Mindful Living
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Stop Worrying About These 5 Things at Home
Full disclosure: I’m the last person to give advice about not worrying. I was up half the night last night thinking about everything currently going wrong with my home renovation. Trust me, if it wasn’t that it would be something else. But look, there’s plenty of actual Bad Stuff happening out in the world—none of us need to add to that worry load. So take a look at a few things around the house that I believe we can just strike off the list.
Jul 28, 2018
10 Essential IKEA Finds for Anyone Who Lives with Roommates
Having roommates isn’t always easy. For every good thing you share (a.k.a. rent, bills, groceries, etc.) there’s usually something a little more difficult (i.e. space and storage) to divvy up. Thankfully, IKEA knows the roomie struggle is real. The super stylish and affordable retailer offers tons of roommate-friendly solutions—think: Furnishings that are lockable and dividable—to help make sharing and sorting household stuff easier.
Jul 26, 2018
12 Things to Declutter for National “Give Something Away” Day
When we declutter, our focus tends to be on getting things we don’t need or love out of our homes. But it never hurts (and often helps) to flip the script, turn our eyes away from ourselves, and, in this case, consider where our shed items are going. Turns out there’s a national day for that: July 15 is National Give Something Away Day, and it’s the perfect occasion to squeeze in some decluttering and feel extra good about it—on both ends.
Jul 15, 2018
Conserve Resources and Money: How to Take Shorter Showers
According to the Boston University sustainability department, an average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute. That means if you shorten your shower by just 2 minutes each day, you can cut your water use by 10 gallons at a time. It really adds up–with major impacts to your wallet and the environment. Whatever your goal–lowering your bill or just your water usage overall–it’s quite the challenge to try and shorten your time in the shower.
Jul 14, 2018
The Easy, Lazy Way to Clean Your Floors This Summer—Just Don’t
Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Chore-Free Summer. Every weekday until July 20, we’re arming you with time-saving shortcuts and hacks that’ll help you work smarter, not harder, when it comes to homekeeping this summer. Because cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Our goal with this whole chore-free summer series is to give you back your time and let you enjoy a more carefree season.
Jul 13, 2018
4 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Centered When Life Is Chaotic
Well, we try our best, most of the time. But there are some things that are just out of our control. From natural disasters to DIY disasters to science projects that start on the dining room table and spread out to other parts of the home (to work projects that do the same) — sometimes our homes are chaos.
Jul 12, 2018
3 Smart Ways to Do Fewer Dishes This Summer
Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Chore-Free Summer. Every weekday until July 20, we’re arming you with time-saving shortcuts and hacks that’ll help you work smarter, not harder, when it comes to homekeeping this summer. Because cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. No other household chore draws as much ire as the dishes. Maybe it’s because they just never. seem. to end.
Jul 10, 2018
Let’s Kick Off the Chore-Free Summer! How to Have a Clutter-Free Home Without Even Trying
Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Chore-Free Summer. Every weekday until July 20, we’re arming you with time-saving shortcuts and hacks that’ll help you work smarter, not harder, when it comes to homekeeping this summer. Because cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Keeping your home clutter-free can feel like a rat race with no end in sight. Inevitably in the course of living life, stuff piles up where it shouldn’t.
Jul 9, 2018
Now That I’m an Adult, I Finally Understand My Mom’s Unfair Rule for Keeping the House Clean
Now, as a 30-something adult, I get it. I have the exact same rule for keeping the bedroom clean at home.
Jul 7, 2018
This Relatively Painless Practice Can Save You $100 a Month or More
Cooking meals at home is commendable. When we have so many other options—whether it’s eating out, ordering takeout, or buying ready-made meals of one sort or another—taking the time to plan meals, shop for ingredients, and assemble them into a home-cooked meal demonstrates a commitment to a relaxing hobby, saving money, or the determination to eat as healthfully as possible. But it’s not always easy.
Jul 6, 2018
10 Smart Little Things I Do for Houseguests
Depending on where you live and your proximity to a popular summer travel destination (the Grand Canyon? Disney World? New York City?) you may find yourself deep in houseguest season. I don’t live in a particularly touristy city, but I host houseguests frequently, and I think it’s part of the fun of having a house with room to share. In fact, in just a few weeks my husband’s brother and sister-in-law will be piling in with their three kids for a sleepover.
Jun 22, 2018
7 Smart Things to Declutter When You Get Home from Vacation
Part of the benefit of vacations is the renewed perspective they give us through a change of scene and distance from the daily grind. While we may return with a fresh appreciation for our homes and the predictability of routines, there may be one area of vacation-inspired clarity that we forget to use to our advantage. With everything that has to be done to prepare for travel, it’s not usually realistic to add decluttering to the list before you leave.
Jun 19, 2018
7 Things in My Space I Need to Thank My Dad For
His preparedness has been passed down to me, one pack of emergency hand warmers at a time.
Jun 17, 2018
How to Take Care of Yourself When Father’s Day Is Hard
It's natural for your heart to hurt on days like this, whether your father has died, or you feel disconnected or estranged from him.
Jun 16, 2018
“We Lost Everything”: How to Stay Resilient in the Face of Hardship
A tragedy can change your circumstances. But it can also change you. The way you wake in the mornings. Where your mind goes when you have a moment to think. And what nobody tells you is that you find yourself wincing whenever the phone rings, practically forever—a Pavlovian response to the moment you picked it up and found your whole world changed. Helen Bayley, co-founder of decor brand Lovestar Australia, got such a phone call one late afternoon last February.
Jun 11, 2018
Will This 3-Word Decluttering Mantra Be the One that Finally Works for You?
I’m expecting a baby in late August and I’m in major nesting mode. It’s a wave I really like to ride to get things cleared out and in order in our home before we welcome a new baby. Lately, as I’ve been combing through cupboards, closets, and boxes of things I was sure I’d want to keep (but now just want to toss wholesale), I’ve been remembering a three-word phrase that’s become an extremely helpful decluttering mantra.
Jun 11, 2018
10 Smart, Introspective Questions to Ask Your Partner at the Dinner Table
“How was your day?” Every couple sharing an evening meal together has asked this question. It’s a fine question; you care about each other, after all, and are genuinely interested in what happened that day! But sometimes, especially for couples who’ve been together a long time, dinner conversations can settle into the same grooves night after night — work talk, complaining about the subway, what’s new with the kids.
Jun 9, 2018
50 Things to See, Taste, Hear, Feel & Smell Between Memorial Day and Labor Day
Just like New Year’s Day is a benchmark for the mind, the start of summer is a benchmark for the soul. At some point in the calendar (Mother Nature waits not for the Summer Solstice), rain and blooms give way to hot, humid mornings. It’s around this time of year that you find yourself reaching more for shorts over jeans, and longing to introduce some simple pleasures in your day. A cool drink wet with condensation. A delicious waft of BBQ on the grill.
May 25, 2018
Rethinking How You Take Your Vacations Could Help You Feel Young Forever
Growing up, my family went to a beloved, small lake town in the mountains every summer.
May 22, 2018
Why Everyone Should Start a Bullet Journal
If you were one of the folks—like me—hoping bullet journals would be a flash-in-the-pan lifestyle trend, I have to report that we’re wrong. Bullet journals are here to stay. Why did I write off bullet journals for so long? (Pun absolutely intended.) Well to me, they seemed like they existed as a sort of vanity project—an Instagram-worthy journal where perfect people can showcase the elements of their perfect life in perfect handwriting.
May 20, 2018
We Bet You Could Use Some “Lagom” in Your Life Right Now
Lagom is a Swedish lifestyle trend that just won’t quit. Defined loosely as “everything in moderation,” the concept of lagom (pronounced law-gum) is all about finding balance in your everyday life. To help us better understand the concept of lagom, we called on Niki Brantmark, creator of My Scandinavian Home and author of Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life, to break it down.
May 3, 2018
8 Time-Saving Secrets to Steal from Speed Readers
We’ve all been there. It’s ten minutes before a big office meeting, and you just realized you forgot to read the documents your boss handed out last week to prepare. But fret not my flustered friends, there’s still plenty of time to get prepped. We did our research and thanks to a few tried and true speed-reading strategies, skimming those documents—at least enough to absorb the basic info—should be no problem.
May 1, 2018
36 Simple Ways You Can Be a Better Neighbor
Feeling nostalgic for those Wonder Years neighborhood vibes, or the cozy camaraderie of Friends-esque living situations? Or maybe you just don’t know what to do about all those other people who also happen to live on your street.
Apr 28, 2018
8 Grocery List Hacks That’ll Save Time and Money
Grocery shopping isn’t always easy. Along with the crowds, screaming kids, and long lines, you have to successfully secure a week’s worth of foodstuff, most likely while on a budget. That’s why it pays to plan for your trip to the grocery store ahead of time, so you can avoid draining searches and high prices as much as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can hack your grocery list to work for you.
Apr 26, 2018
This Common Decluttering Trick Actually Might Not Work for You
When you feel a decluttering binge coming on, you might be tempted to grab a bag or box and start filling it with things to toss or donate. That certainly is one plan of attack, and you may end up with a bulging bag of stuff that you need to get out of your house. Which is great, of course. And if that works for you in the long term, then keep on going!
Apr 26, 2018
Here’s The Minimalists’ Best Advice for Dealing With Sentimental Clutter
My husband and I recently replaced our dresser, which spurred an event which I’ll be referring to in the confines of our relationship history as “The Great T-Shirt Eradication of 2018.” You see, between us, we own many, many tees. We could, as a couple, each wear a different shirt every day and maybe make it until Independence Day without doing laundry. At least, that was the case before “The Great T-Shirt Eradication of 2018.
Apr 25, 2018
6 Super-Quick Ways to Curb Your Spending and Save More Money
A few super quick ways to curb your outflow of cash and ultimately save more.
Apr 16, 2018
5 Things Die-Hard Bullet Journalers Want to Teach You
I hate to invoke the “two types of people” trope, but I think it rings especially true here. There are two types of people in the world: Bullet journalers, and bullet journalers who haven’t started yet. I admittedly am in that second camp. I was even drinking the bujo haterade when the trend first came along. Technology offers so many advantages over pen-and-paper recordkeeping.
Apr 14, 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
5 Simple Ways to Be Happier at Home This April
Spring is a time of renewal, so we feel like there’s no better moment than now to pick up a new habit or try out a new idea. Even better if that idea inspires some good ‘ness — you know… happiness, coziness, wellness or just all around better living at home.
Apr 3, 2018
4 Tricks for a Lively Table Convo (That’ll Keep Everyone Off Their Phones)
When my in-laws came over for Thanksgiving, we had a wonderful time together. Nothing like a visit from grandparents and three fun uncles to keep the kids happy and entertained while I prepared our feast. I was surprised, then, when our ’round-the-table conversation was devoid of the effervescent conversation I’m used to with my own (Italian) side of the family. I became acutely aware of the silence and then the inordinately loud sound of forks tinkling on plates.
Mar 29, 2018
So You’re Going to an Easter Mass or Passover Seder and Have No Clue What You’re Doing…
Being invited to participate in any family’s tradition—religious or not—is an honor, and one that should be treated with a ton of gratitude and respect. But what should you be doing? With spring holidays just around the corner, here are some things to keep in mind if you’re going to your first Easter Mass or Passover Seder.
Mar 27, 2018
3 Ways IKEA Makes It Easy to Recycle
As if the stylish and affordable home furnishings weren’t enough of a reason to love IKEA, the store made it their mission to create a streamlined recycling process for their customers. Along with their chic assortment of recycling bins for sale, the Swedish super-retailer offers several convenient ways for customers to recycle their old stuff—think: glass, batteries, furniture, and more—while they’re shopping. Don’t believe us?
Mar 13, 2018
Parting With My Studio Apartment—and My Independence
When my partner and I left Chicago for San Francisco, we decided to hold off on moving in together. We hadn’t been dating for very long and wanted to establish our own, independent selves and lives in the new city. Plus, I had never lived by myself. I was enamored with the idea of creating my very own home, with no bathrooms to share or aesthetics to clash. I fixed my own appliances (with a little assistance from YouTube) and never split the rent or the bills for the wifi.
Mar 7, 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
7 Sneaky Ways Your Stuff is Stealing Your Time
Sometimes your stuff gets in the way of, well, life. Whether it’s not being able to find your keys when you’re already running late for work or missing a train because you took too long digging through your purse for your transit card, searching for everyday essentials can have a major impact on your daily routine.
Mar 2, 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
9 Secret Shortcuts of People Who Are Good at Everyday Math
Crunching numbers quickly can give you answers to pressing real-life questions such as, "Is this shirt a good deal?" or "How much should I tip my Uber driver?"
Feb 17, 2018
Use These Mindful Tricks to Recover from a Money Spending Binge
No matter what kind of binge it is — shopping, Netflix, eggnog — binging results in similar feelings: you’re inert, over-satiated, guilty, and deep down, you know you went just a bit too far. Fast on the heels of such remorse, you resolve to change. If you’re feeling like this in relation to holiday spending that went a little off the rails, these money-saving mantras will help you reset and recover.
Jan 19, 2018
Here’s the Difference Between Hygge and Just Plain Lazy
When studying Danish, one of the first words you’ll learn is “hygge.” It loosely translates to “coziness,” but many Danes will tell you that meaning is a bit too literal and restrictive. It’s a word that is so emblematic of the Danish culture that it doesn’t have a perfect English equivalent.
Jan 18, 2018
It’s Capricorn Season: Here’s Your January Home Horoscope
If it’s worth it, you’d better work it, spatial explorers. This month in the cosmos is made of solid earth and sinewy muscle, as a pack of Capricorn planets beckon us into the badass boardrooms of tough decisions and uphill climbs. But this energy isn’t all stellar struggle. The most decadent, delicious gift of the month ahead is the sweet sensation that we’ve self-sufficiently created our kingdoms with our two hands.
Jan 8, 2018
Anti-Resolutions Are The New Resolutions — Here’s Why
Did you set resolutions this year? Maybe you’re a few days deep into your first Whole30 or a new journaling routine. While a new year can be invigorating and inspiring for some, plenty of people struggle with making and keeping resolutions. If you’re part of the latter group, good news: Fast Company recently reported on the idea of anti-resolutions, which “create space for the good stuff” without the pressure of traditional New Year’s resolutions.
Jan 4, 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
15 Little Ways to Pay It Forward This Holiday Season
Amidst the planes to catch and parties to attend, it’s easy to forget what the holidays are really about—expressing appreciation and gratitude. Doing this is known to warm our hearts more than any gift under the tree, seasonal dessert, or festive fête. Getting in touch with the true meaning of the season doesn’t require a massive check or hours spent in a soup kitchen (though these are great options, too).
Dec 19, 2017
Use the 10-10-10 Rule to Decide How and Where to Spend Your Time
Try as we might to compartmentalize our time and be fully present in each of our life roles, in our increasingly fluid world, overlaps happen. And multi-tasking doesn’t work when you have to choose between physically being in two places at once or spending your time on one thing to the exclusion of another.
Dec 19, 2017
Brilliant Gifts Under $20 When a Card Just Isn’t Enough
When it comes to close friends and family, buying gifts is often a lot easier. You know them, and you’re probably willing to spend a little more (not just money, but time and effort) to get them a gift that they’ll really love. But for everyone else on your list—when a card just doesn’t feel like enough on its own—there are small things you can do that they’ll definitely appreciate.
Dec 2, 2017
The “Lost Art Form” Meghan Markle Says Should Make a Comeback
In a world of overflowing inboxes, communication is often instant, nearly constant, and usually “urgent.” And brief, if we’re lucky, because the daily struggle to get to inbox zero is all too real. Sure, you can get your flirt on via text or email, or send off a quick thank you or congratulations, but what happens when you want to communicate in a more personal, romantic, lengthy or memorable way?
Nov 30, 2017
This Mindful Question May Be the Key to a Clean Home & Organized Life
Nothing, of course, can lengthen our finite days. But I love finding ways to feel like I’ve gotten more time — to feel less rushed and distracted and more on top of it and productive. One way I try to do this is by shedding unnecessary time-eaters from my family’s days (limiting after-school activities and only attending the birthday parties of close friends, for example). Another way I eke time from my day is to ask myself one simple question.
Nov 26, 2017
Here’s What This Weekend’s New Moon Means For Your Home
With the Sun traveling through Scorpio this past month, and meeting up for a sparklingly potent New Moon on 11/18, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, dig into the trenches, and get ready for some serious purging. But this lunar energy lends the zodiac’s Phoenix sign a softer, sweeter edge. Let change feel like simply slipping off an old duvet cover. Easy, breezy, and ready for brand new dreams. Below, your sign-by-sign guide to both the stars and your interstellar interiors.
Nov 13, 2017
From Morning to Night: 5 Ways to Practice Gratitude Today
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many people are starting to think about the things they’re thankful for. But sometimes—especially when things get stressful and you’re dealing with a major life change—it can be hard to get into the right frame of mind or even remember the things you’re grateful for.
Nov 11, 2017
I’ve Found the Secret to Tackling My Most-Hated Chore
I don’t know about you, but my sense of time is pretty bad. Like “I’ll be ready in 5 minutes” is almost always a lie, bad. And when I call in a to-go order, I set an alarm because I will severely over-estimate how long “15 to 20 minutes” can be. It never seemed like too much of a problem — at least not with an impatient, loves-to-be-early type of husband in the house who regularly overestimates our travel time to surprise parties.
Nov 10, 2017
If You’ve Always Wondered Why Anthropologie Smells So Good, It’s Because of This Candle
Anthropologie is set up in a way that it’s not just a “store” but a “shopping experience.” It’s a place you stroll through, linger around, dream of living in. Part of that magical experience? The just-strong-enough aroma that fills the air, luring you across the impeccably styled threshold. I always thought the retailer’s sweet smell was a perfect marriage of all the candles they were burning throughout the store.
Nov 3, 2017
11 Inspiring Gratitude Logs for Your Holiday Bullet Journaling
As the holidays are approaching and the year is winding down, many people are starting to think about all the people and things they’re thankful for. Practicing gratitude is pretty standard during the holidays, but it’s also something you can do all the time to be more mindful and help you focus on more positive things even when you’re feeling down.
Nov 3, 2017
Stop Buying Actual Garbage
I enjoy saving money, and as an obvious corollary, I hate wasting it. So when I put something that I spent money on in the garbage can, it rankles my frugal sensibilities and I wonder, Did I really have to buy that? Here’s how to stop buying things that will, shortly after they’re used, end up in the trash — and when it’s okay to say yes to the disposables. Disposable items offer convenience and efficiency.
Nov 1, 2017
10 Ways to Fall in Love with the Home You Live In Right Now
Most of us have complicated relationships with the places where we live. Unless you have unlimited amounts of money, there’s probably something about your home that you don’t like. Maybe you don’t like the place where you live much at all, and are stuck there because of circumstances or budget.
Oct 30, 2017
Sensible and Stylish Product Swaps for a Less Wasteful Home
We all want to be less wasteful, but sometimes we use products—like paper napkins, for example—that are less environmentally-friendly because it’s the easiest thing for our routines, and the alternatives seem to require much more effort. And sometimes, they’re just not a stylish option for your home. But, there are plenty of product swaps that won’t make your life harder and will be easier on the environment—you just need to have a plan.
Oct 23, 2017
Wait a Sec, Are Foam Cups Actually Better for the Environment than Paper?
Foam cups have long been considered some of the worst things for the environment, and many establishments have swapped out their foam cups for paper instead. But is it actually helping? A few months ago, Reddit user Linz_mmb, who used to own a styrofoam recycling business, commented on a post about Dunkin Donuts’ use of foam cups to point out that foam isn’t all that bad, and, well… if it’s all true, it’s surprising. You can read the full comment below.
Oct 11, 2017
These Are The 6 Types of Minimalists. Which One Are You?
Minimalism, in modern culture, is a word infused with so much meaning that it doesn’t seem to mean anything any more. “Minimalism” is thrown around carelessly, and often offered (in the case of a book or an article, including many you might see on this site) without enough context to understand if we’re all on the same page. And often, we aren’t. It turns out there are many different ways to practice the same underlying, abstract foundation.
Oct 11, 2017
We Tried Tree-Free Toilet Paper & Here’s What We Thought
Let me start this by just saying: this is about to get a little uncomfortable, because there’s really no way to write a toilet paper review without it feeling a little strange —for both of us. But hey, you clicked on this, which means you’re either morbidly curious or you’re really interested in a more sustainable toilet paper option—either way, totally valid. So, let’s get started, shall we?
Oct 5, 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
We All Need One: 6 Ways You Can Make Today a Guaranteed Good Day
Life gets crazy. With work, family, friends, and budgets to tend to everyday, it’s easy to get burned out. While some of us may try to micromanage our daily lives to ensure smooth sailing, the reality is even the most thought-out schedules are subject to change, leaving us in a tailspin. But fret not my fatigued friends: there’s still a bona fide way to take command of your whirlwind day. The secret?
Sep 18, 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
Is Your Kitchen Sink the Key to Happiness? Yes, According to This Fan-Favorite Cleaning Plan
Do you follow the FlyLady? If not, here’s a little backstory: the FlyLady is a site dedicated to organizing and cleaning your home, started by Marla Cilley. The site gets its name from Cilley’s old username from her first online endeavor, and is equal parts an homage to her love of flyfishing and an acronym that means “finally loving yourself.
Sep 11, 2017
7 Things to Do Tonight to Make Your Weeknight Feel Like a Weekend
Everybody’s working for the weekend, but that doesn’t mean your weeknights have to be a total drag. Sure, a long day’s work can be exhausting, but there’s still fun to be had in the hours of freedom you have once you get off. So, to help you make the most of your weeknights, we came up with a few easy ideas to make them seem more like, well, a Saturday. Here are seven things you can do Monday through Thursday to amp up your evenings, instead of waiting for the weekend.
Sep 5, 2017
Ready for a New Lease on Life? Start With the Bathroom
With kids starting a new school year, cooler weather arriving, and leaves beginning to fall from the trees, Autumn is a season of reinvention—and a great time to get started on a new chapter of your life. If there’s a change you’ve been putting off or a goal that you’ve been dragging your feet on, why not throw your mind, body and soul behind it now? Every journey—no matter how long—has to begin with a single step.
Sep 2, 2017
10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle or Compost
Want to be more mindful while you’re cleaning? You’ve probably got a good handle on the items you can toss into your recycling bins—paper, plastics, glass, aluminum, etc.—but there are also a lot of specialty programs that allow you to recycle other household items to reduce waste and even help people in need.
Aug 8, 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
The Easiest Way to a Decluttered Home: The Power of One
Decluttering a home is never easy. The thought of organizing a packed hallway closet or a stuffed storage room can be exhausting enough to make you put it off for another year. But what if we told you there was an easy, foolproof way to finally get your clutter under control that won’t take more than a few minutes of your day? All you have to do is remove one thing—just one thing—from your home that you no longer need – every day .
Jul 26, 2017
Real Life Experiment: Is It Possible to Resist Temptation at Target?
Once I'm there, it's like, might as well try on some giant beach hats and pick up a paperweight shaped like a woodland creature and 25 sale yogurts. In other words, it gets weird.
Jul 17, 2017
How To Stop Playing It Safe
Fear is a very convincing liar. It masquerades as a friendly internal voice — as something just trying to protect you from professional or financial ruin — but it often overstates the actual consequences at stake. And the thing that fear almost always forgets to mention? How miserable you might be if you don’t even try to follow your dreams.
Jul 7, 2017
In the Words of Wise Women: How to Ask for a Raise & Get Paid What You’re Worth
Most people — particularly those who are just starting out in their careers — find the prospect of asking for a raise daunting. Talking about money is often uncomfortable, and having to talk about yourself and why you’re worth a certain amount of moola can push the awkwardness factor off the charts. But, as one of the badass creative women we spoke to for this story pointed out, “If you don’t ask for yourself, who will?
Jun 30, 2017
Study Reveals The Most Common Items that Go Missing at Home
Americans collectively spend a whopping $2.7 billion dollars every year simply replacing the items they can't find.
Jun 29, 2017