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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.

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Posted on 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.

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

These Are the Impulse Buys You Need to Watch Out For When Stressed, Study Says

We joke about retail therapy all the time, but as it turns out, there is some merit to the idea that people spend more when they’re stressed—just, maybe not in the way you’d expect.

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Posted on Sep 17, 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. For some, the process—while emotional of course—is fairly straightforward, for others it’s deeply upsetting and difficult to get through.

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Posted on Sep 13, 2017

How To Feel Like a New Person in 15 Minutes

Here’s the thing about falling into a funk: it’s hard to shake it off. Sometimes you can trace your mental and emotional shift to a specific trigger, such as a breakup or being laid off from your job. Other times, it’s an intangible feeling that hangs over you like a fog. Either way, life loses a bit of luster.

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Posted on Sep 12, 2017

​How To Become a Unicorn and Actually Enjoy Cleaning

Even if we can’t muster a wholesale change of perspective about maintaining our homes, most of us could use a spoonful of sugar when it comes to the challenge of keeping up with our cleaning tasks. Here are some easy ways to take a little bit of the sting out of it each time you reach for those housework gloves.

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Posted on Sep 12, 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.” (Oh, and fair warning if you’ve never visited before: the website looks a bit like a relic from 2001, but honestly that adds to its charm!).

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Posted on Sep 11, 2017

A Defense of Books as Decor

Does this photo of perfectly curated green books set you off? This article is for you.

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Over the years, I’ve been surprised (and also strangely delighted) by the passion with which our Apartment Therapy community approaches certain design ideas. Chief among them: organizing books by color. Few other topics evoke such vehement responses. The argument in favor is fairly self-evident: it looks pretty. (And maybe helps you find your favorite books, if your brain works a certain way.) The argument against delves more into the philosophy of things, and the idea of what a book is and ought to be. I’ve read your comments, and I know you feel strongly about this. A book, the thinking goes, is a repository of information. It is not a decorative object. To think of a book as something that ornaments your space, for its colorful spine or for any other qualities, reduces its importance as a channel of information and imagination. But… why can’t it be both?

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Posted on Sep 9, 2017

​I Can’t Save Money, What’s Wrong With Me?

Staying on top of our finances is something most of us could stand to improve. Whether it’s budgeting better, actually sticking to said budget, or reducing our spending, saving money comes down, in large part, to the mindset that drives our behavior. Taking a hard look at why the savings aren’t adding up can help us trade impulses for thinking patterns that keep more money in our pockets. Here are some reasons you might be finding it hard to save and some suggestions for addressing them.

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Posted on Sep 6, 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.

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Posted on Sep 5, 2017

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