Carrie Murphy

Carrie Murphy is a poet, freelance writer, and birth doula. She lives with her husband and two dachshunds in a historic home in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.
10 Items That Belong Nowhere Near Your Bed If You Want Good Sleep
You want to ensure your snooze space is perfectly primed for both relaxation and sleep.
May 18, 2023
Ask the Experts: How Do You Clean and Store Sex Toys?
Cleaning and maintenance is an unavoidable part of life. You’ve to clean your body, you’ve got to clean your living space, and yes—you’ve got to clean your sex toys.
Oct 3, 2022
Try This 4-Step Guide to Improve Your Restless Winter Sleep
You'd think with all the nesting you'd be sleeping like a baby during the winter season. Not so.
Feb 3, 2020
Sir James Dyson Thinks This Common Feature Is Going to Disappear from Homes
Sir James Dyson, the ingenious inventor who gave us both the indispensable Dyson vacuums (I have two!) and those intense Dyson hand dryers, is gracing us with some new wisdom. The forward-thinker spoke to Recode about his ideas on design, devices, and which uber-common home feature will soon be a thing of the past. Speaking about the home of the future, Dyson waxed poetic when explaining how and why our houses are going to become much more than simple shelters.
May 3, 2019
7 Smart Laundry-Organizing Ideas to Steal from IKEA
What is it about laundry? For some reason, a well-designed and organized laundry area can inspire deep wells of envy. That’s certainly how I felt when I saw IKEA’s gallery of gorgeous laundry rooms—maybe it’s because my washer and dryer unhappily occupy a wall in my kitchen, a wall where style and organization is certainly less of a priority. Here are some of IKEA’s ingenious ideas you can steal for your own laundry space.
May 3, 2019
This $6 Bathroom Staple Saves Me Money Every Day
Super simple, this tiny tool has one job—and does it well.
Jul 8, 2018
The Mortgage that Pays Itself: What You Need to Know to Get Started Hosting on Airbnb
If you have any extra space in your home — a spare bedroom, guest house, a finished garage — chances are you’ve toyed with the idea of listing it on Airbnb. Pros: extra money for bills or savings, a fun way to meet cool people, and not a lot of real work. Cons: the potential for weirdos in your space, property damage, and near-constant mental labor in the form of requests and bookings.
Feb 23, 2018