When Your New Year Resolution Is About To Fail

Here’s a fact: Most New Year’s resolution are broken even before we hit February.

At Livible we know how hard it is to stay on track with our New Year resolutions and we hear that from many of our customers. The thing is, most of us tend to fall off the resolution wagon so fast because of vague, unrealistic goals. When people feel demotivated, usually after the third week of January, the tendency is to throw in the towel – for good.

The week your New Year resolution dies, according to Facebook

Facebook has recently shared a very interesting report on how people stick to their exercise resolutions, WSJ wrote. To gauge the number of people working out, Facebook tracked check-ins made to places with ‘gym’ or ‘fitness’ in the name in the US, and the results are eye-opening.

As shown above, Facebook’s two-year data shows check-ins to facilities with “gym” or “fitness” in the name drop by 10% in February. The dip starts as early as third week in January, coming from a significant surge of people checking in after resolving exercise sessions by Jan 1st. Of course, the study is limited only to fitness centers and clubs with “gym” or “fitness” in their names. It also does not include exercising at home, walking or running, the WSJ post added further.

So what does this tells us about our ability to stay resolved and change ourselves for the better?

We all have noble intentions to work out this year. And if you feel you are starting to waver in this week on your resolutions, you’d probably in a dire need of collecting yourself again and reimagine your goals for this year.

Can we give ourselves another shot?

Will this be the year you start donating the wardrobe junks hiding in your suitcase? Or probably start to cook dinner more often? Actually pull your feet to visit the gym every Tuesday? We all love seeing ourselves in new angles, thus we resolve of doing new things (or maybe updating our old ones) every Jan 1st. We need to create goals that are tangible, actionable and more importantly, possible. The key is to start now, before your enthusiasm dies in February. Here’s how we do it:

Recreate this table and paste it on your wall. Make sure it is visible to get your attention. Review it each week and add a new set of weekly actions, whenever possible.

Giving up on your New Year resolution is nearly as easy as making them in the first place. This year, resolved to make yours stick.

Have ideas for making your New Year resolution real? We’d love to hear it in the comments!

Bedroom Products for a Calm Bed Dowm

Cat’s Pajamas – 23 Gorgeous Bedroom Products That’ll Turn Your BedSpace Into an Oasis of Calm

We enjoyed this recent article in Wired, particularly the great photos. Our favorite was the Pyramid Pet Cabin shown above. Cat’s Pajamas When you climb into bed, your cat needs a cozy spot too. This feline fun house offers man’s other best friend some privacy to bed down for the evening. Even better, the geometric-print cardboard pyramid wipes clean with a sponge. We recently lost our 15 year old lioness but are sure she would have appreciated the clever design on these gorgeous bedroom products. Available from Urban Outfitters for only $32.

It’s been a long day—the last thing you need is to retire to a messy, stress-inducing bedroom. Your sleeping quarters should be an oasis of calm. It should be the one place you can forget about workplace woes, turn off your brain and relax. For our Design|Life issue, we gathered 24 products that will make the send off to slumberland your favorite time of the day.

Click here to see the other 22 products.

The wisdom of Mark Twain

The wisdom of Mark Twain

What are you plans this August? Be sure to get outside, after all your life, and your space, is for living.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Tips and Tricks for Renting your Home during Vacation

Tips and Tricks for Renting your Home during Vacation

You look like you could use a vacation! You look like you could use a loooong vacation… and we’re here to help you do it.

Renting or swapping your house, condo or apartment at home while you’re away on vacation can help cover some of the costs of travel. Sites like, Airbnb, Craigslist and HomeExchange have made it incredibly easy for people to travel the world while maintaining the amenities and comfort of home.

Here are some tips to help get your home ready for guests and to help to “sell” your place online:

  • Paint with neutral colours and maintain the same wall colour on smaller, adjoining rooms. Neutral colours help off-set any elements of your home that might seem dated, like an old couch or artwork with cheap frames and painting two adjacent rooms the same colour will make them seem bigger. Trust us.
  • Say bye-bye to clutter because the kitchen can be a real deal breaker if you don’t do it right. Just because you have the latest single-cup coffee maker, a toaster oven, waffle iron and a soda machine doesn’t mean you have to show them off! Put appliances away and make as much room on the counter as possible. Focus on a single decorative vase of utensils and nothing more.
  • Make your bathroom look like a spa by rolling, not stacking hand towels, buy new scented candles and crisp-white bath robes to hang on the back of the door. Add the extra touch and make your guests feel special.
  • Get rid of anything too personal and focus on your personality. While the picture of you and your boyfriend enjoying a bottle of wine underneath the Eiffel Tower is really cute, it can leave guests feeling awkward and invasive. Instead, hang up the acrylic painting you bought from the green stall along the Seine or buy a poster from the mall.While it can be hard to de-personalize and de-clutter, Storrage is here to make it easier. Our storage containers are both waterproof and fireproof and our app allows you to keep track of each individual item you store and in which box, making retrieval (not to mention peace of mind) easy to maintain while you’re enjoying your holiday.

July 4th Independence Day

July 4th Independence Day

July 4th is fast approaching, which means its about time to start planning your holiday! There are a ton of things going on in Seattle and the surrounding area for the long-weekend but we’ve decided to simplify things and head out for an old-fashioned picnic!

We’ve gathered up some handy tips to make this Independence Day one to remember:

  • Ditch the car…and grab a bike: nothing is sweeter than a cool West Coast breeze running through your hair and the feeling of the road beneath your feet! Clever people have come up with some awesome bike-picnic combos for packing and transporting your lunch. Our favourites include the 6-Bottle Holder from Firebox to safely carry beer or pop-bottles, BEG Picnic Rugs and the Eleven81 Bird Cage!
  • Pack a mason jar salad: not only portable, but easy and beautiful! Put your dressing at the bottom, fruits, veggies or nuts in the middle and lettuce on the top to avoid the dreaded soggy salad! Here’s a cool infographic showing you exactly how to do it.
  • Cold water on the go: grab a few plastic water bottles, fill them halfway and freeze overnight before your picnic adventure! Top them up with water when you’re ready to go for cold H20 throughout the day and make-shift icepacks to keep any perishables from getting too warm.The team at Storrage hopes you enjoy your weekend and think of us when summer is over. Our local storrage facilities are designed for winter bike storage and our containers can hold up to 40 pounds of seasonal gear like picnic baskets, reusable plastic plates and summer clothes!Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates and tips on living well.

Urban Gardening in Seattle

Seattle holds claim as one of the top 10 cities in the US for urban gardening. What began as a city sanctioned phenomenon in the 1980’s, has spread a long way. From community shared plots to apartment balconies, Seattle has embraced the movement, bringing people together and veggies closer to home.

modestyshello, november by liza shelestun on Flickr.

Without a backyard or a practiced green thumb, starting your own garden can be quite daunting, so we’ve gathered together some tips on getting started and maximizing what our Northwest climate has to offer.

Seattle’s Top Edibles

  • Snap Peas: if you missed the March plant, you can lay your seeds in early July and count on a tasty Fall harvest. Home-sown peas will generally last longer than store bought.
  • Basil: Fresh herbs are expensive at the local market, so why not grow your own?! In June, as the soil warms up, buy young plants or sow your own seeds. This aromatic herb will soothe the soul and add oomph to pizza, pasta and desert!
  • Greens: Arugula, cabbage, kale and endive are some of the easiest and highest yielding plants to grow in Seattle. Raised beds are best for growing these leafy treats, as pooling water can ruin your plants, so you can feel confident that your balcony or terrace is up to task.
  • Rosemary: This lovely evergreen has many culinary uses ranging from roast chicken to lemonade, and can be grown quite easily in Washington. Purchase nursery born plants and some well draining pots and you can be sure of a bountiful summer. Rosemary also makes for fantastic homegrown incense.

Come winter time, your responsibilities in the garden should dwindle and we can keep you organized and ready for the Spring. Storrage can hold your containers, gardening gloves, small tools, watering cans and more! With the help of our app, you can take photos of all your supplies so you don’t lose track of your things in the off season.

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Bring on The Bikes!

Life is better with bikes, which is why offering affordable and secure bike storage has been part of our company since the start. Now that it’s warmer, and the streets are cleaner, we’re here to deliver your bikes back to your doorstep and get you moving on two wheels once again! Don’t move too fast though, you’ve got to first treat your ride with a little well deserved T.L.C. Here are some awesome ways to get your bike back in shape and ready for summer.

Bikes collect a ton of dust, dirt and debris over the winter months, whether stored indoors or outdoors, and it’s important to give your baby a good spring cleaning before you take it on a ride. While many methods, brands and systems exist for bike cleaning, almost all will agree that the first course of action is a good hosing. A simple spray from a garden hose or carwash (just a few bucks will do), should eliminate the bulk of your scrubbing and get you ready for tough to reach spots.

Next, find a towel, a toothbrush and a bike cleaner like Fenwicks or Simple Green and get scrubbing! Brake pads, chain, seat, frame, pedals and any other spot you can get into will make your ride safer and keep it on the road for years to come.

For the ultimate treatment, throw a coat of car wax on your frame to add lustre to your paint job and keep the sticky stuff (think bugs, road tar and tree droppings) from building up.

Now that your bike is in tip-top shape, invest in some indoor storage! Based out of Kingston, NY, this new product acts as a bike shelf that protects your apartment or office floor and keeps your paint job from wearing and your cables from kinking. As a bonus, the shelf acts as a cute spot to keep your helmet!

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