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One Minute Tip: How to Organize Now for Next Year’s Taxes
What are the three things you can do now to organize for next year’s taxes (and keep your receipt clutter down all year)? You may not be able to do anything about last year’s sloppy accounting habits, but no better time than the present to organize for a stress free April 2015! What are the three things you can do now to organize for next year’s taxes (and keep your receipt clutter down all year)?
Feb 24, 2019
10 Smart Ways to Improve Your Attention Span
Because staying focused isn't always easy.
Feb 24, 2019
An Interiors Pro Shares Tips for Creating an Urban Oasis
Life is hectic. It can be even more overwhelming if you live in a vibrant, bustling urban area. Interior designer Séverine Piller and her boyfriend Gianfranco share this Milan apartment, and she wanted to create a calming, minimal retreat.
Feb 19, 2019
8 Ways to Maximize Your After-Work Time
It starts with good intentions. How many of us have, in an effort to shake off the stress of the workday, ended up in a daze on the couch? Whether you spend your evenings bingeing on Netflix or mindlessly scrolling social media, the post-work lull can compromise productivity and, in the end, keep you from truly relaxing. So why not set your post-work self up for success? All it takes is a little intention.
Feb 18, 2019
Creative Ways to Refurbish Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Before They Die
Fresh flowers are happy-makers, and I almost always have some on our kitchen table. But the second my flowers start to show where they’re headed (death), I toss them into the compost pile. Wilting blossoms bring me down. Flowers given to you by someone else aren’t just colorful pick-me-ups, they’re a symbol of care and a gesture of love.
Feb 17, 2019
Here’s What Every Love Language Is Like at Home
Everyone shows love differently. The Five Love Languages, developed by counselor and author Gary Chapman, sum up the most common ways we give and receive love. Chapman’s theory is that every person has a primary “language” for loving, which is how they naturally show their affection to the people closest to them. Curious how your roomie or partner’s love language comes out at home?
Feb 14, 2019
38 “Useful” Things You Should Still Declutter Anyway
Just like finding the right eating method or exercise regimen, finding the right decluttering motto can be the key to keeping your home clutter-free. Many find an admonition by William Morris helpful when deciding what to keep and get rid of: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” But this popular decluttering criterion could actually become a pitfall if you’re not careful.
Feb 14, 2019
5 Things Happy Couples Always Do on Valentine’s Day
Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or newly coupled, Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating you and your partner’s unique relationship. And while that can make picking out a good V-Day gift tough sometimes, it also means that there’s a whole day devoted to celebrating all the special things you and your partner do for each other on a daily basis.
Feb 13, 2019
One Thing You Need to Know to Keep Your Home Organized and in Control
The way we’re inundated with images of what our homes “should” look like is unprecedented. Forget keeping up with the Joneses. We’re under subtle, even subconscious, pressure to replicate the homes of a whole universe of people we follow. (The word takes on a whole new meaning now.) And far from being the distant dreamy rooms obviously staged for a glossy magazine spread, we’re assimilating images posted by “real people just like us.
Feb 12, 2019
5 Clever Ways to Save Money—with Just a Pen and Paper
Never underestimate the power of the pen. Sometimes getting information down on paper can really change your mindset—and your finances are no exception. We gathered a handful of money-saving strategies that start with a pen and paper. From spending journals to shopping lists, read ahead for five handwritten ways to help manage your finances.
Feb 11, 2019
One Small Way to Commit to a Better Home and a Better You: Sign Up for Weekend Projects
Let's cement the smart habits and new routines that are going to get you where you need to be.
Feb 8, 2019
5 Small Home Habits That Keep Punctual People Running on Time
“Early is on time, on time is late, and late is dead.” You probably heard your parents say this a thousand times while you were growing up—turns out they might’ve been onto something. You might strive to be fashionably late to parties, but when it comes to starting your day, few things feel as good as being punctual (also coffee—definitely coffee).
Feb 7, 2019
The Only Two Things That Motivate Me to Keep My Kitchen Counters Clean
Kitchen counters are clutter magnets—plain and simple. As I look at my own countertops, I see seven-ish different piles in the works (kids’ art, unopened mail, recyclables on their way to the bin, etc.). It’s never-ending. And despite being a fairly organized, clean-surface kind of girl myself, and literally interviewing dozens of experts on the subject, there are only two times my countertops ever get clean. Oh, is it midnight the night before an article is due?
Jan 30, 2019
The One Spot You Need to Declutter, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Your personality can help you focus your efforts on a certain thing or category of items, so you can dig in and really start to make an impact in your space.
Jan 29, 2019
10 New Hobbies You Can Get Into (With Craft Kits!) for $50 or Less
New year, new you, right? You may notice yourself turning inward this time of year, reflecting on the direction you want to take with your life. About the things you want less of, and also what you want to include more of. It’s the perfect time to slow down and make some space to explore a new creative journey. And bonus: Taking up a hobby is a soul-filling way to practice self care. Here are some kits to get you started, all of which include everything you need for under $50.
Jan 21, 2019
5 Small and Smart Ways to Shop More Sustainably This Year
Conscious shopping is all the rage, and it’s not hard to see why. Along with supporting ethical and eco-friendly clothing and furniture companies, shopping sustainably can help the environment (by cutting down on production waste), the economy, and the lives of workers who are unfairly paid. It’s no surprise then that more and more people are starting to smarten up about where they shop, even taking on sustainable shopping challenges to help spread awareness and make an impact.
Jan 20, 2019
5 Home Truths That Are Worth Remembering Over and Over
Over the years I’ve written a few posts on Apartment Therapy about certain home “truths.” Like 9 Home Truths We Tend to Forget (That Are Worth Remembering), or the rental-centric 9 Important Design Truths Every Renter Should Remember. I’ve even shared truths about stuff that we should strive to remember. The reason why these ideas have resonated with myself and others is that the world is an incredibly complex, fast-moving place.
Jan 18, 2019
8 One-Click Ways to Find Joy in Washing Dishes
Let’s be real: Washing dishes rarely lands at the top of anyone’s favorite chores list. After a big meal (and some small ones!) it can be an especially tortuous task. Hoping to change your relationship with this necessary evil? Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book and surround yourself with tools that spark joy. Ultimately, your picks should be personal to you.
Jan 15, 2019
A More Organized Tomorrow Starts with One Question Today
Kendra of The Lazy Genius is an expert on getting dinner on the table every night—and all the preparation that goal involves. One practice that she’s advocated repeatedly is asking yourself this simple but game-changing question: What can I do now to make dinner easier later? Once I heard it, that question lingered on my mind.
Jan 14, 2019
5 Ways to Be Better with Money in 2019
It’s official: 2019 is here and it’s time to get your money right. We called on Priya Malani, co-founder of Stash Wealth, a financial planning firm for millennials, for advice on how to better handle our money in the New Year. From setting up a different savings account to signing up for automatic withdrawals, here are five money-savvy tips to jumpstart your 2019 financial goals.
Jan 13, 2019
5-Minute Cleaning Resolutions You Can Definitely Stick With
Just like “little drops of water make a mighty ocean,” it’s those tiny habits you keep around your home that make sure it’s tidy and spotless every day. Cleanliness begets cleanliness, but disorder begets more of the unwelcome same; it’s much easier to stack papers on an already existing pile than on a spotless horizontal surface, for instance. So you could always stand to start a new tidy home habit or two. And why not use the new year to do it?
Jan 8, 2019
7 Ways to Reinvent Your Cleaning Routine for the New Year
Even if you ignore the pull to reevaluate your past year and make lofty promises to yourself for the year to come, you probably can’t help but feel a bit of a fresh-slate feeling with the recent turn of the calendar page. You know what stays the same year after year, though? Your household chores. But they don’t have to. Now’s as good a time as any to inject some of that new year pep-in-your-step to the household tasks that could just as easily drag you down this time of year.
Jan 7, 2019
5 Pro Organizers Share Their New Year’s Resolutions
2019 is here and you’re probably thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. While for some, that might mean gym memberships and swear jars are on the horizon, others have goals for next year that are a little more home-oriented. So to inspire your own home design ambitions, we called on a handful of pro organizers to find out what their New Year’s resolutions were, and how they plan to achieve them.
Jan 6, 2019
The Best Planners for 2019, According to People Who Get Sh*t Done
‘Tis the season for thinking about finally getting our sh*t together, and there’s no better way to get started than investing in a good personal planner for 2019. But with all the fancy options on the market, we thought it would be wise to ask a few of our favorite hustlers (i.e. people who already get stuff done) what their preferred planners were instead.
Jan 5, 2019
10 of the Best Decluttering Tips and Tricks from 2018
Sometimes all you need to declutter your space is a new frame of mind. Sounds easier said than done? Not so fast. Take a look at some of the best lessons we learned this year about how to live with less. You need to purge, but you might need that gigantic waffle maker at some point. Stop playing that game; you’ll never get the job done. Find out how washi tape can help: A Brilliant, Regret-Free Way You Can Use Tape to Declutter Your Kitchen. A marathon cleaning sesh only leads to fatigue.
Dec 30, 2018
The Best New Year’s Resolution for Every Zodiac Sign
A new year always brings about thoughts of self-reflection: What can you do in 2019 to make your life better? “Better” of course is different for everyone. Your better might translate well to “more colorful,” or “more sustainable,” or “more well-rested.” If you know something that needs improving in your life, then write that down as your New Year’s Resolution and get to resolving.
Dec 27, 2018
Here’s Why We Put Oranges in Stockings at Christmas
What do you find in your stocking on Christmas morning? Aside from the requisite candy canes and fun stocking stuffers, I always know there will be an orange (usually a clementine) resting in the toe of my stocking. What I thought was simply a sweet family tradition actually has a lot more meaning, and it’s pretty interesting. My grandmother started the tradition in our family when my mother was young.
Dec 25, 2018
The 3 Words that Keep Me Grounded When Life Gets Out of Control
To put it euphemistically, my house is full of life. We have five children, ranging in age from 10 to 4 months. The only time we aren’t mired in chaos or teetering on the verge of it is for a couple hours after the brood is in bed—and that’s only when the 2-year-old isn’t escaping from his crib and joining us in the living room with a reckless cackle. As my pal (good old Shakespeare himself) says, here’s the rub: I’m a Highly Sensitive Person and an introvert.
Dec 24, 2018
One Really Good Reason to Sleep with Your Bedroom Door Closed
If you thought leaving your bedroom door open every night was the safer way to sleep, then think again. According to new research from the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), in the event of a home fire, a closed door can actually be an effective barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide, smoke, and flames—plus it might buy you more time to escape.
Dec 23, 2018
8 Things You Don’t Have to Clean Until Next Year
You deserve a break. The last two weeks of the year should be time of fireside reflection and pajamas, not cleaning. And here’s the thing about cleaning the house in December: Once you’ve gotten it ready for any parties or guests, you can let the big stuff slide (and even some of the routine stuff) and no one will be the wiser.
Dec 18, 2018
Your Guests Should Never Have to Ask for These 4 Things
No matter who your guests are and how often they’ve been to your house, it’s rare, probably impossible, for a guest to truly make themself at home in your home. As cliché as the phrase may be, as hosts we definitely want our guests to feel comfortable enough to rummage through the nightstand, for example. But we absolutely don’t want them to feel uncomfortable, either.
Dec 15, 2018
One Super Motivating Way to Flip the Script on Decluttering This Time of Year
We declutter mostly for ourselves. We yearn for the empty space and the room to breathe. So we approach our cupboards, closets, drawers, and garages asking ourselves whatever version of the essential question—do I need this?—that gives us the most clarity. That’s how we decide what to get rid of and what to keep most of the time. But there’s another way to think about it, and there are others to declutter for.
Dec 11, 2018
Why I’m Going to Start Folding My Laundry in Front of Guests
For most of us, it’s standard practice to clean before guests come over. We want them to feel welcome and comfortable in our house and we honor their presence by creating a general air of order and cleanliness. And on the other hand, we certainly don’t want to be judged for our dusty baseboards and the inside-out socks that seem to always be peppered throughout the house. But there’s more.
Dec 11, 2018
The One Thing You Shouldn’t (and Can’t) Recycle This Time of Year
Tis the season for celebrating, which means you’ll be stuck with some post-party cleanup sometime over the holidays. But before we get too deep into the holiday party season (a.k.a. “oops” season), it’s important to remember that a certain seemingly recyclable material actually isn’t actually salvageable at all.
Dec 10, 2018
33 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of Spending Money
They say idle hands are the devil’s playground. Or is it an idle mind? When our twitching fingers tap from “add to bag” to “checkout” before we know what happened, it certainly feels like our good intentions of not spending money uselessly have been thwarted by a devilish boredom that whispers, pitchfork held aside, to go on ahead and just check to see if there are any good sales.
Dec 8, 2018
One Simple Trick to Using Fewer Paper Towels
Recently, I was talking to Melissa Maker, author of Clean My Space. While I consider myself pretty neat and tidy, she’s made a career out of being a bit of a clean freak—she ran a cleaning company for 11 years, has her own line of cleaning products, and for-real washes her kitchen towels every day! And there’s one common cleaning tool she just loves to hate: paper towels. “Paper towels are the worst!” complains Maker.
Dec 6, 2018
One (Way Too Common) Mistake You Might Be Making with Your Holiday Cards
There's one very important element you're overlooking when sending holiday cards—your grammar.
Dec 1, 2018
What Your Birth Month Can Reveal About Your Home
The driving force in how you decorate your home—and really just how you live in it—is dictated most often by your personality. Who you are as a person impacts what art you hang, how you set up your rooms, how often you host people, your cleaning tendencies, and how you unwind at home.
Nov 28, 2018
40 Fun and Fulfilling Things to Do on “Buy Nothing Day”
Maybe you’ve already stretched the dollars you’ve saved during what has become, somehow, Black Friday month. Or you could be one of those who would never dream of spending a precious day off saving money at the cost of braving dense crowds on the prowl for a good deal. Whatever your reason for skipping shopping on Black Friday, there’s a day—the same day—just for you: Buy Nothing Day.
Nov 23, 2018
This Common Bite-Sized Grocery Habit Could be Costing You Big Money
Fact: The convenience of having a pre-portioned, pre-packed snacks in your fridge or pantry to grab and go anytime, whether you’re packing up for work or school, is undeniable. And so I remain eternally grateful to the companies that make the little hummus-and-pretzel packs and sacks of olives. (They’re much better alternatives to picking up a bag of chips at the convenience store!) And yet. As you already know, with convenience comes a price.
Nov 18, 2018
You Can Get Your Whole Life Together with an “LFT” Weekend
Life is all about balance. While some weekends are made for sitting back and relaxing, others are made purely for productivity. Recently, a reader called Jinnet suggested the idea of an occasional “let’s finish that” (LFT) weekend, and we have to admit, it has a nice ring to it. “Every once in a while I declare a ‘let’s finish that’ weekend. I start nothing new and tackle projects that may be three-quarters done (that tends to be where I lose interest).
Nov 9, 2018
7 Daily Home Habits That Will Boost Your Creative Energy
Creativity starts at home. That’s why it’s important to know what kinds of things you can do around the house to get your creative juices flowing. We called on two of our favorite creative experts: Rahti Gorfien, Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and ACCG at Creative Calling Coaching and Danielle Raine, a U.K.-based creativity coach for advice on everyday habits that can help improve our creativity from the privacy of our own place, and they had lots to share.
Nov 8, 2018
Print Off This Checklist & Save $100 This Month
Budgeting is too often misunderstood. The problem: Many people look over their expenses after the money is gone. Then they get startled or—even less productively—embarrassed at how much money was spent on things like eating out or buying new clothing, and vow to cut back next month. It’s an endless cycle that does little to change your spending habits.
Nov 1, 2018
6 Ways You Can Donate Your Leftover Halloween Candy to a Good Cause
Having plenty of Halloween candy to pass out—and then some—is not optional. Which sparkly princess or toddling robot with an upturned, hopeful face and proffered bucket could you tell “Sorry, we ran out of treats”? Not happening. And then there’s the kids coming home with their hauls from which they’ll pick a designated ration of their favorites (plus your tithe) and all that leftover candy. Sometimes there’s way too much of a good thing.
Oct 31, 2018
7 Secrets of People with Incredible Discipline
Have a goal (or a few of them) you want to meet? You probably already know that discipline is your friend. Whether you want to learn how to get things done more efficiently at the office or just muster up the motivation to check the first thing off your to-do list, you won’t accomplish much without the daily grind of hard work.
Oct 28, 2018
You’re 5 Minutes from a Better Financial Future
When it comes to getting your financial life in order, a little effort can go a long way. So to help you get your money right, we put together a list of foolproof five-minute tasks that will get your fiscal future on the right track. From weekly budgets to 401K contributions, here are seven simple things you can do today to start taking control of your finances. Do you avoid checking your credit report because, well, you’re scared of what you’ll see?
Oct 24, 2018
4 Smart Ways to Take Care of Your Home (and Yourself) This Fall
As much as we all love autumn, the transition from summer into the cooler, darker fall months can be a rocky one for many of us—from abrupt changes in routine and the sudden resurgence of cold and flu viruses to the gloomy feeling of darker, shorter days (FYI there’s light therapy for that). Struggling to take full advantage of those cozy, fall vibes? Start with how you take care of your home environment.
Oct 21, 2018
5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy If You’re Trying to Declutter
Decluttering is not for the faint of heart—it can take some serious self-reflection, a discerning eye, and the type of discipline not made for a world where Target exists. Author and organization expert Marie Kondo often shares her wisdom about the four biggest hurdles that keep us buried in a sea of our own stuff: space, sentimentality, guilt, and money all make the list. Truth be told, she has a point.
Oct 15, 2018
11 Surprising Ways to Stay Clean and Organized with Silicone Cupcake Liners
If you thought reusable cupcake liners were only good for baking, then think again. Turns out those colorful silicone cups, like these rainbow-hued cuties by AmazonBasics, are awesome for cleaning and organizing stuff around your home, too. Don’t believe us? Read on for a bunch of ways you can use (and reuse) silicone baking cups outside of the oven. Searching for a cute and inexpensive way to streamline your workstation?
Oct 11, 2018
Join Apartment Therapy’s Holiday Jumpstart and Get Ahead on the Holidays!
When you look back on the holidays, you want to remember things like the raucous Christmas party or the morning you spent laughing with your family over latkes—not the times when you spent all day hunting for a parking spot or waited an hour in line at the department store checkout. To help you make more room for happy memories—and save you from holiday shopping stress—Apartment Therapy is launching a new program called Holiday Jumpstart.
Oct 8, 2018
Schedule a “Should-Less Sunday” To Revitalize Your Weekend
Your to-do list is long and your bullet journal is bursting. It seems like there’s always something you could or should be doing—but maybe that’s exactly the problem. While the pressures to be (and stay!) productive have reached an all-time high, overscheduling your free time could actually do more harm than good. Enter “Should-Less Sundays”—your new favorite weekend tradition.
Oct 5, 2018
The 3 Life Lessons I Learned from Interviewing Dozens of Women Over 50
I never used to spend much time thinking about aging. I’m 29 and hang out in a mostly 20- and 30- something bubble in Washington, DC. Getting older was a vague, abstract concept on a far off, distant horizon. But then I began seeking out conversations with ladies in their 50s and 60s. I had started a new job in innovation focused on women over 50, and embarked on a quest to uncover ideas by speaking with the target market.
Oct 2, 2018
Here’s Why We’re All Obsessed with the Scandinavian Lifestyle
Welcome to Scandi Week—Apartment Therapy’s seven-day focus on all-things Scandinavia (often defined as the countries of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway). Sometimes it seems like the whole world is obsessed with trying to copy this corner of the globe, from its timeless style aesthetic to its now-famous coziness rituals. For the next week, we’ll take a look at all of it—cleaning, pop culture, and of course tons of eye-popping design inspiration.
Sep 28, 2018
4 Ways to Participate in National Voter Registration Day (Without Leaving Your Sofa)
National Voter Registration Day is held each year on the fourth Tuesday in September. Here are a few easy ways you can get involved.
Sep 25, 2018
Why I Made a Shopping List Template (Organized by My Trader Joe’s Layout)
For quite a while, I was a huge fan of grocery list apps—they save paper, make it easy to add items as soon as you remember them, and are simple to share with other household members. But at a certain point I realized one unavoidable fact: I hate fiddling with and staring at my phone while I shop. So I gave up my high-tech habits and returned to the low-fi, totally nerdy grocery list template I created during my pre-smartphone days. And you know what? It’s awesome.
Sep 10, 2018
10 Things to Do with the Last 10 Minutes Of Your Day
A morning gone wrong can make us feel like the rest of the day is doomed, a thought which might all too easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Of course, there are things like the proverbial (and actual!) spilled milk that we can’t control, but there are plenty of things we can. Setting ourselves up for success in the morning is one of them. And it starts with the last ten minutes of the night before.
Sep 5, 2018
33 Small, Mindful Home Habits That’ll Save You Money in the Long Run
Little money-saving habits don’t ever feel like they’re doing much in the moment, but in the long run they can add up to significant savings. And, no, we’re not talking about the same well-worn advice to brew your own coffee or bring your lunch to work. These are at-home habits, most of which involve a minor change in your routine and might only take a few seconds each.
Sep 1, 2018
A Life-Changing Thing Everyone Forgets to Do Before Vacation
Coming home from vacation can be rough: Not only are you not on vacation anymore (as evidenced by the suitcases stuffed to the max with dirty laundry and the fact that your bedroom window probably doesn’t have a postcard-like view of white sand beaches or snow-capped mountains), but there is also regular life waiting for you. You have to deal with that inbox overflowing with emails and — here’s the real rub — you have to feed yourself!
Aug 29, 2018
Spend Less Time Cleaning With One Small Shift to Your Routine
I’ve been cleaning my house according to this room-by-room cleaning schedule for years. When I keep up with it, my house looks perpetually clean. But (spoiler alert!) I don’t always manage to keep up with it. And I’ve begun to wonder if a particular shift in my routine could save me time and give me the impetus to finish my daily tasks. The room-by-room method works well enough.
Aug 28, 2018
5 Things The “New You” Doesn’t Need (And 5 Things You Do)
In the end, decluttering is generally pretty satisfying. But in the process? It can be an emotional, guilt-ridden and stressful situation. You want your home to be a positive space, but if you’re holding onto things that you really don’t need, or even things that actively make you feel bad, it’s time to let go. It’s time to invest in and focus on the things that do make you happy.
Aug 27, 2018
Never Forget Your Reusable Bag Again, Guaranteed
When it comes to reducing our ecological footprint, most of us have our hearts in the right place. We try to save water and do our best to recycle (although staying up-to-date on local regulations can be tricky). And we try to stick to reusable containers when we can, like when we amass that endless collection of reusable bags so we can avoid picking up plastic when we shop.
Aug 27, 2018
The 5 Happy Secrets of Effortlessly Positive People
Life can be taxing sometimes. With busy work schedules, family responsibilities, and financial obligations to worry about, staying optimistic throughout day-to-day life often feels all but impossible. But fret not my stressed out friends: There’s hope to be had. We called on life coach Annie Lin of New York Life Coaching for advice on how to keep positive in everyday life, and she had lots to share.
Aug 26, 2018
Use Labor Day Weekend to Get a Cleaner, Happier Home—Here’s How
Labor Day weekend isn’t necessarily the time you will (or should) say to yourself “Oh, this is the perfect time for housework!” But between BBQs and general leisure, devoting some of the extra time afforded by a three-day weekend to your home can give you the gift of a cleaner, happier home just in time for the coming busy fall season. Here’s a plan for doing a few strategic tasks a day so you can make some significant progress without sacrificing your entire weekend.
Aug 23, 2018
A Brilliant, Regret-Free Way You Can Use Tape to Declutter Your Kitchen
We go to great lengths to get things out of our homes, but there's one popular trope that will always work.
Aug 22, 2018
I Gave Up Plastic for One Week and It Was Very Eye-Opening
I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with plastic. Perhaps you have too, Because the problem with our plastic-filled world is a topic that has become impossible to ignore. First, there was that awful, horrible video about the turtle with a plastic straw in 2015 (watch at your own risk). This year there was the June 2018 National Geographic cover unveiled in May, with an arresting photo of a plastic shopping bag partially submerged in the ocean, giving the illusion of an iceberg.
Aug 16, 2018
One Week to a Better You: 7 Smart Ideas to Try This Week
Maybe I should try drinking that warm lemon water like so-and-so… Next month I’ll get up at 5 every morning… I really should take a walk on the trail behind the office during my lunch break. We all have those nebulous “someday” ideas that we never quite get around to (I bet you could name a few right now!). This week, let’s put the excuses aside and actually test out some small but significant practices that promise to make each day just a little bit better.
Aug 13, 2018
This Is the Smartest Money Move You Could Make This Month
Don’t kill the messenger, but it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. No, I’m not saying to bypass the butterflies and new routines of the new school year, skip Pumpkin Spice season altogether, and whip out the icicle lights and fake snow. I’m talking about something wise that will make the holiday season—and its aftermath—far more enjoyable for you. Starting the new year financially behind because of holiday spending is a drag.
Aug 12, 2018
The Surprising Place You Don’t Even Need to Clean
Keeping the kitchen clean is hard work. Every single day, multiple times a day, you spill food across the floors and countertops. You chuck crusty dishes into the sink. You splatter sauce or grease. And the effort of keeping it all spic and span— all that wiping, sweeping, and scrubbing! — can get totally tedious day in and day out.
Aug 5, 2018
The New, Supremely Satisfying Way I End My Day
Most of us take on a lot of different roles in life. You’ve got to be the housekeeper, bookkeeper, nutritionist, chef, personal shopper, stylist, events coordinator, therapist, bodyguard, CEO and assistant of You, Inc.—all the time, around the clock. Oh, and cheerleader too, if you hope to have the stamina and enthusiasm to do it all over again tomorrow.
Aug 2, 2018
9 Purchases Where It Can Pay to Buy Used
We’re all about scoring quality used stuff: Who doesn’t love saving money while cutting back on waste? While some items are more than worthy of a second (or third or fourth) life, others—like makeup, mattresses, and vacuum cleaners—are best left alone after use. That’s why it pays (literally) to know what kinds of goods are okay to purchase pre-owned, and which ones are best bought brand new.
Aug 1, 2018
Good News! There Are 2 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Wait to Declutter
Decluttering efforts tend to come in fits and spurts. There’s no denying that it feels awesome to go on a purging rampage and get bags of stuff out of our homes. Afterward, our physical and even mental spaces usually feel cleaner and clearer. But it turns out there are two reasons to sometimes put off decluttering (and not just in the way of going about the task more methodically).
Aug 1, 2018
10 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) During Mercury Retrograde
Free your mind and the rest will follow. Forget what you thought you knew about email mix-ups, plane delays, and endless panic over signed contracts. This mid-2018 Mercury Retrograde season (from July 26 to August 19) is ripe for deep dives into our past narratives, revised relationships to our mission statements, and juicy convos about what we really want. To get to the good stuff though, we’ve got to first be willing to engage in a little myth-busting and self-empowered action.
Jul 28, 2018