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Clear Your Mind & Your Desk: The Paperwork You Absolutely DON’T Need to Keep
We all have one. A shoe box, drawer, or filing cabinet at home overflowing with old paperwork—receipts, bills, bank slips, etc.—we have haven’t touched in months. The problem: These abundant piles of paper keep growing, so it’s important to know what kinds of paperwork you actually need to hang on to before you stash it away from sight.
Apr 12, 2018
4 Foolproof Ways to Fit Decluttering Into Your Schedule Today
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. Sign up with your email so you don’t miss a spot!
Apr 4, 2018
Why “Clearing the Coffee Table” is the New “Making the Bed”
We all know the benefits of making the bed every morning. Along with tidying up your bedroom in a pinch, this neat ritual helps set an orderly tone for the rest of your day. Clearing off your coffee table every day can be similar. As one Apartment Therapy reader put it: “Clearing off the coffee table is the making-the-bed of the living room!” Take a few minutes to clean up your coffee table each day, and you’ll enjoy a clearer mind and set the tone for a cleaner living room.
Apr 3, 2018
Amazon Wants to Pay You to Declutter
I like to think I’m a pretty savvy Amazon shopper. I regularly surf for Lightning Deals and take full advantage of Subscribe & Save and no-rush shipping discounts. So I’m a little shocked I didn’t know about this well-kept secret sooner. Have you heard about Amazon Trade-In? Amazon’s Trade-In program lets you turn in used items in exchange for Amazon gift cards and discounts.
Mar 28, 2018
Declutter With Confidence Using This Professional Stylist’s Closet Cleanout Checklist
What’s the easiest target when decluttering fever hits you? The closet, of course. It’s probably overflowing with clothes you haven’t worn since college or things you’re not sure why you even bought in the first place. And sure, there are plenty of cliches out there about when to get rid of clothes.
Mar 19, 2018
7 Things You Need to Declutter Before You Spring Clean
It's smart — before you dig in on your spring clean — to minimize the stuff that needs to be cleaned and cleaned around.
Mar 13, 2018
Smart Organizing Secrets to Steal From People Who Live Without Closets
“I have so much closet space I don’t even know what to do with it,” said nobody ever. I mean, even president Obama has a closet-space shortage, so for those of us wishing for just one more little nook to stuff our things in—we’re not alone.
Mar 12, 2018
The Dress I’ll Never Wear But Will Never Get Rid Of
Time can obscure memories as surely as fog can cloak a mountain, so when you posses an item — a totem, almost — that takes you back to a magical place you can never let it go. This romantic notion is how I come to own a dress that doesn’t really fit me and isn’t especially my style, but will never leave my hands.
Mar 6, 2018
How to Harness the Power of Your “Tendency” to Organize Your Whole Home
We love personality frameworks because they offer us a way to understand ourselves and make us feel comfortable about traits that others around us might not understand. (Like: I need alone time to recharge because I’m an introvert.) But you can also take advantage of personality tests to let you thoughtfully hook into what makes you tick in order to create change in your life. Take Gretchen Rubin’s latest book, The Four Tendencies, for instance.
Mar 1, 2018
The One Thing You Need to Finally Eliminate Kitchen Clutter
In my family, everything happens in the kitchen: work, bill paying, meal planning, arts and crafts, homework, evening gardening. Oh, right — and cooking and dining, too. Even though those are the main purposes of the space, so much other gear can creep into the kitchen it seems like sometimes there’s no space at the kitchen table to eat, or on the kitchen counter to prep food!
Feb 24, 2018
The Best Cleaning & Decluttering Plan for Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type
Cleaning and organizing strengths and pitfalls for each type, as well as suggestions for how to tackle homekeeping and embrace your unique personality,
Feb 22, 2018
The Surprising Health Benefits of a Clean Closet
Have you ever noticed that stepping into your cluttered, messy closet makes you stressed? Understatement of the day? Well, you’re not alone. It turns out that exposure to a greater density of “stuff” – like a jam-packed closet – can lead to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Assistant professor of psychology Darby Saxbe, Ph.D., worked on an intriguing study at UCLA where married, dual-income couples gave researchers a video tour of their home.
Feb 19, 2018
Time to Tackle Your Home’s Number One Clutter Problem
It’s Friday and you walk into your home, ready for a relaxing weekend after one hell of a workweek, and you see… ugh, clutter. You think to yourself, “Wasn’t this place clean just last weekend?” Apartment Therapy Weekend Projects is a guided program designed to help you get the happy, healthy home you’ve always wanted, one weekend at a time. Sign up now for email updates so you never miss a lesson. Or maybe it’s been longer.
Feb 16, 2018
The “Thrift Store” Tip That Forever Changed the Way I Declutter
The pleasure of a perpetually less-cluttered house is worth the possibility that I might need to buy something again, someday.
Feb 14, 2018
3 Things You Can Clean & Declutter to Snap Yourself Out of the Winter Blues
The season of winter cheer is over, Groundhog Day is past us (Phil saw his shadow, by the way) and we’re left to stare down a few more weeks of cold and darkness with holiday bills still to pay down. But don’t let winter get you down without a fight. Here are some ways to combat the winter doldrums right in your own home. Most of the difficulties brought on by a severe form of winter blues, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), stem from a lack of light.
Feb 6, 2018
5 Reasons Now is the Best Time to Declutter
Clearing clutter out of our physical spaces, and therefore out of our lives, has the power to refresh the space in our heads. While this alone makes any time a good time to declutter, there’s something about this time of year that puts us all in the mood to cozy up, buckle down and start over.
Feb 4, 2018
Say Goodbye to Overstuffed Drawers & Hello to This 6-Tool Kitchen Capsule
Tight on space in the kitchen? Your storage problem might actually be a “stuff” problem. It’s all too easy to overfill your kitchen drawers and countertop crocks with pretty uni-tasking tools when you’re walking down the aisles of Barrel, Barn & Beyond with a gift card (or worse — a registry gun) burning a hole in your pocket.
Feb 3, 2018
I’m Starting a “No-Shopping-for-Clothes” Year and It’s Healing My Soul
When I saw Elise Blaha Cripe post about a no-shopping year on her Instagram stories, I was intrigued. She linked to this New York Times article by Ann Patchett, who had in turn been inspired to pledge not to shop for a year by a friend of hers. I felt like I was following a chain-linked sisterhood of women who had extricated themselves from the hamster wheel of shopping and I wanted in on it. My interest became a decision: I’m not going to shop for clothes for a year, either.
Jan 23, 2018
3 Things Super Organized People Do at Home that You Don’t
Each of us has personal feelings about cleaning and home keeping. But what remains remarkably similar across the board is the trouble spots that we all find tricky to solve. Which, by extension, means that those perpetually organized people who never seem to have the stuff explosions most of us fall prey to have found successful ways to address these very same sticking points. Nothing multiplies like paper piles.
Jan 7, 2018
How to Declutter Your Camera Roll and Actually Do Something With Your Photos
Imagine a year that trades the dreaded full camera roll for treasured photos that are aren’t trapped in the overflowing digital archives of your phone. Deciding to do something with your photos — right now, before you take too many in 2018 — will not only you give you a keepsake of your memories, but will also lead to some compelling and surprising consequences.
Jan 6, 2018
Your New Year’s Cosmic Cleanout: The Perfect Cleaning & Decluttering Plan for Every Zodiac Sign
New Year’s perpetually brings on the urge to purge, and with Mercury now out of retrograde and a pack of planets in Queen-of-the-Capsule-Collection, Capricorn, it’s a luminous moment to catch some serious stardust with your Swiffer.
Jan 4, 2018
Joanna Gaines Has a Smart Tip For Dealing With Sentimental Clutter
She's been cleaning out her attic on Instagram.
Dec 30, 2017
The Best Decluttering Tricks, Mind Hacks and Shortcuts We Discovered in 2017
The beauty of decluttering is that the more you do it, the more you’re surrounded by only the things you need and love. Even if your goal isn’t a minimalist aesthetic, getting rid of excess will clear both your space and your mind and it’s quite likely you’ll come to love living with less. Here are the best questions, techniques and mind hacks from 2017 that help us do just that.
Dec 23, 2017
15 Things to Get Rid of Before the Holidays
This time of year is one of influx and more, more, more. Layers of decorations, extra throw pillows and blankets, house guests, that second slice of pie — not to mention all the new items brought into the home as gifts. While everything is still contained in wrapping paper and ribbons, before the shiny new things enter the realm of official Household Stuff, take time to make some space by getting rid of these oldies you’ll never miss.
Dec 13, 2017
The Key to Decluttering Without Burning Yourself Out
Decluttering—especially if you have a lot of stuff to begin with—can be an exhausting task. You can spend hours going through your things and realize you’re not even remotely close to being done with all your sorting. If you always feel totally spent when you’re done with a major decluttering session, the key might be in avoiding those giant, day (or weekend!) long clean-outs in the first place.
Dec 6, 2017
Marie Kondo’s New Show Is Coming To Netflix
Update: We now know more about Marie Kondo’s upcoming TV show. The Hollywood Reporter announced Wednesday that the eight episode season will air globally on Netflix. The as yet untitled series “will focus on Kondo as she guides people who, as Netflix describes them, are at a crossroads to spark joy in their homes, transforming their lives in emotional and surprising ways.
Dec 4, 2017
This Weekend: Get Rid of These 10 Things In Your Kitchen Right Now
A kitchen that’s crammed with things is not efficient. If your cabinets are stuffed to the gills with items that you have to dig through to unearth the mixing bowl — and then, ugh, you have to put it all back before you’re even able to cook, you probably dread cooking. This weekend, edit what’s in your kitchen so you can chop, saute, and bake all week (and beyond!) with everything you need, from carrots to the pepper shaker, right at your fingertips.
Dec 2, 2017
This Decluttering Pro’s 10-Percent Method Will Help You Pare Down Guiltlessly
Here’s the thing about stuff—even when we don’t need it, it’s easy to become attached to it, assign meaning to it or feel guilt about getting rid of it. Gifts from loved ones or an expensive purchase you regret but can’t return can weigh you and your home down. So, what do you do when you feel like you can’t part with anything you own—even when you have multiples that you don’t need?
Dec 1, 2017
9 Things No One Needs Anymore and Should Declutter
Ciao! Sayonara! Adios!
Nov 23, 2017
Move Over KonMari: We Finally Have an Organizing Bible for Design Lovers
For the aesthetes among us, the journey of organizing doesn’t begin and end with an approved checklist of what to get rid of. It’s more than a mindful or tactile task; if you’re a lover of design, organizing a home is organically something visual. That notion is mostly ignored in the modern decluttering book canon — for example, there are zero photographs in “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” — and we’re not the only ones who noticed.
Nov 14, 2017
It’s Time to Purge Your Holiday Decor: Use Our Two Simple Rules to Declutter
Whether you crank up the Christmas music the second Halloween’s over, or you restrain yourself and stick to fall decor at least until Thanksgiving, now is the time of year that your bins of holiday decor have come down from the attic or out from under the guest beds. Rather than waiting until it’s time to put it all back and bemoaning the amount of stuff you have that, once again, you didn’t use, go through it now.
Nov 13, 2017
27 Things to Get Rid of in the Kitchen Before Thanksgiving
Nothing turns a happy chef into a frazzled one like rifling through drawers or disassembling the kitchen to dig out the necessary tools. Don’t let this be you at Thanksgiving. For a smoothly running kitchen — and, more importantly, a smiling cook — eliminate everything that doesn’t need to be in your kitchen before the big day.
Nov 6, 2017
Entryway Organization Ideas That Will Get You Out the Door Faster Each Morning
Here’s something that will slow you up in the morning: piles of loose shoes that you have to paw through looking for a matched pair, or a table cluttered with stuff that’s camouflaging your keys. Stop being underprepared and overwhelmed in the morning by giving yourself a dedicated and organized place to store your stuff. You might just be able to get out the door faster. Adding a set of hooks is an easy and affordable way to create instant storage in any entryway, big or small.
Oct 30, 2017
Guest-Ready Styling Ideas for Your Bathroom Counter
If you’re a city dweller (or just generally live in a house that’s not a mansion), you probably don’t have a huge bathroom. At best, if you’re lucky, maybe it’s a bit spacious. But even so, who doesn’t want to make every square inch of counter space count? Each bathroom below has ideas for your counters that live somewhere between the pretty and the practical, so go ahead and show your vanity some love.
Oct 12, 2017
The Minimalists Are on a National Tour To Help You Purge Your Stuff
The Minimalists didn’t invent decluttering, but they sure are spreading the message. The popular duo are currently on a nationwide tour to help people purge themselves of stuff and the emotional baggage that goes along with it. Today, The Cut has an in depth feature on the Ohio bloggers, as well as the stories of people whom they have helped.
Oct 10, 2017
Finding it Tough to Declutter? The “Ex-Test” Will Give You 20/20 Clarity
As you probably already know from experience, decluttering, as freeing as it can feel when you’re all done, can be a challenging process. It’s hard to get rid of your things! What if you need it some day? What if it has some sentimental value but you never use it? How do you get rid of gifts from other people without feeling guilty?
Oct 1, 2017
We Have Proof: All You Need for a Clean Home is 10 Minutes a Day
We’re all busy, but we can probably all spare 10 minutes or so, right? Just a few minutes a day is all you need to keep your home clean and in order—and if you don’t believe it, we’ve got proof. The guide you need to turn you into a believer? “Simply Clean,” a new book out this year by Becky Rapinchuk (aka Clean Mama).
Sep 29, 2017
So You’ve Decluttered — Now What Do You Do With the Stuff?
This is it—the final day of the September Sweep. Whether or not you’ve been on the whole journey with us, I bet you’ll get something out of today’s post. It’s all about taking all the old things we set aside all month and giving them a new home.
Sep 29, 2017
“Wanderers” are the Enemy of a Clutter-Free Home; Here’s How to Handle Them
Here's how to handle them for good.
Sep 28, 2017
The Easiest Closet Clutter Clearing Trick
Decluttering is an exercise in introspection. You need to think about the way you feel about your things (aka the entire KonMari philosophy) and also about when and how you use them. Who wants to hang on to things they don’t need? It’s that question—will I really use this?—that is at the heart of my favorite closet decluttering exercise: The reverse hanger trick. The idea is that you turn all the hangers in your closet around so that they hang backwards on the rod.
Sep 27, 2017
New Wardrobe, New You: What to Ask Yourself While Cleaning Out (& Revamping) Your Closet
I’m a stress cleaner—as in, I tend to clean and organize things when I’m overwhelmed or feeling down. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my emotional clean-out sessions, it’s that the sometimes the most satisfying thing on the planet is cleaning out your closet—even if it’s hard for you to part with some of your old favorite clothes.
Sep 26, 2017
This 20-Minute Bathroom Clean Out Is the Easiest Thing You Can Do For Your Home
I don’t know about you, but my bathroom is usually the first casualty to clutter. I think it’s because it’s the last room I spend time in on my most hurried, out of control days. In a rush to get out the door, I leave my bathroom in a mess of tissues, makeup and hair products that, yeah, don’t get picked up as quickly as they should when I get home. So my bathroom has always been in a perpetually messy state that lends itself to attracting more clutter.
Sep 26, 2017
You Probably Haven’t Heard of a Junk Bowl, But You Need One
It’s the final week of our month-long decluttering plan (you can catch up here if you want to join in), and hopefully your home is feeling lighter, leaner and more in-control than ever. That’s why now is the perfect time to set up a system that I believe is the secret to keeping future clutter from getting out of hand.
Sep 25, 2017
Here’s a Fool-Proof Plan for Cutting Down an Overwhelming Collection
New technology is forever changing the way we live with media at home, but I bet you’re still hanging onto some relics of the past. Instead of ignoring them—hidden away behind the doors of a TV console or the depths of a storage closet—today, we’ll try and cut down on those collections. If you have a cherished collection—say, a perfectly curated assemblage of vinyl records or books—today’s mission will go quickly.
Sep 21, 2017
The Dark Side of Decluttering: Have You Ever Regretted Getting Rid of Something?
We talk about getting rid of stuff all the time and laud the benefits of getting more and more things out of our homes. Freedom! Negative space! Less to clean and organize! While these are all most definitely positive effects of shedding excess, it’s possible that in our maybe-too-hasty pursuit of an ideal that may or may not be your own, we have some casualties, we lose things forever at our own hand and then feel the pang of missing them.
Sep 20, 2017
Attack the Source: 10 Simple Ways to Prevent Clutter
It’s hump day! In spite of the hum-drum of the mid-week, let’s do something a little unexpected and pivot a bit on our usual decluttering. Most of the time—and it’s true for those of you who’ve been on this September Sweep journey since the start—decluttering is a cure. You see a problem—the mess—and attack it with some medicine—a whirlwind weekend decluttering—to make the trouble go away.
Sep 20, 2017
Declutter This Area to Make Your Home (and Mind) Feel Lighter
I sit writing this from my dining room table, looking over at a pile of… stuff… sitting in the middle of my floor.
Sep 19, 2017
You’re Not The Only One Thinking It: Hilariously Relatable Tweets About Minimalism
Paring down and living a more minimalist life sounds amazing in theory, but when you’re a “stuff” person—someone who owns a lot of things and tends to form emotional attachments to them—it can be a serious challenge to downsize.
Sep 18, 2017
I Bet You Can Tackle Your Cluttered Living Room in Just 20 Minutes, and Here’s How
Set a timer and make sure you know where to look and what to look for.
Sep 18, 2017
A Feel-Good Checklist to Set You Up for a Clean and In-Control Weekend
I could write an essay (I kind of already have) about how good it feels to have a clean refrigerator. Your stocks of foodstuffs are something you touch every day, and when the fridge, freezer and pantry are neat and organized, it carries on like a snowball effect through your whole space: If you have a tidy fridge, you must be a tidy person. Suddenly you’re empowered to muscle through a small mess on the dining table before you sit down for dinner.
Sep 15, 2017
Room Sweep! Clear and Clean Your Home’s Hardest-Working Spaces in 20 Minutes
Many rooms at home are sanctuary spaces for relaxing and unwinding. Some are utilitarian spaces. And others… others are for hustling. Your hard-working hustle zones (think: the home office) see a lot of action—and collect a lot of clutter. Today, we tackle that. If you don’t have a home office area, you can attack any area in just the same way. Maybe today is a good day to dig in on a workbench in the garage, or a place where you sit down to do crafts and DIY projects?
Sep 14, 2017
How To Pluck Up, Buckle Down and Peacefully Deal With Your Most Emotionally-Charged Clutter
In general, the process of going through your things and letting go can be difficult, but it becomes even more of a struggle when you’re dealing with grief and trauma in the process. Going through a bad breakup with someone you live with, or dealing with the loss of a loved one, for example, often come with the task of going through things and deciding what to keep (and who gets what) and what to get rid of.
Sep 13, 2017
The Starting Over Exercise To Unclutter Your Whole Kitchen
We are really in this now! Week one of the September Sweep saw us setting up a few systems and rules, and now we’re halfway through week two and really making some progress with our home’s less orderly areas. Next up: the kitchen. I don’t think my kitchen cabinets have ever been as clean and tidy as they were on the day I moved in to my loft.
Sep 13, 2017
Room Sweep! You’re 20 Minutes from a Clutter-Free Bedroom
Your bedroom should be — nay… it needs to be — a peaceful place. Who can lay their head down for a good night’s rest while they’re surrounded by a mess? Bedroom clutter is a unique beast, too. It’s usually stuff that came in from other rooms and hasn’t been put away just yet, which should make today’s timed task a simple one. Remove as much clutter as you can from the bedroom in 20 minutes.
Sep 12, 2017
An Uncluttered Home Begins With This Simple System
It’s Monday! We’re into week two of our decluttering program and the assignment I have for you today is a doozie—attacking a problem area that I know everyone can relate to. I have good news and even better news: The good news is we’re in this together. And the even better news is that you might have already gotten a jump start on this task from Friday’s mission to declutter the entryway. Yep… we’re talking about paper clutter.
Sep 11, 2017
This Decluttering Book is the Tiny Tidying Tool You Need in Your Arsenal
There are plenty of books and articles out there that can tell you exactly how to clean and organize your home, but do you want to understand your clutter better? After all, understanding your habits is one of the keys to getting better at managing them and becoming more organized.
Sep 8, 2017
Room Sweep! Try This 20-Minute Entryway Decluttering Strategy
The hardest part about decluttering has to be the “getting started.” Without a real nudge to dive in and actually do it, you might never feel the urge to, say, tidy up a few over-stuffed baskets or cluttered drawers. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do today. The thing is, today’s “room sweep” micro-mission is a timed exercise. All you have to do is focus your energy on one area—today, the entryway—and deal with it for just 20 minutes.
Sep 8, 2017
How to Finally Slay Your Home’s Big, Bad Clutter Monster
We all have a monster in the closet (or garage, or attic, or basement, or storage unit, or… you get the picture). A clutter monster—one big old pile of goodness knows what, to be honest. It always starts innocently enough—some equipment for a sport you’re going to get back into, or a collection of craft supplies for that hobby you’re sure to pick up again.
Sep 7, 2017
5 Ruthless Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering
The very hardest part of clearing things out of your home isn’t the actual brawn of walking them out the door. Nope, there’s another muscle that needs exercising to prepare for this fight: Your brain. The tough part of decluttering is truly the mental aspect of deciding what should stay, and ultimately, how to get over the hurdle of liberating those once-worthy objects from our ownership. You have to be merciless.
Sep 6, 2017
Let’s Go! The September Sweep Begins With One Simple Step
The thought of getting your home under control can feel like a bit of an ordeal sometimes (especially if you’re like me and suffer from an ailment I like to call Object Liberation Issues™). When the job is too big, it can feel like it’s overwhelming and hard to get started.
Sep 5, 2017
This Closet App Helped Me Live Like Cher Horowitz (and Here’s What I Learned)
Since the first time I saw Clueless, I have envied Cher Horowitz’s closet. Not even her clothes—although she’s still one of my style icons, so I’ll take those too!—but the computerized system that she used to pick out her outfits. I mean, it was truly amazing, both because it was pretty high-tech for the 90s (It was 1995! Her computer had a touch screen!) and because it meant that she always looked flawless and her closet could so easily stay impeccably organized.
Aug 28, 2017
Pare Down Guiltlessly with “The Home Decluttering Diet”
In need of some major decluttering (or perhaps an entire home organization makeover)? Whether you live in a tiny studio apartment or a huge house, paring down and finding a space for everything can be an overwhelming task, especially if you’re a person who forms attachments to your things.
Aug 22, 2017
Sign Up to Get Organized: The September Sweep Starts Tuesday
There’s something about the switch from summer to fall that inspires a shift in thinking. Maybe it’s the temperatures dropping, or the leaves starting to change, or maybe it’s just that the kids are back in school, but September has always felt to me like a transitionary month. Like a fresh start in the middle of the calendar—where you can redefine your life and your home without waiting for January to come along. So we’re going to harness that motivation this year!
Aug 22, 2017
The 10/10 Decluttering Exercise Will Make You Rethink Your Attachment to Stuff
Some people just aren’t “stuff” people—they’re born minimalists who just don’t acquire much and seemingly don’t get attached to their things. But there are plenty of us who are stuff people. It can be because we assign emotional value to things that makes them hard to let go of. For others, it may be that we just don’t like parting with things we’ve spent money on.
Aug 21, 2017
The Incredibly Easy One-Touch Cleaning Rule Will Keep You Clutter-Free
How often do you quickly tidy one area of your home by just moving the mess somewhere else? Have you ever come home only to put your coat on a chair temporarily before you finally hang it up in the closet? (I know I’m guilty of this, because it just feels easier in the moment after a long day). It might not feel like a time suck, but it actually makes you put in more effort in the long run—all those steps add up, and it makes keeping your home clutter-free a slightly harder task.
Aug 10, 2017
These Memorable Mantras Will Help You Declutter and Guide Your Quest for Less
The most powerful tool in your decluttering arsenal? It’s your mind. Truly, when you seem to have a problem with “too much,” the biggest obstacle in the way of getting rid of needless things is your own brain. It’s there in the background insisting, maybe, that you’ll wear that ill-fitting dress some day again, or that this old broken lamp is the last thing that connects you to the memory of your grandparents’ condo.
Aug 3, 2017
This Weekend: Refresh & Rejuvenate Your Personal Library
Most people who love to read have strong feelings about bookshelves: they daydream about floor-to-ceiling libraries, they don’t care that they are overstuffed, and they’d never dream of culling their collections. But let’s be honest, not every book we’ve ever read will be revisited, lent out, or talked — or even thought — about after an initial read.
Jul 7, 2017
This Weekend: Give The Outside of Your Fridge a Facelift
It’s not just the inside of the fridge that serves a function in our kitchens. For many of us, the fridge is a central spot for displaying kids’ art, the soccer calendar, friends’ engagement photos, and the magnets we collect. This weekend, let’s neaten up the outside of the fridge so we can enjoy afresh what we choose to showcase. If you are a fridge minimalist and never hang things on the fridge, pat yourself on the back and skip straight to step three and four.
Jun 30, 2017
10 Super-Smart Downsizing Tips From Our Readers
We’ve written a lot about downsizing over the years, sharing tips from experts and house tours, but sometimes the best ideas actually come from you, our readers. From how you let go of your things to the unexpected pros and cons of moving to a smaller space, you’ve shared it all with us. So, for those of you moving or looking to go the minimalist route, here’s a roundup of our readers’ best advice on downsizing, straight from the comments.
Jun 22, 2017
How to Store Necklaces & Other Jewelry: 14 Creative Ideas
These creative ideas—some to buy, some to DIY—will look great stored away or on display for all your favorite pieces.
Jun 21, 2017
30+ Shortcuts & Strategies to Get Your Home Cleaner Faster
Raise your hand if you wish you could clean your home faster, but you just don’t know how to make it work. (I’m raising my hand along with you, if you couldn’t tell). The good news: Housecleaning pros, former messy people and the like all weighed in on Reddit with their best speedy—but effective—cleaning tips. Below are some of the best methods and tricks from the thread that might help you reduce your cleaning time and clean more effectively.
Jun 19, 2017
Why Decluttering is Worth It: 6 Reasons You’ll Love Living with Less
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting into a decluttering groove, of riding the high of letting go of things, of piling the back of the car high with bulging bags bound for anywhere but the over-full garage. But that’s not the end of it. Once the excitement subsides, you’re left with a space that has, well, space and you’ll begin enjoying the benefits of a life with less.
Jun 18, 2017