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50 Ways to Make Your Home More Organized, More Attractive, and More Efficient - Stepcase Lifehack - StumbleUpon

50 Ways to Make Your Home More Organized, More Attractive, and More Efficient - Stepcase Lifehack - StumbleUpon
The modern home is far bigger than the home of just 30 years ago – and far more cluttered! How can that happen? Basically, our demand for stuff is outstripping our ability to buy space – no wonder self-storage is one of the leading growth industries in the United States. Questions about runaway consumerism aside, what all this excess stuff means for most of us is more time spent maintaining our living spaces to keep some semblance of order in our lives. We fight a constant battle against clutter around Chez Dustin. That’s why I asked you, our readers, to share some of your tips in one of the contests in the Great Big Summer Giveaway. General Household Tips Hide a cluttered bookshelf with a spring-loaded curtain rod and a set of curtains. Bills and Business Set up a scanner and a shredder next to each other. Habits and Attitudes Learn to travel light. Related:  Cleaning/organizationTEACHING

Household Cleaning Tips from - How to Clean House A few years ago, I found out that I’ve been cleaning all wrong. I was in a hotel room, when a maid came in and sprayed a solution on every surface…and then left. Right when I thought she’d forgotten, she returned. Pro cleaners have brilliant tricks to get the job done. Change Your Strategy The biggest mistake people make is cleaning room by room (this is called “zone cleaning”). Most pros are in favor of “task cleaning”: completing one chore, such as dusting, throughout the entire house, before starting the next. The Starting Point: Upstairs bathroom “I always start there,” says Romero. The Plan of Attack: Top-to-bottom, left-to-right For each task, start at the highest point in the room (if dusting, this might mean high shelves), and move from left to right across the room. Step 1: DustDust each room, including the topsides of all the furniture, undersides of shelves, and all handrails, as well as picture frames, TV screens and knickknacks. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Bleach Secret!

7 Secrets of the Super Organized A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? So what’s the secret? Are these obvious principles? If your life is a mess, like mine was, I don’t recommend trying to get organized all in one shot. So here are the 7 habits: Reduce before organizing. If you take your closet full of 100 things and throw out all but the 10 things you love and use, now you don’t need a fancy closet organizer. How to reduce: take everything out of a closet or drawer or other container (including your schedule), clean it out, and only put back those items you truly love and really use on a regular basis. Write it down now, always.

Do You Believe in Magic {Erasers}? Well, do you?? :-) I actually had never given it much thought. I thought the whole concept sounded weird…and just never thought to try one out. I can’t remember what it was that prompted me to buy a couple of Mr. Since then I’ve been looking into other uses for these little rectangles of wonder and have discovered a whole PLETHORA of uses that I can’t wait to try out. My favorite so far is SCUFFS ON WALLS AND BASEBOARDS! As excited as I was to learn what I could CLEAN with these magical bars….I was equally interested in just HOW these babies work?? The answer was pretty darn interesting. “Magic” erasers are actually made of Melamine foam which has been used for over 20 years as insulation for pipes and ductwork, and as soundproofing material for studios, and sound stages. About 10 years ago someone discovered that this melamine foam was also an effective abrasive cleaner. Like this: Now, if you’re worried about whether melamine foam is SAFE to be using in your home….wonder no more.

A Guide to Body Language Anonymous: I forgot what it means when people have tight lipped smiles. Is it that (I heard it from a certain source) they have some sort of secrets that they're trying to hide or is it out of politeness? You’re correct, Anon! If the smile is tight across the face it sends a message that the person has a secret, that they think you’re a bit stupid or they’re dealing with you only because they have to.They’re also probably withholding an opinion or attitude from you. This smile type is a favorite among women, for example when two women are interacting and one gives a tight-lipped smile, it’s normally interpreted as the other wanting to stop the conversation! Molly xx lightninginthecolliednight: Just a quick note about no. 32 - the same could apply for Irish dancing. Thank you! Thank you! Anonymous: Hey Molly, I send in an ask before and I've just been wondering; since this is a pretty popular blog (and deservingly so), how many asks do you get per day and how often do you reply?

201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity Arouse your creativity Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. Creativity is like sex. I know, I know. The people I speak of are writers. Below, I’ve exposed some of their secret tips, methods, and techniques. Now, lie back, relax and take pleasure in these 201 provocative ways to arouse your creativity. Great hacks from Merlin Mann of 43 Folders

Start a “Mail Basket” and Process It Weekly (110/365) On a typical day, I’ll open the mailbox and find several letters inside. On my way into the house, I’ll shuffle through them and see if there’s anything obviously important, of which maybe one or two will be. The rest are probably junk mail, but with supper to be made and kids running around, I usually don’t have time to evaluate them all in that moment. The easiest thing to do would be to just drop the mail on a side table or something and get to work, but if you adopt that as a regular habit, several bad things happen. The worst part? This was actually a pretty consistent problem for us for a long time – and we certainly weren’t alone in that problem. One of my friends lost a property tax notification in his mail mess and almost had his house go into a tax auction. It took five minutes and a commitment to a simple routine to fix the problem. All I did was find an old wicker basket that we had in our laundry room and sit it on the side table.

Homemade "Clorox" Wipes Today, my journey to find cheaper, natural, and BETTERalternatives to the cleaning supplies I use in my home presented me with a showdown with what has been, up until now, one of my best cleaning allies…Clorox Wipes. There are a lot of reasons why I liked these little gems. The main reason being that I like being able to grab a cleaning wipe whenever I need one. I don’t want to have to fill a sink or a bucket with water and add cleaning solution to it, and I’m not crazy about spray cleaners. I also have issues with rinsing, dipping and wringing out the same rag over and over (often in the same dirty water) until you are done. That’s what I LIKE about Clorox wipes. So today I’m breaking the Clorox wipes habit and embarking on a new cleaning experiment. First thing I did was gather up a few of my old t-shirts that were beyond help (bleach stains, tears, etc.) and cut them up into approximately the size of baby wipes. 1 cup of water 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol 2 Tbsp. From left to right:

MAHJONG The Game involves the following steps: (1) Picking The Seats (2) Creating And Breaking The Wall (3) Dealing The Tiles (4) Drawing The Tiles Picking The Seats – The players initially assume their seats randomly and they pick up a wind tile each. In a hand each player belongs to a certain wind direction and a wind tile matching the seat’s direction is one’s "Seat Wind" and melding a "Seat Wind" would help a player score more points. Building And Breaking the wall – As of now the players have assumed their seats. The player on the "East" throws the dice to determine the side (direction) where the breaking of the wall procedure has to start. Important Note: The Dead Wall is reserved for the replacement tiles whenever a player has Concealed Kong or when he encounters a flower or season tile. Drawing The Tiles: The player to the East side, with an extra tile, starts the play by discarding a tile.

Organize your mind to organize your life The brain was not designed to focus on more than one thing at a time. The connection between disorganized minds and unhealthy habits is compellingBefore you can focus your attention, you must tame negative emotionsExercise, deep breathing or meditation, and a good night's sleep all help mentally Editor's note: Margaret Moore (aka Coach Meg) is the co-author of "Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life." (CNN) -- If there's one big lesson I've learned over the past decade while training thousands of health and wellness coaches and coaching many clients, it's this: An organized mind enables full engagement in a health-giving style of life. So I jumped at the opportunity to co-author "Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life" with Harvard psychiatrist Paul Hammerness, where we translate the science of brain organization into six principles, or "rules of order," and offer self-coaching solutions. We know that disorganization is not just a problem of ADHD sufferers. Dr. Rule No. 1: Tame your frenzy

How to Maintain a Vacuum Cleaner: 12 Steps Edit Article Edited by Dvortygirl, Jonathan E., Nicole Willson, Chris Hadley and 16 others Your vacuum cleaner doesn't need very much attention, but a little simple maintenance will keep it working and cleaning as efficiently as it can. Maintaining your vacuum cleaner properly can also head off more costly repairs or replacement. Ad Steps 1 Unplug your vacuum cleaner before performing any maintenance on it. 12 Do the following if you have a wet-dry vacuum:Empty the bin regularly.Replace or clean the filter periodically, according to how much you use the vacuum.Know how to configure the vacuum for wet pickup, if you wish to vacuum up liquids. Tips Perform maintenance proactively to prevent more severe problems.Don't vacuum up large objects. Warnings Do not use a vacuum cleaner outdoors or to vacuum liquids unless it is designed for this purpose.

Teachers & Parents - Fun Activities for All Topics - Kids' Science Challenge: Fun Educational National Competition! Download these cool science project activities, with instructions you can follow at home or for your science fair project! Space Cafe How would you create a system to hold together one complete meal in space? Upside-Down Food Science How can astronauts swallow in zero gravity? What Rot! Can you find ways to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer? Play this fun online game! Animal Flip Book What kinds of tools do animals use to solve problems? Crow Creativity Can you solve a problem as creatively as a crow? Memory Challenge Is your short-term memory as good as a chimp’s? Pet Smart Toys How can you challenge your pet so they’ll get to use their animal smarts? Egg Drop Challenge Can you design a package that keeps an egg from breaking when it is dropped from 10 feet in the air? Label It What’s the best way to promote your product? Protector of the Planet Can you follow the three R’s and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle? Oobleck What’s both a liquid and a solid, very messy and fun to play with?

Stop 'stuffocating' . . . tips for getting rid of clutter: Regina Brett View full sizeSammy Dallal / Associated PressClutter can pile up quickly if you're not careful, but it's worth the effort to sort through it and get organized, experts say. Are you buried under an avalanche of stuff? Do you have paths that wind through the house? Are you afraid to open the door to the UPS man? Do you constantly run late because you can't find your keys, wallet or kids? If your spouse or kid clips this out and hands it to you, consider yourself busted. I recently interviewed the FlyLady, aka Marla Cilley of, on my weekly radio show on WKSU 89.7 FM. "Clutter is a houseguest that has taken over. Barbara Tako, the author of "Clutter Clearing Choices: Clear Clutter, Organize Your Home, & Reclaim Your Life" also joined the show. Why do we hold on to it all? Marla blames fear: "Clutter represents fear, the fear of not wanting to let go of something, the fear of not having enough." Barb says clutter isn't just physical. So where do we begin? Join Regina Brett at 7 p.m.

How to Clean Your {Top-Loader} Washing Machine Clean your Washer? Sounds kind of unnecessary doesn’t it? Yes, it SOUNDS that way…but when you think about all the dirt and grime that cycles through your washer on a day-to-day basis…it actually makes perfect sense! Washers need washing too! Back on February 20th of this year, I posted about how to clean your front-loader washer at the request of my niece Ashley (even though I don’t own a front-loader). For the rest of us…I promised back then I would do a subsequent post about how to clean top-loaders, but haven’t lived up to my promise! One of the reasons I’ve been dragging my feet about this post is because my washer is actually almost new. So let’s get to it, shall we? As usual, there are a myriad of “How To Clean Your Washer” articles out there…each with their own spin, but after reading about a thousand of them, this is the simple method I went with: Fill the washer with HOT water. I used my microfiber cloths to wipe down and then buff the exterior.

15 Psychology Experts Share Their Best Productivity Tips I asked a group of busy psychology experts to share their best tip for being productive and beating procrastination. Here's what they said. Take breaks from your desk to stimulate your productivity. "Walk Away: Without realizing it, I spent years trying to be productive in the most unproductive way--sitting at a desk for hours. Now I 'walk away' from my office after a few hours (or less). Don't be afraid to close your door. The George Washington Method. Stress relief helps reduce distractibility. Buck conventional wisdom if something else works better for you. The Pomodoro Technique. Work until you complete one chunk. Make a plan to deal with unresolved issues to free up your cognitive resources. A shitty first draft. Use conditioning techniques. Use an app to cut yourself off from the internet. Small blocks of time. Passion.