There are so many things to think about when the holidays come around. All the gatherings that are going to occur, the preparations that must be done beforehand and the gifts that you have to buy for everyone, and the thoughtful hostess gifts that won’t add to their clutter.Read More
Thanksgiving is the time of year when everyone comes to together to share the festivity of giving. You get to be with your relatives and celebrate the iconic turkey dinner. But there is one thing that doesn't get shared as the dishes pass around the table. And that is all the stress-filled hours that go into making Thanksgiving perfect.Read More
Even though it happens every year, spring forward and fall back can still leave you feeling out of sorts. As a result, your circadian cycle also goes out of whack. Given a choice between the two, it seems infinitely better to set the clock back an hour than move the hands up an hour. For with the former, you gain an hour of sleep at night as opposed to losing an hour.
That said, even though with fall back you get treated to an extra hour in bed, it comes at the cost of darker evenings. The whole transition still takes some getting used to and there are some coping mechanisms you can try out. These will help make dealing with the time change easier.Read More
Charities are thankful for anything you give to them that they can use. They are there to provide to those in need. But when the snow falls and the temperature drops, even charities will have preferences on what comes down to the donation box.
How can you not expect skeptical looks when you give away flip-flops in the middle of December? Here are some more realistic things charities will seek as winter nears.Read More
As soon as school buses start picking up the kids for the new school year, you know what’s lying ahead. It’s the coming of fall, with days getting shorter and the nights cooler. You can see the leaves start falling and feel a chilly breeze move in.
Every season comes with its own challenges including fall. The rakes are going to come out and the chores pile up based on the weather. So here are a few ways to make sure that your home is ready for fall before it strikes.Read More
When the winds turn chilly and noses turn red, you know that the time has come to pull out those heavy winter clothes. Everything that was packed away and forgotten is now remembered and scrambling for a front row seat in the closet.
Prepare yourself for this time of year a little earlier by organizing your closet so that everything finds a perfect spot. Listed are a few tips to get that extra room for all the winter bulk coming your way.Read More
Donating is a great way to get rid of unwanted clutter without going on a guilt trip of wasting. Everything you give away to donations is then used by someone who needs it more. So while you enjoy your newfound empty space, someone may be enjoying the warm feeling of your daisy green knitted sweater.
There are so many donations programs in Boston that will take your things and help others with them. There are some places that can take everything and anything you have to offer, per say Goodwill. And then there are places that only take specific things.Read More
It's the middle of August and the last days of summer are numbered. The time has come to transition from the disorderly days of summer vacation to the structure and routine of the academic year. Of course, change is never easy. Whether the kids are going to school for their first year or moving up a grade, the transition time can be quite chaotic. Kids have to get used to schedules and get back into the rhythm of the academic year. And it can't be done without the parents. They need to maintain and regulate everything to ensure the year starts off right.
No matter where the kids are going, there are a few things to keep in mind to ease the transition into fall:Read More
Moving into a dorm for the first time is huge for students. There’s the big move itself, but then there’s all the preparation before the move as well. Questions like what to bring and what to leave behind pop up. And the foremost consideration here to keep in mind is that there will be very limited space in your dorm room.
So plan your move with space availability in mind. Moving all your teen’s belonging out of their bedroom and elsewhere in the house into one shared dorm room will need a bit of planning. The trick lies not only in what you pack but also in how you pack so that everything needed fits and gets to college intact.
The move from home to dorm is a three tier process that involves what to pack, how to pack and then how to unpack to set up an organized room. It can seem daunting, especially for first time movers, but you can make it a lot easier by following these tips given here.Read More
Having a backyard means extending your home’s living space into the outdoors. It is a place where kids can play, families can dine and guests be entertained. But just like your home’s interior, this exterior living space also needs constant care and maintenance.
To make backyard upkeep easier for yourself, you can go for a few different options. For instance, you could opt for low maintenance features such as set some areas in stone. You could also use artificial grass in others to minimize upkeep. Or simplify things by investing in perennials and other non-fussy plants.
For the most part, every yard needs some degree of mowing, mulching and weeding. These tasks seem simple enough but need to be done right. You can pair these fundamentals with a few more routine things so your yard looks great without adding to your workload. Here are a few of those tasks that will tidy up the lawn if you follow these on a routine basis:Read More
Going paperless in the digital age seems to make sense, but is it really possible?
For many of us, paper has always been the gold standard- after all, it offers tangibility, a sense of security, authenticity, and originality. Plus, most people are creatures of habit so having paper records around just seems the right thing to do.
But as you move in a world obsessed with becoming “paperless” it may also make sense to look at the convenience and efficiency this option offers.Read More
Getting kids to do chores is actually so much more than just getting much needed help. In fact, chores are early life lessons that can later develop into important life skills. But since chores are considered arduous and unpleasant by default, parents need to figure out ways to make them fun and enjoyable so that kids become more eager to do their part.Read More
You may argue that you can never have too many books, but if we are being honest- that’s just not true.
In fact, books are one of those items that have a way of collecting quietly around the home. Sometimes they take up space covertly, and others start bulging your bookshelves openly. The stacks of books surrounding your home may well indicate that you’re a book hoarder, but don’t worry since you’re not alone.
Your love of books may prevent you from wanting to see them go to waste, but it doesn’t have to be this way.Read More
Moving, daunting as it may seem, is the perfect time to declutter because it’s also one of the only times you will get your hands on everything that you own.
As moving day draws near, and you start to sort out your belongings, try answering questions like “Why do I have this item?” “What does it say about me?” or “Is this really going to add any value to my life?” Answering these simple but often ignored questions will help you figure out what you need to keep and what to get rid of.
Here is a quick list of items that you can safely chuck out and prevent the hassle of packing unnecessary stuff:Read More
For many of us, the coming of spring means taking out those cleaning supplies and getting busy with decluttering, reorganizing, scrubbing, polishing and indulging in some pure and simple deep cleaning. In other words, doing a deep detox of your home.
However, the trick here is not just to get rid of the old stuff only to replace it with the new, but to keep it clean all year long. If you can do that, you will find that keeping things organized will save you time in your day-to-day routine, make life so much easier and uplift your mood every time you come home to a clean house.
How do you do that- let’s help you out with some ideas to get you started:Read More
In many households, springtime is synonymous with cleaning, especially after all the pollen has stopped falling. Spring is the perfect time to freshen up the whole house and to dust away the cobwebs of winter.Read More
Earth Day is fast approaching. It’s a day to not only participate in activities that better our local environments but also to reflect on our own habits and how they affect the environment.
As you might imagine, there are many things we all do at home that aren’t so earth-friendly. We throw away things that can be recycled, buy products with tons of plastic, and maybe take showers that are a bit too long.Read More
To many, a pantry is a necessary evil. We have to have a place to store our dry goods. The bad news is that a pantry can easily get out of hand.
While a cluttered pantry doesn’t seem that bad, having a messy pantry can lead you to spend more money, waste more food, and make fewer healthy choices.
When your pantry is organized, you feel better about cooking and know exactly what you have on hand.Read More
Have you ever noticed how often people say “I wish I had more time in the day?” It’s a chronic desire that plagues the vast majority of the population. We wish we had more time to finish work tasks, chores, spend time with our loved ones, do something that relaxes us. The list goes on and on.
Instead of feeling like you’re constantly scrambling for time, adopt some of these tactics to help you get more time out of your day.Read More
Springtime is the hot season for selling a home. That’s because everything’s starting to bloom, there are more daylight hours to flood homes with natural light, and it’s a bit warmer.
There are several things you might need to do before putting your home on the market - renovate the kitchen and bathrooms, paint the bedrooms in more “sellable” colors, and patch up any damage that has occurred over the years. In addition to sprucing up your home, you’ll also want to stage it. Staging your home helps potential buyers imagine living in your house. The point is to provide enough of a lived-in feel without overwhelming a buyer with all of your personal things.Read More