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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.

Post-it Leaves the Office With New Extreme Notes Post-it Leaves the Office With New Extreme Notes

Have you ever looked at a Post-it Note and thought, “this is fine, but I wish it was more rugged.”

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…

Pour Some Affordable Concrete on to Your Desk with Kikkerland [Updated] Pour Some Affordable Concrete on to Your Desk with Kikkerland [Updated]

Adding in some mixed materials and succulents is a great way to diversify your workspace, and Kikkerland has both covered.

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).

Retake the Battlefield of Your Pantry with simplehuman's Organizers Retake the Battlefield of Your Pantry with simplehuman's Organizers

Minimalist, easy to install, stylish, and available in three sizes, simplehuman’s pull-out cabinet organizers drag whatever’s lurking in the depths of your pantry out in to the light, and bring order where once there was chaos.

simplehuman's Dish Racks Dry Everything but the Kitchen Sink simplehuman's Dish Racks Dry Everything but the Kitchen Sink

We’ve covered minimalist silicone dish drying mats, and even mats that roll up. These aren’t those.

OXO's Over-The-Door Hook Folds Out Into a Mini Valet [Updated] OXO's Over-The-Door Hook Folds Out Into a Mini Valet [Updated]

Whether it’s coffee makers, can openers, or food storage, OXO consistently makes some of our favorite products, and they’re hanging on to that praise with their over-the-door hook.

Hang Your Kitchen Trash Can From Your Cabinet Door Hang Your Kitchen Trash Can From Your Cabinet Door

Duh, simplehuman makes the best trash cans, assuming you’ve got the space and the money. But, if you’re running a garbage disposal (you should be) and recycling (you should be), you may be able to get away with just simplehuman’s in-cabinet can, and get a bunch of space back in the process.

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.

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