Mindful Living
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6 Badass Creatives On How to Get Past Being Told “No”
“Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,” croons Lee Ann Womack in 2000’s pop-country tune “I Hope You Dance.” But sometimes you can’t wait for a door (or window) to open. Sometimes you just have to open your own damn door. All people in creative fields get their ideas rejected at one point. (Yes, even Don Draper.
Jun 22, 2017
In Praise of Drunk Cleaning
I have always hated to iron. So imagine my surprise when a co-worker told me that the most relaxing part of his day was coming home, drinking a beer or two, and doing a little ironing. As someone who deeply detests ironing, I would never have dreamed of anyone finding it relaxing. As the daughter of two strict teetotalers, I would never have dreamed of mixing drinking and household chores. This was my first introduction to the wonderful world of drunk cleaning.
Jun 14, 2017
The Quote That Finally Changed My Mind on Minimalism
I’ve always had sort of a personal gripe with the minimalist movement. It’s a complicated cluster of feelings, but I can boil down my difficulty with minimalism into three words: I like stuff. I like having just the right glass for every drink (some of them thrifted and handed down through generations). I like collecting trinkets that remind me of people I’ve known, places I’ve been and things I’ve done.
Jun 1, 2017
We Cleaned Our Best Friend’s Room (& Here’s Why it Matters)
My best friend Erin is a 20-something with a teenage dream of a room—her love of pop music, Archie comics and traveling is plastered all over her walls in the best way. Her room is lived-in and cozy—full of patterns and textures and personality—so much so that when you walk in you can tell immediately, without a doubt, who it belongs to. Making her bedroom her own has never been a challenge for Erin, but the one thing she has struggled with is getting it clean and organized.
May 24, 2017
Schedule a “Suck it Up Sunday” & Enjoy a Happy Home
Sundays are for sleeping in, relaxing with Netflix and only changing out of your pajamas for brunch dates with friends, right? But sometimes—especially when you’ve got a particularly stressful week ahead—your usual chill Sunday can be better spent being productive. Sunday is also a great day to take care of all the things that usually plague you, from cleaning and cooking to getting ahead at work.
May 20, 2017
The Right Decor Can Make You More Productive, Study Says
You’ve probably heard the saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words” more times than you can count by now, but a recent study from CanvasPop shows that the old adage is on to something. As it turns out, art and decor can have a major impact on your happiness and productivity, especially in the workplace. In offices where employees are able to choose their own art and decor, people were found to be 30 percent more productive—plus, they had fewer health complaints.
May 7, 2017
Think Outside the Box: Package Free Shop Aims To Make Zero Waste Living Easy
Lauren Singer has a pretty famous jar. The jar itself is nothing special—just a regular pint-sized glass one—but if you’re an average American, what’s in it is mindblowing. The jar holds all of Singer’s trash from the past four years—yes, every last bit of it. Singer began living a zero waste life nearly half a decade ago, and started the blog Trash is for Tossers to help others do so as well.
Apr 30, 2017
Design Timeline: An Artist’s Style Evolution Over Six Homes
“Like a great dinner party you want a varied guest list…someone is larger than life, another is quiet but fascinating, another brings beauty, or brilliant conversation, or humor,” artist Judith Bigham says, describing her philosophy of decorating. “If a piece of furniture or art doesn’t work because it’s too big or too exaggerated for a room I often say ‘oh she’s the loudest girl in the room!
Apr 25, 2017
The Scary Consequences of Old Electronics (& How To Prevent Them)
Have you ever thought about what happens when you get rid of your old phone? Electronic waste may not be a splashy cause, but it’s a necessary one. Let’s take a look at how old tech is impacting people and the planet, and what you can do about it. Saturday is Earth Day. But of course, every day is Earth Day, unless you live on the moon. We are all roommates on this big blue marble and, you would hope, feel at least some obligation to protect it.
Apr 21, 2017
Making a Case for Taking an Extra Day Off at The End of a Vacation
Taking a vacation is a surefire way to get in some serious relaxation time, but what about when you come back from your trip? If your return consists of meandering home from the airport, lugging in your suitcases and trying to get yourself together to go into the office the next day—and just the thought of it is already stressing you out—you might want to consider tacking an extra day off onto the end of your vacation, when you can.
Apr 13, 2017
7 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Springtime
If you want to make your home smell better—okay, not just better, but like you’re walking through a field of chamomile flowers in northern Italy—chemical-filled sprays aren’t going to take you there. To get that natural spring breeze scent, you’re probably going to want to mix up the potion yourself. Whether you’re looking for something flowery, fruity or lemony-fresh, these DIY recipes hit all the right notes.
Apr 7, 2017
Real People Reveal the Home Purchases That Make Them the Happiest
When you’re on a tight budget, it can be difficult to decide what to spend your hard-earned cash on. Do you splurge on the fun stuff? Be responsible and renovate? There’s no one answer that’s right for everyone. But, reading what’s been worth the money to other people might help you figure out what’s most important to you. Below, eight people (who know a thing or two about making a home) share the purchases that had the biggest impact on their happiness at home.
Apr 5, 2017
Marie Kondo, Take the Wheel: I’m Trying to Part with Sentimental Clutter and it’s HARD!
I have some things that have been sitting in drawers and closets for years and—while I don’t need or use these things—I am pained to part with them. Some are inherited, some were formerly important, some never made sense, and a lot are scraps: of papers, events, good days, and really amazing trips. They’re little material bits of my life that sit in drawers or the back of closets. And I’ve never figured out how to part with them.
Apr 3, 2017
9 Truths About Making a Home That Are Worth Remembering
From fretting over which wall color to choose to wondering if you made the right decision on that couch, there are a lot of physical element decisions that go into making a home. It’s absolutely worth the time to learn about design principles, storage ideas and decor tricks — all things that will make your space so much more livable and enjoyable.
Mar 27, 2017
How a Bungalow in Los Angeles Gave Me My Best “Plan B” Life
Meredith Maran is the author of The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention. So shoot me: I’m a feminist, and a homebody. Domestic goddess. Nest-featherer. The world might be falling down around me (as it has, in fact, been doing since November)—but give me a cozy, uncluttered, tastefully decorated house to come home to, a well-stocked kitchen in which to bake my mother’s brownies and simmer the marmalade I make from the bounty of my own lemon tree, and I’ll be fine.
Mar 23, 2017
Want to Live More Minimally? Overcome These Obstacles to Live Simply
Living a more minimal life isn't easy in a world with so many things. Particularly if you love design. And you know, things.
Mar 17, 2017
Here’s Why This Minimalist Closet Is On Display at the Met
Minimalism has been trending lately, but it’s hardly anything new. Case in point: Sara Berman’s closet, currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has been recreated at the museum by her daughter and grandson.
Mar 12, 2017
Real People Reveal How They Started Living More Minimally
As I look around my apartment, full to the brim with colors, patterns, knick-knacks and throw pillows, the thought occurs to me that I don’t even know where to start living a more minimal lifestyle. Give away everything I own? Before I do something drastic, I’m going to listen to these people whose homes are beautiful and simple. They’ve shared how they started their journey of living minimally. Robyn shares a Toronto home with her partner Sam and their two dogs Carl and Prune.
Mar 9, 2017
How Saying No Changed My Life and How It Can Change Yours Too
I used to pride myself in being a “yes girl”. If my girlfriends invited me out for drinks, I said hell yeah even though what I really wanted to do was just spend the night reading in bed. If my boss asked if I could take on an extra assignment, I happily accepted even though I was already feeling overwhelmed. “Yes” was pretty much my automatic response to (almost) everything.
Feb 21, 2017
This Finnish Relaxation Practice Includes Drinking at Home Alone In Your Underwear
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.
Feb 18, 2017
Did You Know? You Can Get Free Coloring Pages From Libraries & Museums
A therapeutic wave of childhood nostalgia just washed over us, and this sudden flashback is all because of The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s #ColorOurCollections social media campaign. Our minds have ventured back to a moment in our childhoods where we had just realized that coloring with crayons was way better than tasting them.
Feb 18, 2017
6 Things You Should Do Sunday Night (So You Don’t Have to Do Them Monday Morning)
Monday mornings are hard enough, so why not take some of the pressure off? If you take some time out of your Sunday night to get stuff done, you’ll have less to do in the morning (Translation: You can hit the snooze button and not feel guilty about it!). Just a few changes to your weekend routine will make your Monday morning far less stressful and hectic.
Feb 17, 2017
Just Do It: Start a “No Pressure” Book Club (& See Your Friends More)
Book clubs are great because they make you read more and hold you accountable for doing so (no one wants to show up to a book club meeting when they haven’t actually read the book up for discussion) and they also give you an excuse to see friends more often (and for something meaningful, too). But if you lead a busy life and don’t have time to devote to reading novels all the time, a book club can be a lot to handle on top of all your work and other activities and responsibilities.
Feb 13, 2017
Netflix Can Wait: 10 Other Things to Do With Your Time Tonight
So… it’s not date night and you don’t have any major plans, but that doesn’t mean you have to be relegated to a night of watching Netflix on the couch. If you and your partner are bored of the same TV routine, there are plenty of little ways to switch it up without leaving—or straying far from—home, or putting in too much effort when you’re already tired from a long day. Need some suggestions? Here are 10 you can try tonight.
Feb 11, 2017
6 Hobbies You Can Pick Up in Just 30 Days (and Kick Butt at Them)
You know that feeling when you’re on a first date or you’re meeting someone new and they ask you what your hobbies are? Unless you’re proudly dedicated to something like painting or playing a sport or an instrument, there’s this moment where you wonder “What are my hobbies?” as if you’ve suddenly forgotten all the things you like to do in your spare time. The good news is, you can change that.
Jan 15, 2017
Don’t Worry About Failing at “Resolutions” This New Year (Just Set Better Goals)
I’ve never been a person who’s good at New Year’s resolutions. I’d always set my sights on a bunch of lofty aspirations and then wind up dropping off after a few months or a few weeks, never getting to exactly where I’d hoped I would by the time the next December 31st rolled around. And it always felt terrible, because I thought I was failing. In 2016, I decided to try something new.
Jan 4, 2017
Unlock Your Ingenuity: 7 Ways to Be Your Most Creative Self
Maybe you feel like you’re not a creative person in general, or maybe you just need a little bit of a push to find the solution you’re seeking—either way, there are plenty of small things you can do to be more creative. It might not feel like it, but the brilliant thoughts and ideas you’re looking for are already in your head, waiting to be put down on paper, you just can’t see them yet.
Dec 31, 2016
Goal (Dis)oriented: Why I’m Setting Intentions for 2017 Instead of Resolutions
I’ve been setting New Year’s goals and resolutions for like, forever. Every December 31, I sit down to craft a super long list of things I want to achieve in the New Year. Every year, I tick a few things off my list, which feels incredible, but the things I don’t accomplish make me feel like I didn’t do enough. (Sound familiar?) Instead, for 2017, I’m doing things a little differently—opting for New Year’s intentions instead.
Dec 28, 2016
Mindful Money: Habits to Encourage Abundance & Help You Hang on to More of Your Money
When it comes to making more money, we tend to focus on working hard, landing that new job or getting that promotion—often overlooking how powerful our thoughts are at manifesting our reality. When you change your relationship with money, you might find that you’re able to hang on to more of it. Here, I’m sharing four of my favorite money habits that will help keep you in an abundant state of mind. Anytime money flows into your life, feel gratitude for it.
Dec 27, 2016
How to Survive Holiday Party Burnout
Floating from party to party isn't easy when you're not a social butterfly.
Dec 19, 2016
5 Things I’m Saying “No” to This Holiday Season
Let’s be real: The holiday season is stressful. While a part of me gets super excited for all the delicious feasts, the festive decorations, the gifts, and the magic that fills the air, another part of me feels overwhelmed. This holiday season, I’m committed to letting go of certain things and taking the pressure off myself so that I can go back to just enjoying the holidays like when I was a kid. Here, five things I’m saying no to this holiday season.
Dec 14, 2016
10 Inspirational Movie, TV and Book Quotes to Help You Be Your Best Self
Inspiration can come from all sorts of places. Friends and family members give us advice when we struggle, celebrities and other iconic figures give us something to aspire to, and romantic relationships teach us a lot about ourselves and what we want out of life. But, suprisingly, sometimes the ideas that stick with us—the ones that light fires under us and inspire us to keep going and do our best—come from our favorite movies, shows and novels.
Dec 13, 2016
Terrible at Remembering Names? Steal These Habits from People Who Are Memory Masters
How awesome do you feel when you run into someone you met once, a while ago, and they greet you by name? How awesome would it be to be that person who makes others feel that sort of “you matter” euphoria? Whether the reasons are business or personal, knowing someone’s name goes a long way in forging a lasting relationship. Here’s how to do it. So if someone says, “Hello, I’m Daytona,” you say, “Nice to you meet you, Daytona, I’m so-and-so.
Dec 7, 2016
Simplify Your Gift Giving This Year with Four Words
Despite what it might feel like to a five-year-old, we know that the holidays are about more than just exchanging presents. If you’d like to instill that important lesson in your own family—or maybe just simplify your gift-giving this season with a clever little game that can also help save some money—we’ve got a gameplan for you. Instead of going hog wild at the mall this year, implement this four-word rubric to guide your gifting: Want, Wear, Need, Read.
Dec 7, 2016
How to Handle Cheer Pressure: Your Guide to Gracefully Scrooging Out for the Holidays
For some people, the holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year—but for others, January 1st can’t come soon enough. There are tons of reasons why you might not want to celebrate—maybe you just don’t like the holidays, maybe you’ve got social anxiety and the pressure of attending party after party is too much, or maybe you need to take time to focus on your mental health for other reasons.
Dec 5, 2016
This Browser Extension Suggests More Ethical Ways to Shop
Searching online for a company that offers quality products and also aligns with your personal values can oftentimes be an arduous task. It’s tempting to abandon the quest for that pair of eco-friendly jeans from a brand that contributes to saving the whales and manufactures durable denim that perfectly matches your new jacket, but the free browser extension DoneGood is here to relieve online shoppers of ethics-driven angst. According to Co.
Dec 2, 2016
How Do You Gracefully Get Out of Plans? (When You’re Overbooked or Just Really Don’t Want to Go)
Because sometimes you're overbooked or just don't want to go.
Nov 29, 2016
Consciously Uncoupled: 7 Solo Activities to Enjoy This Winter
Two major things tend to happen come winter: One, it gets cold and finding things to do—honestly, just leaving the house—becomes a chore. And two, if you’re single, it feels like everyone around you is coupling up. Winter feels like a time to be cozy and romantic, but sometimes the best thing you can do is take this time to focus on yourself.
Nov 11, 2016
6 Modern Ways to Take Your Gratitude Practice to the Next Level
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to kick your gratitude practice up a notch. Gratitude is a super tool for living a happy life, and the modern way to do it is nothing like the gradeschool-style hand turkeys marked with notions like “I’m thankful for my mom and Lego.
Nov 4, 2016
The 5 Worst Misconceptions About Living Alone
Living with roommates isn’t always easy, but for some reason, there are so many preconceived notions about living alone. Your living arrangement doesn’t necessarily reflect on who you are as a person—it’s more about doing some soul-searching and figuring out what works best for you.
Oct 26, 2016
How to Befriend Your Next-Door Neighbors (I Mean, If You Want To)
When you move into a new apartment building or a new neighborhood, do you try to make friends with your neighbors, or do you just go about your business? Sometimes, it makes sense to keep to yourself, but if your neighbors seem like the kind of people you’d like to get to know, it might be worth it to put yourself out there a little bit.
Oct 23, 2016
9 Signs Your Home is Cleaner than You Think it Is
Keeping your home clean and put-together is hard work. Throw a full-time job, kids, and/or pets into the mix and it’s dang near impossible. Yet somehow you manage to pull it off. Whether it’s because of daily wipe downs, weekly chores, or even monthly cleanouts, you’re making it happen—even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Chances are your place is a lot less cluttered than your headspace, and most importantly, it works for you.
Oct 16, 2016
How to Leave a Friendship (Gracefully, and Without Hurt Feelings)
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been dumped and heard the words “just friends.” We’ve all been there—and we’ve probably all used the same lame excuse to break up with someone, too. “Just friends” is such a common way to let someone down gently, but when you really think about it, it doesn’t make much sense.
Oct 12, 2016
10 Signs That Show It’s Time to Live on Your Own
You love your apartment, but there’s one thing you would change if you could—your roommate. It could be that your roommate is actually the worst, but maybe it’s not about them—maybe, it’s you. Maybe it’s that, deep down, you know you’d rather live alone. Whether you daydream about your perfect studio or you dread spending any time around your roommates, these might be signs that it’s time to get your own place.
Oct 12, 2016
An Unexpected Truth: Going to Concerts by Yourself is Actually the Best
Concerts and movies are great group activities, sure, but they don’t have to be group outings. It seems like most people wouldn’t (or at least, haven’t) gone to to a concert or to see a movie by themselves—and if you haven’t, you’re missing out. It may sound weird, but giving myself permission to go to things like that alone was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself.
Oct 7, 2016
How To Bust Through a Creative Block: Good Advice from Great Artists
No matter your profession, creative blocks can and will arise from time to time. One minute you’ll be bursting with originality and enthusiasm—and the next you might feel totally stuck. You’ve probably already heard of all the typical ways to bust through those blocks such as meditating, exercising, and spending time in nature, but here I’m sharing a few different methods you may not have heard of before that will get your creative juices flowing again in no time.
Oct 3, 2016
The Secrets of Being a Good Listener—They’re Not What You Think
Is there anything better than a great conversation? Is there anything more frustrating than not being listened to? If your answer to both these questions is “no,” or if you’ve found that others get frustrated with you for not listening, read on for a ton of tips that will help your chats be far more fun, friendly, and productive.
Sep 28, 2016
3 Mind Tricks that Will Get You Going on a Big Clean—Without Realizing It
Just like the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, the journey to a totally clean apartment—from floorboards to ceiling fans—likely begins with just a ten-minute timer. Even if you don’t feel up to tackling the chores you need to handle, you can get your mind in the mood for cleaning with a simple mental motivational exercise. Here are three to try that help keep “cleaning house” from seeming like an overwhelming task.
Sep 28, 2016
I Needed to Slow Down So I Moved To a New City…And It Worked
Busy. It’s become a badge of honor, an excuse, a shield to hide behind, a reality for many and above all, a buzzword to avoid. Whether you are trying to be less busy or are currently drowning in it, I’ve managed to slow down (a bit) in my own life, and have a famous city in the South to thank. My penchant for constant movement isn’t just a product of my generation; it’s genetics, too.
Sep 15, 2016
Why You Need a Selfie Mirror (For Your Home & Your Health)
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but studies and go back and forth on the power of the selfie. Some say taking selfies is actually bad for your self-esteem while others say they have a more positive effect, and the internet is full of think pieces debating the same thing. Of course, taking a selfie isn’t a cure-all for your confidence, but it can’t hurt to celebrate when you feel good about yourself by taking pictures (whether you post them to Instagram or not).
Sep 8, 2016
Why It’s OK to Be Late Sometimes
In my teens and early twenties I was always the first to arrive, and had to consciously make an effort to not be early. I hated being late. Hated it. But when I moved to a bigger city, started a more demanding “grown-up” job, and generally developed a more complicated—sometimes unpredictable—life, my ways changed. While the only people who beat me to office meetings these days are interns, I’m not quite the stickler I used to be regarding promptness.
Sep 5, 2016
7 Simple Daily Habits that Will Make You Less Wasteful
When you read about a woman who makes only a Mason Jar worth of waste per year, it’s hard not to think you’re doing life wrong. We all want to do right by the environment, but getting started along the path to a more sustainable lifestyle can seem daunting. The good news is it really is easy being green. By making small modifications in your daily life, you can significantly reduce your waste output.
Aug 25, 2016
Study Abroad for Grown-Ups: The Surprisingly Affordable Way 3 Women Took Their Offices Global This Year
There’s a common realization many remote workers are having, likely while sitting in front of a computer at home still in their PJs (I speak from experience). It goes a little something like this: “Hey, wait a minute… I don’t have to work from home. I could actually work from anywhere.
Aug 23, 2016
How Not to Let the Summer Slowdown Affect Your Productivity at Work
Traditional 9-to-5 jobs can be tedious, but there’s a shift that tends to happen every summer in offices across the country. As jeans and sandals become part of the dress code, you’ll start to notice fewer people in the office. Everyone is either on vacation, getting ready for one, or just got back to a mountain of emails. Productivity slumps. Recurring meetings are cancelled week-to-week, and deadlines become a little bit more flexible.
Jul 26, 2016
20 Ways to Celebrate the First Weekend of Summer
Although you’ve likely been sweating in tank tops for what seems like ages already, this week marked the official start of summer, which means this is the first weekend of the season. So let’s all get out there and celebrate with some activities that capture what summer is all about: Al fresco dining, soaking up the sun, and, yeah, maybe just a little bit of time inside to appreciate the invention of air conditioning.
Jun 25, 2016
Practice Home Mindfulness: It’s Time to Fix that Thing that Annoys You About Your Home
We all have something about our homes that irritates us—it may be a leaky faucet, a creaking door, a window that’s jammed. Oftentimes, rather than fix these micro annoyances as soon as we notice them, we choose to ignore them. But why? Wouldn’t it be better if our phone chargers didn’t slip behind our desks and if we secured down the edge of the rug that always trips us up? I think yes!
Jun 14, 2016
Your “Trend Immune System” is Talking, And You Need to Listen
Ah, “trendy.” No other word provokes the ire of design lovers quite like this one; the suggestion that they buy into a color or concept just because it’s, to steal the wise words of Mugatu, so hot right now. Yet, we all chase the design zeitgeist, every day. We look at our 10-year-old kitchens that we loved 10 years ago and think, “I would love to paint the cabinets white and add brass fixtures.
Jun 10, 2016
The One Home Habit You Can Never Start Too Soon
I want to propose a new addition to the list of Things That are Better When You’re 22.
May 12, 2016
Three Design Elements That Can Take a Home From Good to Excellent
Whether your job calls for creativity or not, many of us wish we felt more inspired and creative on a daily basis for personal projects, hobbies and home decor ideas. There are things you can add to your home or work space to make it more creatively motivating (and nope, it doesn’t matter whether the space is tiny or expansive). These elements can take a home from good to excellent.
May 9, 2016
5 Mind Hacks to Steal from Highly Productive People
You don't need more coffee. Just a new frame of mind.
Mar 24, 2016
The Editors Weigh In: Small Design Details That Make a Big Impact
Vibrant, dramatic wall paint makes a big visual impact in just about any room. As does a patterned sofa in the living room or a graphic rug in the kitchen. But it’s not just the big, bold design decisions that make noticeable changes to the look or feel of your home. In this post, members of the Apartment Therapy editorial team weigh in on the smaller design details they think make a big difference.
Mar 6, 2016
You Can Do It: How To Go to an Event Where You Won’t Know Anyone
Was one of your resolutions this year to connect more? (That’s smart of you). Whether you’re new to a city, trying to find new friends or need to network more for your career, the task can seem Herculean if you know you won’t know many (or any) people at the event you want to attend.
Feb 22, 2016
How To Love the Home You Have Just a Little Bit More
Valentine’s Day has come and gone for another year, leaving everyone thinking about love and relationships. But what about the relationship you have with your home? Here are five (free!) things you can do to love your home just a little bit more. Get rid of some stuff. Lots of advice about how to make your home better revolves around bringing in something new.
Feb 17, 2016
How To Pare Down Everything Just Like You Pare Down Your Wardrobe
If you’ve tried a few different ways of decluttering your stuff — from home decor to paperwork to furniture to cleaning supplies and more — but still find yourself struggling with feeling like you need more room in your home and life, you might find success with this method. It’s a good process, particularly if you’re someone with a love and mind for fashion.
Jan 21, 2016
Hit Your Goals, Guaranteed: Set Yourself Up for Sure-Thing Success in 2016
I’ve never much cared for New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I find it easier to focus on a couple of specific things that I would like to achieve for the upcoming year. These long-term goals somehow have a way of winning out, even when my resolve flags. You may set goals for redecorating, renovating, refreshing, rearranging, or just plain enjoying the space in which you live. But some are much more realistic than others, and not all goals are created equal.
Jan 18, 2016
5 Minutes or Less: Super Quick Tasks You Should Do Before January Ends (To Make Your Whole Year Better)
It doesn’t take as much time as you might think to set yourself up for success all year long. Before this new month ends, consider tackling these two tasks. They won’t take you more than five minutes to accomplish a piece, but their positive effects will resonate all year long. This is one of my favorite clothes decluttering tools that absolutely anyone with a closet and hangers can implement to make their lives a little bit better throughout the year.
Jan 15, 2016
Forget Resolutions: Embrace a Yearly Mantra Instead
I am awesome at sticking to New Year’s resolutions. For about two weeks. Then my resolve softens followed by a predictable petering out of whatever habit I was trying to form, a short bout of self-recrimination and, finally, a return to the former status quo. So a few years ago I ditched the idea of resolutions and came up with something better…a mantra. The first mantra I adopted was very simple: Use it.
Dec 31, 2015
5 Pieces of Advice from Interior Designers that We All Need to Hear
It’s great to be able to turn to the experts for decorating advice, but they happen to think there’s somebody else more qualified to design your home: You. Here are five interior designers who, by all accounts, know their shit. They make full-time work of putting together the most beautiful homes on the planet, and their best advice for all of us boils down to just the thing we all need to hear: You do you. “A happy home is one where you feel good. It’s a home that works.
Dec 20, 2015
Stop Being So Hard On Yourself: Ways to Reframe 5 Common Home Laments
There are all kinds of ways that we put pressure on ourselves and our homes, and it’s all too easy to feel disappointed with ourselves when things go wrong—but it’s time to stop being so hard on yourself. Here are five common laments and ways to reframe them in a positive light. Peach & Craig’s Peaceful Australia Abode You’re a plant killer.
Dec 7, 2015
Get on With It: Things You Should Stop Overthinking
There’s reason to believe that people who over-think things may be more creative. But, man, you’re not doing yourself any favors by dwelling on that email you need to send. The best thing you can do to combat overthinking is simple: Take action! Make a decision or just do the thing you’re turning over about in your head. Here are eight things I know I’ve personally gotten my brain stuck on before… Which clothes to purge and donate.
Nov 30, 2015
The Psychology of Why We Prefer Expensive Things
It’s hard to ignore the stigma of what’s cheap. We’ve been trained over the years to equate price with value. When faced with two options–for a chair or maybe a picture frame–our minds are hard-wired to think of the more expensive option as being of better quality or more beautifully designed. That is, of course, not always the case.
Nov 30, 2015
3 Important Ways to Make Next Year the Best Yet
There’s something so intoxicating about the turn of the calendar into a new year. It’s a blank slate and a fresh start. A time to reflect on lessons learned in the past and make ambitious promises to yourself about the new year. How can you — any of us — really ensure not just a great year, but perhaps one of the best years ever? Focus on these three things now and in the new year. The world is hectic. Scary. Overwhelming.
Nov 28, 2015