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In the age of more we must learn to do less   We all see minimalism expanding into every facet of our lives. It’s not only tiny homes, either. Minimalist converts are springing up everywhere. It may be a reaction to our current culture, where we have...

Your health and happiness are not to be taken lightly I was walking the aisles of a Portland area Barnes and Noble yesterday. I used to work in those stores at the turn of the millennium. Something became quickly apparent as I scanned the shelves yesterday....

Maybe it’s time to move to an open office design   Congratulations. You have considered your options, looked at the function of your space in relation to your business, and made the popular decision of moving to a modern, open office design and layout. Then again, maybe...

And it is a match made in heaven We have enough stuff competing for our time. We are supposed to cook our own meals and eat right, we’re supposed to be present and attentive parents, or we’re in demanding career positions. Then we are supposed to...

Effective decluttering is a team sport   We know that clutter and junk are not harmless. Their impacts are lasting and difficult to overcome. When things get messy at home we feel stressed, inferior, or overwhelmed. At its worst, junk puts us a position where we feel...

It’s the great office design debate One thing has become apparent in cities across America: We are taking our office design seriously. Take Portland, Oregon for example. A simple Google search of Creative Agencies or Tech Workplaces turns up companies that have headquartered in gorgeous light-filled...

Confessions of a Cluttered Life It’s Not Your Fault At the risk of sounding like Robin Williams’ character in Good Will Hunting, “It’s not your fault.” But seriously, that growing mess of junk and clutter in your home is not your fault. For starters, who has time...

And think of the poor property manager   About ten years ago I experienced my first non-romantic breakup. My roomate of two years in Chicago didn’t like the time and energy I spent with my new girlfriend. I don’t regret the decision I made. I married the...

How to create a happier office full of healthy employees   We have all read the tips and tricks to improve lagging employee morale or to drive productivity. Why don’t the concepts stick after we try to apply them? Why does it seem like increasing employee engagement...

But it doesn't have to be as miserable as you're expecting Why put yourself through the sweat and dirt of cleaning up your garage? We’ll give you four simple reasons.   One: Reduce Stress You may not even realize the stress you put your body and mind under when...

Why you need to get your yard in shape as the summer wanes With the fall season around the corner, it’s easy to spend the remaining days of summer playing in the sun and stargazing on warm evenings. A healthy dose of fun should be a...

Your virtual desktop should mirror your physical desktop I had a coworker I thought was fastidious. We worked in TV production for a small company in the Northwest. He was always at the office when I arrived around eight, and he would say goodbye without...