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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...

Moving should not cost a fortune Moving can get expensive. It’s not just the truck or the movers. Even if you do it yourself, you have down payments and deposits on your new place eating up your cash reserves while you try to figure out how...

How to clear the moving day hurdles and make some new friends Congratulations on beginning your college career. The next few years of your life will not define you, but the relationships you build in college may very well last a lifetime. You are going to...

Win at working from home or working for yourself with a few Dos and Don’ts   There is, of course, the age old retail and real estate adage, “Location, location location.” Some things endure for so long because they ring true across a wide array of our...

Why that seemingly harmless mess in the garage may win in the end   We’ve talked about it before. In this age of Amazon deliveries and on-demand services, even the most efficient and clean folks among us find themselves swimming in a sea of cardboard and packing...

New sharing-economy platforms and apps have given us additional considerations   A dollar spent locally helps your community thrive. When we pay for services or goods from large, faraway companies, our money leaves our community and helps someone else or somewhere else thrive. Thanks to the growing...