Tag: spring-cleaning

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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KonMari App: Our cool free app of the week

With three kids, one dog, and enough stuff to fill a suburban house, I quickly became a convert to the KonMari method of organization, or “tidying” as founder Marie Kondo puts it. Her simple and direct way of weeding through all the stuff we have accumulated over the years has revolutionized the way I, and many others, keep our homes in order. And now that the long awaited KonMari app has arrived, I had to see if it is as amazing as her first book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing was for me. Related: The...

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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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Web Coolness: Lego Dad, Instagram feed changes, and device rules for parents

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too.   Our new favorite Facebook page: Lego Dad Get ready, Instagram is about to change in a major way. 8 ways your smartphone could be messing with your life. The 30 most influential people on the Internet in 2016 according to Time. A 15-minute trick to get your home office organized. Over at Cupcakes and Cashmere, a new massage app that caught our eye.   For your Crossy Road fans, there’s a Disney version now! How to make a Star Wars Easter...

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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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Too Much Junk by Elska: Kids’ music download of the week

We’ve been spring cleaning our house for a few weeks now, thanks to a little book on the Konmari method of tidying and organization, so when I heard the song called Too Much Junk by Elska, I knew I had my family’s new anthem. Give it a download and I bet you’ll be grateful to send your kids this message too. Elska’s Shelley Wollert’s light and pretty voice is the perfect accompaniment to the electronic-pop music which also features Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen on keyboards. And the lyrics, which ask why we’d want to live with so much junk, really resonate as we go through the stuff...

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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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Fantastic products for spring cleaning + organizing your home office

Now that temperatures have finally crept beyond 40 (just barely), I am looking ahead to April when I go into total spring cleaning mode. With my home office and workspace area littered with Post-It notes, pens that don’t work and lots and lots of cords, that’s the first place on my list to organize. We’ve covered so many great tech organization products and techcessories, many of which I plan to implement into my own spring organization revamp. Here are some of my favorites: 1. Clean up your desk Making a “home” for everything on your desk can make organization...

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