Marlen Komar's Recent Articles
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This Smart, Cordless Fan Is Keeping Me Nice and Cool Through a Chicago Summer
If you’re looking for a stylish and effective swap to your more utilitarian AC units, I suggest throwing the Smartmi standing fan onto the shortlist.
Aug 8, 2022
How to Wash Dishes When There's No Running Water
Perfect for camping, summer houses, van life, and more.
Aug 4, 2022
This Game-Changing Litter Box is Actually Stylish
It blends right into my entryway — and my cats love it too.
Aug 1, 2022
How to Get Rid of the Chlorine Smell
Stop the pool from following you home.
Jul 23, 2022
How to Clean Your Grill
Easiest way to clean gas and charcoal grills.
Jul 18, 2022
How to Wash a Backpack
Get it cleaned before the school year starts!
Jul 15, 2022
My Mom’s Sweet and Small Trick Helps Me Enjoy Cleaning
My mom shared this sweet idea a few years ago, and it has changed my whole relationship with cleaning.
Jul 11, 2022
The Organizing Method That Helped Me Finally Conquer Clutter
My secret system helps me control messes and stop overbuying.
Jul 9, 2022
It Took Me Two Years to Decorate My One-Bedroom Apartment
Here's how I furnished before I found my forever pieces.
Jul 4, 2022
This (Extremely!) Simple Rule Completely Changed the Way I Clean
New rule, new outlook.
Jun 23, 2022
Storage Bins Made Me Face My Overshopping Problem — Here's How I Overcame It
I’m a more intentional shopper now.
Jun 21, 2022
If You Live In a Chicago Apartment, You Probably Have This Bathroom Feature
Here's how to clean or fix it.
Jun 15, 2022
Is Your New Apartment Suffering from a 'Landlord Special'?
Here's a definition and a solution to this common renter dilemma.
Jun 10, 2022
The ‘Limbo Box’ Method Helped Me Get Rid of Stuff Without Regrets
Letting go is hard. Doing this one thing first really helps.
Jun 9, 2022
Want to Keep Indoor Furniture Safe and Clean Outside?
Try these expert-approved weatherproofing tricks.
May 29, 2022
How to Keep White Patio Furniture White In a City
Here's how to keep yours fresh and clean all season long.
May 26, 2022
8 Tools You Need If You're Apartment Gardening
Plus, easy, low-key ways to store them.
May 19, 2022
4 Ways to Protect Your Outdoor Furniture from Annoying Falling Debris
Because outside is officially open.
May 18, 2022
I Finally Found a Vacuum That Actually Makes Me Want to Use One Way More
I used to struggle with vacuuming consistently, until this guy came along.
May 10, 2022
What is a Pony Wall? Here's Why You Might Want One
This old-school architectural feature is ready for a comeback.
May 9, 2022
I Tried My Mom's Technique for Keeping Baseboards Clean and I'm Never Going Back
She's a professional housekeeper.
May 8, 2022
Stinky Smells and 3 Other Gross Compost Problems — and How to Fix Them
It takes no money (and just a little time) to fix these four common compost issues.
May 6, 2022
Ready to Get Super Organized? Avoid These 5 Common Beginner Mistakes
For starters, those beautiful wicker baskets might not be for you.
Apr 30, 2022
This Small Swap Will Instantly Make Your Cleaning Routine Less Wasteful
Spoiler alert: You don't have to buy a thing.
Apr 19, 2022
The Best Time to Clean Your Shower, According to a Cleaning Pro
Now this is how you get ahead of the curve.
Apr 13, 2022
6 Things You Should Never (Ever) Put Down Your Kitchen Drain
Here's what to do with them instead.
Apr 11, 2022
Here’s Why You Might Want to Try This Controversial Layout Move
Four design pros explain when and how to use an unconventional furniture arrangement.
Apr 10, 2022
7 Super Easy Ways to Fight Off Pests This Spring (Before They Take Over)
Stop them in their tracks with these common hacks.
Apr 9, 2022
A Brief History of the Living Room Sofa
Here’s how your favorite piece of furniture got so comfortable.
Apr 5, 2022
This Cleaning Technique Has Kept My Grandma's Coffee Pot Spotless for Decades
Talk about a "cool" trick.
Apr 5, 2022
Open Shelving Is Moving onto This Unexpected Kitchen Feature
More and more people are embracing shelves on their work and prep stations, adding an unexpected element to a classic kitchen staple.
Mar 29, 2022
This Is the “It” Throw Blanket You’ve Been Seeing Everywhere
These blankets will add instant cheer and charm to your space.
Mar 23, 2022
This Steam Mop Finally Got Me Excited to Clean My Floors
It’s worth the small investment.
Mar 23, 2022
This Traditional Material Is Making a Major Comeback in Home Decor
If you want to embrace the wrought iron trend, here are seven accents to work into your home.
Mar 22, 2022
9 Ridiculously Oversized Lamps and Pendants to Up the Drama in Your Living Room
If you have a sense of humor when it comes to decor, this might just be the trend for you.
Mar 16, 2022
This Kitchen Staple Is Back Big Time as Wall Decor
A popular vintage decor trend is having a moment.
Mar 15, 2022
If You Hate Putting Comforters into Duvets, You’ll Love This New Bedding Trend
It creates a clean, minimalist vibe, which can be a great thing in a sleep space.
Mar 11, 2022
My Boyfriend Introduced Me to This Commercial Steamer and I’m Never Going Back to Cheap Steamers
While it might be a bit of an indulgence with its $100 price tag, for me, it's well worth the money.
Mar 11, 2022
I Tried My Grandmother’s Technique for Cleaning Stainless Steel & I’m Never Using Anything Else
You’re left with a lovely sheen — and you won’t have to buy any extra cleaning products! It’s a win-win.
Mar 5, 2022
A Brief History of Carnival Glass
This early 20th century collectible's making a comeback, so now's the time to buy.
Jan 28, 2022
7 Under-the-Radar Brands Doing Boho Decor Right That You Need to Know About Now
For the boho room of your dreams!
Jan 25, 2022
This Is What "Cozy" Looks Like Around the World
All the feels from around the globe!
Jan 18, 2022
Here's What to Do With That Avalanche of Pillows on Your Bed at Night
Because we know you're wondering.
Jan 14, 2022
These 7 Rental-Friendly TikTok Decorating Hacks Are Brilliant
New year? New home.
Jan 8, 2022
A Brief History of Hexagonal Tile
The turn-of-the-century trendy bathroom staple that's still going strong.
Jan 6, 2022
The 8 Most Stylish, Budget-Friendly IKEA Hacks for Cat Parents
According to enterprising bloggers!
Nov 30, 2021
How My Dad and I Are Reconnecting Through Home Repairs
One project at a time.
Nov 19, 2021
The Surprisingly Budget-Friendly History of Drippy Candles
We're waxing poetic about these trendy candles.
Nov 11, 2021