All posts tagged: Tidy

Confessions of a Hopeful Hoarder

I love my stuff — my books, my clothes, my jewelry, my art, my notebooks, my giant Hello Kitty pillow that I snuggle up to at night (even though I’m 38). I don’t mean “love” as in the woman who married the Eiffel Tower — my belongings and I are on a strictly platonic basis. But it’s still a love that runs deep and strong, and I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. I should tell you right off the bat that I’m a hoarder. My impulse is to add. I’d say “not like those people you see on TV,” but that would only be half true. My former apartment was right up there in terms of clutter horror stories. I had to shove the main door hard against all the papers, books and assorted items on the floor in order to eke out enough room to squeeze through. I walked over piles of stuff in every room. I lived in fear that my landlord would need to come in and would evict me …

6 Easy Ways to Tidy Up Your Desktop

Got a jumble of icons cluttering your Mac’s desktop? Are the icons themselves too big—or too small? Wish they would just arrange themselves? Read on for six ways to whip your messy Mac desktop into shape, starting with… 1. Arrange Your icons Automatically Want to see your desktop icons arranged in nice, straight columns, and in some kind of logical order? First, here’s the secret weapon you’ll need to use: the View Options tool in the Mac OS X “Finder.” Here’s your secret weapon for cleaning up your desktop: the “View Options” menu. Just right-click your desktop, then select Show View Options. (If you’re fond of keyboard shortcuts, you can also hit Command-J after clicking the desktop.) Next, click the drop-down menu that’s labeled “Sort by” and pick an option, from Name and Size to Date Created and Date Last Opened. Note that no matter which automatic sorting option you choose, your Mac will group your icons by type—meaning internal hard drives come first, then shared and external drives, and finally your folders and files. …

When I Got Clean, My Apartment Did Too

“Messy Bed, Messy Head” I’ve heard this saying forever. And I get it — if your bed’s not made or your home is untidy (and you keep putting off cleaning), there’s a chance your clutter may be a reflection of something troubling going on inside of you. I never gave this slogan much credence. Because while I’m no neat-freak, I’m also not a messy person. I like things to be organized and presentable, however if a pile of clothes are left on my bed after a rushed morning, or our living room is littered with glasses and plates because of a successful dinner party, I can wait until the next morning to clean it all up. And none of that, I thought, meant I was “troubled.” I still don’t think it does. However, since getting sober, this little phrase has taken on a whole new meaning. When I was active in my alcoholism, especially during that last year when I was more or less staying in my apartment and drinking all day, messy wasn’t even …

Your Weekend TueDo List: Eat, Organize and Watch Silicon Valley

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few cool things to check out this weekend. INDULGE Smorgasburg. There’s no use to even attempt to be tidy at Smaorgasburg, Brooklyn Flea’s yearly street-food fest. It offers everything from from burgers and brisket to ice cream and S’mores. Make sure you bring plenty of wet wipes. (Sunday, April 13, DUMBO: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, 11am-6pm; WILLIAMSBURG: East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St, 11am-6pm. Both will be there every Sunday until November, rain or shine.) ORGANIZE Monty Python’s Completely Brilliant Sticky Note Set. Just so you don’t forget to pick up parrot food or hit the cheese shop, this three-booklet set of Python-themed sticky pads should do just the trick. Our favorite is the pad with a finger pointed RIGHT at you — perhaps a little Monty Python pressure will make sure you stay on top of your tasks. (Monty Python’s Complete Brilliance Sticky Note Set, $8, Modcloth.com) PLUCK Raising Eyebrows: Your Personal …

How I Cleared Out the Clutter in My Heart

Last spring while I was in a yoga class, the song, “Hearts A Mess” by Gotye came on. And it struck me that I was right there with him: my heart was literally a junkyard of broken bits. When people talk about tidying up, immediately thoughts fly to the home: desks cluttered with unopened mail, drawers filled with messy receipts, closets that seems to vomit forth clothes you can’t remember ever wearing. We buy magazines that tell us how to de-clutter our home to help keep us sane and happy. They tell us we’ll breathe easier after hauling 20-gallon trash bags worth of useless items to the curb. We’re better people now that we’ve rid ourselves of all that physical clutter. But what we rarely stop to consider is the wreckage of our past, as it remains cluttered in our hearts. The relationship that never quite died, the rejection letter that told you your work was not good enough, the person who told you your love was not quite right for them. Whether it’s hardened …

Four Pristine Films and One Covered in Filth

In which we explore the filmic concerns of a given theme, and find new and novel ways of putting together yet another Internet-based list of movies. The wrinkle here, is our fifth pick will actually serve to prove as the counter argument, the best representation of the direct opposite of our theme.  1. Mary Poppins (1964) Director: Robert Stevenson Essential Characters: Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), Bert (Dick Van Dyke), Mr. Banks (David Tomlinson) Basic Gist: Into a mournful house of sad children living in disarray with their bored mother and cold, emotionally vacant father, comes the vibrant, sing-songy Poppins, who descends to the family on an umbrella, sings a great deal, and teaches the lot of them how to embrace life’s travails and flourish. Tidy Type: Physical and emotional. Poppins teaches the children how to clean things up and get organized — which notably makes them instantly happier — but also how to enjoy their lives, freeing their beleaguered father in the process. Cleanliness Quotient (1-10): A solid 8, though we’re talking emotional clutter rather …

Why I’m Proud of My Not-So-Tidy Life

Sometimes I forget to return a phone call or pay the cable bill or pick up my prescription…for three days in a row. There are nights when I find myself surprised at 10 PM that I’m still in my gym clothes from my morning workout. (How did that happen?) On certain mornings, there’s no milk in the fridge or TP in the bathroom or gas in the car. The dog smells. Then there are days when life feels completely arranged and in order: no creases, no spills, no surprises. And depending on my frame of mind on those days, that sense of tidiness can be either comforting or stifling. That’s because we all want to feel like we’ve got ourselves together, whatever that means. But we also want to feel spontaneous and not completely predictable, a combination that’s typically untidy. To me, tidy is a term that engenders both admiration and contempt, which is perhaps why I’m having trouble wearing it. When I try it on as a self-descriptor, the word fits me like a …

Margit’s Note: So Fresh, So Clean

Everything in its place. To me, the word tidy doesn’t suggest immaculate, it means orderly and balanced. Neat, but you could still have a secret junk drawer stashed with rubber bands, matches and Chuck E. Cheese tokens. Or a grand heap o’ magazines — stacked and findable — New Yorkers atop New Yorkers; Fast Companys upon Fast Companys; Dynamite magazines from the 1970s; Sassy magazines from the ’90s… I don’t have a problem, why do you ask? I am far from a tidy person. I am ok living in stuff and a bit of clutterly chaos… until I’m not. My inbox has won an easy war, due to my own neglect. “42,861 messages?!” say any number of random people who pass by and peek at my laptop. “I just haven’t had time to delete or folder them…and they’re searchable.” And that was all fine and good until Apple mail stopped working last week. D’oh. We all have those few places and spaces in our purview that, when they’re tidy, life is ok. For me it’s my desk — if it’s …