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Dec 18

One Super Motivating Way to Flip the Script on Decluttering This Time of Year

We declutter mostly for ourselves. We yearn for the empty space and the room to breathe. So we approach our cupboards, closets, drawers, and garages asking ourselves whatever version of the essential question—do I need this?—that gives us the most clarity. That’s how we decide what to get rid of and what to keep most of the time. But there’s another way to think about it, and there are others to declutter for. Here’s some food for thought this holiday season…

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09
Dec 18

33 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of Spending Money

They say idle hands are the devil’s playground. Or is it an idle mind? When our twitching fingers tap from “add to bag” to “checkout” before we know what happened, it certainly feels like our good intentions of not spending money uselessly have been thwarted by a devilish boredom that whispers, pitchfork held aside, to go on ahead and just check to see if there are any good sales.

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Nov 18

40 Fun and Fulfilling Things to Do on "Buy Nothing Day"

Maybe you’ve already stretched the dollars you’ve saved during what has become, somehow, Black Friday month. Or you could be one of those who would never dream of spending a precious day off saving money at the cost of braving dense crowds on the prowl for a good deal. Whatever your reason for skipping shopping on Black Friday, there’s a day—the same day—just for you: Buy Nothing Day.

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Nov 18

This Common Bite-Sized Grocery Habit Could be Costing You Big Money

Fact: The convenience of having a pre-portioned, pre-packed snacks in your fridge or pantry to grab and go anytime, whether you’re packing up for work or school, is undeniable. And so I remain eternally grateful to the companies that make the little hummus-and-pretzel packs and sacks of olives. (They’re much better alternatives to picking up a bag of chips at the convenience store!)

And yet. As you already know, with convenience comes a price. Yeah, we’ve all known for a while that the price for pre-portioned snacks is going to be higher than if you were to buy the individual items and pack them up yourself. But I wanted to know how much more money we were talking about. Turns out, the convenience prices are nearly double—or more. To figure that out, I perused the aisles of my local Harris Teeter.

Here’s how three of the items broke down.

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Oct 18

7 Secrets of People with Incredible Discipline

Have a goal (or a few them) you want to meet? You probably already know that discipline is your friend.

Whether you want to learn how to get things done more efficiently at the office or just muster up the motivation to check the first thing off your to-do list, you won’t accomplish much without the daily grind of hard work. We all know the satisfaction that comes with checking something off a to-do list or sticking with a project long enough to see results—so why do getting started and staying motivated feel like an impossible magic trick?

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09
Oct 18

Join Apartment Therapy’s Holiday Jumpstart and Get Ahead on the Holidays!

When you look back on the holidays, you want to remember things like the raucous Christmas party or the morning you spent laughing with your family over latkes—not the times when you spent all day hunting for a parking spot or waited an hour in line at the department store checkout.

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Aug 18

How to Decorate Your Home to Promote Mindfulness

Being in the moment and at ease is tough, even within your own walls. But there’s really no place like home for mindfulness, which is why we rounded up a few tips and product picks to help you feel more at peace in your space. No crazy scientific claims here—just some pretty gear and strategic design moves so you can be your best self in the place that matters most.

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12
Jul 18

Join the Movement for a Plastic-Free July: 12 Ways to Reduce Your Dependency

Is it just me or does it seem like there’s been a marked increase in the number of themed “days” in the last few years. I’d like to know: how long has National Donut Day really existed? I’m all for free donuts and can endure a glut of pictures of other people’s fried confections no problem. But this month, I’m excited to get behind a movement that means so much more than sweet treats — Plastic-Free July, an awareness campaign that started in Australia, but has gained traction throughout the world.

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05
Jul 18

Do These 6 Things Now for a More Carefree Summer

The middle of the year is an optimal time to do a little planning to have a great summer ahead. Whether you’ve already been to the beach a few times this year or you haven’t even thought about your summer plans yet, cleaning and clearing out these six areas of life and home just might be the secret to a more carefree summer.

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Jun 18

9 Things Smart Shoppers Ask Themselves Before They Buy Furniture

We’ve all been there. It’s payday and you’re itching to buy a fun new piece of furniture—a stylish sofa or armchair, anyone?—for your apartment. But don’t pull out your wallet just yet. Before you make any sudden splurges, remember that there are a few questions any intelligent shopper should ask themselves before buying a pricey piece of furniture. Read ahead for nine things you should ask yourself before dropping your hard-earned dough on furniture.

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