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As I’ve studied happiness over the past few years, one thing that has surprised me is discovering the mood boost I get from clearing clutter. The happiness experts never talk about this, but I’ve found that for me, it’s a quick, constructive, effective way to conquer the blues. This strategy probably wouldn’t work for everyone, but for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm.
Being in a disorderly environment makes me feel overwhelmed, out of control, and irritable. The simple action of clearing clutter makes me feel more serene and more in control.
I have a friend who doesn’t have basic cable at home, but she watches hours
of television—online. Meanwhile, my husband and I pay for a cable package with
hundreds of different channels, plus a DVR and a couple of premium channels
(hey, we like Entourage). And I won’t lie—it’s pricey. Once you get past all the
introductory packages and tack on all the regulatory fees, cable isn’t a
marginal expense. Could you give up television?
It’s no secret that Target has good clothes at low prices. Coming up with an outfit was no trouble at all – and we’re particularly fond of shopping at Target for necessary filler pieces.
p>For a super easy Wednesday outfit, start with a dress in a neutral color – this navy V-neck sheath ($20) has a tie belt to accentuate your waist.
From reading Daniel McGinn’s fascinating (if perhaps out of synch with the current environment) book House Lust, I learned a terrific new term: the “maximum-use imperative.” It describes the fact that when people will often buy something to accommodate a use that they only rarely need.
For example, when furniture-shopping, you might consider whether a dining room table is big enough to seat your entire family when it’s your turn to host Christmas dinner – even though it’s only your turn to host once every three years, and you almost never have people over for a sit-down dinner otherwise.
This week, we wanted of highlight three stores where you can get truly stylish spring clothes out there for not much cash. Up today: Kohls.
We’ve always liked Kohls for their surprisingly chic sandals and cheap jewelry, but it wasn’t hard to make a whole outfit out of their offerings, either.
Tax season is in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, your desk (or kitchen counter,
or floor) is awash with bank and credit card statements and financial documents.
And let’s not mention my file cabinet, which is full of old utility bills,
social security statements and random 401(k) statements. Have you ever wondered how much of your paperwork you actually need to keep,
and for how long? Here’s a quick guide.