what your hangers say about you

I’ve seen more than my fair share of closets (if there is such a thing), and from this, I have formulated a very scientific analysis of what your hangers say about your personality and lifestyle. #ScientistInMySpareTime Types of Hangers and What Your Type Says About You Plastic Hangers: You’ve grown up with plastic, and these hangers are usually the most […]

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gifting the kid

My niece’s birthday is next month. She’s turning five. By this time of year I’ve usually purchased her gift (I can’t resist a good toy store when I’m playing tourist). But five years in, the object-based gifts are getting a little boring, and with so many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and good family friends, it’s difficult to guess […]

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the tupperware [search] party

Are you a tupperware ninja? I’m not. #ProfessionalOrganizersAreMessyToo If only I opened my kitchen drawer and it was a tupperware party versus a tupperware search party. The reality of the situation is that I inevitably end up taking at least half of my tupperware out while searching for the appropriate lid for the desired container. […]

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coin clutter

When I was in middle school, my aunt gave me a large woven basket of change (mostly pennies). At the time, I was thrilled–who doesn’t want free money?! In retrospect, this gift was really her way of getting rid of her copious amounts of loose change while not really having to deal with it. Before you consider […]

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R.I.P. rubber bands

Is a house a home without a load of rubber bands lying around? I mean, they seem like such useful buggers, so why would you get rid of them? Answer: because – like everything in life – less is better (except for good friends, vacation time, and in my world, cats). Really people, why do […]

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the party’s over.

Picnic supplies–-whatcha packin’? More importantly, whatcha savin’ after the party is over and the coleslaw is done? One of the most common items I run across when I’m helping clients organize their kitchens is extra picnic supplies. You know the type: brightly patterned paper plates, red Solo cups and an assortment of disposable “silverware.” I’ve […]

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get a grip on your glassware

Quick: What do all these things have in common (besides being glasses)? Juice glass, water glass, red wine glass, white wine glass, cocktail glass, martini glass, champagne flute, coffee mug, beer mug, teacup, shot glass, pint glass. Answer: They’re probably taking up too much space in your kitchen. Think about it: how often do you […]

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musical motivation

Have you seen our core beliefs? My favorite is “We believe music is one helluva motivator.” Turn it up and get busy doing whatever your heart desires. And please don’t worry that you’ll disturb the neighbors with your guilty pleasure music. Who knows, you just might inspire others with your newfound energy. This week I thought I’d […]

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the clutter trap

Let’s talk about that place you put the miscellaneous stuff (like spare change, coupons, save the date postcards, random napkins) you bring into your home everyday. Be honest, we’ve all got at least one. It could be your purse, the glove compartment, the little table next to the front door, that basket on the bookshelf, […]

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the one thing your inbox number tells me

Like a crystal ball, your email inbox count can tell me a lot about you as a person… (oh how I wish that was true). Your inbox number can really only tell me how many emails you do (or don’t) have in your email inbox. A lot of emails in your inbox doesn’t necessarily mean you’re […]

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loungewear for life

Can I get an a-men for loungewear?! Seriously, there is nothing better than getting home from a tedious day of work in uncomfortable professional wear, and stepping into my spandex yoga pants. Needless to say, I am a huge proponent of loungewear, or what I like to call, “house clothes.” But there’s something I have […]

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good things to accumulate

Typically, my posts are all about encouraging you to downsize, be it your pillow collection or bottles under your bathroom sink. But today I thought I’d switch it up, and give you a list (albeit short…okay, very short) of things I encourage you to accumulate. As always, before writing a post, I like to do some background research […]

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are you a pen pal or card collector?

Stationary is one of those things that always catches my eye; be it at a bookstore, craft fair, or on someone’s fridge, I’m always tempted to lean in, admire the graphic and quirky text, and consider adding it to my collection (this includes begging a friend for a card her grandma sent her. I clearly […]

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organizing digital pics; part II

If organizing photos was tossed around like a phrase, it would be titled ‘complicated as fuc%$*&.’ I am not kidding. Remember how I had that appointment at The Genius Bar. Yea, that amounted to nada. I mean, I felt like I was plopped right inside an episode of “True Detective” (season 2). He was definitely speaking […]

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giving your shelf some style

If you’re like me, you’ve probably admired an aesthetically-skilled friend’s bookshelf: the beautiful color progression from reds through greens and blues of the books, the spurts of plants and carefully-curated doo-dads between the rows of books. I recently learned the name for this art form: “bookshelf styling.” Interested in giving your bookshelf a facelift? Here […]

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containers that care

We all know that one of the last steps in the organizing process is to containerize, riiiiight? And while the Bneato Bar team will always try to repurpose what a client already has, sometimes our clients prefer something new (nothing wrong with that)! We also encounter projects where there was no container to begin with […]

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the glove box clutter trap

In the first sentence of the definition of “glove compartment,” Wikipedia states, “often used for miscellaneous storage.” As someone who helps people unclutter their lives for a living, the phrase “miscellaneous storage” instantly sends up red flags. Unfortunately, Wikipedia hit the nail on the head, as most glove compartments no longer store people’s gloves (once worn […]

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the openers’ guide to used product leftovers

Last week I wrote about being an opener (link), specifically regarding my love of opening new bottles of beauty products. While I embrace this condition, being an opener means I’m also prone to “Opener Accumulation,” a term I’m coining for the tendency of openers to accumulate collections of half-used products no longer employed (#FutureMerriam-WebsterContributor). In […]

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let’s put a stop to unplanned shopping trips

This past Saturday was like any other Saturday; sorta planned and sorta not. Errands, maybe lunch out, a Genius Bar appointment—you know, the usual. Except this particular Saturday eve was extra special and out of the ordinary (for me at least). I mean, it’s not every day that I have dinner plans with a bonafide […]

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7 reasons to give up the paperback & get an e-reader

I’m a bibliophile. I’ve also been an avid e-reader user for the past 3 years. Here’s why I made the switch: I can carry a “bag-full of books” in one hand. I like reading multiple books at the same time; with an e-reader I can carry multiple books without weighing down my bag. I can […]

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organizing digital pics; part I

Organizing your digital photos is having a moment. I have gotten numerous inquiries over the past six months to help clients tame the photo beast (and have had to turn them away). I, myself, am a candidate for a good old fashioned photo organizing session as I have yet to figure out how to get photos […]

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are you an opener or a finisher?

Confession: I never finish a bottle of shampoo. I also never finish a bottle of conditioner…or lotion…or night cream…or, let’s just say, most beauty products. One of my worst nightmares is running out of something I use in my daily beauty routine and I’m also a commitment-phobe when it comes to cosmetics: I don’t pick […]

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introducing the ziploc battery baggy method

I think we can all agree that once a battery has no more juice in it, we’re done with it. No love lost; now it’s just a matter of what to do with your dead ones: do you let them pile up, or toss them immediately? FYI: It’s actually illegal in California to put batteries […]

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pillow talk: are you with the right one?

Are you sleeping with “the one”? No, I’m not talking about a human, I’m talking about a pillow! A recent experience led me to consider who, I mean, what, I am sleeping with, and if it’s really treating me the way I deserve to be treated. #ITakeNappingSeriously A few months ago I stayed overnight at […]

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mo’ pens mo’ problems

You guys, I literally gathered up every pen, pencil, marker, magic marker (there is a difference), highlighter and colored pencil in my home. I looked in the car, the garage (I know) the desk drawer, the office closet, the purse and the kitchen. Whew, that was a mouthful. If you’re over the age of 35, […]

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email and paperless workshops for sale

You guys. You guys. Tomorrow I will have done seven workshops in the last few months. That might be a record for this gal right here. I was lucky enough to get called upon by the Creative Live folks up in San Francisco and taped two workshops (email decluttering and going kinda paperless). The cool thing about these […]

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tick, tick, tick

Time Batching (AKA: putting all your minutes in a box and pretending it’s a present to yourself. Mainly because it feels like one.) Howdy folks. This blog post might have a sprinkling of southern flair as I’ve been visiting the south for most of May. Around these parts, time moves slowly (or at least it seems […]

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A new life away from the TV

I’m embarrassed. My name is Beth Penn and I watch way too much TV. I also check my Instagram feed way too much. Duuuuuuuuuuuude. I’m done. No more Real Housewives (apologies, Andy Cohen, but it has to be this way). I wonder how I’m going to break the news to my hubster about the upcoming season […]

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how to: make a rule, um, i mean filter in gmail

I love mail. This is no secret. BUT junk mail can seriously su#$ it. I’m serious. It clogs my inbox to the point of overwhelm and frustration. Most of it from someone in Zimbabwe or Russia selling me anything related to that three letter word… (sex). Yes, I said it. This blog is no longer […]

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vintage pinterest: get this look!

We’re all about transformations and this before & after featured in Getting Organized Magazine (winter 2012) is great example. In this case, it was a blank, blue slate with some semblance of an office and other miscellaneous furniture. Fast forward to a highly functional and stylish home office with red accents and a minimalist, but […]

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let’s make time management cool

Time management. Pretty boring term, huh? It’s right up there with net neutrality and that is being kind (to net neutrality). Besides sounding overly corporate, time management sounds boring because most folks have negative associations with managing their time. A lot of us feel like we can’t get it all done, so we must be poor time managers. #nottrue […]

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how to create a capsule collection

We’re talking wardrobe folks– capsule collection is a really fancy way to say I paired my sh$% down to 37 pieces of clothing that can mix and match with ease. I heard about if first from my friend Abby, who heard it from a blog called Unfancy. If everyone is talking about it, it’s worth […]

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Our MakeSpace Try-Out

Those of you who know us well know that we preach the gospel of “Less is More” and we mean it. However, for city dwellers that live in small apartments and even home owners in Los Angeles (aka the land without basements), necessary storage is hard to come by. And sometimes, even if you’re living the decluttered […]

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medicine cabinet refresh

Happy freaking Friday people, happy freaking Friday. I hope everyone was working for the weekend because it is finally here. Since it is the day of the week where most of us are rejoicing, we decided to send you into it with a big ‘ole gif. I say gif, you say jif, it’s all the same, […]

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never see junk mail in your email inbox again (video)

Here’s something crazy: 183 billion emails are sent and received each day. Thankfully, all 183 billion aren’t landing in your inbox, but some days it can feel like they are. Some of it is unavoidable and needs to be dealt with. Some of it can even be enjoyable. But we’re guessing that there’s a good […]

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Bneato Bar + DesignLoveFest = one spectacular closet

I was tickled pink when the DesignLoveFest crew reached out to us to lend a hand with Bri’s master closet. I mean, hello?! Have you seen this woman’s blog?! She rocks a killer style and she kinda wrote the book on how to ‘do you’ for your blog (which will now be a badass blog […]

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At my wedding, stressing about something. GAH

burnout is no joke

That’s me At my wedding, stressing about something. GAH! Hey you guuuuuuuuuuuuuys! so you know how one of Bneato Bar’s beliefs is ‘we believe in starting.’ The meat to that is; Break down your task into the smallest, tiniest, teeny bit possible and start with that. Don’t think about the finish line today, just think about your […]

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5 ways pets improve our homes and lives

One of the first things my husband and I did after our honeymoon was adopt a chubby little 8-week old mutt from a local shelter (she was born at the shelter because her mom was dropped off pregnant – how sad!). Her name is Emmylou and I’ll be inserting photos of her throughout this post. […]

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we’re popping up this weekend. plus, giveaway winners announced!

It’s all happening. We’ve got a ton of stuff going on this weekend, so here’s everything that you need to know: 1. Our Pop-Up Shop is Saturday and Sunday. That’s right, we’ll be in DTLA all weekend, debuting our three signature services offered in a ‘Genius Bar format’ for your stuff, paper and email. Each service is $40 for 40 minutes but FREE for […]

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how long does it actually take?

People aren’t usually maliciously late. Sure, sometimes it’s nice to take our time getting ready and showing up fashionably late to a party. But usually, people are late because they don’t realize how long things take. Or, on the other hand, they understand the time it takes to get out the door but perhaps they don’t […]

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open the mail already

I love mail. As a child, I could spot an invite and distinguish junk mail from a mile away. I’d gotten it into my head that those who received mail were people of importance (that is, adults). Now that I’m firmly in my adult years, not much has changed. It’s a daily habit to check […]

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Sara’s simple vitamin regimen

Sara Lov is one of those gals that is kinda amazing at just about everything (she’s also a killer story teller to boot). So when the Bneato Bar crew rolled up to her house to lend a hand in her adorable kitchen where she makes Lov Snacks, we all noticed her vitamin storage / regimen combo action (so […]

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we believe in simple

This post was initially going to be about some tried and true fitness apps (after all, Monday’s are our days to talk time management). And while I know there are health conscious apps that folks love, I (for one) have never used a fitness app. Actually, I take that back. I did try My Fitness Pal and […]

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Be Content

We’ve heard all the quotes, “You are not your stuff,” “less is more,” “simplicity is bliss.” I repeat, tweet and pin these inspirational one liners all day long. The truth is however, even as a relatively organized person, I constantly struggle with attachment to stuff and a desire for more. It’s a natural tendency and […]

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4 Do’s & Don’ts for getting better sleep

It’s a commonly known fact that adults between 19-55 years old need about 8 hours of sleep every night. It’s less known that sleep deprivation causes 20% of all car accidents, increases chance of depression ten-fold, and is even correlated to weight gain (source). But regardless of all the facts and figures, we know deep […]

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Trying too hard to impress others

Simplicity. It’s a word that, these days, seems aspirational rather than common. But why? Does life get complicated because people and things around us make it complicated, or does life get complicated because we make it so? As with most things, it’s a mix of both but today I thought I’d talk about the ‘self’ side […]

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aren’t you ready to feel so much better?

I freaking love this time of year. As someone that is usually pretty good about being decluttered and efficient, Fall almost feels like a fresher start to me than the New Year. I know, it’s crazy talk but January is so darn depressing to me so it’s hard to get excited about New Year’s Resolutions […]

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the magic of unplugging from your digital life

What do you do first thing in the morning? Stretch like a ballerina? Open your blinds and look up at that fresh new sunlight? Sing a song to the birds? Let’s get real, most of us do the same thing first thing in the morning. We reach over to our bedside table, grab our phones, […]

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saving space (and more) with a paperless lifestyle

We’re kicking off today by talking about how to save space by going paperless. This post isn’t the end-all-be-all of going paperless (we’d need to write a whole lot more than one blog if it we wanted to create that) but if you haven’t considered going paperless before, this is a good jumping off post […]

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stress free, with TSA pre

If you’ve traveled regularly or seen the film Up In the Air, your intimately familiar with the trials and tribulations of the frequent flyer. Long lines at customs and airport security are like the traffic on the 405. For the most part, no matter who you are or where you’re going, if you’re stuck, you’re […]

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creating balance by scheduling your to-do list

With summer’s end rapidly approaching, and one more holiday on the horizon, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about creating balance by scheduling your to-do list. Whether you’re a go-getter, always on the move, or more low-key, and home bound, it’s quite common to get overwhelmed this time of year. With kids rushing […]

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mementos: 6 ways to deal with them right now

memento |məˈmenˌtō|noun (pl. mementos or mementoes) an object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person or event: you can purchase a memento of your visit. The definition of memento gives us an important reminder–if you can’t actually remember what the souvenir was from or what it was supposed to represent, by all means–donate it. But […]

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time management in a digital world

I’m one of those people that is really good at managing their time. I chalk it up to the fact that during my childhood, my mom was never late to anything. Ever. If anything, we were always early to events. I was that kid that got to school earlier than my teacher and would be […]

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summer clutter and our emotional attachment to it

Friends, as much as we might hate to admit it, summer is coming to a close. While that statement is less of a deal when you live in sunny Los Angeles, acknowledging little milestones during the year is also a good opportunity to take an inventory of your stuff and declutter. We use that word — […]

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unpacking from a summer of travel

I hope for all of you that a summer of traveling meant long, luxurious days basking in the sun on a remote island, sipping martinis while being massaged by Ryan Gossling. For most of us however, the marker for a great summer vacay is everyone home in one piece. You’ve battled the security lines and […]

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my productivity boosting morning routine

Where did this day go? Why is my to-do list longer?? I’ve been meaning to finish this project for days! Why can I not get anything accomplished today?  If any of this sounds familiar, you’re definitely not alone! I’ve spend so many days frustrated at my failed attempts at checking items off my to-do list. With […]

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music as motivator

music is a helluva motivator

For those of you with a keen eye or a fantastic memory, you might have known that the topic of this post also happens to be one of our core beliefs at Bneato Bar. Aside from those really cheesy awesome workout instructors, there’s nothing better than a good set of tunes to get your feet moving […]

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your office won’t survive without this…

Imagine your home and office with only clear desktops and counters, and NO paper piles gathering dust. Doesn’t that sound marvelous? Sure, most of us have a filing cabinet of some sort where we archive long-term paperwork, but what about fresh off the press items? Mail, bills, memos, ongoing projects… there is a lot of paperwork to juggle on […]

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bring it on August!

For the most part, each month goes quicker than the last (which is apparently what happens as you get older). But sometimes life seems to stand still. Some easy examples are sitting in Los Angeles traffic or waiting at the doctor’s office. In those moments, there is so much anxiety about what is not happening (like […]

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Prepping Your Car For Peace of Mind

Here in Los Angeles we spend a lot of time in our cars. With Angelino’s spending an average of 60 hours a year in their car, these little automotive machines have become our second homes. During traffic jams or between appointments, my car has seen a whole lot of meals, dance parties and naps. With […]

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what’s your garage mantra?

Ah. The garage. I like to think of the garage as one big closet (at least in Los Angeles). You see, it’s rare that folks in SoCal use their garage to park their car. I like to think that it’s because the weather is fabulous most of the year so our automobiles don’t need the extra […]

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getting time back from your commute

It’s pretty unanimous that a long commute to and from work is no fun, BUT did you know it actually can negatively affect your health and wellness? On average, Americans travel a total of 50 minutes a day to and from work, which is more than 200 hours a year!! This got me thinking. What could I accomplish in 200 hours? […]

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the one big idea to save your sanity when planning a wedding

A few weeks ago, I was taking a trip to the East Coast for a friend’s wedding. My husband and I landed in Boston and we carpooled to a lovely resort in Vermont with another couple – let’s call them Peter and Mary – who are dear friends of ours. The drive to Vermont was […]

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the great wedding debate: where and what to register for

Until I got engaged, I had no idea how much pressure there was around the couples wedding registry. First of all, you have to actually think about where you’re going to register (yes, this is very important). Believe me, there are entire blog posts devoted to telling the bride and groom where not to register. […]

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DIY, renting & buying – save time designing your wedding

DIY weddings have become very popular over the last few years in response to the rising costs and also in thanks to the special knowledge-sharing power of Pinterest. As a recent budget bride myself and someone who considers herself rather crafty, going DIY was very appealing. However, I learned that maintaining sanity while working with my family […]

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roommates: making it work when sharing a kitchen

I’ve always had a roommate. Regardless of with whom I’ve lived, I’ve noticed that there is one thing that holds true: the kitchen is the hotspot. By hotspot, I don’t mean a trendy, overpriced bar that everyone goes to only to leave unsatisfied and penniless two hours later. Nope, I’m talking about the hotspot for clutter, […]

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how to share a closet with your main squeeze

I can remember being pretty stoked when Adam (my beau) wanted to move in together. I was excited to say goodbye to roommates and hello to my soul mate. Not that my roommate wasn’t great but it’s just different. With Adam, I get to share everything, walk around the house in the buff (if I want) […]

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saving time with shared living

When you move in with someone new, the natural focus is on your physical space and how this new person will affect it. I realized this when I first moved in with my husband and my most immediate concern was how we were going to manage displaying all of his North Carolina Basketball fan paraphernalia amongst […]

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moving with brains

helping your friends move with brawn AND brains

The internet holds no shortage of tips & lists to manage a move for your own apartment or house, but statistically speaking, it’s more likely you know more people who need an extra set of hands then you find yourself packing up your own life. Offering to help a friend or family member move is […]

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moving is hot…

Summer moves are a hot, HOT business – in both popularity and temperature. To help you fight the crowds, the heat, and the potential insanity of your summer move, here are a few ideas that will put a bit of ease in your schedule, space in your budget and peace in your mind. Easy Scheduling: Don’t underestimate the […]

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thank you speech

You guys. I don’t even know where to begin. This past year has been such a ride and in the words of The Carpenters, “We’ve only just begun.” This time last year, I was just getting back from the most amazing Nicaraguan vacation and Bneato Bar was in its infancy. I remember fondly brainstorming ideas with […]

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meet the Bneato Bar Crew

We want to bring you information that you can apply immediately in your life. There’s no building up to level five-hundred and sixteen, Candy Crush style. You can start anywhere, because our goal is to get you started. Our Bneato Bar Crew is here to motivate and inspire you. In the words of Billy Ocean, […]

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