When to deploy storage bins
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by Rebecca | Your House Machine
5d ago
Getty Images Lest you think I am a universal hater of all storage bins after my last post about the Container Store’s impact on my nervous system, this week I’m here to show you how I incorporate bins into my organizing. I contain multitudes, you see. For the record, there is a time and a place for bins. That time is limited and the space is small though, so don’t get too excited. Bins, as we’ve established, are seductive. They suggest the promise of an organized life, a simple solution, a way to solve chaos with shopping. If you’re susceptible to bin-related fantasies, my advice is to absta ..read more
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The storage bin fallacy
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by Rebecca | Your House Machine
2w ago
The Container Store is an odd place. A store that doesn’t sell things per se, just containers for things. Rows and rows of empty boxes, baskets, and more types of containers than you ever knew existed. Is it post modern? Ironic? Capitalistic overaccumulation? I don’t know the answer, but what I do know is that my heart races every time I’m there, and not in a good way. I’m not trying to pick on the Container Store itself, but rather what it represents as a symbol of organizing culture at large. The Container Store is just plugging along every day, doing its best to deliver value to sharehol ..read more
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Thread: When your partner is less organized than you
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by Rebecca | Your House Machine
3w ago
A reader asked this question a few weeks ago and I can’t stop thinking about it: Me (with my mom) and my friend (with her hubby) are trying to deal with our loved ones’ ADHD tendencies. It's one thing to be willing to build stations for ourselves, but sharing a space with a partner and being respectful of their things, but also wanting to keep our own sanity is proving difficult. Like, how does one "respectfully" impose system solutions on others who don't even recognize it as a problem? I relate to this in my own marriage. I’m, well, the sort of person who writes an organizing newsletter, a ..read more
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Less stuff, more joy
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by Rebecca - Your House Machine
1M ago
Something I love about living with fewer belongings is that you can take real pleasure in the items that remain. You can carefully consider how you arrange and use what you have, trying it this way and that, till you get it just right. This doesn’t mean you have to be a minimalist, just that everything in your home is there with intention. I’ve recently been inspired by this Rightsizing newsletter series by Whitney Leigh Morris about optimizing one’s space with recycled/vintage items. The author’s family of four lives in 900 sq ft, and she showcases ways to problem solve rather than seek more ..read more
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Declutter your brain: the minimalist phone
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by Rebecca - Your House Machine
1M ago
If you missed last week’s thread about simple organization hacks, be sure to go back and take a look — readers contributed such ingenious ideas! A tiny smattering: Keep your socks as well as your shoes near the front door Hang a magnetic knife holder on the wall for bobby pins and keep hair ties on a carabiner Pin gloves together so you can always find pairs in your winter gear bin So. Many. Laundry hacks. Much more The Minimalist Phone Worry over phone use seems to be ubiquitous lately, and I don’t need to rehash the arguments. You can read books, listen to podcasts, and read arti ..read more
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Thread: What's your proudest organizing hack?
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by Rebecca - Your House Machine
1M ago
I’ve been dying to launch community discussions here at Your House Machine for a while now, and today’s the day! Threads like this are an opportunity for readers to share with each other, ask questions, and answer each other’s questions. We’ll kick it off today and see if we want to work it into regular rotation. Today’s prompt: What is a simple organizing win you feel deeply satisfied with? Simple is the key. This isn’t the elaborate closet overhaul, the complex series of built-in shelving you commissioned, the living room layout reconfiguration. Those are great, but what we’re talking about ..read more
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Why we overlook an obvious solution
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by Rebecca - Your House Machine
1M ago
A client hired me a few months ago to restore sanity to her bedroom (plug for my 1:1 consults). Her closet was bursting with clothes, shoes, and accessories. In the small room she had squeezed a shoulder-height dresser and an IKEA PAX wardrobe, as well as bedside tables with drawers. As we inched around the room, she asked me if I thought getting under-bed storage boxes would help. This is a really common scenario: lots of things and not enough places to put them. As I discussed last week in my gentle and not at all tyrannical style, people typically solve this by buying storage furniture. Tod ..read more
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Organizing devices are actually clutter
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by Rebecca - Your House Machine
2M ago
Welcome to those just joining us from Culture Study! I’m so happy you’re here. As you get settled in, you can learn more about what to expect from Your House Machine here. Here is a proposal that might upset you: Respect the amount of storage space your home offers you. Stop trying to add more space with extra bookshelves, dressers, side tables, and organizing do-dads. Your closets and cabinets are what they are, let us live in their reality. Oh, the clutter you’ll store! (source) I realize this may be controversial (and rich) coming from someone who lives in a multi-bedroom detached home. B ..read more
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Declutter your brain: How to get off social media and go news sober
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by Rebecca @ Your House Machine
2M ago
I’ll get right to it: I posit that we all will be happier, healthier, more connected people if we stop consuming social media and The News. For me it started with a goal of not looking at my phone so dam much. With effort and many false starts, I eventually managed to cut down my phone usage by 2/3. But getting off the news and social media was a necessary step so I’ll start my story there. Question for you: Filling up your brain with: Your House Machine is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. every tragedy h ..read more
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What kind of kid likes organizing?
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by Rebecca @ Your House Machine
3M ago
I just got home from a trip, so this week I’m sharing a favorite post from the archives most of you haven’t seen. I recently received a package of papers my late dad who passed away in 2017 had saved from my childhood. It included report cards, IEP (Individual Education Plan) evaluations, and school work from my elementary school years. I don’t think I’ve ever seen these things before. What shocked me most was the teachers’ comments. Maybe it’s because I had some concept of free will, that I made choices over my life to shape who I am today. But realizing that I’ve apparently been The Way I Am ..read more
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