Keeping tech organized is sort of a hobby in itself for us. The first step in our quest for the title of Titan of Tidy Tech: picking up the charging cords off the ground. Meet the quickest way to a life of iPhone 5 efficiency: the Bluelounge Lightning MiniDock ($40).
We loved the MiniDock in its previous 30-pin incarnation and are relieved to see the dock finally available for those who have upgraded to Lightning iDevices. Plug the MiniDock into an existing USB power adapter, set the phone in its spot, and voilà! Nothing to worry about except what you'll do with all that open space on the floor or tabletop now free of tangled cords.
Be prepared for any 9 to 5 dilemma by stocking your desk with these 10 must-have items. From beauty mishaps to health setbacks, you'll be equipped with all the necessities to sidestep obstacles and stay focused on your work.
For devout online shoppers, here's an app guaranteed to make you just as excited as a free shipping offer: Slice, a digital tool to keep track of everything you buy online. Instead of playing the inevitable game of signature tag with the delivery person or anxiously waiting at your front door, Slice does the work and automatically tracks shipments from multiple stores to let you know when to expect each package. Even better, the app also organizes and saves receipts — that way, if a purchase doesn't work out, refunds are easy.
After tracking and organizing your purchases, Slice works as a budget guide, using graphs to show the amount of money spent online and on what type of goods. The only thing the app can't do in your shopping routine? Pick purchases for you — that'll have to wait until the robots take over.
When your outdoor Spring adventures are derailed by a rainy day, it's time to get productive at home and organize all those messy spaces that you've been meaning to get around to. But before you hit the store for storage bins and clever organizers, take a look at what you've already got. Plenty of household products that you already have on hand can be repurposed. All it takes is a little creativity!
A favorite toy for generations, Legos are great for encouraging creativity, developing fine motor skills and problem-solving skills. What's not so great about them: the clean-up. Hundreds of little pieces scattered across the playroom floor can be a huge hassle . . . unless of course, you use one of these smart storage solutions. Check out our five favorite solutions for storing the building bricks!
My husband and I are passionate record collectors, with albums ranging from Debussy to Destroyer in our collection. Our collection is nothing close to the records showcased in this photo, but we still have issues with storing our albums in a chic and accessible manner.
I love the idea of creating a room divider out of a storage cabinet, as this homeowner did. It would be the perfect place to display a collection, whether it's records, antique books, or vintage Fiestaware. Do you have a collection of beloved objects or media, and if so, how do you store and display it?
A simple way to make a house organized is to clear the cord clutter. You could pick up the pricey iPhone charging on the floor, but there's any easier solution. The Bluelounge MiniDock ($20) plugs into the USB port of an iPhone or iPod power adapter for a wall-mounted docking station minus the cord tangle. Compatible with even the iPod Nano, so say "hello" to your tidier tech life.
In a YouTube video that has gone viral, professional organizer Felice Cohen displays plenty of savvy when she shows viewers how she makes a 90-square-foot apartment fit her lifestyle. For one, it already fits her budget as she's paying $700 to live alone in an apartment in New York, a city with one of the highest real estate prices in the country. Another appealing aspect of the small space is that the location is prime — Felice resides a block away from Central Park and two blocks from the subway (If the allure of the apartment's prime locale makes you want to pack up and move ASAP to a smaller home, be sure to check out these savvy moving tips!).
Although Felice initially rented the apartment with the aim of only staying for a year, she's been living there for "three years and counting." In the video she admits that some compromises had to be made, but ultimately it works out. She doesn't have to stress about rent, and when she travels, she doesn't feel like she's leaving behind a huge space that needs to be taken care of. A big influence on her frugal living is having a bankruptcy lawyer as a father. She says she "learned early on that you don't acquire what you can't afford." Watch the video below to see how she manages to make a small space work for her.
CasaSugar Community member Sherrilee recently wrote in the Organization Tips group, "I found it's worth it if you change your pillows often. I buy new ones when they lose their plumpness. They aren't sanitary anymore, and I feel safer as it prevents dust mites and other germs. It's worth investing in." Do you do the same? Do you swap in new pillows when they're no longer plump or clean?
Depending on the morning, checking my email can be downright stressful. I'm usually greeted by an overwhelming amount of email, which can sometimes take the better half of my day to get through. To save on time, I set my Gmail account up to delete emails from certain senders. I've also started applying labels and filters to my contacts as another way to save on time.