Decide Whether To Keep Sentimental Items With Three Questions

We often clutter our spaces with too much stuff: souvenirs, antiques from previous generations and gifts are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re willing to put your feelings aside, here’s how to objectively evaluate whether an item is worth keeping, or if you’re keeping it for sentimental purposes.

Be A Better Host With This Quick Checklist

Having people over can be a wonderful, festive, occasion if you prepare for it properly. These quick checklists are useful reminders for what to clean, buy and write if you have friends and family coming over.

What Professional Organisers Really Do, And How They Can Help

When you hear “professional organiser”, your favourite reality TV shows about pack rats and hoarders may pop to mind. Professional organisers definitely help those people, but there’s much more to the profession than that. Organisers can help those of us too busy, too confused, too tired or too stressed to deal with our own clutter. Here’s what professional organisers really do and how they may be able to help you.

The Fastest Way To Shine Your Shoes

Shining a pair of dress shoes isn’t difficult, but you do have to have the right tools and know what you’re doing if you want to end up with a good-looking shine. This quick video from I Am Alpha M shows you how to get a great shine in five minutes flat, no matter what kind of shoes you wear.

Make Your Chores Suck Less With The LEGO Principle

Chores can be frustrating because your results disappear so quickly. Dishes get dirty again, toilet paper needs to be replenished, and laundry needs to be done. Make chores more satisfying by ending them with a task that bears more permanent results.

Put Clutter In A Box With An Expiration Date

If you’re on the fence about getting rid of some of your clutter, put it in a box and write down an “expiration date” for the box. If the box remains unopened by that date, donate its contents to charity or throw it away.

Wash Your Towels Every 3-5 Uses For Best Results

Some of you may wait until your towels smell funky to wash them. As it turns out, it’s better to launder towels pretty frequently — ideally, after every 3-5 uses.

Automatically Clear Your Downloads Folder With A Batch Script

Windows: If you download files you only need once or twice and then forget about, you downloads folder can get cluttered. Use this batch file to automatically delete those files on a schedule.

Go Ahead And Use Soap To Clean Your Cast Iron Pan

The image above from Serious Eats might be making more than a few of you shudder. Conventional wisdom (myth) says that you should never use soap to clean cast iron because it will damage the seasoning.

Quickly Clean Up Art And Craft Messes With A Lint Roller

If you’re doing any sort of crafts — or have kids around that like to get creative — a mess of glitter, tiny bits of paper, and other small, granular bits will likely be everywhere. A few rolls with a lint roller can clean it all up in a flash.