Tag: cleaning tech

Your smart phone is gross, and other reasons to spring clean your tech. Even if spring isn’t here yet.

We’re hardly germaphobes but if you knew the bacteria growing on your phones, tablets, and earbuds, well, let’s just say you might take a few minutes to clean them off every week (and not just once a year), especially if your kids are touching them. But hey, no judgment here. This is clearly a better late than never sort of situation, and we’ve got super simple tips to help you spring clean your tech. Whether you just want to know how to safely disinfect your gadgets or you want to organize your cords and cables in just 15 minutes a...

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How to use the KonMari Method with the tech in your life

Just because January is over doesn’t mean we can’t still clean, organize, declutter and start fresh. Most of us will start (and finish) with the obvious physical objects surrounding us and taking up space. While our editor Christina shared how the KonMari Method works for families, I decided to try it specifically with tech. Here, 10 tech categories in your life that might benefit from the KonMari Method of deciding what to discard, and what to keep and organize. Let’s hope this brings you much joy. -Maria Related: The KonMari app helps you declutter, digitally. 1. Mobile Devices Gather all your phones, iPods, tablets, Blackberries, Sidekicks, Palm...

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10 simple things you can knock off your tech to-do list for the new year

For me, the new year is about starting fresh, or at least, as close as possible, which is why I spend as much time as I can between Christmas and New Year’s crossing off as much as I can off my to do lists. If you’re like me, you’ve got a few (or many) tech tasks you’ve been putting off, not necessarily because they take a lot of time, but during the busy year, it’s easy to find other things that require your attention that are more important. With the new year upon us, here are 10 simple tech tasks...

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BrightNest app: Our cool free app of the week

The first word that pops into my head after I hear “spring” is “cleaning,” probably because three kids plus one dog equals a lot of cleaning at any time of the year. And with today being the first day of spring (yay!), my free app of the week pick is, BrightNest, a nice-looking and easy-to-use app full of home maintenance tips and tricks that are so smart and useful, it’s becoming an invaluable resource for those of us who don’t have an army of staff to take care of our home. Related: The 15 minute trick: A smart, easy way to spring...

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The 15 minute trick: A smart, easy way to spring clean and organize your home office

With warmer climes finally here and April right around the corner, it’s time for my annual spring cleaning to begin. At the top of my list is my home office area. If you’ve got piles of papers and cords everywhere like me, then I’ve got a helpful list of ways to spring clean and get organized. My suggestion: Set aside 15 minutes each day for the work week. You can spare 15 minutes, right? Then tackle one of these tasks each day. If you already have the products you need, then get right to the spring cleaning. Otherwise, spend those 15...

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The new UviCube UV light sterilizer: For more than just sterilizing baby bottles.

It’s officially winter, as Jonas has let us know oh-so-subtly this past weekend. And since everyone in my house also has some form of a winter cold, I’m officially over the germs that go along with the cold weather. So while we’re stuck inside, I’ve been making the most of this opportunity to sterilize everything in sight — from door knobs and toothbrushes to remote controls and. And for those of you who have an infant at home you’re probably adding sterilize baby bottles to that list, in which case the UviCube UV light sanitizer can help. To be clear, we are really not all germaphobes around here....

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10 essential tips for protecting your tech gadgets so they last. (Or at least until the next version comes out.)

There’s that wonderful moment when you first open up the box of your newest gadget and just smile at it. Some folks even give the new, shiny, and often pricy tech toy its own special name. At no point during this grand unboxing do you envision the gadget in other state than pristine. You want to keep it in tip-top shape for as long as possible — or at least until the next upgraded version comes out. So how do you that? Honestly? By planning. And right now, in the swirl of back to school season, is the perfect time to start...

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5 things to knock off your tech to-do list, and how to find the time. Thanks to Gretchen Rubin.

Do you have some basic tech chore to do — say, deleting old digital photos — but you just never seem to find the time to get to it? It’s like permanently etched in your to-do list, and every time you scroll through your loaded smartphone camera roll, the old photos are practically taunting you?  Yeah. Been there on the not-done that front many times myself. So I am really keen to have discovered Gretchen Rubin‘s smart solution for finally getting around to all those pesky tasks all through it that she shared on her new podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin. She calls the idea Power...

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The best tips to spring clean your tech: Make your smart devices sparkle like they’ve never encountered a toddler

Ready for the best tips to help you spring clean your tech? Hey, it doesn’t even have to be spring. The way we are constantly putting our hands all over the faces of our smart devices, you would think we were John Travolta at the Oscars. Sticky fingerprints, greasy smudges, scratchy crumbs, and plenty of germs — our tech workhorses endure it all. Sounds like these gadgets have more than earned a nice spiffying, yes? Here, a few of my favorite safe and easy tips to clean your tech in any season.   Tips to Spring Clean Your Tech: Touchscreens 1. Go easy....

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12 smart tech organization tips for the holidays. Get those homes ready! Mostly.

The holidays are coming—as in, fast—and that means company. While we’re always thinking about organization tips like cleaning off the china or straightening the bookshelves, it’s easy to forget about what a presence tech is in our homes and how it can really make us feel less than organized. So we’ve put together 12 of our favorite smart tech organization tips for the holidays, so your home can look its festive best. For a long time now, we’ve really liked BlueLounge for making smart, beautifully designed organizational tech products and we’re so happy to welcome them as our newest sponsor. Especially because they’re out with a new...

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