more about: organizing

An Easy Way to Book a Beauty Appointment On-the-Go

It’s usually not my policy to blog about something unless it is nationally available. But I’ll break with form for Priv, an on-demand beauty services provider, because it’s just such a good idea that the world needs to know about it. Plus, the company is expanding…and will hopefully be available wherever you are soon. But I digress. The concept is simple […]

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Let Real Simple Plan Your Meals

Tired of the question, “What’s for dinner?” Let us help you take the task of organizing your family’s dinners off your plate. We’re excited to introduce the Real Simple Weeknight Meal Planner: Get a complete dinner plan for the week carefully hand-picked by our very own editors, plus grocery lists. For more info and to view a one-week sample, click here.

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Worn-Out Lining? Here’s What to Do.

Your coat, skirt, or handbag may be in top shape from the outside, but if the inner lining is falling apart, you could be in trouble… unless you call in a pro. Yes, a small tear in a dress lining can usually be fixed for less than $10 (yay!), but if the entire interior needs a restoration, replacing it can […]

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A Clutter-Busting Kitchen Tip

When I open up the cabinet adjacent to my stove’s hood, the spices all but fly out at me. At times, they really do come crashing out, forcing a slight pause on dinner prep. Sound familiar?

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How to Stop Online Trackers

We’re all used to seeing a sweater or appliance we’ve just viewed on a website appear in every ad in every site we visit afterwards—did you know it’s because you’re being tracked? The trustworthy and innocent-seeming sites we visit on a regular basis are collecting and selling data on you to data brokerage firms, as revealed in a 60 Minutes […]

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Where to Find Free Moving Boxes

When planning a move for a couple or a small family, you can expect to spend close to $250 or more on what’s needed to move your belongings. In addition to boxes, you’ll want to have tape, tape guns, packing paper, bubble wrap, box cutters, permanent markers, mattress bags, furniture pads, dollies, and hand carts on hand. With all that needs to be purchased, it’s no surprise people are always on the hunt for free moving boxes.

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Open Letter to Coaches Everywhere from a Busy Working Mom

Dear _________ Coach, First, thank you for coaching my son’s ________ team. I have never been a coach myself, but imagine the job involves long hours, recalcitrant/sleepy/hormonal/dim-witted kids and weather that is too cold/hot/rainy/windy to make your ________ team as effective as it can be. And the parents! Let me just say we mean well. And when we are making […]

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What to Do With Your Old Cell Phones

If you’ve purchased a new phone and are wondering what to do with your old one, turn it into an “emergencies only” cell phone. Even though there’s no subscription plan associated with the phone, because of government mandates, wireless carries are still required to transmit emergency calls made to 911. Just one important note: In the event that you do […]

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A Surefire Way to Stay Accountable

You *know* you ought to take the stairs instead of the elevator and floss every night… and yet, sometimes not doing those good-for-you extra steps is all the more tempting. If you’re a parent and trying to hold yourself accountable to small goals, try this tip from reader Rachel R.S.: Enlist your kids. When we asked our Facebook fans for […]

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An Easy Way to Remember Birthdays

Convenient as Facebook birthday reminders can be, wouldn’t it be nice to remember someone’s big day sometime before the last possible second? If you had a hard time committing important dates to memory, try this trick. As soon as you learn a person’s birthday, mark it in your phone, computer, or email service’s calendar as a recurring yearly event, and […]

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