Managing Life's Stuff, Tips and Time Savers

Four Things That Make Life Easier

Most of the time, the focus here will be on buying less and clearing out more, but there are a handful of things that I have found make life in my home easier, cleaner, and calmer. Turkish Towels: These thin little wonders have lightened my laundry load considerably and save space in linen closets and beach …

Managing Life's Stuff

Clearing Out: Kids Toys

For several years, I ran what was essentially a huge yard sale as a fundraiser for my children’s preschool. We sold clothes, toys, books, furniture, and equipment donated by the eighty or so families who attended the small school. Each year, parents would come by with two and three carloads of stuff from their homes, and …

Cleaning

The Very Few Things You Need for a Very Clean House

As with exercise equipment and self-help books, people like to buy cleaning products more than they like to use them. That cool feather duster, the shower cleaner that does the scrubbing for you, the aromatherapy combined with your floor cleaner. I know it all sounds appealing. The truth is you only need a few pieces …

Managing Life's Stuff, The Idea

The Real Life Guide to Organization

This is madness: But so is this: And so is this crazy beautiful closet. What keeps so many people living in something that looks like the first picture is the idea that organized only exists as something that looks like the second or third picture. Organized is color-coded bins or an enormous, luxurious closet with an …

Cleaning, Routines and Schedules, Tips and Time Savers

How to Stop Doing Laundry All the Time

Oh, the laundry. I can’t remember it ever being the easy check mark on the list. As a single person, I was in college dorms and cheap apartments where laundry day meant hauling clothes to a basement laundry room where you hoped to find an empty and working machine and enough quarters to cover that …

Cleaning, Tips and Time Savers

Hands Down, the Best Tool for Washing Dishes

Even if you have a dishwasher, you’re washing some dishes by hand. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you’re washing a lot dishes by hand. Either way, the only tools you need for dishwashing are a good dishwashing liquid and a scrubbing sponge cut in half. I like the green and yellow heavy duty Scotch …