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What do you do better than I do?

I've recently made some changes in behavior that go against the grain of how I lived, or against my expectations anyway, previously and I'm the better for it. What are the, considered or automatic, decisions and actions that you take on a daily basis that improve your life with zero or near zero net additional effort? Optional snowflake info inside as well for those that like to read. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jun 20, 2016 - 27 answers

Should we move to Portland (OR) or the Twin Cities?

Mid-twenties, starting "professional" careers. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on May 23, 2016 - 22 answers

Is getting your own apartment worth the money?

I'm really on the fence about this. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 14, 2016 - 33 answers

Living with ex. It's going well. How do I keep it going?

How do I keep this going?---We're best friends living together--2 gay men---after 7 year relationship . My mental health nosedived, I got angry 24/7,my lover became a caretaker who kept me from worst impulses--he quit his job for years just to deal with my harmful ways. But now we have a house, lots of dogs, a fledgling business. Finally getting the right help, I've stopped playing destructive head games. I miss partner but best friends thing is actually working better than much of the relationship did. We actually talk more, get along better. what gives? [more inside]
posted by caveatz on May 3, 2016 - 14 answers

Self-Help Book Suggestions

I'm looking for a good self-help book that deals with one or more of the following: [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Apr 8, 2016 - 7 answers

How the hell do people live in San Francisco?

I've been looking at cost of living in different areas around the country and I just cannot fathom how or why anyone lives within a hundred miles of San Francisco. How does this actually work? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Apr 6, 2016 - 48 answers

Suburbs to live in Melbourne

I'm moving to Melbourne from overseas in early May. While househunting I've been told that my list of suburbs is too long and I should choose about 4-5. Which 4-5 to choose? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 29, 2016 - 17 answers

Where to live in Cincinnati?

I am headed in Cincinnati early next month. The Mr. will be interviewing for a job, while I spend the day with a relocation specialist figuring out where we will want to live should the interview go well. The relocation specialist wants to know which neighborhoods I want to visit. Ideal living situation details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by songs_about_rainbows on Feb 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Where should I live?

Can anyone offer some helpful advice about good places to live in the United States that currently have a low cost of living? I expect to be placed on a fixed income soon of about $1300 per month, so I'd like to live somewhere where I could make that work. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Feb 8, 2016 - 22 answers

A bird and a fish may love each other....

I think my living space is making me miserable. How can I figure it out and how do I cope in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by chara on Feb 1, 2016 - 30 answers

Places outside the U.S. like the Desert Southwest

I’ve tried to search various times, but this seems to be one of those questions that’s hard for search engines. Suppose one is an American and loves the Desert Southwest but would like to live in another country. Sonoran Mexico would be an obvious answer, but where else would be similar and would be a good place to live? I know there are many things about the area that are unique.
posted by bongo_x on Nov 16, 2015 - 13 answers

Finding Assisted Living for my parents. What do I need to know?

My parents are in their early 80's. The time has come for them to sell their house and move to an assisted living type environment. This needs to happen sooner than later. If you have gone through this process what do you wish you had known before you started visiting places? What questions do we ask? What type of financial set-ups have you encountered? [more inside]
posted by Coffee Bean on Nov 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Short-term rentals in Cleveland

Asking for friends who have a loved one seeking long-term medical treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. Any leads on reasonably located short-term rentals that won't bankrupt one (the InterContinental is great but that would be ridiculously expensive...)?
posted by noonday on Oct 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Fire in apartment below--rebuilding/insurance questions

[Asking for a friend] My building had a fire last night, on the floor below mine. I have middling fire damage at baseboard level in both bedrooms, both of which will be uninhabitable until the damage is ripped out and redone. All my windows are broken and glass is everywhere, but aside from the above stuff and the overwhelming odor of smoke and my broken-down front door, there is no other (water or fire or smoke stain) damage to the apartment. This is in NYC, and I have no renter's insurance. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Aug 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I live alone or seek housemates? 27M INTJ.

27-year-old male, INTJ, single, straight, with a 2yo labrador, living and working in San Francisco. I have lived with various housemates since college, who provided me with activities to do and friends to hang out with. In August, our lease ends, and the others are moving away. Should I seek housemates, or live alone? [more inside]
posted by mcav on May 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Songs for sucking the marrow out of life

Wanted: music to remind me to live deliberately, live consciously, and not coast through life on autopilot. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Mar 23, 2015 - 62 answers

Where Do I Put a Tiny House?

I'm a renter and my 5 year plan is to buy a Tiny House. Getting the house is not a problem, but what appears to be insurmountable is figuring out where to put it. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Mar 15, 2015 - 23 answers

She's going back to the land...

Can the Hive Mind help me in brainstorming the perfect family homestead? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Feb 12, 2015 - 35 answers

How can I connect with people?

I'm feeling very disconnected from the people around me. I'm looking for some advice on how to make new connections. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2015 - 16 answers

What city in Southwest Florida is the best place to live?

I'll be finishing a masters degree in school counseling and have given some thought to moving from Idaho to Florida. Big jump, I know. So far Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Southwest Florida appeal to me the most. I'd like some info and advice on SW Florida. [more inside]
posted by madmartigan3454 on Dec 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me make my big house seem ... smaller?

Our old farmhouse was remodeled in the 50s and as a result, the living room is seriously something like 35 x 20 in some spots, while others are 'only' 15 feet wide. We moved here from a house that could fit IN our current living room. It's freaking me out. I'd really like to make the house, our living room especially, seem more cozy. What are some ideas or hacks to make this happen? I see lots of tips on how to make rooms seem bigger, but not so many to make the walls feel like they're closing in on you.
posted by checkitnice on Nov 9, 2014 - 27 answers

What's it like living in Tahoe?

I'm in the preliminary stage of interviewing for a job in Tahoe. I live in Manhattan. Am I insane? [more inside]
posted by teabag on Nov 4, 2014 - 14 answers

FWB Becoming More - Complications

Me, female, late 20's. Him, male, early 30's. Recently moved in together and became more serious. Then, we both apparently crossed some boundaries into less fun, more complicated territory. How would you deal? Lots of details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Oct 7, 2014 - 16 answers

Do I fail at being an adult?

I hate to live alone. Does that mean I fail as an adult? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Sep 26, 2014 - 46 answers

Can/Should We Get Past This?

We moved in together, but things are going poorly. Not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies on Sep 17, 2014 - 39 answers

Sources of funding for social mobility

I have some friends who don't have GCSEs or A-levels. I would like to help them study for these qualifications. How can they support their living costs? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Sep 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Moving in?

Boyfriend of 1.5 years and I considering joining homes. Some extenuating circumstances... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Movin' on down to the QC. All your Charlotte advice goes here

Neighborhood? Specific building? Gyms? Any and all of your advice on these or other Charlotte related life-things. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Aug 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Advice for living with a sibling as adults

My brother (24) and I (female, 26) are sharing an apartment starting next week and I have anxieties. I'd like to prepare for whatever problems or conflicts that may arise. Wall of text to follow... [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Aug 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Seeking a little patch of land under big skies

tl;dr: If you were looking for a place in the U.S. where you could own some land, in beautiful, lonesome country (utilities entirely optional) -- ideally in the mountains or the high desert -- on which to live intermittently throughout the year, where would you look? [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Jul 29, 2014 - 28 answers

Living in Cardiff - expected lifestyle changes?

I am an academic and am likely about to take up a position at Cardiff University. I currently live in a small-ish (250K) Dutch city, which I love. I like the compact city center, I like walking everywhere (shopping, market, coffee, train station), I like the robust public transportation. I dislike car culture. What do I need to know about Cardiff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Why would a potential Craigslist landlord ask for my birthday?

Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Breakup - Difficulty: Hard

My S.O. and I broke over a week ago and agreed that she would move out. But.. we're on week two now and she's still here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2014 - 48 answers

Modern life is bringing me down

Life has been really good to me, yet I feel unfulfilled in this endless cycle of daily routines. Am I expecting something unrealistic or is this a sign I need to change my lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by monologish on May 27, 2014 - 39 answers

Babycare secrets that you didn't even know to ask about.

We have a very new baby (as of two weeks ago) as an inveterate optimiser (read, lazy person) I am looking for all the little tips and tricks you have picked up for managing tiny babies. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on May 27, 2014 - 52 answers

Looking for an old, charming expat city in (maybe) Europe.

I'm traveling and I'd like to find an old, charming city somewhere outside the US (probably Europe) to settle down in, at least for a little while. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by archagon on May 22, 2014 - 22 answers

Song finding: "The living room"

Find this song/artist? Male solo guitar singer-songwriter, NYC downtown type. His first record would have come out near 1996 or 97 on a tiny label. The opening track was called "The Living Room" and was about the club in NYC. The chorus was "Why do they call it the Living Room, when it's got no life like a ..." (memory fades.) That's all I've got. Who was it?
posted by neustile on Apr 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Eeny, reside here or not, meeny, miny, moe?

My lease is soon expiring. I'm in kind of a delicate situation, and am a bit stuck on how to proceed. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Apr 25, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I fall in love with my city?

I've been in Rochester, NY for two and a half years now for graduate study, and I have about that much longer to stay here. I haven't liked the city since I moved here (the weather is terrible, the city is small and geographically isolated, it feels like everything important is happening elsewhere, the natural beauty is underwhelming, etc. etc.). Recently I've come to believe that it isn't really the town's fault, but mine, since I never really gave Rochester a chance. How do you cultivate a love for a city that you didn't grow up in, never intended to come to, and plan to leave as soon as professionally possible? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Apr 9, 2014 - 35 answers

Smoke/Fire alarm repeater?

I want a device that I can attach to our front door, and if the building's alarm goes off, a signal would be relayed to an alarm outside our bedroom door. Does this kind of thing exist? [more inside]
posted by EastCoastBias on Apr 8, 2014 - 11 answers

How much is too much for rent?

I've searched around, and it appears the common guideline for considering rent amounts is not to go over one-third of your monthly salary. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Mar 23, 2014 - 19 answers

What would happen if I put my living yeast in various places?

I just started my first batch of homebrew cider using Lalvin EC-1118. I had a little yeast left over, and didn't want to throw it away, so I fed it some apple juice and honey. I started wondering about what I could do with it, but a little voice said to me "ah, better think twice about this." [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 19, 2014 - 10 answers

LivingFilter: Western Town, Outdoorsy Girl

After living the nomadic life for many years, I'm starting to think about settling down again. Search criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by grinagog on Jan 29, 2014 - 24 answers

Vive la France! yes!! Vivre en France? well.... maybe California instead

Looking for advice on cost of living in France (South of Paris, Nice or Toulouse area). Partner and I would be making €120 to €140,000 combined household, before taxes. Another option is California where we could make way more money (at least $200-$220k combined, and less taxes). What is the cost of living in California (Irvine or San Diego) as a comparison? Is it expensive to have kids in the US? [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Jan 13, 2014 - 21 answers

Where to live in the UK this summer

My spouse and I are interested in living in the UK next summer. We'd like to stay for three months, and we're looking for ideas on where to live and how to approach organizing this visit. [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Dec 23, 2013 - 14 answers

is it safe for me to live in this neighborhood?

I finally found a place in Brooklyn that seems perfect with one catch: it's in a semi rough area. The thing is I can't seem to get a clear opinion online of exactly how unsafe it is. [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Dec 23, 2013 - 61 answers

Hope me with Housing in NoVa? Renting. Buying.

Should I get a mortgage even if all the house I can afford right now in the Northern Virginia (NoVa) area is $120k to $150k (according to two different calculators)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 28 answers

Living in Las Vegas

I'm moving to Las Vegas for a few years. I have a lot of experience living in tourist towns and dens of vice, but I've never lived in the desert. (I've been more of an ocean person.) Tell me what I need to know to get up to speed as a local in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the desert. What, from a local's point of view, separates Las Vegas from other cities? What did you wish someone had told you before you moved there? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Where should I live?

Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 14, 2013 - 50 answers

How can I get released from my lease agreement?

When I moved into my apartment with my roommate, the manager at the time said we could remove or add roommates as we pleased and could even add a roommate and remove ourselves off the lease completely if we wanted to move away before the lease was up, so long as we notified the manager and signed a form. I am considering moving out before the lease ends. We now have a new manager and when I checked with her, she says this is not true, that I cannot be removed from the lease at all even if my roommate agrees to it. However, I looked over my lease and it seems to say that I absolutely CAN do that, as long as everyone agrees. (See extended for the exact lease quote.) [more inside]
posted by brista on Sep 3, 2013 - 15 answers

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