How I Decluttered My Giant Stack of Notebooks, Once & for All

Welcome to Playing Favorites, a new monthly series that puts our most beloved tools and gadgets front and center. Check in each month as our favorite cooks, authors, designers, and experts share what they reach for over and over again. From the dust-bu…

Welcome to Playing Favorites, a new monthly series that puts our most beloved tools and gadgets front and center. Check in each month as our favorite cooks, authors, designers, and experts share what they reach for over and over again. From the dust-buster that misses nothing to the blender that tackles anything and the packing cubes that make travel a cinch, it’s the one time when playing favorites is a good thing.


I began my journey to declutter the volumes of paper I’d amassed like I do most daunting tasks: with equal parts trepidation and determination. After spending months sorting through, organizing, and recycling my excessive paper belongings, I knew I never wanted to (nor could I mentally and physically) commit to such an undertaking ever again. The primary culprits? Copies of old manuscripts, drafts of books in various stages of progress, and dozens of notebooks where I’d written out the stories before I typed them.

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5 Ways to Give Your Kitchen the Reset it (Probably) Needs

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to keep dinner interesting—and stress-free as can be. Whether you’re a weekday vegetarian or all-around omnivore, Blue Apron’s ever-changing menus have recipes for every palate. Bonus: Every meal kit you receive comes wi…

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to keep dinner interesting—and stress-free as can be. Whether you’re a weekday vegetarian or all-around omnivore, Blue Apron’s ever-changing menus have recipes for every palate. Bonus: Every meal kit you receive comes with exact amount of ingredients you need plus a handy recipe card with step-by-step photos and even a wine pairing recommendation.


When it comes to New Year's Eve celebrations, I can take them or leave 'em. I'm just as happy to go out and celebrate with a group of friends as I am to spend the evening solo on the couch in my matching pajama set with a good movie and a mini bottle of Champagne (falling asleep before the ball drops, of course). I much prefer New Year's Day, when the resolutions I made the night before are fresh and full of promise.

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The Home Edit’s Walmart Collection Will Help You Organize *Everything*

The Home Edit has been one of my low-key favorite Netflix shows. Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are bubbly and approachable; the show gives us a look at their famous clients’ McMansions; and there is tons of practical advice on editing, categorizing, c…

The Home Edit has been one of my low-key favorite Netflix shows. Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are bubbly and approachable; the show gives us a look at their famous clients’ McMansions; and there is tons of practical advice on editing, categorizing, containing, and maintaining everything from clothes and shoes to laundry and kitchen essentials.

But, as much as I follow through on Shearer and Teplin’s tips, I haven’t been able to commit to one of their biggest: clear bins that let me see everything in their rightful place. They’re surprisingly expensive for what they are, and I always think that I can get the same result without them. Spoiler: I can’t. Thankfully for my wallet, The Home Edit has launched a budget-friendly collection of storage organizers at Walmart.

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I Overhauled My Family’s Messy Closet—With a $0 Budget

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions because I rarely manage to stick with them, but I do love a fresh start after the holidays, especially in my home. To kick off the New Year, I decided it was time to tackle my family’s messy main closet. My husband, son, and I live in a 690-square-foot apartment, and we share one clothing closet. Lest you think we are storage wizards, we also have a small coat closet where our outerwear, vacuum, and tools live—and one in which my husband stores his equipment for work. However, because we don’t have a garage, attic, basement, or off-site storage space, our primary clothes closet works extra hard: It’s our only clothing closet, partial linen closet (the rest is in an under-the-bed drawer), and the winter home for our window AC (hello, glamourous New York City living!).

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Let Me Tell You About My Trash Can (It’s the Best)

I’ve done the separate trash and recycling can thing… and to be honest? It sucks. When I bought my first Simplehuman can five years ago, I wasn’t exactly sure about New York City’s recycling laws (for the record, it’s all bottles and cans in one bag, a…

I’ve done the separate trash and recycling can thing… and to be honest? It sucks. When I bought my first Simplehuman can five years ago, I wasn’t exactly sure about New York City’s recycling laws (for the record, it’s all bottles and cans in one bag, all paper in another) and I didn’t want to commit to a dual-sided trash can if that wouldn’t totally work. Oh, and I also wasn’t making all that much, and couldn't really justify a bigger splurge on something I was literally dumping garbage into.

Five years, three apartments, and one better paying job later, I became a Simplehuman trash can convert, and it was finally time to take the dual-sided plunge. Lucky for me, Simplehuman still manufactures the exact dual-sided step can of my dreams, and lucky for them, I’m a real adult now (kind of). Read on for all the reasons I’m shouting about my garbage can from the rooftops—it’s that good.

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The Best Ways to Store Your Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornament storage isn’t something you think about more than twice a year: once when you take them out to decorate the tree, and again when you put them away until the next year. But ornaments that often come with a healthy dose of sentimentali…

Christmas ornament storage isn't something you think about more than twice a year: once when you take them out to decorate the tree, and again when you put them away until the next year. But ornaments that often come with a healthy dose of sentimentality deserve a bit more thought.

It's often said that moms know best, and it couldn't be more accurate in this case. Since decorating the Christmas tree is my mother's favorite holiday activity, I've learned some ornament storage tips and tricks from watching the master at work, plus a couple tricks of my own as I've had to store and move seasonal decor from one small apartment to another. Here are my tried-and-true methods.

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The Personal Clutter No One is Talking About

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space t…

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space that's all you.


When it comes to our personal belongings—especially the things we’re most fond of—it’s not uncommon to find ourselves confronting clutter. The linen closet with mixed bedding and towels that are in disarray; the spice cabinet with jars so old the contents have formed clumps; and the closet that needs to be pared down.

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How to Share a Small Bathroom Without Losing Your Mind

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday…

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


When I shared a post on Instagram that mentioned I was writing about small, shared bathrooms, one of my Instagram buddies DM’d me to say I was “so fun.” Ahem. Clearly, she does not share a single 5’x7’ bathroom with her family like I do, because fun is not the adjective I would choose.

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Our Most Common Decluttering Dilemmas, Answered by a Pro

The title of professional organizer Shira Gill’s new book Minimalista: Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Better Home, Wardrobe, and Life might have you thinking of all-white spaces and capsule wardrobes of just 25 items of clothing (I know that’s what I use…

The title of professional organizer Shira Gill’s new book Minimalista: Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Better Home, Wardrobe, and Life might have you thinking of all-white spaces and capsule wardrobes of just 25 items of clothing (I know that’s what I used to think when I heard the word “minimalist”). However Shira’s brand of minimalism is different: It makes room for all types of aesthetics and styles, kids, spouses, pets, and in Gill’s own case, a weakness for vintage jeans.

In the introduction to Minimalista Gill writes, “To me minimalism doesn’t refer to the lack or absence of something. It’s about having the perfect amount. Just enough without the excess. More specifically, I mean the exact right number of something for you. You might love hats. No problem. One hat is the perfect number of hats for me. For you, it could be ten. It could be fifteen. It’s probably not one hundred. I preach a philosophy of minimalism that confronts excess—not one that deprives you of the things you actually enjoy. In the end, whatever the number, you’ll be left with only the hats you truly love, they’ll be displayed nicely, and you’ll always be able to find them.”

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10 Small Bedroom Ideas for the Teensiest Abodes

I like to think of living in a small bedroom like working in retail or the service industry—it builds character, and it’s something everyone should experience at some point in their lives. Whether your kids’ room needs to accommodate a bed and an overf…

I like to think of living in a small bedroom like working in retail or the service industry—it builds character, and it’s something everyone should experience at some point in their lives. Whether your kids’ room needs to accommodate a bed and an overflow of toys, or you live in a city where space comes at a steep premium, or maybe the tradeoff in your home is for a large living room and a modest bedroom, small bedrooms are a challenge to get right.

That doesn’t mean they need to be cramped and frustrating, though. Below, find our favorite ideas for decorating and organizing a small bedroom—all without the headache.

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