If You Have a Hard Time Letting Go of Clutter, Try the “Box and Banish” Method
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The box-and-banish is a great way to practice living with less.
Sep 26, 2020
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One Storage Solution Everyone Has at Home—But Maybe Shouldn’t Be Using
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The problem is when it becomes more of a reflex than a rule.
Sep 25, 2020
Junk Drawers Don’t Just Belong in the Kitchen—They Belong Everywhere
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Here's how to make it happen.
Sep 24, 2020
Every Big Decluttering Project Needs a “Catch-Up” Day
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When it comes to transforming your home, the goal is progress, not perfection. That's true for your efforts, too.
Sep 23, 2020
You Can Have a Tidier, More Peaceful Bedroom in 20 Minutes
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If your bedroom isn't the peaceful haven you need it to be, don't get in over your head. Here's where to start.
Sep 22, 2020
This Is the First Step to Decluttering a Really Big Mess
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Simplifying your relationship to clutter is about more than knick-knacks and old t-shirts.
Sep 21, 2020
You Can Streamline Your Sentimental Clutter with These 5 Tips
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You can't relish in the memories if those things are tucked in a dusty box in the attic.
Sep 20, 2020
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You’re 20 Minutes Away From a Cleaner Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry
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The longer you ignore the black holes in your kitchen, the harder it becomes to cook, eat, and even just store a leftover delivery pizza without setting off a chain reaction that ends in your eggs crashing to the ground.
Sep 19, 2020
Take 20 Minutes to Declutter These 20 Things in Your Bathroom
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For all that your bathroom provides you, don't you owe it 20 minutes to comb through the cabinets, looking for clutter to lighten the whole room up?
Sep 18, 2020
Removing This One Type of Clutter from Your Life Is an Act of Self-Love
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Earlier this year, I had my eyes opened to a category of clutter that I never knew existed.
Sep 17, 2020
Here’s a Game Plan for Decluttering Your Kitchen in 20 Minutes
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The kitchen can be such a black hole for storage, because everything in it feels necessary. When it comes to tools and cups and food storage containers, no amount feels like enough. And in your mind, you probably have a use for all of it.
Sep 16, 2020
12 Easy Ways to Prevent Clutter from Happening in the First Place
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While it's not always obvious which of today's things will become tomorrow's clutter, there are a few universal things you can do to prevent clutter in your home.
Sep 15, 2020
20 Things You Can Declutter from Your Entryway Right Now
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It's a great time to check in and make sure your entryway is set up for success—whatever that means these days.
Sep 14, 2020
The First Thing You Should Do If You Want to Declutter Your Clothes
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When you’re culling through a collection, you should spend your time thinking about what you want to live with, instead of what you can live without.
Sep 13, 2020
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Try the “One-Room Reset” to Declutter and Make Over Any Space, for Free
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The one-room reset is a simple exercise that helps you not only reduce visual clutter, but also make over your space to keep things fresh and interesting.
Sep 12, 2020
If You Struggle with Paper Clutter, You Might be Missing One of These 5 Things
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Paper clutter is one of those things that seems so much harder to declutter in your head than it is in real life.
Sep 11, 2020
20 Things in Your Living Room You Can Declutter in 20 Minutes
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The best way to handle "everyday" clutter is to make tidying up a part of your routine.
Sep 10, 2020
These 5 Rules Will Help You Declutter Anything, Anytime, Anywhere in Your Home
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These rules quiet all sorts of what-if and just-in-case excuses, leaving you with no choice but to make decisions that serve you and your home in equal measure.
Sep 9, 2020
A Tidier Home in 20 Days! The Decluttering Cure Starts Today with One Quick Assignment
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We're kicking off the Decluttering Cure! It's a new name for a tried-and-true concept: Working smarter, not harder, to get your space cleaned up.
Sep 8, 2020
Sign Up for the 2020 Decluttering Cure (It’s Free!) to Enjoy a Tidier Home
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Twenty lessons designed to get you a little closer to the lighter, leaner home of your tidiest dreams. It all starts September 8, so sign up now!
Aug 10, 2020
100 Ways to Change Your Outlook on Life
Even if you’ve got it all (mostly) figured out—from your money to your home to your relationships— it can all feel flat if you can’t see your world through rose-colored glasses. Attitude is everything to the balance of your life; without a positive outlook on things, all the work you put in juggling your responsibilities can start to feel like it’ll never be enough. You might know right away if you need to flip your script and find happiness.
Jul 18, 2020
Art-Inspired Wedding Details That Creative Couples Will Love
If you’re an artsy couple, you’d probably be psyched to incorporate some of your love of painting and illustration into your big day. But even if you’re not, these creative details might be just the thing for you, too. After all, a little color and texture never hurt anybody. Make each piece a little work of art. If they’re particularly beautiful, it can double as a favor to take home. Art-inspired invites are everywhere these days.
Jul 18, 2020
Age is Just a Number: 10 Kids’ Rooms with Grown-Up, Steal-able Style
Whether you’ve got little ones at home or not, you’ll be able to take some inspiration from these cheerful but totally mature spaces from our house tours. It turns out that kids (and of course their indubitably stylish parents) have mastered the secret to a youthful yet refined space.
Jul 18, 2020
7 Things New Homeowners Should Never, Ever Apologize For
In your first year of owning your own home, every new day brings on a new challenge. And thanks to that fresh and dewy homeowner glow, you’re poised to tackle them all. Who cares if the wall is crooked and the kitchen is in disarray—they’re yours. Owning a home isn’t all good feelings, though. And people don’t seem to want to discuss all the bad vibes that can frequently come along with buying your own first place… What if the neighbors are horrible?
Jul 18, 2020
Act Fast! What To Do When You Drop, Drown or Otherwise Destroy Your Phone
Technology is great, isn’t it? We carry smartphones now that are the size of a checkbook, and totally replace the need to carry a camera, notepad or music player (among a thousand other things). Of course, that means that when your phone has an accident, you’re losing a lot of utility. Because our phones are our lifelines nowadays, you should know instantly what to do when yours bites the dust. It should go without saying, but get it out of the water immediately.
Jul 17, 2020
How to Test a Waterproof Phone Case
Water-resistant, water-proof and life-proof cases can open up a world of freedom for phone addicts. But before the case ever makes the journey to the lake or the pool, it should be tested to ensure that the case and its seals are in working order. Inspect the case and seals for cracks, dust and dirt. Check that the seal or o-ring is clean an in place. Take a piece of paper, paper towel or anything else that will show when it gets wet, and close it inside the case.
Jul 17, 2020
Skip the Store: The Best Bulk Candy Buys on Amazon Prime
Those fools at the store, fighting each other over the last sad bag of candy miniatures? They’re living in the past. You, my friend, are living in the future. Where you can have anything — truly anything — delivered to your door in two days. And the truth is, the bulk candy selection on Amazon is miles better than what you’ll find on your drugstore’s picked-over shelves right now.
Jul 17, 2020
5 Ways to Instantly Modernize an Old & Dated Apartment
Your apartment. It’s not quite a dream home. The floors are terrible and the kitchen is in need of an overhaul. Your rental might not be Mr. Right, but it is Mr. Right Now. If the place you call home feels a little dated, here are some easy ways to modernize your apartment.
Jul 17, 2020
Diving In: 3 Rooms Where You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Get Colorful
Some people naturally gravitate towards colorful decor like unicorns to a rainbow. Then there are people like me who, when shopping for anything from sofas to sandals, buy everything in one of three colors: Black, white or beige. It’s a boring life, this existence clothed entirely in neutrals (And I mean real neutrals, because even “the new neutral” seems too crazy for us).
Jul 17, 2020
200 Ways to Begin the Journey to a Calm & Happy Home
There’s more to a beautiful home than just the decor and furnishings you put into it. Your home also needs to function well, and be a calm and happy respite from the rest of your hectic life. If you can’t say those things about your space, then it’s likely you might feel a little off-balance in your life, overall. A happy home is the finishing touch on a happy life.
Jul 17, 2020
Test Yourself: Try to Guess Popular Cleaners Without the Logos
There are many reasons to let your neat freak flag fly. For one, your home is probably the most spotless of your friends. And you can likely clean house in record time, too. But your knowledge and enthusiasm for cleaning might also pay off for you in bragging rights, today. (And, even if you aren’t in the sweeping and scrubbing fan club, read on, because we have a really fun quiz for you…) On a scale from Danny Tanner to Homer Simpson, how much do you know about cleaning products?
Jul 17, 2020
8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With IKEA’s $10 KNUFF Magazine Files
Even if you got stuck in there for a whole afternoon (and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t?), you might still never see every little thing the IKEA marketplace has to offer. Take, for instance, the untreated wooden magazine file the Swedish retailer likes to call KNUFF. It’s affordable and so unassuming you might miss it if you weren’t looking for it, but the KNUFF can be used for a whole host of things around the house.
Jul 17, 2020
21 Things You Can Do With Lemons and Lemon Juice (That Don’t Involve Food)
Lemons are kind of a miracle to me. Their wizardly talents range from saving sailors from untimely scurvy deaths, to working equally as well in savory and sweet dishes. And on top of that, lemons are an ace all-natural cleaning agent to use around the house. Lemon is a cleanser and deodorizer that can work wonders for your skin, wardrobe or dresser drawers. Make a serum to calm your puffy, swollen eyes. Mix lemon juice with sugar or salt to create a deliciously smelling body scrub.
Jul 17, 2020
5 Ways to Store Your Bulky Printer
Ultra-thin tablets. The MacBook Air. Everything’s getting smaller and more compact—but somehow we’re still dealing with big and bulky printers. Until Apple releases the Inkjet Air, we’re stuck with finding different ways to store our printers and make them less of an office eyesore.If you think the desk and the floor are the only spots for your big inkjet printer, think again. You can stash your printing gear in a million different places, if you know where to look:1.
Jul 16, 2020
Here’s How Much Your Favorite Movie Houses are Worth IRL
We love movies because they offer us an escape from everyday life. A chance to—even just for a moment—pretend that we’re the ones touring the Italian countryside or living lavishly in a beach house in Malibu. But have you ever wondered what the real price tag would be on your fantasy life? Here are 12 homes you might recognize from your favorite movies, and right below them, the dollar amount it would actually take to live there.
Jul 16, 2020
What Fictional Character’s Home or Room Would You Like to Live In?
It’s Apartment Therapy reader month! Join us every Thursday afternoon for Homebody Happy Hour—it’s your chance to unwind with fellow design fans and unload your thoughts on some fun conversation topics. You can judge my very television-centric living room layout all you want, but I’m not ashamed to say that TV and movies play a huge role in my house.
Jul 16, 2020
From Alice in Wonderland to Wes Anderson: The Most Unusually Beautiful Wedding Themes
Most wedding themes revolve around a color palette or a very loose vibe like “nautical” or “romantic.” But every once in a while, some creative couple somewhere takes the idea of a theme wedding to a whole ‘nother level–tackling a pop culture concept with elegance, some cheek and, yes, tons of style. Above, a chic (and surprisingly romantic!) Star Wars wedding from Glamour and photographer Cacá Santoro.
Jul 16, 2020
4 Ways to Know When to Replace a Fire Extinguisher
Your home tech uses electricity. And where there’s electricity, there’s a fire hazard—especially if you’re the type to hold on to tried, true and worn out devices. Speaking of—have you checked your fire extinguisher lately? It might be worn out. Here’s four things to check to know when it’s time to replace it.Now that we’ve taught you how to buy the right fire extinguisher, it’s important to keep it in working order.
Jul 16, 2020
9 Unlikely Gifts You’ll Wish You’d Put on Your Wedding Registry
Wedding registries don’t all have to be pots, pans and fine china. In fact, if you’d rather have, say, a jig saw than a crystal goblet, I would definitely recommend leaving the latter off your registry, even if your mom or the sales rep says you need it. Instead, include on your wedding registry only the things you really think you’ll use, or at least would be really delighted to have. Even if those things are a little unconventional in the registry world.
Jul 16, 2020
Here’s What a List of “Home Goals” Should Look Like
Do you have goals for your home? I think it’s really effective–in all areas of life–to write down your goals and share them with others. And your home should be no exception. Whether you rent or own, whether you plan to be there for seven more months or seven more years (or forever!), you should keep a list of things you’d like to get done for a happy life at home. To get the most out of your list, make it a good mix of goals.
Jul 16, 2020
Here’s Where Your Money Goes in the Summer (And How to Keep Seasonal Spending from Breaking the Bank)
A poll run by eZonomics, a site funded by ING’s research department, found that summer was the season when people said they spend the most money. And we’re not shocked, to be honest. There are some big costs that really only spring up in the summer months. Here’s how to keep them under control. Summer is synonymous with travel. School’s out, work is a little more relaxed, and the weather is amazing everywhere.
Jul 16, 2020
Water With Flat Club Soda + Other Tips for Keeping Healthier Plants
When I finally killed my low-light, hard-to-kill ZZ Plant, I knew plants just weren’t “my thing.” In a last-ditch effort to save the rest of my indoor garden, I’m turning to tips and tricks that, the experts say, can save sad-looking plants from certain death. Like watering them with bottled soda water instead of what comes out of the tap. Real Simple suggests that filling your watering can with bottled club soda can give your plants a boost.
Jul 16, 2020
Worth the (Road) Trip: The Best Food & Fun Across The Northeast
Some of the greatest culture and history in America can be found up and down the East Coast. If you call the Northeast home, you have countless rich destinations for your summer road trip, but here are three of our favorites. Beyond Fenway and the Freedom Trail, there’s a lot to explore in Boston. Grab a lobster roll and some seafood at Neptune Oyster Bar, then finish your night at The Liberty Hotel, which was actually a former jailhouse.
Jul 16, 2020
The One Thing You Need to Clean to Set Yourself Up for Spring
This year, we’re on a mission to help you tackle spring cleaning on your time. Each weekday until April 13, we’ll guide you through a plan to clean and organize different areas of your home, but you’ll have the flexibility to choose exactly what to work on and how long you have to dedicate to the job. Five days down, and five days to go. We’re at the halfway point of our spring clean and I hope you’re feeling reset for the home stretch.
Jul 15, 2020
Uncommon Homes in Stables, Garages & Churches: Tours of 10 Beautiful Conversions
I love it when a house has history. And yet, a great origin story isn’t even the best part about living in a converted building. It’s the revealing architecture and all those little design touches that sentimental owners leave intact from their home’s former life–each one offering its own clue about the people or things that used to live there.
Jul 15, 2020
Worthy Splurge: 5 Things That Are Never Worth Skimping On
In the midst of all this talk about budgeting and saving money, it’s important to realize that not everything can be done on the cheap. There are areas of your life at home where more money equates to better quality. Not just better quality construction, but also a better quality life (and sleep!) for you. These are five things around the house where you should put price aside and buy exactly what you want—even if that means saving up for awhile.
Jul 15, 2020
5 Ways to Battle the “Not Enough Outlets” Problem
Old apartments have so much character, don’t they? The solid walls, the carefully crafted architectural details, the two power outlets in the whole place… yikes! If you’re loving your pre-war apartment, but hating having no place to plug in your hair dryer, check out if one of these five solutions can help.1. Install New OutletsYeah, this might not work for everybody—especially renters.
Jul 15, 2020
This is the New “It” Sofa
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When three different professional designers give their seal of approval to a sofa, you should pay attention.
May 19, 2020