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The Things Living Alone Will Teach You About Yourself

I’m a firm believer in the idea of everyone living alone at least once in their life. In fact, I’m in the solo-living-forever-if-I-can camp. Not only can it be a fun and enjoyable experience for most folks, I think you can also learn a lot about yourself. Here are six of the most important things living alone can teach you about you.

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Posted on Nov 19, 2017

You’re In the Majority If You’ve Lied to Family To Get Out Of This Uncomfortable Holiday Situation

What’s a little white lie between family members? Perhaps you’ve told a fib to get out of a thing or two, especially during the often busy and stressful holiday season. Well, according to one survey, you’re not alone.

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Posted on Nov 11, 2017

All the Hardest Things About Adult Friendships (And How to Deal with Them)

Among the list of myriad things that get more difficult as you get older–like sitting up from a low chair or touching your toes–is making and maintaining friendships. I know my own relationship dynamics have gotten a bit more difficult than just sharing a juice box at recess.

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Posted on Nov 8, 2017

Why We Name Our Objects

Does your laptop have a name? Your TV? Your immersion blender? The practice is not uncommon (one Apartment Therapy staffer named their TV Layla, “’cause she was expensive, high-maintenance, & feisty”), but have you ever wondered why you do it? The Cut recently looked at the impulses behind assigning names—and occasionally personalities—to inanimate objects.

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Posted on Nov 7, 2017

The #1 Most Repeated Piece of Advice From Our House Tours

Time and time again we hear our House Tour subjects tell us the same piece of “best advice” when they fill out our style survey. So what do these decor savvy folks do that they think you should do, too? We might as well let them tell you.

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Posted on Oct 29, 2017

Why Do People in the South Call Lunch ‘Dinner’ and Dinner ‘Supper’?

I grew up in the South, and that means I had a grandma who was an excellent cook, but it also means that, throughout my childhood, I was exceedingly confused about what the word ‘dinner’ meant. Most people I knew used dinner to refer to the evening meal and lunch for the mid-day one, but at grandma’s dinner happened at noon and there was another meal, supper, in the evening. Were my relatives trying to confuse me? What, exactly, did it all mean?

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Posted on Oct 26, 2017

Why I Moved My City Family to the Suburbs

Living in the city—any city—has a way of instilling a certain sense of pride in a person. And I don’t mean the endearing kind of pride, like an excitable sports fan or a doting parent. I mean the kind of self-righteous, sneering pride that makes promises it can’t keep simply to uphold its reputation. My promise as a city-dweller was that I would never, ever move my (yet-to-be-established) family to the suburbs.

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Posted on Oct 12, 2017

7 Reasons Why Living in an Older Home Isn’t All Tall Ceilings & Charm

The first thing my next door neighbor and I talked about on the stoop the day I moved in was how old the building actually is; he had heard it was built before the 1900s. A huge white house with an astounding six apartments held within, I fell in love the moment I walked inside my cozy 500-square-foot apartment with wood floors, a big white fireplace mantel and tall ceilings with thick molding.

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Posted on Oct 7, 2017

This Humane Spider Catcher is Perfect for Arachnophobic Pacifists

I don’t need a Buzzfeed quiz to tell me that the Mean Girls character I most identify with is the “she doesn’t even go here”-girl. I just have a lot of feelings, OK? I talk to my plants like they’re people. They’re named after people , for goodness sake. And I can’t let go of a chair or a car on Craiglist without feeling like I’m abandoning a member of my family. “Is he going to take care of Heidi the Honda? What if she has a miserable life with that guy?,” I ask myself, as if the seats in my car would notice as I did (or even care) how filthy that guy’s pants were.

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Watch These: Quirky, Cool, Creative Inventions You Have to See to Believe

You know what innovations impress me the most? It’s not talking to my bathroom or a door that unlocks itself . I get inspired by seeing really simple but creative designs that—with just a twist or a push or a turn—make everyday living easier. I may not be running out to buy them, but I love knowing they’re out there. Let’s admire their ingenuity:

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Posted on Sep 14, 2017

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