5 Simple Ways To Better Manage Your Time Online

Photo: Danijel Grabovac

For all the wonderful ways the internet has made our lives easier, most people would agree that its vast expanse of competing applications and expectations has created even more time management and communication challenges. While I’ll probably be wrestling with better time management forever, these are some tips and tricks . . . → Read More: 5 Simple Ways To Better Manage Your Time Online

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 30 of the January Money Diet – Declutter One Place

By PotteryBarn.com

Organizing has many benefits. Along with the inner peace that comes from working and living in a calm space, organized living means less time looking for lost items and a visually pleasing, harmonious environment.

Clearing space is a gift we give ourselves.

Homework assignment #30: Today’s challenge is to . . . → Read More: Day 30 of the January Money Diet – Declutter One Place

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 17 of the January Money Diet – Improve Your Personal Space

 

“He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Homework Assignment #17: Today’s challenge is to think about how you could improve one space in your home this month. Perhaps you’d like to focus some attention on the room . . . → Read More: Day 17 of the January Money Diet – Improve Your Personal Space

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 7 of the January Money Diet – Give Something a Little TLC

In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!

Photo by Joe Photo

“If you take care of the small things, the big things take . . . → Read More: Day 7 of the January Money Diet – Give Something a Little TLC

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

How to Stop Delivery of Unwanted Phone Books

When I arrived home today, an evil surprise was waiting for me – a yellow plastic bag with a Denver metro area telephone directory inside. Since I just recycled another vendor’s unwanted phone book two weeks ago, I was not especially tickled to receive this book. I keep the Dex white and yellow . . . → Read More: How to Stop Delivery of Unwanted Phone Books

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Stylish, Eco-Friendly Solution for Recessed Lighting

Here at the Urban Homestead, we try to use CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs) wherever possible. They save energy and last for years, and the technology has improved so the light color is warmer and the bulbs no longer flicker — athough we do have one old CFL high in an upstairs fixture that makes the . . . → Read More: A Stylish, Eco-Friendly Solution for Recessed Lighting

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A New Bamboo Floor

2008 begins with a terrific improvement here at the Urban Homestead – a new bamboo floor in the office!

Our journey started when I read Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s compelling book, “Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure.” Along with some great ideas for simplifying one’s home environment and paring down one’s possessions, the author . . . → Read More: A New Bamboo Floor

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Easy Ways to Reduce Junk Mail

Were you bombarded with mail order catalogs this holiday season? One of my biggest ongoing challenges is managing the stack of paper that accumulates in the mail basket — which, truth be told, is overflowing to two additional stacks on the kitchen counter. The average consumer receives 41 pounds of junk mail annually, according . . . → Read More: Easy Ways to Reduce Junk Mail

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Monitoring the Monitor

Years ago, I had heard that turning your computer on and off used more energy than just leaving it on, and it also wore out the computer faster. Did you hear that, too? It turns out that’s outdated information. This article, “Energy Efficient Computer Use,” by the U.S. Department of Energy, explains . . . → Read More: Monitoring the Monitor

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.