Olivia Muenter's Recent Articles
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13 Surprising Things Alexa Can Help You Do
If you have a virtual assistant, chances are you've only just begun to scratch the surface of functionality. To help you get the most out of your device, we've rounded up more than a dozen lesser-known features of Amazon's Alexa.
Oct 4, 2020
The 5 Best Phone Games, According To a Board Game Expert
If you’re looking to transfer your love of traditional board games to the handheld convenience (and long-distance playability) of your phone, this pro has a few suggestions to get you started.
Oct 2, 2020
Keep This $14 Tool In Your Kitchen and Your Counters Will Practically Clean Themselves
I recently started keeping one of these by the sink, and right away it came in handy for even more chores than expected.
Sep 23, 2020
11 Kitchen Tools (Under $25!) that Make Doing the Dishes Easier, And Maybe Even Fun
If you’re looking to simplify your life and streamline your daily dishwashing habits, here are 10 items that might help.
Sep 21, 2020
I Thought My Home Had to Be “Done” Before I Shared Pictures of It, But I Was So Wrong
Appreciate all the little physical details of this time in your life—the good, the bad, the ugly, and yes, the completely average, too.
Sep 16, 2020
Is It Bad to Run Your Dishwasher Frequently? We Asked the Experts
We asked the experts about a dishwasher's impact on the environment, and the useful life of your appliance.
Sep 6, 2020
The Best Phone Games, According To 14 People With Stressful Jobs
For people with particularly stressful jobs, sometimes there’s nothing better than letting your mind turn off for a few minutes and instead playing a mindless game on your phone.
Sep 6, 2020
3 Things You Need to Know How to Clean Before You Can Call Yourself an Adult
If you're looking to level up your cleaning expertise, we asked for advice from housekeeping pros.
Aug 20, 2020
This Easy $8 Hack Eliminates the Most Frustrating Thing About Earbuds
This is the tiniest of tiny problems—a mildly annoying blip over the course of any given day. But it’s completely avoidable!
Jul 23, 2020
You Can Fake This “Dream Kitchen” Feature in 30 Seconds—Even in a Rental
If you can’t have your dream kitchen, you might as well have your dream *tiny* kitchen, right?
Jul 20, 2020
7 Things You Can Do With Far-Away Friends That Don’t Involve Screens
Some of these ideas might require you to get outside of your comfort zone a little bit, but it will be so worth it.
Jul 16, 2020
These $23 Acrylic Drawers from Amazon Made My Bathroom So Much More Stylish
... and functional, too!
Jun 30, 2020
One Trick to Getting the Best Deal on New Kitchen Appliances
Timing is everything!
Jun 27, 2020
These 3 Relationship Rules Will Solve Your Fights About Falling Asleep During Netflix
The point of watching a show together is to watch the show *together*.
Jun 25, 2020
I Created a Tiny Office in My Bedroom, and Here’s Why You Should, Too
Forget the rules—it worked for me!
Jun 24, 2020
I’ll Never Go Back to Paper Towels After Trying These $20 Dishwasher-Safe Alternatives
Spoiler alert: You're about to save a lot of money!
Jun 18, 2020
4 Ways You’re Ruining Your Wine Stash, According to a Sommelier
Here are four common wine-storage mistakes, plus two "do's" that can help.
Jun 18, 2020
The Best Time to Upgrade Your TV in 2020, According to Money Experts
It's coming up sooner than you think!
Jun 13, 2020
6 Cat Breeds for People With Allergies (And Why There’s No Such Thing As Hypoallergenic Cats)
If you’ve ever Googled around for hypoallergenic cat breeds and come up with exactly zero results, that’s because hypoallergenic cats don’t really exist.
May 30, 2020
Here’s Why You Need to Take a Design “Audit” Of Your Home
It'll make decorating so much easier—promise!
May 27, 2020
Notes You Need: Here’s a “Happy Plant” Checklist You Can Copy/Paste to Your Phone
You’ll never forget to dust your plant’s leaves or rotate its position again.
May 27, 2020
6 Apps That Will Make Cleaning Easy (Or At Least More Bearable)
Whether you're trying to delegate chores to your family, demystify the laundry process, or find the best non-toxic cleaners, there's an app for that!
May 26, 2020
You Can Fake a Walk-In Closet With IKEA’s Bedroom Layout Trick
It doesn’t look like a traditional walk-in closet, of course, but it does block off space that you can now use for one thing in particular.
May 24, 2020
I Worked From Home For A Year Before Coronavirus—But Here Are 6 Things I Needed to Switch Up
I saw people panic about how difficult working from home may be, and part of me thought, “OK, I’ve got this handled.” But then... I didn’t.
May 18, 2020
6 Designers Gave Me Advice For Organizing My Messy Bookshelves—Here are 7 Tips that Worked
Turns out, all it took to change things around was $20, some expert opinions, and one Sunday afternoon spent rearranging things.
May 13, 2020
Using a Dresser as a TV Console is the Best Design Choice I’ve Ever Made
Hint: It has to do with storage!
May 12, 2020
Notes You Need: Here’s a Closet Decluttering Checklist You Can Copy/Paste to Your Phone
Use your note to keep track of exactly how you should declutter your closet, and it will make all the difference in staying on top of clutter in a way that feels sustainable.
May 6, 2020
This One Small Change Instantly Decluttered My Kitchen
If you’re sick of staring at your countertops and feeling like there’s just too much stuff, here's a fix that takes just two minutes of your day.
Apr 28, 2020
The $8 Miracle Product That Actually Cleans My Water Bottles
It's all natural and it takes less than an hour to completely clean my water bottles.
Apr 19, 2020
11 Ideas For a Fun and Perfect Date Night In
You can still find ways to make things romantic, fun, and refreshing even when every night is at-home date night.
Apr 16, 2020
11 Easter Gift Ideas (for Adults!) Under $25
It'll let your people know you're thinking of them, even from afar.
Apr 4, 2020
I Tried 5 Home Office Tips To Make Me More Productive—and Here’s What Worked
Most of them are tiny changes that cost no money at all, and all of them helped me feel more productive, settled, and happy with my at-home work environment.
Mar 17, 2020
7 Things Wrong With Trader Joe’s, According to Fans on Reddit
There are a few things about the grocery store that are less-than-perfect—though the reasons behind them may be more complicated than you think.
Feb 24, 2020
Everyone Should Own These $13 Magnetic Drawer Organizers from Amazon
It was $12 and took 30 minutes to set up, but the stress it saved me felt like it was the best investment I have made in years.
Feb 19, 2020
12 Surprising Things You Need to Hear About Fostering Dogs
"Feel the heartbreak and do it anyway! Because it's not about you, it's about the dog.”
Feb 18, 2020
The 36 Best Things You Can Do With $1
Next time you open up your wallet to see a lone George Washington staring back at you, consider this list of inspiring things you can do with just a dollar.
Feb 17, 2020
8 Simple Things Happy Couples Do Every Day, According to Relationship Experts
These habits and routines can lead to relationship success—and they’re way simpler than you might be thinking.
Feb 13, 2020
These Soft, Self-Dimming Bedside Lamps Improved My Sleep Almost Instantly
The best thing I ever did for my overall mental health was to stop sleeping with my phone next to my bed.
Feb 11, 2020
6 Debt-Free Strategies that Financial Advisors Won’t Tell You For Free
There are experts out there advising paying clients every day, sharing only the best, most proven options for saving money and tackling debt.
Feb 8, 2020
I Tried The $8 Jewelry Cleaning Pen Amazon Loves—And Now I Love it Too
It's holding up 4.5 stars with nearly 5,000 reviews, so I had to see what the fuss was about for myself.
Feb 6, 2020
The Unexpected Organizing Tool I’ll Always Shell Out a Few Dollars for at Thrift Stores
In most cases, these pieces are somewhere between $1 and $5, and there is always a spot for them in the house.
Jan 11, 2020
I Was Skeptical About The Weighted Blanket Trend—And Then I Tried This Blanket
I didn’t know what to expect when I tried it, but I figured if all else failed, at least it would look good on my couch.
Jan 10, 2020
31 Simple, Miniscule Resolutions to Improve Your Life in January
By this point, you’re probably really ready to stop seeing “new year, new you” articles. January is a month that many industries thrive off of when it comes to marketing, and can you blame them? The start of the new year means a fresh start for everyone, and many people look at this as a way to revamp their personal or professional life. But sometimes the biggest mistake anyone can make going into a brand spankin’ new year is to think too big.
Jan 3, 2020
The $20 Amazon Find Every (Big!) Plant Lover Needs to Have at Home
If you don’t have plants, it seems like customers are using these for other purposes as well.
Dec 17, 2019
The $4 Laundry Staple I Always Pack in Every Suitcase
When you have to pack clean clothes with dirty clothes, everything ends up smelling slightly less than fresh. But there's a hack for that!
Dec 16, 2019
I Tried That Dutch Oven You Keep Seeing All Over Instagram—And It’s as Good as It Looks
I, like most adults who came to age in the time of Instagram, am a sucker for an aesthetically pleasing household item.
Dec 15, 2019
Why Creative People Swear By This $28 Planner (That You’ve Been Seeing All Over Instagram)
I'm happy to report that they really are as helpful as they are pretty.
Dec 12, 2019