Sarah Coffey

Sarah's made a living as a lifestyle writer for over 15 years, working at places like Apartment Therapy and West Elm. In addition to writing and editing, she works one-on-one with people who want to make space for a more mindful, creative way of living.
5 Things Airbnb Guests Should Always Do (and 3 They Can Skip)
Because it's likely been a while since most of you did some traveling.
Jun 7, 2021
My Week of Easy Meals That Gets a 6-Year-Old’s Seal of Approval
Since my husband and I received a little countertop toaster oven for a wedding gift 14 years ago, our family has relied on it almost every day. With our toaster oven on its last legs, a picky six-year-old, and a serious case of pandemic cooking fatigue, I was ready for a countertop oven that worked a little harder—maybe with a built-in air fryer, microwave, toaster, or all three. So, I jumped at the chance to try out the Galanz ToastWave™ with TotalFry 360™.
Dec 2, 2020
8 Ways to Create Extra Counter Space in a Tiny Kitchen
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Just because you have a small kitchen, it doesn't mean you have to do your prep work on the coffee table in the living room.
Oct 4, 2020
5 Ways to Insulate Your Kitchen and Dining Room Windows for Winter
Chilly winter weather is here, and with it comes the temptation to turn up the heat on our thermostats. Look to your windows instead, and invest in one of these draft-stopping solutions that will help warm up your space, and save you money in the long run. Here’s a mini-guide of solutions, with pros and cons of everything from layered curtains to shrink-wrap film. You can buy strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing at a hardware store or online.
Nov 30, 2018
The Best Sources for Finding Cheap Art and Photo Frames
This is a problem we all seem to struggle with … finding a way to display artwork without paying huge amounts of money for framing. Since the type of framing we choose usually depends on the artwork, we’re always having to come up with new solutions to the problem. Along the way, we’ve found a few cheap sources for frames that we keep coming back to. Read on to check them out.
Aug 20, 2018
The Multitasker That Can Make or Break Your Vacation
There’s nothing better than kicking back outside a rental cabin, hanging out around the campire with a glass of rosé or a bottle of beer, maybe having some after-dinner vanilla ice cream topped with homemade strawberry jam. If you find yourself in this situation this summer (which I hope you do), this tool can make or break the moment. Breaking out a bottle of wine and realizing that you don’t have a corkscrew is the worst.
Jul 21, 2016
5 Reasons Why Cleaning Alone Is Better
I’m not a natural neat freak. I’ve struggled with cleaning throughout my life. (I used to leave sinks full of dirty dishes for longer than I’d like to admit.) Don’t get me wrong — I’m not messy; in fact, I love decluttering, organizing, and arranging, but cleaning is a different story. The thing that’s made it bearable is seeing cleaning as a kind of meditation, best practiced in moments when I’m alone.
Jul 19, 2016
How I Decluttered My Kitchen Junk Drawer
I don’t believe in junk drawers. It’s not that I don’t believe they exist — they’re a fixture in something like 99 percent of American homes — I just don’t believe they’re necessary. Every drawer should have a reason for being. A junk drawer is just waiting to find its true calling. So, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that I have a junk drawer in my kitchen.
Jun 30, 2016
A Simple Ritual to Welcome Summer into Your Kitchen
Seasonal rituals like spring cleaning and Thanksgiving holiday prep are some of the most powerful ways we have of connecting with our kitchens, but summer asks for something simpler. After all, this is the season of laid-back living, lighter meals, and (hopefully) a more relaxed routine. Here is a small but mighty way to acknowledge the warmer weather. In many Asian countries, people honor “the kitchen god” by making seasonal offerings.
Jun 21, 2016
10 Ways to Fill Your Kitchen with Positive Energy
Good vibes only, please.
Jun 9, 2016
5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Smell Like Summer
Scent is one of our most complex and powerful senses. Intrinsically tied to memory, mood, and seasonal changes, scent can trigger a chain of events in your brain that brings you back to a specific place and time — like last year at the farmers market when you bought those fresh limes — and those positive neural pathways can even boost your mood. Here are five summer scent ideas to give you a light and sunny lift.
Jun 7, 2016
The Kitchn’s Spring Refresh Day 7: Feng Shui Your Sink & Celebrate!
Woo-hoo for you! Today’s the last installment of The Kitchn’s seven-day Spring Refresh. Before we get to high-fives, though, you’ve still got one small assignment that will make a big difference down the line. I’ve yet to meet a cook who loves doing the dishes as much as cooking. The reward of a clean sink just isn’t as exciting as the promise of a great meal.
Apr 17, 2016
The Kitchn’s Spring Refresh Day 6: Discard Anything That’s Not Practical or Personal & Love What’s Left
Cooks are notoriously attached to their tools: Bakers are devoted to the 9×13 pan, bartenders love their citrus juicers, and most chefs will gladly wax poetic when asked about their favorite knife. That’s why we’ve saved the task of clearing out your kitchen tools for late in The Kitchn’s Spring Refresh. By this point, I hope you’ve already experienced the new energy that comes with letting go.
Apr 16, 2016
The Kitchn’s Spring Refresh Day 4: Take Stock of Your Pantry Shelves (and Yourself)
If the refrigerator is a cook’s subconscious, then the pantry is the conscious ego — the place where we can see ourselves in a colorful, curated spice collection or an organized row of rice and pasta jars. Pantry cleaning offers us not only the reward of a clearer view (and better appreciation) of our grains and dry goods, but also of ourselves. There’s something so satisfying and so personal in taking stock of what you have in your pantry.
Apr 14, 2016
The Kitchn’s Spring Refresh Day 3: Banish Bad Vibes from the Fridge and Freezer
Is there anything more connected to the way we feel about ourselves (deep down) than our refrigerator? Movies use this correlation all the time — just think of Oscar’s moldy-sandwich fridge in The Odd Couple, Sigourney Weaver’s portal-to-another-dimension fridge in Ghostbusters, or basically every movie ever where a bachelor opens his refrigerator and finds sour milk, so we know he’s unhappy.
Apr 13, 2016
The Kitchn’s Spring Refresh Day 2: Get Your Cleaning Supplies in Order
Day two’s project is one that will carry us through every other task this week. It involves decluttering and cleaning out your cleaning supplies and the space where they live — whether that’s under the sink, in the pantry, or on a shelf. We’ll also be looking at some simple ways to upgrade your cleaning kit with greener supplies and make your kitchen smell really amazing.
Apr 12, 2016
The Kitchn’s Spring Refresh Day 1: Clean Your Counters, Clear Your Mind
Hello and welcome! Thanks for joining The Kitchn’s seven-day spring refresh. It’s sort of like a cleanse for your kitchen, but there’s no dieting or fasting — just a weeklong journey to a cleaner, calmer cooking space. As a home-clearer, I teach mindful methods of clearing space — both internal and external.
Apr 11, 2016