There’s a phenomenon sweeping the nation. It is – as our blog writer Em’s husband terms it – Craftageddon, and it’s characterized by (a) a yarn stash so large that you’re genuinely concerned that the sheep population are starting to feel a bit cold, (b) piles of fabric in every drawer, shoe box and cupboard, or (c) forgotten pins lurking in the carpet (ouch!). It’s a serious problem, folks, and given that we’ve already given considerable column inches to the plight of the tech widow, it seems only fair to redress the balance and tackle craft supplies.
When we think of clutter, the chances are that we think of the stuff that fills up our rooms. These physical things are easy to hide and organise, but it can be a little more difficult to recognise and remove the things which constitute mental clutter. Left unchecked, they can cause just as much of a problem as the DVD box set collection that would give the Netflix archive a run for its money. With the spring-cleaning season now upon us, there’s never been a better time to take charge of your mental clutter and reprogram your mind-set to a healthy one. A bit daunting? Don’t fret! These apps could help you on your journey to mentally declutter and bring peace and balance to your everyday life.
Board games are back, in case you didn’t know. Sure, those perennial favourites like Cluedo and Snakes & Ladders may forever hold a place in our hearts, but this new wave of board games are considerably more interesting, so if you’re the kind of person whose blood pressure rises simply upon hearing the word, ‘Monopoly’ (and I’m with you on that one – writing it here necessitated a brief tea break to steady myself), please don’t switch off just yet.
We may be into February and the memories of New Year’s celebrations are now but a hazy memory, but if you had intended to make 2017 the year of action – the year of a tidy house; of being a bit more organized – and haven’t quite got around to it, we’ve got your back. There’s still plenty of time. Getting organized is one of those things that often tops these yearly resolutions lists, and because we know that, if this is your resolution, there’s every chance you might be having a classic case of the ‘overwhelms’, we’ve rounded up five strategies for decluttering your house. No need to thank us. It’s what we do. You’re welcome.
Never let it be said that small spaces prevent you from pursuing your hobbies. Even in the world of exercise, where sometimes it seems you need heaps of kit before you can even contemplate raising your heartrate, this isn’t so. Jess Parkinson discovered yoga through a class, but – as her lively Instagram account shows – she’s not constricted by gym opening times, and even in her small flat she’s able to find the space to devote to her yoga practice. We caught up with her to find out more about better fitness in small spaces.
Is it just us or does it seem that there are more cables and wires, in this supposedly wireless age, than ever before? They’re everywhere, coiled up at the back of drawers and tangled up in boxes. And, now we think of it, isn’t there always that one cable that nobody seems to own, and everyone swears they’ve thrown away, but that just keeps reappearing?
The Twelfth Night is traditionally the day that we undergo the always-depressing task of taking down the Christmas decorations. Leave it any later and… well, we’re not sure what would happen after if we took them down after that. Bad luck, presumably, and after the strange year that 2016 was, we reckon it’s best not to leave anything to chance.
‘I got so many clothes I keep some in my aunt’s house,’ said Tinie Tempah in one of his lyrical musings. We’re not sure how our aunts would feel about us showing up on their doorstep with armfuls of off-season clothing, but we get what he was talking about. Knowing how to store clothing is something most of us have had to deal with at some time or another, so we were delighted to sit down for a chat with stylist and fashion writer (as well as Boxman customer), Tyler Kenny, about fashion, moving house and storing clothing in London flats (and we even managed to pick up a few hints and tips as well).
When it comes to the things which cause the biggest storage headaches, shoes have to be right up there. You can’t really stack them, by their very nature they have the potential to be grubby and get everything they touch grubby, and they need to be kept in pairs. If all this wasn’t bad enough, factor in a small flat or house, and perhaps a rented one where you’re not permitted to start drilling into walls or embarking on any major scale construction, and your options are limited.
There’s someone in our office who has a bit of a ‘problem’ with books. They’re stacked three deep on the shelves, apparently. A mixture of old, treasured novels; thumbed and worn ones, will-read-later tomes and weighty reference books.
We’re in the midst of a sharing economy frenzy. From Air BNB to ZipCar to Boris Bikes Satander Cycles to BorrowMyDoggy, we seem very keen to use everyone else’s stuff, or at least cut down on the amount we actually own.