Maybe you've wondered, as you flipped through tours of impossibly uncluttered, impossibly small spaces on sites like ours: where is all the stuff? Do these people really not own anything? And if not, where does it all go? Of course, there are all kinds of different answers: extreme minimalism. Clever storage solutions. A little bit of cheating (aka mini storage). But there's another solution that a lot of small space dwellers probably won't admit to, one so simple, in fact, that you may be using it yourself without even thinking about it.
When that luxurious velvet sofa catches your gaze for the first time, it's easy to think, "I can totally do this, Fido will learn that he is not allowed up. Simple as that." We've all been there, but let's get real.
May is National Home Improvement Month, and all month long we've been working with Hollywood star and DIY-fanatic Jennie Garth and the makers of the MOTRIN® Brand to talk about how we can tackle easy and fun projects for our homes on the weekends. Today, we're sharing one of Jennie's favorite ways to perk up a piece of furniture: wallpaper. Here's a step-by-step how-to that shows exactly how you can do this at home.
How do I ask a neighbor to pick up the dog poo from their yard more often because it is smelling up my yard (front and back) real bad? Do I go straight to 311 or do it face-to-face or is there a better suggestion? I’d like to cause the least amount of embarrassment/awkwardness/ill-will while still getting the shit taken care of. Flies, man, already and super-humid Baltimore summer coming …
The bright light of the spring and summer sun and longer daylight hours always inspire me to open the windows, dust out the corners and tackle my long-term to-do lists around the house. I've made a list of resolutions for this summer and I'm excited to take them on!
What are your favorite memories of your childhood home? Whether it's family holidays or the view from your bedroom as the sun went down, the aroma of that secret family recipe or the smell of the cedar closet that was the best spot for hide-and-seek, our childhood homes are rich repositories of memory and sentiment. Some of us are lucky enough to still have these homes in our families, but some of us have had to say goodbye when the time came to sell the home where we grew up.
Meeting deadlines, going to yoga, cheering at the kids' soccer games, finishing that craft project, catching up with friends, answering that last email: We do a ton before it's even time to think about getting a good night's sleep — and our sleep usually suffers for it. But May is Better Sleep Month, so we're finally giving our shut-eye the respect it deserves for fueling our crazy lives. These 7 tips are a great start:
1. Set your thermostat to 65-68 degrees to prevent overheating. Waking up sweaty at 2 a.m. is no one's idea of restful. Hit this temperate sweet spot and you'll be dreaming comfortably.
I've mentioned before how much I love splurging on getting my house professionally cleaned. I like to think I know just how to get the best cleaning experience, but to make sure, I asked my awesome housecleaner the other day, and here's what she said.
Lately, we've been browsing photos of impeccably organized closets with the same dreamy eyes usually reserved for tropical beaches. (Hmm, maybe we need an organization overhaul and a vacation?) Yep, we're jonesing for containers, cubbies and closet space so we can stay organized all the time, not just after we clean. We took the top storage tips that we've learned from all our daydreams – and put them into action.