Is your staircase working hard enough for you? Besides it's main job (to get you from one floor to another), your stairs could also be putting in some overtime and doing twice the work. Just look at all the ways these folks made their stairs do double duty and solved their storage dilemmas.
You're getting older, and your secondhand furniture is, too. While you may feel like you're outgrowing your taste, don't make a knee-jerk reaction and drop major bucks to redecorate your whole house with more grown-up gear (you know, the kind you don't have to assemble yourself). There's a secret to looking expensive on the cheap: Restraint.
The average daily commute in the U.S. is 45 minutes long, according to Citi's ThankYou Premier Commuter Index, and even longer in big cities (around 55 minutes if you're in San Francisco or L.A., 64 minutes in Chicago and a whopping 73 minutes for New Yorkers). For many of these mega-commuters, moving closer to work or changing jobs just isn't an option. So how do you cope? Here are 5 things smart travelers to do improve a long commute home.
Disposable products may be cheap and convenient, but there’s a cost associated with throwing out all that material. Many items have alternate uses and longer lives than just the one use their makers intended. Instead of throwing them away, get the most you can out of the following six things.
We all know by now the potential our keyboards have to become cesspools, so we'll skip the gross-out statistics and just say you should be cleaning your keyboard often. Once each month is a good solid goal to start with, increasing the number of cleanings during cold and flu season or if you work in an office/share keys with other members of your household.
Don't have an actual entryway? You're not alone. Small space dwellers and those with modern homes that didn't build an entryway into the floor plan all suffer from being dumped right into a living room and not having a proper introduction to a home (not to mention a spot to store day-to-day items you need easy access to). Here are the six proven design elements you can incorporate (alone or by combining a few) to the area near your front door to fake an entryway (or at least the function of one).
After years of thrifting, and knowing myself, I've figured out when it makes sense to head to Goodwill, and when I should just stay home. If you aren't a diehard go-every-day-as-if-it's-a-religion kind of shopper, then choose your strategy carefully and save yourself a world of hassle and time.
You know all the conventional advice: Keep a dark room and lay off the snooze button. But for the stubborn sleepers–the ones who would sooner give up an arm than their snooze button–here are three hacks for getting a good night's sleep that you might not have heard yet.
My college roommate and I loved everything about our first apartment, except for the noise. All day and all night long we heard creaks and groans coming from the ceiling, interspersed with occasional thumps and thuds. This of course made us curious about our neighbors, and eager to catch sight of these giants. There must be, we figured, at least four 250 pound men crashing about up there. Then one day we finally spotted them leaving their apartment, and they turned out to be... two very small girls. And a beagle.