Author: Sandy Kreps

Crash Course in Home Simplifying

One of the great laws of productivity is that a project expands to fill the time allotted to it. Thankfully, it works the other way too, and with a bit of concentration and a plan, you can tackle a seemingly huge project like “simplify the house” and make great strides in a short amount of time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with clutter and “messy house syndrome,” here are three steps to help you whip your home into shape fast. Get rid of stuff. Seriously. The easiest and fastest way to get your home looking clean and pretty is to...

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How to Love the Home You Have

If you’re looking for more contentment at home, you’re in luck. There are many tiny habits that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you feel happier at home. Even if your current house or apartment isn’t everything you desire, you’ll be more content overall if you’re satisfied with your home and make it into a haven from the outside world. Here are some habits you can try so you can love the home you have. Practice gratitude. Pausing each day to reflect on at least one or two things you can be grateful for has been...

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How to Simplify Your Work Space to Improve Creativity

Want to improve creativity? Maybe your workspace is holding you back. Creative types are messy, right? We get that reputation a lot. When I’m up to my eyeballs in a project, my office can be downright chaotic. Creative people tend to keep a lot of stuff because we see inspiration in even the most mundane things. As a writer and designer, I don’t think keeping some of those inspirational things around is a bad thing. Sometimes it’s those little trinkets we have hidden away that spark our imaginations. When the inspiration starts piling up among the clutter of daily...

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Simple Holidays with Kids

The holiday season is magical, but often tainted with so many consumeristic messages that the season can quickly morph into the “season of gimme’s.” When the kids were younger, the “I want’s” typically started at my house before Halloween, with the boys hollering at me every time they saw something on TV they wanted, which was after almost every toy commercial. Now that we don’t have cable, it takes longer for the gimmes to start, but they do still come. All around us, kids are encouraged to reveal their wishes of candy, gingerbread cookies and overstuffed stockings next to...

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