Архив автора: Taryn Williford

How a Simple System Squashed My Marriage’s Biggest Cleaning Spat

We’ve got a good thing going, my husband and I. Our homekeeping is a pretty solid division of labor. I cook, he does the dishes. I’ll spend time during the week vacuuming and tidying up all over, and once a week he handles all the laundry. What I’m saying is, our cleaning routine works for us. Mostly. There is one thing we never could seem to see eye to eye on… (далее…)

Why These New Yorkers Don’t Pay Rent (And How You Can Do It Too)

Much like finding out your new boyfriend is actually the heir to the throne of a small European country, living a life without rent is something that most of us will only dream about. But there are actual, real, human people living that life—who eat, sleep and work in the five boroughs without spending their hard-earned cash on their apartment. (далее…)

Indisputable Evidence You Don’t Have to Live in a Palace to Enjoy this Glamorous Piece of Furniture

The word «palace» in title doesn’t refer to size, but to stature. Because let’s face it: Lots of the homes in these photos are actually quite massive. But they’re also pretty normal-looking. These rooms aren’t stately or overly opulent–they’re simple and relatable, just really, really well-designed. Let it inspire you to bring a bit of glamor home with a dome. (далее…)

Ten Things You Should Upgrade in Your Rental (and Then Take With You)

It’s taken years for me to come around to the idea that a home isn’t any less of a home because it’s rented. Five years, actually — that’s how long I’ve lived in my white-walled, cookie-cutter apartment. But now that I’m finally comfortable hanging shelves and buying furniture to fit my space, my husband and I have our sights set on buying our first house next summer. That’s why all of our recent apartment projects have focused on «forever upgrades»— we’re investing only in the things we can replace in our rental today and still take with us to a new home. (далее…)

Declutter (In a Big Way!) by Asking Yourself One Simple Question

I recently moved to a new place, and most of my things came with me. The moving process gave me a much-needed opportunity to survey the things I own and decide if I wanted to keep them and bring them to the new place, or find a new home for them (which, yeah, includes the trash can in a few instances). (далее…)

The Homes that America Built: A Crash Course in Favorite American Architecture Styles

I have this argument with friends every now and again: What’s «American» food? The question inspires a lively discussion, with a lot of suggestions but no real consensus. (It usually comes down to hog dogs or Southern-style barbeque.) Nailing down American food is a tough thing because there is so much of America. So many people and cultures and styles that manage to blend together and evolve over the (few) centuries the country’s been around. (далее…)

A 2-Hour After-Work Clean Routine to Maximize Your Summer Fridays

Abbreviated summer hours are a great perk in any workplace; they offer you the chance to get out of the cubicle and kick off your weekend early to enjoy some of the great weather. Or—hear me out on this—you could take advantage of the extra free time on summer fridays to get a head start on housework. (далее…)

The Kitchen & Cleaning Tool Brand I Always Go Back To

In the era of fast fashion and mass manufacturing, we’re getting used to the «well this is crap» moment, usually accompanied by exasperated sighs from wary shoppers. No doubt you know it well: It’s the moment when you realize that thing you bought, well… it’s crap. It broke after one use or, even worse, never really worked well enough to begin with. (далее…)

You’ve Earned It: 10 Real Life Merit Badges for When Life Gets Busy

Some days I’m a boss lady beast, working from sunrise to sunrise getting shit done with perfect posture while I eat three square meals. Other days, I’m amazed if I can even get out of bed and remember to wash off my makeup at the end of the day. All that is to say: Sometimes life gets away from you. (далее…)

This is the Best Room in the House for Amazon Echo, Hands Down

If you’re sold on the future of smart home, you don’t need me to exalt all the benefits of Amazon Echo’s voice-activated personal assistant, Alexa. But this post is actually for the skeptics out there. Even if you think the whole voice-controlled smart home thing is silly or extra, I bet I can sell you on it, at least for one room in your home. (далее…)

What Most People Don’t Know About Renter’s Insurance

There’s a lot about the roommate experience that can be tricky. Like chores, chores and, uh… chores. But even after you’ve mastered homekeeping, there are still some things about sharing a home that may come as a surprise. For example, your roommate’s renter’s insurance policy might not cover your stuff. (далее…)

Time it Right: Here’s What the Transition from Renting to Owning a Home Looks Like (and Costs)

There is so much that’s confusing about the home buying process as a first-timer, and all I can really do (beyond writing articles like this one) is absolutely promise that an attentive real estate agent and a knowledgeable mortgage broker will be your lifelines. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about earnest payments, escrow and amortization in that month or so it takes to close. Definitely more than you paid attention to in college accounting, I’ll tell you that much. (далее…)

21 Words (That You’ve Never Heard Before) Which Will Speak to Your Soul

It’s time for a vocabulary lesson, just like in your school days. But this time, the lesson is full of words you didn’t know were words. These terms go mostly unused out in the world, but each one perfectly captures a thought, feeling or moment you can completely relate to, but never knew could be captured so succinctly. (далее…)

What Nobody Tells You About Buying Your First Home

As of about a month ago, I’m officially a homeowner. My husband and I laid claim to our own little corner of a building that used to be a pickle factory, and so far, it’s been both my greatest joy and the biggest source of stress I’ve ever encountered in my life. (далее…)

The «Flip and Fluff» Routine is the Best Thing You Can Do For Your Furniture — Spring Cleaning in 20 Minutes a Day

Our spring cleaning journey has been about turning over some lesser-cleaned leaves and refreshing your space to feel brand new for the season ahead. So in many ways, today’s assignment is symbolic of the whole shebang. We’re going to be flipping and turning, revealing a fresh new face for some of the most-used and much-loved parts of your home. (далее…)

A Small Task that Makes a Huge Impact — Spring Cleaning in 20 Minutes a Day

It’s been really inspiring to me how much we’ve all embraced spring cleaning this year. Even when I’ve given you permission to take a day off — like when you’ve recently cleaned your kitchen cabinets or because you don’t have a dishwasher — I’ve seen you chiming in, finding something else to tackle that day in the name of a cleaner, refreshed home for the sunny season. (далее…)

Is This The Reason You Keep Killing Your Succulents?

This one’s for my black-thumbed brethren. The folks, like me, who ran out to buy a dozen succulents once word got around at how easy they are to take care of. And the folks who, again like me, almost instantly found a way to let their easy-going succulents down. RIP, aloe vera, you will be missed. (далее…)

The Real Price of a Guest Room: What an Extra Bedroom Costs in SF, Chicago & 32 Other Cities

There’s truly nothing better, to me at least, than sharing your home with family and friends. That’s a big reason why my husband and I sought out a two-bedroom space when we went home shopping last year: We knew we wanted to use the extra space as a guest room to be able to host out-of-town family and friends when they visit. We’re not the only homeowners who made an «extra bedroom» a priority, either. There are more bedrooms than people in the United States—to the tune of around 33 million. And even though they can’t all be guest rooms, I’d bet my mortgage that there are still a whole lot of empty mattresses out there. (далее…)

The Million Dollar Question: Which of These Homes Would You Choose?

Let’s pretend for a moment that we all live in the same world as those couples on HGTV’s House Hunters. The ones where the husband is a part-time web designer and the wife is a stay at home mom and somehow they have a budget for their new home around a million dollars. That’s your life now! You can take on any job, from any place in the country, and you have a cool million to find yourself the home of your dreams. Where would you live? (далее…)

We Put These Cheaper, Generic Magic Erasers to the Test Against Mighty Mr. Clean — Cleaning Test Lab

When it comes to cleaning, I believe in magic. Ever since Mr. Clean magic erasers hit the scene, I’ve been using them to tackle some of the tougher jobs around the house. But I recently discovered that there are generic versions of magic erasers—it’s just a non-proprietary material called melamine foam—that can be scooped up for cheaper than the Mr. Clean brand. But do they work just as well? I wanted to test it for myself and put each of these sponges through the ringer. (далее…)

True Advice from People Who Are Truly Bad at Email

There’s a quote attributed to Bill Gates that I recite all the time: «I choose a lazy person to do a hard job; because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.» I love it because it captures a sentiment I’ve always found to ring true: There’s a way to turn a vice into a virtue. Lazy people are the best at finding easy ways to do things. Messy people have the best cleaning tips. And people who are self-admittedly awful at managing their inboxes have the best advice for communicating via email. (далее…)