Архив автора: Taryn Williford

These Memorable Mantras Will Help You Declutter and Guide Your Quest for Less

The most powerful tool in your decluttering arsenal? It’s your mind. Truly, when you seem to have a problem with «too much,» the biggest obstacle in the way of getting rid of needless things is your own brain. It’s there in the background insisting, maybe, that you’ll wear that ill-fitting dress some day again, or that this old broken lamp is the last thing that connects you to the memory of your grandparents’ condo. (далее…)

How Common is Your Birthday? This Infographic Will Show You

The Birthday Problem paradox suggests that if you put 23 people into a room, there’s a 50 percent chance that two of them share the same birthday (and that probability jumps to 99 percent chance with just 60 people). The math is based on the assumption that every date out of the 365 days a year is equally likely for a birthday, but apparently that theory is way off. (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…)

10 Things to Get Done Before Labor Day

This is a public service announcement: The Halloween stuff is already out at craft stores. And I’m not sure how fall came to have a mascot, but I know that autumn is on its way when I hear people start talking about how much they miss pumpkin spice. While there are still several weeks left to enjoy the summer, it might be a good time to start thinking about the tasks you need to get done before cool weather really sets in. (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…)

All You Need is $10 Worth of Stickers to (Finally!) Organize Your Storage Area

Forget Konmari philosophies and vacuum bags. The real secret behind any tidy home is hidden storage, and lots of it. It might manifest itself as a garage stuffed with boxes (yours, or your parents’) or an off-site storage unit—which, yes, is the key to living successfully in a studio, at least if you’re a maximalist. (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…)

The FOMO-Sufferer’s Guide to Experiencing the Total Eclipse from Your Living Room

If you’re feeling a little bit out of the loop lately about this «totality» eclipse thing, allow us to catch you up: It’s a major celestial event and, if you’re in America, likely the best view you’ll get of a solar eclipse in your lifetime. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the best seats are all already taken. (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…)

Here’s How Much Your Favorite Movie Houses are Worth IRL

We love movies because they offer us an escape from everyday life. A chance to—even just for a moment—pretend that we’re the ones touring the Italian countryside or living lavishly in a beach house in Malibu. But have you ever wondered what the real price tag would be on your fantasy life? (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…)

Address Numerology: Unlock Your Home’s Hidden Personality

You already know your home has a story. You can literally see it when you strip away 30 years of paint off an old brick wall, like I’ve been doing this summer. (Who chose that bright orange that’s four layers deep?) But if you ask any numerologist, your home also has an innate personality and character—and that’s something a little harder to unlock. (далее…)

Tough Love: 3 Hard-and-Fast Rules for a Cleaner Kitchen, All the Time

They say that the kitchen is the heart and soul of a home. And, that things are drawn to gathering there—people, objects, pizza boxes, your partner’s dirty dishes. For that reason, the kitchen is usually the room in your house that is most in need of a rigid plan to keep it spotless around the clock. So here’s a little tough love, in three parts. (далее…)

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Sofa

Whether or not you love your furniture, it pays—quite literally—to keep it looking great. If you have a sofa or chair you love, the benefits of making sure your investment lasts a long time is obvious. But even if you’re not sitting on your forever couch right now, keeping it in great shape will make your piece a more appealing second-hand buy for the lucky shopper who finds your well-maintained sofa on Craigslist for a steal. (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…)

Overwhelmed with a Messy Home? Try the Laundry Basket Method

You know my favorite thing about being a human? (Sarcasm alert.) It’s that thing how when your home is really messy, your brain finds it overwhelming and hard to process and almost paralyzing. So then your body can’t muster up the energy or willpower to actually clean it. And so the place just gets more messy and your brain is more overwhelmed and it’s harder every day to actually tackle the mess. Yeah, that’s super fun, right? (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…)