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How to Convince Someone You Live With to Get Rid of Their Stuff How to Convince Someone You Live With to Get Rid of Their Stuff

Decluttering old or useless junk might make you feel jubilant and free, but not everyone shares that mindset. Whether it’s a ratty old recliner your spouse won’t give up, an overabundance of cookware in the kitchen, or a collection of weird posters your roommate hung in your living room, there are ways to compromise…

Don't Let Minimalists Make You Feel Guilty About Your 'Clutter' Don't Let Minimalists Make You Feel Guilty About Your 'Clutter'

Ever since Marie Kondo took the cluttered world by storm, simply having stuff has seemed like something of a faux pas. There are countless how-to guides on the need to streamline closets and pare down our book collections to only those that bring us “joy,” whatever that means. I recently read an article that…

Amazon Will Give You Gift Cards For Your Old Tech and Textbooks Amazon Will Give You Gift Cards For Your Old Tech and Textbooks

Growing up, my dad instilled in me the mantra: “If it’s still useful, you don’t throw it away.” That means that if you get something new, you probably should keep the old thing as well “just in case.” That just in case might be because your new thing breaks, or because your friend just happens to need it - but if it’s…

Declutter Your Mac Desktop Declutter Your Mac Desktop

MacOS: Some people keep their computer desktop neat. Some people are happy to keep their desktop messy. For those who want a clean desktop but have trouble maintaining it, there’s Declutter.

How to Keep Your Cords Untangled

While organizing and arranging cables behind your media center or brand new computer might give you a rush of adrenaline, untangling said cables after you add, remove, and rearrange the stuff in your life is always a hassle. You shouldn’t have to deal with a Gordian Knot every time you want to use your headphones, and…

Add More Walking to Your Commute 

When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were giving in to the pull of Glossier, revisiting the Snuggie, cutting back on booze, and boosting our home wifi.

Be Willing to Throw Gifts Out Be Willing to Throw Gifts Out

If it somehow hasn’t happened to you yet, it will someday. You unwrap a gift from a distant relative or your beloved partner, and… it’s terrible. You force a gracious smile and say, “Thank you so much, I love it.” What happens next?

Why You Should Stop Giving Your Kids So Many Toys Why You Should Stop Giving Your Kids So Many Toys

In a new study by researchers at the University of Toledo, toddlers who were given fewer toys played more creatively and were more engaged in their play than those who had many toys available. Moms and dads, this might be the time to remove that chicken robot, mustache plushie, emoji bingo set, and Spider-Man drone…

How to Be Tidy Without 'Life-Changing Magic' How to Be Tidy Without 'Life-Changing Magic'

I’m gonna tell you a secret about picking your stuff up: It’s not any harder when you do it right away.

The Manga Version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Is Getting Teens to Actually Declutter  The Manga Version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Is Getting Teens to Actually Declutter 

Marie Kondo has built an empire around her “life-changing” method of tidying up, inspiring millions to quit the cruelty of rolling socks into balls and start the practice of thanking inanimate household objects that spark joy. She’s now reaching a new audience: graphic novel fans.

Marie Kondo Is Now a Parent, And Yes, Her Toddler Is Already Folding Socks Marie Kondo Is Now a Parent, And Yes, Her Toddler Is Already Folding Socks

One of the biggest critiques that people had of the KonMari method, the “life-changing” tidying technique coined by purging guru Marie Kondo, is that doesn’t really work if you have kids.

Avoid Buyer's Remorse at the Thrift Store With the "Department Store Test" Avoid Buyer's Remorse at the Thrift Store With the "Department Store Test"

You can save a ton of money shopping at thrift stores, but those low prices mean you can also end up with a bunch of junk you don’t need. This simple rule of thumb will keep your thrift store clutter under control.

Focus on Cleaning These Areas When You Have Last-Minute Guests Focus on Cleaning These Areas When You Have Last-Minute Guests

If you have last-minute houseguests, you might be stressed at the idea of cleaning your whole house last-minute, too. Here’s an idea: don’t. As Apartment Therapy points out, there are only three areas to clean in order to make your place presentable.

Filter Out the Noise Filter Out the Noise

It can seem like our lives are filled with busyness, noise, distractions, and often meaningless activities. What if we could filter out all that noise, and focus on the meaningful? What if we could find stillness instead of constant distraction?

Ease Into Decluttering Your Home With a "Limbo Box" Ease Into Decluttering Your Home With a "Limbo Box"

Getting rid of your unnecessary belongings is tough, but it’s even harder when there are memories attached to them. If you’re trying to pare down, but can’t quite say goodbye to some things you know you don’t need, a “limbo box” can help.

Why We’re So Attached to Our Stuff Why We’re So Attached to Our Stuff

If you’ve ever tried to clean out your closet or garage, you know getting rid of stuff isn’t easy, even if you never use it. Here’s what leads us to get so attached to stuff, and how that makes it hard to let go.

The Start-to-Finish Guide to Organizing Your Closet The Start-to-Finish Guide to Organizing Your Closet

Closets are great because you can shove all of your junk in them, shut the door, and it’s like that junk doesn’t even exist. Except it does and, eventually, your closets will overflow. If it’s time to declutter your closet so you can actually find stuff to wear, we’ve got you covered.

Force Yourself to Wear "Maybe Clothes" When Decluttering Your Closet Force Yourself to Wear "Maybe Clothes" When Decluttering Your Closet

If you try to pare down your wardrobe, you’ll end up with items you want to keep, items you want to toss, and items that are somewhere in between. Before you decide on those “maybe clothes,” give them a wear.

Use Stackable Baskets to Keep Clothes from Piling Up On Laundry Day Use Stackable Baskets to Keep Clothes from Piling Up On Laundry Day

This video, from Nonnahs Driskill of Get Organized Already! is full of organization tips that’ll keep your kitchen and bathrooms tidy. One that stood out to us though: Use stackable baskets for laundry—when you remove one to carry clothes, you’ll have another to catch any dirties that appear before the laundry is done.

Get Your Kids to Help You Declutter by Showing Them Tangible Benefits Get Your Kids to Help You Declutter by Showing Them Tangible Benefits

When it’s time to declutter at home, there’s no reason you can’t get the whole family involved. You can even get your kids in on the action by letting them see how less clutter will make things better for them too.

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