Monday, January 25, 2021 / by Amy McLeod
If your relationship with New Year’s resolutions is anything like ours, then things tend to fall by the wayside right about—well, now.
Mid-January has been statistically proven to be the time when all those well-intentioned goals get left behind and replaced with well-worn habits of years past. So if getting organized was one of your resolutions in 2021, there's a good chance you've thrown in the towel and are already starting to see the clutter pile up.
Don't despair! We're here to help get you back in the saddle, and we called in the pros for some reinforcement. We've pulled together their insider secrets on the easiest organizational resolutions you can actually stick to this year.
Read on for the simplest goals you can achieve, and all the tips you’ll need to make it happen.
Resolution No. 1: Practice a daily 10-minute 'tidy up'
One of the best ways to ensure that maintaining a clean house becomes a lasting resolution is to practice tidying up daily. Be ...
Monday, January 18, 2021 / by Amy McLeod
The long, dark days of winter are upon us, and with COVID-19 still keeping us closer to home, we're keenly aware of all the maintenance tasks we've put off or let slip through the cracks.
And we hate to break it to you, but it's time to get to work.
We know you're wondering if you can get out of this. Must you really hit pause on your "Bridgerton" binge session and do, ugh, chores?
Well, no. You don't have to do anything. But if you do, we guarantee you'll save some money—and maybe even your sanity—down the line. A modicum of maintenance now will prevent astronomical repair costs in the future.
So we asked a few experts for a list of things we should do while we hole up at home. Some of the tasks are things you can tackle yourself, and some might be better suited for a professional—following COVID-19 safety precautions, of course. But don't worry: We've outlined how you can get them all done—as quickly as possible, of course, so that you can ...
Monday, January 4, 2021 / by Amy McLeod
Painting a room's walls is the easiest DIY makeover under the sun—but want to try something a bit bolder and fun? Consider colorblocking instead.
"Colorblocking is about creatively pairing two or more shades—or blocks of color—to make a unique statement on a wall, ceiling, door, or other home surface, and it's a trend that can be accomplished by DIYers and pros alike," says Dee Schlotter, a PPG senior color marketing manager.
"These geometric fields of color, which are usually separated by neutral zones, can serve to punctuate or establish a color plan for your space, sort of like accent walls taken to an extreme," adds Debra Kling of the eponymous color consulting firm.
And if you see hints of modern art or connections to the fashion world in colorblocking, you're on the right track. Kling considers Mondrian to be the master of this technique, and colorblocked frocks were debuted by Yves St. Laurent in the 1940s and hs ...
Monday, December 28, 2020 / by Amy McLeod
Ever resolve to organize your closet or junk drawer, only to see your efforts devolve into a (slightly different) cluttered mess? Maybe it's because you tried a method that doesn't fit your personality.
It turns out, people have different approaches to organizing—how to do it, and what they want to get out of it. A new organization strategy, Pixie, caters to these different types. It's the brainchild of Kelly McMenamin, author of "Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality."
"How you organize is hardwired into your brain," she explains. "It’s why some keep tons and rarely declutter, and others squirrel everything away in filing cabinets and declutter regularly. The trick to getting and staying organized is to figure out your organizing style, and then build systems that work with your natural tendencies rather than fighting them."
Rather than dole out one-size-fits-all advice, McMenamin has her clients first take a Myers-Briggs-type questionnaire tn ...
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 / by Amy McLeod
The kitchen is a major focal point of a home—after all, it's where meals are made to nourish your family, and where guests (when you can host them safely again) tend to gather, no matter how carefully you've arranged your living room. Because of that, the kitchen is a key selling point, which may intimidate some people from thinking outside the box when it comes to kitchen design.
But here's the thing: Kitchen design experts say 2021 is not the year to hold back. You may appreciate your kitchen’s look now and think, “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” But the new year represents hope and new beginnings unlike any other in recent memory. So when it comes to updating the heart of your home, allow yourself to get creative and break some rules.
Rule No. 1 to break: You must have bulky upper cabinets
What’s a kitchen without necessary storage space for all your glasses, mugs, and plates to live? Sure, you need a place to put all of ...