Swedish Death Cleaning is the Latest Trend to Sweep the Decluttering Space

swedish death cleaningHalloween may be over, but a morbid-sounding new trend is on the rise. That’s right—Swedish death cleaning is the latest trend to sweep the decluttering and organizing space. The days of trying to figure out which items spark joy are over as the Scandinavian cleaning ritual döstädning—a combination of the Swedish words for death and cleaning—will have you clearing out your space and taking no prisoners.


So, what is Swedish death cleaning?


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While DNA Tests Offer a Peek into Family History, Your Genealogy Efforts are Missing This

family historyAs DNA testing kits become more affordable, the number of unbelievable family history stories surrounding these tests is increasing.


This recent piece written by The New York Times, covers a story on a Bob Hutchinson who used a DNA test to finally get some answers into the family history his mother kept a secret throughout his life. The test uncovered that he was one-eighth sub-Saharan African—a fact his mother never shared with him. From there he uncovered cousins he didn’t know he had and was able to establish a connection with this new found family.


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5 Fun Photography Project Ideas for Kids

photography project ideasSummer might be winding down, but there is still time to get a few more fun activities in with the kids! We’ve pulled together a list of photography project ideas that will help teach your little ones how to learn composition, exposure, camera settings, and more.


Not only are these projects are great opportunity to teach and learn, but they can be a lot of fun and will result in lasting memories.

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Why You Need to Digitize Photos and Preserve Them for Future Generations

digitize photosWhy and How to Digitize Photos For Future Generations. It’s This Easy

As technology continues to advance, the way in which we preserve our history is also changing. From cave drawings to oil paintings and from print photos to Snapchat selfies, it’s important for us to now digitize photos in order to keep them safe for future generations.


But if you need a few reasons why it’s important to digitize photos before it’s too late, then consider the following:

Print photos will eventually succumb to the elements


Unless you have your print photos stored in acid-free, archival-quality storage containers and kept in a temperature-controlled room away from sunlight, then your photos are at risk of getting destroyed by the elements. Of course, we definitely recommend doing everything you can to keep your print photos safe, but digitizing them is the only way to truly protect them from the elements.


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3 Simple Tips to Try this National Simplify Your Life Week

simplify your lifeThe first week of August is National Simplify Your Life week and this is one holiday we can definitely get on board with—especially considering we were recently featured in Real Simple Magazine. (It doesn’t get simpler than that!)


So, if you, like us, want to take advantage of this holiday and simplify your life, we’ve got some handy tips to help you along the way. Check it out:


Take advantage of technology


There are so many apps and tech services out there that can make life so much easier. The following are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using tech to your advantage:


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