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Use Your Chore Time for Quality Time

The other night me and my roommate (who hardly see each other most days) were sitting in the living room doing our chores. He was stringing some lacrosse stick heads, I was writing and journaling for the day. While we did our mundane tasks, we got to talking. We talked about work, and ambitions, laughed […]

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Make Your Home a Civilized Wilderness

The house I’m staying in tonight is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. From the outside it’s just your normal suburban home. Your first hint that it’s anything different is the sign: “Hippies Use the Back Door.” Immediately upon entry you leave suburbia and enter a different world. The walls are decorated with psychedelic […]

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How Your Parties Should Make People Feel

I’m one of those few people who think pleasure (real pleasure) can make human beings better rather than worse. So every party I host or attend is a kind of philosophical test. I want my guests (and fellow guests, when I visit another host) to always walk away from my parties with pride in themselves […]

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Turn Tedious Time Into Invested Time

On my last apartment move-out, I hired a cleaning service. It was great (if pricey). The cleaning crew left the apartment looking spotless. This time I decided to “save some money” and do it myself. It just keeps coming: Scrubbing showers, polishing stainless steel, dusting venetian blinds (a nightmare), wiping down counters and toilets, sweeping […]

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Leave No Trace: A Good Rule for Hikers and Houseguests

“Leave no trace.” If you’ve spent any time hiking (or in the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts), you know this cardinal rule of wilderness time. You want to leave no trace of your campfires, your campsites, your camp trash. You pack trash out. You leave nature better than you found it. This is an excellent rule for […]

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It’s April, and I Still Have a Christmas Tree. Here’s Why

Why do I still have a Christmas tree (albeit a miniature one) in my bedroom? At first, the answer was the obvious one: I was too lazy to take it to one of the proper disposal centers. And so I moved it out of our common area and into my bedroom – temporarily, I thought. […]

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Perfection Kills Co-Creation

I am generally a clean, organized person. But even I can tell when something is over-organized. You can get the feeling of sterility and regimentation from a too-perfect space. The glass is immaculate, the paper is custom-made, the feng-shui has taken 20,000 years to balance. Worst of all, you get the feeling of “off limits […]

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4 Surefire Hacks to a Cozier Bedtime

As a devotee of the Danish art of “hygge,” I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes a space “cozy.” And since I go hard when I’m out working or playing out of the home, I especially want to be able to come back to a warm and cozy bed at the end […]

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Light Your Home Back Through Time: A Tip for Internal Lighting Design

My ideal lighting arrangement would be one that travels back in time over the course of a day. Start the day in the light of the modern era. Use as much glass and natural light as possible to wake up, but supplement the morning with bright, clean electric light. Highlight the sleek, reflective surfaces of a modern […]

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The Power of Simple Parties

I recently attended one of the best birthday parties I can recall. What’s odd is how this party stood out to me at all. It had no bumping music, no fancy lights. No one was drunk or high or gorging on fine food. No one was grilling food, dancing, hanging around a pool, hanging around a bonfire. […]

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10 Things I Look For In a New Home or Apartment

I’m told it’s important to set realistic expectations for any kind of search of places to rent, so I’ve written down some of my modest goals: 1. Defensibility – Must have arrow slits, good battlements, and plenty of places from which boiling oil can be poured upon attacking enemies. Willing to pay extra for a moat. 2. Secret hiding […]

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5 Benefits of Living with a Roomate

Besides getting someone else to help pay your rent, there are a few reasons you should consider getting a roommate to be a major life improvement: 1. Accountability Having a roommate will regulate your behaviors and patterns at home. It’s harder to justify sleeping until noon on Saturdays if you have a roommate who is up […]

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Build Diversity Into Your Office Space Design

When I’m at the office, I tend to want to work almost anywhere but my desk. It’s not that I don’t appreciate my fancy standing desk. It’s also not that I don’t like the coworkers around my “official working space.” They’re great. I’m just a weirdo who needs to move and wander around restlessly and sit alone (in […]

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How To Throw a Minimum Viable Party

If you’re starting a company, your number one objective is launching your minimum viable product: the ugliest, most awkward version of your product or service that can still work. Your minimum viable product (or MVP) lets you immediately start gaining customer feedback. From there, you can start tweaking your way to product perfection. If you don’t […]

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How To Read Physical Books and Still Be a Minimalist

I love physical books, and I love large, curated libraries. But the minimalists have some pretty good arguments against accumulating stuff, and books are no exception. How often are you really going to go back and reread (or even just peruse) a book sitting on your bookshelf?  How much actual social esteem do you get from […]

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Why You Should Get a (Fake) Fireplace

“What is the one purchase of a $100 or less that has made the biggest positive impact on your life in the last year?” This is one of my favorite questions which author and podcaster Tim Ferriss asks his podcast guests. I’ve long been jealous of the people who can answer it easily. Now I […]

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