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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 09, 2019 at 01:30. 3 comments

Ask Yourself 'What Would This Task Look Like If It Were Fun?'

Ask Yourself 'What Would This Task Look Like If It Were Fun?'

If you follow productivity guru Tim Ferriss, you might be familiar with his mindset-changing question “What would this look like if it were easy?”

As he explains in his book Tribe of Mentors:

What would this look like if it were easy? is such a lovely and deceptively leveraged question. It’s easy to convince yourself that things need to be hard, that if you’re not redlining, you’re not trying...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 05, 2019. 12 comments

How Much Is Your Kid's Allowance?

How Much Is Your Kid's Allowance?

If you’re like me, you can remember getting a couple of bucks each week as an allowance when you were a kid. You’d use it for an ice cream from the corner store or you’d save it up until you had enough to buy a new book from the mall. Fast-forward to today, and it seems our kids are getting a whole lot more than ice cream and book money, to the tune of a whopping $30 per week on average.

A new...

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Melanie Pinola Melanie Pinola Sep 12, 2019. 14 comments

How to Properly Clean Your 'Hand Wash Only' Clothes

How to Properly Clean Your 'Hand Wash Only' Clothes

If you buy a new item of clothing and later discover that it has the dreaded “hand wash only” label on it, you may be tempted to ignore it and pop it in the washer. But the tag is on there for a reason and you really should manually wash the item. How exactly should you wash those delicates? Are you supposed to use soap? How much?

Hand washing delicates is actually pretty straightforward, once...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 13, 2019. 2 comments

Get Your Kid Psyched About Chores by Giving Them an 'Official' Title

Get Your Kid Psyched About Chores by Giving Them an 'Official' Title

Want to get your little kid excited about helping out around the house? Give them an official title. I tell you this as the mother of a renowned “orange monitor,” a position I gave my daughter when she was five. Her job was to alert me and her dad when we were running low on oranges, and then at the store, select new oranges and bag them up. She took her responsibilities very seriously,...

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Kristen Mae Kristen Mae Jul 06, 2019.

Keep Your Kids' Bathroom Clean With a 'When You Brush' Chore Chart

Keep Your Kids' Bathroom Clean With a 'When You Brush' Chore Chart

In my household, the kids’ bathroom is also the guest bathroom. And has always been the dirtiest, because kids. No matter how much I tried to keep it presentable, it wasn’t uncommon for the sink in there to be coated with a multi-layer film of toothpaste, spit, and please-don’t-make-me-think-about-it. And we won’t even mention the toilet. Blech.

But we regularly have people over who use that...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 01, 2019.

Create a Family Chore Chart on Alexa

Create a Family Chore Chart on Alexa

With family chores, kids often spend more time protesting and less time doing the actual job. (“It’s Scarlett’s turn to unload the dishwasher!” “No, it’s Willow’s turn!”) A solution: Put Alexa in charge.

You can make a chore chart using Alexa Skill Blueprints , which allows people to create customized skills by filling in the blanks of a template. Start by typing out the members of your...

Elizabeth Yuko Elizabeth Yuko Jun 04, 2019. 2 comments

Make Terrible Chores Better by Combining Them

Make Terrible Chores Better by Combining Them

At any given time, there’s at least one phone call to a utility company that I’m putting off. Whether it’s calling ConEd with an updated reading or ringing up Spectrum (nice try with the sneaky name change, Time Warner Cable, we still know it’s you) to ask why the cost of my internet keeps rising, I dread these calls because I know they’re going to take forever.

There are also household...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Mar 19, 2019. 1 comments

I'm Author Daniel Pink, and This Is How I Parent

I'm Author Daniel Pink, and This Is How I Parent
How I ParentThere’s no one-size-fits-all template for parenting—here’s how some moms and dads are making it work.  

Daniel Pink is the bestselling author of several game-changing books about behavior, motivation and organizations, including his latest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing . So he must have this parenting thing in the bag, right? “I am more than willing to offer up...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Feb 27, 2019. 20 comments

How to Properly Hand Wash Dishes in the Sink

How to Properly Hand Wash Dishes in the Sink

There are a lot of things you shouldn’t be putting in the dishwasher, if you’re lucky enough to have one. That means putting on the gloves and getting to scrubbing, yes, but there’s also a right and wrong way to hand wash most things.

As someone who grew up without a dishwasher, I’m often shocked by how many roommates seem to have no idea how to wash dishes in a sink, so if this info seems...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Oct 11, 2018. 15 comments

Here's the Bucket Hack That's Getting Kids to Put Away Their Stuff 

Here's the Bucket Hack That's Getting Kids to Put Away Their Stuff 

You may have tried chore charts. Perhaps you’ve turned the task of tidying up into a game . Maybe you’ve offered allowance or attempted strict routines or belted out the “Clean Up Song” 27 times in a row (hey, it miraculously works when your kid’s teacher sings it, right?).

It could be time for a more drastic tactic to get your children to put away all their stuff. One mom’s solution: “Fucket...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Sep 07, 2018. 1 comments

Get Your Kid to Clean Up With a Laser Pointer

Get Your Kid to Clean Up With a Laser Pointer

Little kids are much like cats—zealous in their simple pursuits. (And they’ll always play in the toilet if given the opportunity, but that’s a different story.) If you’re a parent, why not have their natural tendencies work for the greater good?

Reddit user Manodactyl was tired of tired of making his two- and four-year-old daughters clean up by “yelling and running around pointing out each...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Aug 30, 2018. 20 comments

Have a 'Chore Audit' With Your Partner  

Have a 'Chore Audit' With Your Partner  

What tears couples apart isn’t always the Big Things. Often, it’s the everyday things, the stuff that you feel like you should be able to brush off, but trying to do so only makes you angrier, and so you brew resentment in silence until one early morning when some unrelated annoyance makes you explode with the words “YOU ALWAYS FORGET TO THROW AWAY THE PACKAGING AND WHY DO I HAVE TO DO IT FOR...

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A.A. Newton A.A. Newton Aug 22, 2018. 16 comments

The Dos and Don'ts of Sharing a Kitchen with Roommates

The Dos and Don'ts of Sharing a Kitchen with Roommates

August marks that magical time of year college-town residents know so well: The Descent of the Undergrads. All across the country, hordes of young adults are signing leases, scouring Goodwills and IKEAs for furniture, and preparing to live on their own for the first time. God help us all.

It’s Freshman Orientation Week at Lifehacker! This week, we’re covering ways to snap out of your summer...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jul 24, 2018. 20 comments

Do Your Chores Drunk

Do Your Chores Drunk

Your floor is dirty. Your trashcan is overflowing. You need to change a light bulb and do the laundry. You’re always busy, and bullshit household errands fall through the cracks. Here’s an idea: get drunk.

If you’ve ever arrived home from a night at the bar and started furiously tidying up, you know what I mean. The right amount of booze, combined with the right state of mind, can work like...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Jun 20, 2018. 3 comments

Note All the Things You Want to Fix In Your Home With an Annoyance Journal

Note All the Things You Want to Fix In Your Home With an Annoyance Journal

Not every problem in your home requires a big project to fix it. Some things are just little annoyances, but it’s the little things that you forget over and over. If you keep a journal of what annoys you about your home, it will help you remember to actually fix it.

Maybe you constantly stub your toe on the coffee table, or find yourself frustrated every time you go to put certain pots and...

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May 02, 2018. 4 comments

To Boost Happiness, Stack the Pain

To Boost Happiness, Stack the Pain

Before I became an entrepreneur, I went to business school. While studying for my MBA, there was one lesson that I learned which has proved to be useful over and over again in my life. Essentially, doing your least favorite tasks first and front-loading the ‘pain’ can make you happier in the long run.

This post originally appeared on James Clear’s blog.

I was sitting in a marketing class and we...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Mar 02, 2018. 4 comments

Gamify Chores With Little Kids 

Gamify Chores With Little Kids 

I know, chores are chores. But take it from Mary Poppins, the O.G. Supernanny: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” To save yourself from the drudgery of daily household maintenance, you must find that element.

With little kids, it shouldn’t be too difficult. They love games! And they love to help! This is a very promising scenario. Here are some ways to gamify chores...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Feb 21, 2018.

Master Your Chores and Your Work With Time Management Apps

Master Your Chores and Your Work With Time Management Apps

Working at home means you’re surrounded by all of your stuff: from that pile of dirty dishes in your sink to that pile of laundry that’s still unfolded. And maybe you have a pressing deadline along with a pressing need to sort that pile of books (you sure do have a lot of piles!). Good news: you can do both with the help of a few time management and chore management apps that can double as...

Melanie Pinola Melanie Pinola Jan 15, 2018. 9 comments

The Home Improvement Projects You Can Force Your Kids to Help Out With

The Home Improvement Projects You Can Force Your Kids to Help Out With

Getting kids to help out around the house is generally a good thing. Even though home improvement projects might seem more dangerous than regular chores, even young kids can still help out during your renovation.

A word of caution: It depends on your kids’ capabilities, of course, and their ability to follow your instructions. You can’t just give a young kid a power drill or a sledgehammer...

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Leigh Anderson Leigh Anderson Dec 01, 2017. 5 comments

Where to Put Clothes That Are Not Quite Dirty and Not Quite Clean

Where to Put Clothes That Are Not Quite Dirty and Not Quite Clean

What do you do with pair of jeans that you could wear a couple more times? How about a tee that you donned for only an hour? A sweatshirt that isn’t quite dirty enough to be laundered, but isn’t pristine, either? These, as it turns out, are burning questions on Ask Metafilter, and people have strong opinions.

I also have strong opinions on this topic, as I live in a small space with three...

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