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Fall's coming: Clean that sty

Top 10 Things To Do During Nesting Month

Great tips from Apartment Therapy on reclaiming your fetid little nest for Autumn:

It’s September and your apartment has been neglected all summer. Now you want to get your apartment in shape by the end of the month. What are you going to do? The following are our suggestions for small but powerful things you can do in the next three weeks. Choose one, a few or stretch for all of them and add your own. Deadline: Monday, October 2.

I especially love the “Decluttering” (and, boy, do I ever need it):

  • Sort & giveaway 25% contents of three closets
  • Sort & giveaway 25% contest [“contents?”—mm] of book or CD or DVD collection
  • Establish “front hall” landing strip and move all mail, bills, keys, wallets, cell phones, etc to that area after sorting carefully

[via Kathryn]

TOPICS: Home Life, Tips

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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