30 skills to know before you're 30
30 skills to know before you're 30
1. The Right Way to Unclog a Toilet With a PlungerProjects & Improvements
There's a right way, and a wrong way.
Dec 11, 2023
2. How to Hang ShelvesProjects & Improvements
It's easier than it looks! Learn how and you'll be able to organize your stuff in no time.
Apr 28, 2020
3. How to Jump Start a Car Like a ProProjects & Improvements
This is one of those adult skills that's really helpful to know: here's your complete guide.
Feb 17, 2018
4. How to Clean a CouchCleaning
You see your sofa every day, but when was the last time you really looked at it? Dust, pet hair, popcorn kernels and other debris find their way down through the cracks, waiting to shame you the next time a friend drops their keys down the cushions. Make a few extra pennies and avoid that awkward apology by vacuuming your sofa on the regular.
Nov 20, 2019
5. The Best Way to Sew on a ButtonProjects & Improvements
Save some dough by taking care of loose or missing buttons yourself; there’s no need to pay the dry cleaner to put them back on for you. All you need is a sewing kit and five minutes of concentration to do it RIGHT, so they’ll stay put and work well. And if you think you already know how to do this, you might want to read up on it anyway, unless you already know about the toothpick trick, and the proper direction to stitch your buttons… ThreadButtonNeedleScissors 1.
Dec 19, 2019
6. How to Fix Every Broken, Stuck, and Stubborn Zipper Ever
PROJECTS & IMPROVEMENTS
Common problems with simple solutions.
Jan 4, 2024
7. How To Clean Your MattressCleaning
Rest easy on your clean mattress.
2 days ago
8. How to Clean a Plastic Shower Curtain the Right WayCleaning
Why replace it when you can revive it?
Nov 29, 2023
9. How To Clean Burnt Pots & Scorched PansCleaning
If you've ever experienced the pain of a burnt frying pan, I bring good news!
Sep 22, 2022
10. How to Clean a Microwave, Inside and OutCleaning
Follow this goof-proof guide to transform your splatter-ridden microwave back into a sparkly fresh kitchen appliance.
Dec 11, 2023
11. How to Clean and Maintain Your Washer and DryerCleaning
A while back Abby and I got some tips from Danny Seo on how to be smarter about how we did laundry. He had some great simple (green) tips that we implemented right away. He also was one of the first to point out the importance of maintaining the machines so that your clothes get clean, the machines stay efficient and you get the most out of your investment.
Nov 19, 2019
12. How To Patch a Hole in the WallProjects & Improvements
A nice big piece of art can hide a world of trouble on the wall behind it — and a few of my pieces did until I recently discovered how little effort it took to repair those minor accidents. I’m never really sure what I’ll get when I start working on the walls in my home—might be plaster, might be drywall, might be a layer of each— so my first (and let’s be honest, second) attempt at trying to put a screw in the wall didn’t go so well.
May 4, 2019
13. How to Clean Your OvenCleaning
And a few tools you already have on hand!
Oct 24, 2020
14. How to Get Rid of Cooking SmellsCleaning
Instead of trying to remove food odors after they linger, flip the script and try to prevent them from getting out into the air, your walls, or your textiles before the stench happens.
Aug 30, 2023
16. How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink and DisposalCleaning
Get your sink and disposal in the best shape of their lives, without using harmful chemicals or cleaners.
Dec 4, 2023
17. How to Oil Wooden FurnitureProjects & Improvements
It’s a fact of life that things tend to get dry and crackly in the winter: your skin, your lips, even your wooden furniture. And if you think your apartment feels like a dry, cold, relatively inhospitable place at this time of year, chances are your furniture agrees.
May 3, 2019
18. How to Patch a Hole in the WallProjects & Improvements
A nice big piece of art can hide a world of trouble on the wall behind it — and a few of my pieces did until I recently discovered how little effort it took to repair those minor accidents. I’m never really sure what I’ll get when I start working on the walls in my home—might be plaster, might be drywall, might be a layer of each— so my first (and let’s be honest, second) attempt at trying to put a screw in the wall didn’t go so well.
May 4, 2019
19. How to Use a Power DrillProjects & Improvements
The blinds in my room? Sure, I hung them. The shelves in the kitchen? Of course I put those up. The gallery wall in the hallway? Yes, that was definitely my doing.(Lies!)My dad thinks I did all of this handiwork with the power drill he bought me, but I can’t bear to tell him that I actually have no idea how to use the thing. I’ve been hiring people for years to hang things in my apartment while the power drill collects dust somewhere under my bed.
May 22, 2019
20. How to Fix a Squeaky DoorProjects & Improvements
This is the easiest chore ever to cross off your list.
Apr 21, 2020
21. How to Unclog a DrainProjects & Improvements
Hair, soap scum, and mineral build-up are all bathroom realities, and at some point in your life, you’ll have to ask yourself, “How do I unclog my bathtub? How do I clear my shower drain? How do I keep them from getting clogged in the first place?!?” These ten methods — listed in order of increasing intensity, from “Keeping Things Clear” to “Renting Power Equipment” — will keep your bathtub and shower truly clean, inside and out.
Feb 3, 2018
22. How to Use a Tape MeasureProjects & Improvements
We definitely just learned a few new things.
Nov 15, 2023
23. How to Paint a RoomProjects & Improvements
Here's the trick to pro-level results.
Apr 3, 2020
24. How to Replace a Shower HeadProjects & Improvements
This easy project adds both style and function, with very little effort.
Nov 19, 2019
25. How to Remove Rust from Metal ObjectsProjects & Improvements
Baking soda to potatoes, we've got you covered (but not in rust).
Sep 19, 2022
26. How to Sew Basic StitchesProjects & Improvements
We've rounded up six common stitches that can be used on a myriad of projects for home decor, complete with step-by-step photo tutorials.
Jan 31, 2024
27. How to Start BudgetingLife
And no, you don’t have to become a whiz at using spreadsheets.
Oct 19, 2020
28. How to Wrap a Present
PROJECTS & IMPROVEMENTS
Messy wrapping is cute (if you let your five-year-old do it). Don’t let your sloppy package send the wrong message this season. Make the outside just as thoughtful as the inside by following our step-by-step tutorial on how to properly wrap a present. Follow our guide, and your gifts will look like this in no time. 1. Start by measuring the paper to fit your package.
Dec 20, 2023
29. How to Remove Labels from JarsProjects & Improvements
The key to this admittedly non-revolutionary method is regularly consuming something that comes in a wide-mouthed glass jar — a beloved brand of almond butter, for example, or salsa. Once you’ve finished a jar of whatever it is, store it (unwashed, top on) somewhere out of sight and keep doing this until you’ve amassed several — enough to fit in your largest pot.
May 3, 2019
30. How to Tie a BowProjects & Improvements
Step up your gift wrap game.
Dec 20, 2023