Ashley Abramson's Recent Articles
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What to Do Before, During, and After Someone (Like a Plumber or Landlord) Enters Your Home
Know it before you need it: Here's what an epidemiologist recommends for maintaining health and safety during essential in-home visits.
Apr 14, 2020
The Sanitizer Everyone Has at Home and Will Never Run Out Of
When disinfecting products are in short supply, you have to be creative. Fortunately, we all have access to one of the most effective sanitizers out there—and it’s totally free.
Apr 9, 2020
So You’re Using Quarantine to Declutter. Here’s What to Do With the Stuff
Are donation centers open during the coronavirus crisis? What about charities like homeless or women’s shelters? We've got all the answers.
Apr 5, 2020
There’s One Easy Bathroom Habit That Can Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus
You can prevent 80 percent of potentially harmful germs with a flick of the wrist.
Apr 3, 2020
6 Laundry Tips an Expert Thinks You Should Know During the Coronavirus Outbreak
To learn more about the best (and most hygienic) laundry practices during a pandemic, we spoke with a laundry expert.
Apr 1, 2020
7 Habits You Need to Start (Right Now) If You Suspect Someone in Your Home Is Sick
Here are seven steps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends if you’re living in the same home as a sick person.
Mar 31, 2020
So... Someone Sneezed Into the Air. Here's What to Do Next.
You can’t always predict when a cough or sneeze is coming on. And you definitely can't control roommates who won't take their health seriously.
Mar 28, 2020
The First 5 Things to Do When You Walk in the Door, According to a Microbiologist
Yes, grocery store hauls require a whole other level of vigilance right now.
Mar 26, 2020
4 Simple Habits of People Who Always Go to Bed on Time
Sleep procrastination is a real thing. Here's how to stop.
Mar 24, 2020
The Easiest Way to Sanitize Your Bed Sheets, According to a Laundry Expert
Even if you have access to a washer, you might want to take this extra maintenance step just to be sure you’re not sleeping in a literal bed of germs.
Mar 23, 2020
How Long Can Germs (Like the Coronavirus) Live on Surfaces at Home?
Researchers are only beginning to understand how long the novel coronavirus can survive on surfaces, but here's what we know.
Mar 22, 2020
A Microbiologist Shares How “Target Hygiene” Cleaning Can Help When Everyone’s Getting Sick
We’ve got good news for you: You probably don’t have to spend all day disinfecting.
Mar 11, 2020
The Counterintuitive Way My Family Saves $100 a Month on Our Monthly Bills
Month after month, I would look at my bank statement and resolve to spend less on food. The solution to that problem? Accepting reality.
Mar 10, 2020
I Tried a Hands-Free Automatic Soap Dispenser at Home and I’ll Never Go Back
Knowing how easily and quickly I could wash up turned a switch on in my brain that kept committed to hand-washing.
Mar 8, 2020
The DIY Sanitizer Recipes You’re Seeing Everywhere Don’t Work—Here’s the Right Way to Do It
Some people are taking sanitizing matters into their own hands (pun intended). Here's why that won't work.
Mar 5, 2020
I Tried the Charlie App for Just One Month and Saved Hundreds on Amazon
It’s nice to have someone—even a robot penguin—looking out for me.
Mar 2, 2020
The Very First Thing You Should Do with a New Bottle of Vinegar
It's like a calendar reminder—only not on your phone.
Feb 9, 2020
6 Cleaning Mistakes that Could Ruin Your Phone (and Other Electronics)
It's better to be dirty than useless. Some cleaning methods can permanently damage your device, or maybe even render it unusable.
Feb 3, 2020
6 Tips for Buying Plants You Won’t Kill, According to This Author and Plant Store Pro
Shopping for plants (and learning how to care for them) can be overwhelming even for the most experienced plant parents.
Feb 3, 2020
I Tried a Viral Hack for Finding Kids Toys—and It Saved Us from a Meltdown on Day One
This hack saved me a good 10 minutes of tearing apart our house, and even better, saved my ears from 10 minutes of toddler tantrum sounds.
Jan 31, 2020
The Real Difference Between a Living Room and a Family Room
According to the experts.
Jan 18, 2020
The Best Times to Buy Furniture, According to Home Experts
If you’re shopping for a bargain, here’s an expert-backed cheat sheet.
Jan 17, 2020
The Best Home Fitness Equipment (Starting at $9!), According to People Who Stick to Workouts
We talked to some personal trainers and at-home workout aficionados to find the best workout equipment that still fits in a small living room.
Jan 8, 2020
10 Realistic Tips from People Who *Actually* Work Out in Their Living Room
“A living room workout might not have been your first choice, but look at the positives: You get to play your own music and have the ‘gym’ all to yourself!”
Jan 5, 2020
This Genius $31 Shoe Storage Hack Takes Advantage of An Unused Spot in Your Closet
Since you probably own more pairs of shoes than, say, sweaters, it can be tricky to come up with strategies for storing them. Creative shoe storage like over-the-door or under-the-bed shoe organizers become even more important if you have limited storage space (or if you just have tons of shoes).
Jan 5, 2020
The Home Spin Bike Showdown: Here’s How They Measure Up on Cost
Since every at-home spin bike comes with different add-ons and costs, it can be hard to tell upfront if the investment is worth it. So we did the math.
Jan 3, 2020
13 Small and Simple Ways to Start Living a Healthier Lifestyle
These changes might seem small, but little decisions add up—especially when they become routines.
Jan 3, 2020
19 Game-Changing Amazon Finds We Loved in 2019—From $4 to $25
Here are the 19 home buys that earned the most buzz from our contributors and readers in 2019.
Dec 11, 2019
How Tulsa, Oklahoma Created a “Living Room” for the Entire City
The Gathering Place, a sprawling riverside park in Tulsa, Oklahoma, functions a lot like the city’s backyard.
Dec 2, 2019
5 Things a Microbiologist Takes on Every Flight
Nobody has time to get sick during the hustle and bustle of the fall and winter months.
Nov 21, 2019
The Small Space Dweller’s Guide to Having People Over
Easy Untertaining
The people you’re hosting aren’t coming over to be wowed by extra counter space or a second bathroom; they’re coming over to spend time with you.
Nov 20, 2019
The Messy Person’s Guide to Having People Over More
Easy Untertaining
Not ready to open up your doors? Here are a few simple suggestions for prepping your home for a gathering, without stressing too much about the nooks and crannies.
Nov 20, 2019
The Broke Person’s Guide to Having People Over
Easy Untertaining
First: You definitely don’t need tons of cash to have fun. Second: You’re not alone in feeling discouraged about your money situation.
Nov 20, 2019
The Busy Person’s Guide to Having People Over
Easy Untertaining
The key to incorporating more hang-outs in a busy schedule? Being a one-trick pony with a go-to “gathering” routine in place.
Nov 20, 2019
Here’s Why We Call the Day After Thanksgiving “Black Friday”
This year, 61 percent of shoppers reported they’ll be participating in Black Friday, with an average reported budget of $502.
Nov 17, 2019
Buying a Mattress? Here’s the Best Time of Year to Shop, According to Experts
You may be able to talk—and time—your way into a sweet deal.
Nov 16, 2019
This $2 Old School Stain Remover Has a Close-to-Perfect Amazon Rating
For hundreds of Amazon's 5-star reviewers, there’s one stain treatment that stands out from the rest.
Nov 12, 2019
An Architectural Photographer's Tips on Taking Better Photos of Your Home
Whether you’re capturing images for your Instagram grid or you’re an aspiring photographer, taking photos of your home is a rewarding way to express and share your personal aesthetic.
Nov 4, 2019
Probiotic Cleaner is Made Just Like Kombucha—And It Keeps Cleaning Long After You’re Done
It’s no secret that probiotics are one secret weapon for healthier digestion and overall wellness. But this popular wellness remedy is now making its way into the world of cleaning products, too.
Nov 4, 2019
This Small Space Emergency Kit Fits in a Shoebox and Only Costs $108
Pack these 11 tools and you'll be ready for anything—even if you’re living in a studio apartment that barely has enough room for a twin bed.
Oct 29, 2019
The Best Thing for Each Enneagram Type to Buy at IKEA
The Enneagram is helpful in understanding strengths and growth opportunities—and, apparently, how to outfit your home.
Oct 15, 2019
I Tried Mindful Breathing for a Week And it Changed How I Feel About My Anxiety
Hoping for better sleep and, as a result, more productive and intentional mornings, I gave the 2:1 ("two-to-one") breathing exercise a try—every night in bed, for an entire week.
Sep 27, 2019
12 Surprisingly Stylish Ways to Baby-Proof Your Home
Having a baby is already hard work. Finding baby-proofing items that won’t ruin the aesthetic of your home shouldn’t have to be.
Sep 27, 2019
5 Default TV Settings You Need to Change Right Out of the Box
Whether you’re in the market for a new television or want to make sure your current TV is set up *just right,* here are a few of the most important settings to adjust right off the bat.
Sep 23, 2019
10 Mindless Home Habits that Are Costing You Money
Here are a few of the most common little things that add up over time.
Sep 18, 2019
This Candle Company Just Taught Us a Shopping Trick You’ll Wish You’d Known for Years
Be ready and don't get duped by the massive selection of scented candles that are everywhere this time of year.
Sep 13, 2019
Don’t Think You Can Become Someone Who Makes Their Bed Every Day? These Therapists Say Otherwise
In honor of National Make Your Bed Day on Sept. 11, we spoke with experts about an important question: How can those of us who aren’t natural bed-makers make a routine of it?
Sep 11, 2019