making changes

Dec 04

How to Not Totally Fail at your New Year’s Resolutions This Year

Of Time Magazine’s list of the 10 most commonly broken New Year’s Resolutions, I think I’ve resolved to do at least 7 or 8 before, with very mixed (and usually not-so-great) results. However, this year, I’ve got a new, crazy-simple strategy: Make a real plan, and start implementing it in… more >

Sep 17

How to Fix a System That Isn’t Working: My failed spice drawer experiment

Sometimes you create an organizing system that’s so perfect, so beautiful, and so functional that you can’t help high fiving yourself and thinking that probably, you’re the best at life. This is not one of those systems. It seemed like such a great idea: get rid of the jumble of… more >

Jul 10

How to Always be on Time

Although I’ve always been annoyingly punctual, I struggled with the holy-crap-I-have-to-leave-RIGHT-NOW! mad dash after losing track of time in the morning. I’d be mostly ready to go and get sidetracked answering emails or reading blogs, which led to a chaotic and stressful throwing together of myself and stuff and running out the… more >

May 08

Wednesday Tip: Use Blocking and Themes to Streamline Your Schedule

If you feel like you’re constantly jumping from task to task and always behind schedule (if you even have a schedule), try time blocking or theme days to feel more in control. Studies have shown how ineffective multitasking is, but we still persist in ping-ponging about our day. Try one… more >

Dec 10

5 Quick Budget Decorating Fixes for Your Apartment

‘Tis the season when we spend more time indoors, withering away in the early onset darkness (on the plus side, there’s hot chocolate, so let’s call it a draw).  Instead of feeling like your blank, boring walls are closing in on you, try one of these quick and easy-on-the-budget ideas… more >

Dec 05

7 Things You Should Know About Organizing

1. It’s about what you get, not what you give up.  Remind yourself of all of the ways you’re going to benefit by getting rid of your clutter.  For every unused and unloved item you let go of, you gain more space, time and according to happiness expert Gretchen Rubin, more happiness!… more >

Oct 31

Wednesday Tip: Pass Up a Bargain

Ask yourself: “Would I buy this if it were full-price?”  If not, don’t do it!  You’ll end up spending money on something you don’t really need or love, all in the name of “saving money.”  Instead, revamp something you already have, like plates you aren’t using, office organizers, or a tired lamp.

Feb 14

3 Keys to Keeping Your (Not So) New Year’s Resolutions

Now that we’re in February (the time when most people’s New Year’s resolutions start to get less resolution-y), it’s a great opportunity to take a look at the resolutions you made in January. These 3 tips will help keep you on track and moving toward your goal. Have a Plan… more >