With the record breaking heat and drought thoroughout the country this summer, water bans have been pervasive. How do you continue to water your garden within the rules? Answer: Make the most of the water you are allowed to use. More
Many people (though not enough) are willing to make considerable lifestyle adjustments to reduce their personal carbon footprint. But ask someone to change his or her showering habits in the name of the environment, and you will likely encounter some resistance. The fact is, there is something almost spiritual about a really good shower. The intensity of the water pressure, the reliable and consistent temperature, the wide coverage of the spray. Any mention of "water-saving" shower heads may conjure up images of standing under an anemic drizzle of lukewarm water. More
There are two facts about life I generally hold to be true; robots are awesome, and vacuuming sucks (no pun intended). In all seriousness, vacuuming isn't much fun, and even with my modestly sized apartment I try to avoid it at all costs. You can imagine my excitement when I was asked to review the Neato Robotics XV-21 robot vacuum. If the promise of not vacuuming wasn't enough to pique my interest, the prospect of my very own robot wandering the apartment picking up behind me? I could barely contain myself.
Before I took on this assignment, I really didn't think that my fridge was that dirty. Well, let's just say that I was wrong. In case you too have fallen victim to that somewhat subtle accumulation of of grit and grime, follow along for my step-to-step guide to getting rid of the mess. More
Today's One Minute Tip comes from Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, who recommends this technique not only for butcher blocks, but for cutting boards and other wooden kitchen items as well. He also recommends using Beeswax Oil (not pictured in this video). More
Oh, what we wouldn't do for an extra hour (or two) in our running-at-the-speed-of-light day. If you schedule your week in advance, pay close attention to how you are spending your time in the first place, and delegate, delegate, delegate (hello, offspring!) it's easy to carve out some time for the person who needs it the most: you.
Whether I'm hunting for used LP's or buying virgin vinyl, I always clean my records to reduce surface noise and enjoy maximum fidelity. These three methods for cleaning your vinyl and stylus needle will bring you closer to the music and help preserve your albums for years to come. More
If you are moving into a new space, hopefully it has been professionally cleaned, and now the trick is to keep it up. Starting off the move with a kit of new cleaning supplies is the best way to kick things off — here are our top 10 essentials. More
We've featured some great articles recently on the value of downsizing our belongings. Yet even with the best intentions to pare down, it can be hard to part with certain things. If you have items you're waffling over donating (the microwave you barely use, the business suit you wore once) here's a list of 25 organizations that will happily take your stuff and put it to great use. More
My mom keeps a little magazine clipping taped to her washing machine that reads "Laundry is a task with no end in sight." It's not exactly a complaint, but more of a reminder of a reality that we can't avoid (short of hiring a housekeeper).