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How to Safely Reuse Food Packaging How to Safely Reuse Food Packaging

Wasteful packaging is an inescapable part of drawing breath in a capitalist society but, for a variety of reasons, most people can’t alter their food choices based solely on the materials that contain it. This is why I reuse food packaging whenever I can: sure, it cuts down on waste, but I also get to stock up on…

How to Make a Meal Plan For Your Next Vacation How to Make a Meal Plan For Your Next Vacation

I’ve always been a fan of pre-travel planning, to the point that I build a packing grid before every trip. The packing grid includes outfit components for every day of travel (based on predicted weather and activity), as well as a list of essentials that I don’t want to leave behind: Advil, Band-Aids, my Fitbit…

The Most Efficient Way to Keep Your Resume Up to Date The Most Efficient Way to Keep Your Resume Up to Date

Looking for a job is difficult under the best of circumstances, and it gets considerably more so when you’re not prepared. Optimistically, we stick with a gig for a while even if we don’t love it, neglecting to keep our resumes and other materials prepped if an opportunity comes up that we want to jump at.

How to Keep Windows 10 Organized, Pretty, and Productive How to Keep Windows 10 Organized, Pretty, and Productive

Microsoft Windows can get messy. It’s not (always) the operating system’s fault. You download tons of apps and files, and create new content stuff of your own, until your “Downloads” directory looks like a landfill for old content. Your desktop is so full of icons, you can’t see your pretty wallpaper. Your Start Menu…

How to Clean Up Your Overwhelmed Gmail Inbox (by Hand) How to Clean Up Your Overwhelmed Gmail Inbox (by Hand)

There comes a time when enough is, quite simply, enough. I had been putting off the task of organizing my sprawling Gmail inbox for months, if not years. But when Lifehacker told me that we were going to have a Spring Cleaning week, I knew it was time. And I wasn’t going to waste precious hours trying to find apps or…

Get Rid of Your Kids' Storage Bins  Get Rid of Your Kids' Storage Bins 

I appreciate the many storage bins, baskets and chests that have contained my kid’s avalanche of toys. They’re pretty—we have a few woven ombré ones. They’re huge. And best of all, I’ve been able to toss things things in there at a rapid-fire pace before guests arrive, and have my house instantly look like it’s…

How to Prune Your Book Collection, According to Professional Book People How to Prune Your Book Collection, According to Professional Book People

“So many books, so little time” might be an eye-rolling slogan slightly worse than “Keep calm and carry on,” but it’s also literally true. As is “so many books, so little space.” When you have too many books, how do you decide which ones to get rid of? We asked authors, publishers, and booksellers (all notorious book…

Remember Where You Stored Things With Sortly Remember Where You Stored Things With Sortly

xMy boyfriend and I live in a two-bedroom apartment with exactly two, exceptionally small closets. The closest are big enough to hold our clothes, but when it comes to other things that one might put in a closet, that stuff is stashed all over our house.

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…

Let Your Kids Plan Family Activities  Let Your Kids Plan Family Activities 

When your kids are out of school, things can feel a little haphazard. To prevent a Spring/Summer Break Brought to You By Screen Time, a lot of parents I know are racing to cram their calendars with classes and camps and Family Days Out. But the assumption that you, the mom or dad, are solely responsible for planning…

Use Velcro Straps to Tame Your Cables Use Velcro Straps to Tame Your Cables

When you’re a geek with preferences on USB cable construction materials and a penchant for buying more than a few directional adapters, organizing the yards upon yards of wiring you’ve accumulated can be a bit daunting. Instead of learning enough knots to compete with the boys at the local yacht club, I turned to the…

Try a To-Do List That Lives in Your Tabs Try a To-Do List That Lives in Your Tabs

For everyone subscribed to the philosophy of GTD, myself included, task managers are essential to managing the process digitally. Of course, they’re only useful if you actually use them, as evidenced by the trail of task managers I’ve left in my wake as I search for one with the right combination of cross-platform…

Use Excel to Keep Your Family Organized   Use Excel to Keep Your Family Organized  

In my first post-college employed position, I worked for a boss who loved Excel spreadsheets. She thought nearly everything could be put into “boxes and rows,” and after my first year working there, I was officially a convert. I’m big on organization anyway, and those spreadsheet cells called to me, luring me in with…

Use Instagram's Collections Feature to Save Interesting Posts Use Instagram's Collections Feature to Save Interesting Posts

Last year Instagram introduced Collections, a way to organize your pictures within the app into different curated groups. It’s a feature that’s been around for roughly a year now, but it’s one that most people don’t realize is even there.

How to Keep Track of Your Gross Household Sponges How to Keep Track of Your Gross Household Sponges

The sponge is possibly the grossest thing in your house. I say this as someone who regularly comes home from holding a subway pole and immediately eats finger food (it’s builds character!), but still the sponge disgusts me. It is, by nature, a festering cesspool of germs, a wet thing used to clean dirty things that…

What Do You Over-Organize? What Do You Over-Organize?

We start sorting things as kids: Hot Wheels, pencils, the cutest boys in class. We organize our rooms just so, and get mad when our parents mess them up. And we develop new sorting habits as we grow up, some useful (chronological tax documents) and some embarrassing (alphabetized bottles of hot sauce).

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 Best Places to Sell Your Junk The Best Places to Sell Your Junk

This month, we challenged you to make a little pocket cash by cleaning out your closets and selling your unwanted junk. You might be wondering where exactly to sell this junk, though. Don’t get your old, unwanted knickers in a knot. We’ve got you covered.

You Must Get Started on Your Swedish Death Cleaning You Must Get Started on Your Swedish Death Cleaning

Exciting news: There’s a new organizational how-to in town. Look out, Marie Kondo, and make way for The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter. The author, Margareta Magnusson, who is “somewhere between 80 and 100,” started the process of cleaning out her…

iOS 11 Finally Gets App Organizing (Almost) Right iOS 11 Finally Gets App Organizing (Almost) Right

In iOS 11, you might find yourself tapping and touching apps to find out what new features lay hidden just beneath the force-sensitive surface. If you’re one who likes to start fresh whenever you get a new OS upgrade on your device, you’re probably going to spend some time arranging apps on the homescreen to your…

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