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by Mark and Angel <img src="http://s7.addthis.com/static/btn/lg-share-en.gif" width="125" height="16" border="0" alt="" /> Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one.
I’ve been striving to simplify my life for many years now, and have recently (through my writing) been advising others how to do the same. In the process, I’ve learned that making little changes in our attitudes, habits, and environment can have a big impact. So today, I thought I’d compile a list of 100 ways to simplify your life – from the practical to the philosophical, and everything in between.
By: Vered DeLeeuw A well-stocked pantry can save you from what happened to me yesterday. It was 6pm, we had just arrived from the kids’ gymnastics class, and I had absolutely no idea what to make for dinner. Eventually I decided to make a quick pasta dish – spaghetti with olive oil and oregano. But alas, there was no pasta in the house and only a tiny bit of olive oil left.
It's hard to make a difference when you can't find your keys, and in my lifetime, I have spent a staggering number of hours searching for my keys. There is no doubt that I could have done something much more valuable with that time: written a book, learned a new language, or taught thousands of yoga classes. For some of us, keeping our homes and our belongings organized is like breathing. It is ingrained in our DNA and we hardly have to think about it. But for others of us, it is a herculean task.
Before & After: A Cluttered to Clean Art Studio Overhaul Amy Sacksteder | Apartment Therapy San FranciscoAmy's home art studio was in major need of a transformation. It's really easy to get carried away with your work and let the space slide around you. Well, this summer Amy finally had some time to really focus on her studio and let me tell you it sure paid off … One month later and Amy has a beautiful, bright, clean and organized space that she now spends as much time in as possible.
If you've ever planned a move, you know there's a lot involved. You not only have to get from point A to point B but you also have to figure out who can help you perfectly place those oversized items into your fun, new digs. And if you love to decorate, we know you can't wait to plan out your new space.
Fall is here and that means just one thing, time to go shopping! Well that and pumpkin lattes and better TV. Before hitting the shops this year, I decided I had better assess what I already had, considering I'm the type to pick up a sweater think, "Oh, that looks cute!" then come home to find its twin hiding out in the corner of my closet. Here was my process: It's probably a little different for everyone so feel free to add your suggestions in the comments, but I think it's a good starting point. 1.
A friend recently told me that she and her boyfriend had a huge fight because he opened the dishwasher and found her flip-flops right next to his dinner plate.
It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE my weekly planner ! I carry it with me everywhere I go and reference it at least 27 times each day — seriously, I do. And even though my daily planner is super helpful for remembering and tracking my weekly, monthly, and other long-term appointments and activities; I was still struggling to find the perfect “planner” for my busy, BUSY daily activities .
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently, for a period of 100 days. Below you’ll find 60 small ways to improve all areas of your life in the next 100 days. Home 1.
Latest issue The decorating indoors and out issue May 2013 In this issue Seven light and airy spaces that embrace the outdoors; recipes for a decadent spring brunch; a guide to decorating with wallpaper; how to budget for outdoor hardscaping projects; and six fresh-tasting and good-for-you smoothie recipes. more Poll You Must select an option. Please try again. From the Editor
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A few weeks ago I set out to reform my towering pile of papers . It was an overwhelming catastrophe. When I gathered all of the papers together, they buried my dining table. The problems were clear: I saved too many cards and letters, and I had not dealt with incoming papers that should have been tossed sooner. The grand theme for this makeover was:
Figuring out the smartest places to store your stuff is time well spent—mostly because it results in time you don't spend cleaning. Here are 10 smart storage solutions for your excess cords, shoes, spices, and all kinds of computer stuff. Photo via Instructables . 10.