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A Quick Way to Get Yourself To Stop Procrastinating

Is your to-do list a mile long? Rather than saving all of your irksome chores for later (which often translates into either “last-minute” or “never”), try a more gradual approach. Choose a single thing you’ve been putting off, and do it right away, suggests Henry S. Miller, a success consultant based in Los Gatos, California, and the author of the […]

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A Clever Way to Keep Track of RSVP Cards

Oftentimes, guests will send back response cards without actually writing their names on the RSVP—talk about confusing and frustrating for the host! The next time you send out invitations that require mailed response cards (think a formal wedding or shower), invest in an invisible ink pen with a black light ($7.50 for a four-pack, Amazon.com)—a.k.a., a “spy pen.” When creating your […]

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10 Habits of a Highly Organized Person from Apartment Therapy

As someone who hates clutter but isn’t a naturally “neat” person, getting more organized is always on my to-do list. About once a year, I’ll do a massive overhaul of my entire apartment and throw out all the things I don’t need or haven’t used in over a year. However, despite my best attempts, a few months go by, and […]

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A Simple Budgeting Tip

Don’t know where to start when creating a budget? Alexa von Tobel, Founder/CEO of LearnVest.com and author of Financially Fearless, suggests using a 50/20/30 ratio when looking at your take-home pay. When thinking of your finances, von Tobel says that 50 percent of your earnings should go to essentials (rent/mortgage, groceries, bills, etc.), 20 percent goes to your future (like […]

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Get Real on the Internet, Day 4: Procrastination Photos

Welcome to Day 4 of Get Real on the Internet Week! New to the campaign? Get the details here. It’s fun to broadcast how productive you’re being, but how often do you show your less-than-energetic side? Today, we encouraged our readers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the following: Day 4: How are you slacking today, and what should you be doing instead? […]

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Get Real on the Internet, Day 3: Clutter Photos

Welcome to Day 3 of Get Real on the Internet Week! New to the campaign? Get the details here. As good as it feels to organize every inch of our living spaces, sometimes life gets in the way and clutter takes over—and it happens to everyone. Today, we challenged our brave readers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the following: Day 3: […]

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Clever Ways to Organize Necklaces

While we’re big fans of using a corkboard to keep our necklaces in order, we were pleasantly surprised when Lisa Anne Kiraly from Lindenhurst, NY, tagged us on Instagram in her genius necklace organizing idea: We took to Twitter to show off her space-saving idea, and a few more Real Simple readers come forward with their jewelry organization secrets: @RealSimple this is […]

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5 Low-Tech Essentials for Keeping the House Warm from Remodelista

Hello, winter! We’ve had some record-breaking frigid temperatures in my neck of the woods, and I am already daydreaming about sunny summer days at the pool… plus, not having to dress my two-year-old in three layers before stepping foot outdoors. (That has been is a challenge that no one warned me about.) This past weekend, my husband and father-in-law winterized […]

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How to Make Your Facebook More Private

If you’d like to review your activity on Facebook, there’s a simple way to see (and, if you’re so inclined, delete­­­) all of the posts and photos you’ve ever had on the social network in one place—it’s called the Activity Log. Facebook gives an in-depth description of the Activity Log and how to use it right here. A particularly useful […]

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An Easy Way To Get Your Finances in Order

If your New Year’s resolution is getting your finances organized, take this advice from Alexa von Tobel, Founder/CEO of LearnVest.com and author of Financially Fearless, and start by setting up calendar reminders for all of your financial to-dos. Says von Toblel, “Create reminders for all of your bills, your taxes, your credit score checks, and your health. I like to […]

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