of how they decorate, too.
Aug 24, 2016
10 Storage Sacrifices You Have to Make When You Live Solo in a Small Apartment
Although scoring your first solo apartment can be a wonderful thing, you still have to prepare yourself for the daunting task of packing—and fitting into—a presumably much smaller place than you once shared with your roomies. The fine line between “holding onto” and “hoarding” means it’s finally time to decide which of your housewares are truly worth keeping—a process that can be almost as exhausting as moving itself.
Aug 24, 2016
Smart Tips for Avoiding “Dishues” with your New Roomies
If you’ve ever had a roommate, you know exactly what we mean by “dishues.” They’re those petty but persistent issues—think unwashed dishes, stolen Kind bars and late-night commotions—that can only come of an inconsiderate cohabiter. Though trivial, they can prove problematic nonetheless.
Aug 23, 2016
5 Plans for Efficiently Organizing Your Home’s Most Cluttered Spot
When it comes to a design-savvy home, a proper entryway is key—pun intended!—to staying organized and prepared to leave the house every day. If you’re lucky enough to have a formal foyer at home, by all means, go buy yourself an entry table or storage bench and bask in all of your front door glory. But if you’re like the rest of us—working with a tight corner or narrow hallway in place of an actual entrance—staying coordinated can be a bit more trying.
Aug 15, 2016
Sleep in Leo’s Bed & Crash with the Obamas: 7 Celebrity Homes You Can Actually Rent
What better way to truly break away from your everyday routine than spending your next vacation at the home of a celebrity? On top of A-list amenities like cocktail bars, tennis courts and private beaches, you also get the added bonus of saying you slept in Leonardo DiCaprio’s bed (without looking completely crazy).
Aug 12, 2016
7 Rooms That Will Make You Want to Paint Your Ceilings
Ceilings are called the fifth wall for a reason. Along with offering ample design opportunity, a fresh coat of ceiling paint can quickly transform the ambience of an entire room. So to inspire your ceiling painting endeavors, we rounded up seven rooms, all from Apartment Therapy home tours, that will make you want to paint your ceiling ASAP. Looking for an unexpected way to modernize a home with old architectural bones and vintage decor vibes?
Oct 29, 2010