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With a Little Help from Some Friends

A few reasons to look forward to a fresh start. Spring cleaning’s silver lining: buying new stuff. Sleek and efficient, these are fast becoming essential tools around my house. —Laurie Palau Gear Up Platinum 2 Bike Freestand Rack | $100 | Bikes are the problem children of the garage. Two or three can suck […]

April 8, 2014 | By | Reply More

How to Store Your Christmas Decorations

When January comes, fear not. There’s a place for everything. By Laurie Palau The holiday season now routinely catches me off-guard. Probably because the retail displays go up earlier every year. I spotted my first in Kohl’s, in early September. The basic premise seems to be the longer we’re exposed, the more time we have […]

December 1, 2012 | By | Reply More

The Spring of Our Discontent

We should be embracing warmer days and all the possibility they bring with them. Instead, we dread what their arrival means: a weekend lost to endless chores. By Laurie Palau Organization is my life—a good part of it at least—, but I never understood the concept of spring cleaning. We spend the long, gray second […]

June 1, 2012 | By | Reply More

Run Your Home Like a Business

It may sound soul- draining, but it’s just the opposite. A little organization will help your life to spin more easily on all fronts. By Laurie Palau I get this all the time: “My house is filled with clutter, but I’m so organized at work.” It doesn’t surprise me. For a system to run smoothly […]

June 1, 2012 | By | Reply More

‘Tis the Season to Lose Your Sanity

Between the hurried shopping, endless spending and coping with agitated strangers and relatives, the holidays can take their toll. A survival guide to get you to the new year. By Laurie Palau All the decking the halls, not to mention navigating congested mall parking lots and hosting—how to put this delicately?—challenging relatives, can turn the […]

November 18, 2011 | By | Reply More