Here's the #1 Reason Not to Trash Your Poinsettia After Christmas
If you think poinsettias have a December 26 expiration date, think again.
Dec 7, 2023
Calling All Brown Thumbs: Even You Can Grow This Ultra-Easy Houseplant
Some versions require literally nothing more than a sunny window. Seriously!
Dec 5, 2023
How To Make Your Own Natural Bathroom CleanersCleaning
There are tons of “green” bathroom cleaners on the market, but most of the time it’s cheaper and just as effective to make your own. Armed with a few simple non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients, you can keep your bathroom fresh and sparkling with natural bathroom cleaners. If you’ve got a little extra time today, grab this shopping list, head to the store, and make a few batches of healthy cleaners to keep your bathroom (or any room) healthy!
Nov 14, 2023
Don’t Sleep on This Old-School Houseplant
It’s a classic for a reason.
Oct 27, 2023
I Can’t Stop Making Disco Pumpkins (and I Kind of Don’t Want To)
Pumpkins and disco balls are a maximalist Halloween dream team.
Oct 25, 2023
How to Remove Candle Wax from Just About AnythingCleaning
Fabrics, hardwoods, walls, oh my!
Oct 19, 2023
How to Safely Dispose of Dry IceCleaning
Dry ice can bring an air of mystery to your Halloween party, elevating the spooky vibes with billows of chilly fog that hang around or come straight out of a cauldron of punch (aka witches brew). But once the night is over, getting rid of dry ice isn’t as straightforward as you may think. In fact, it can even be dangerous to handle. Luckily, there’s a “spell” (method) to do this safely. Below, the best way to safely dispose of dry ice.
Oct 13, 2023
Fancy Scented Candles Are Easier to Make Than You ThinkProjects & Improvements
Learn this DIY and never light another store-bought candle again.
Sep 30, 2023
You Can Clean Your Computer Screen With Just Two Household IngredientsCleaning
Staring at a dirty computer screen while you're trying to work can be very distracting.
Sep 19, 2023
For a Pro-Approved Beginner Plant Project, Grow Potted Sunflowers
You might think of sunflowers as being giant and unwieldy, but certain varieties are perfect for containers. Here’s what to know.
Aug 31, 2023
Yes, Your Toaster Oven Needs Cleaning. Here's How to Do It Right. Cleaning
Toaster ovens are subject to the same kinds of crumbs and grease splatters that a full-sized oven is.
Aug 24, 2023
How to Quickly Drain Your Laptop Battery — And Why You Might Want To
It takes a few easy steps.
Aug 20, 2023
No Central Air? Here Are 4 Ways to Stay Cool During a Dangerous Heat Wave Projects & Improvements
Learn how to protect yourself in dangerously hot heat — even without central AC.
Aug 11, 2023
This Kitchen-Cleaning Task Can't Wait Any LongerCleaning
And it's probably easier than you think!
Aug 5, 2023
The Right Way to Paint IKEA Furniture
Make all your IKEA hacks and upgrades really count by painting them the right way.
Jul 30, 2023
Your Basic Bi-Fold Closet Doors Need This Budget-Friendly DIY Makeover
Home Projects
It’s amazing what you can do with paint and trim.
Jul 26, 2023
This IKEA Hack Turns a Modern HEMNES Dresser into a Vintage Heirloom
Home Projects
The DIYer behind this design was a total novice when she completed the project, and she has some smart insights to share.
Jul 24, 2023
11 Easy-Care Plants That Are Perfect for BeginnersPlants & Yard
Start your indoor gardening journey here.
Jul 24, 2023
If You Can Do Basic Math, You Can Build This Simple DIY Home Bar
Home Projects
Feeling comfortable using your drill to install shelves at home? This DIY isn’t too much harder, and you don’t even need any additional power tools.
Jul 12, 2023
This Trendy Squiggle Mirror DIY Requires Zero Power Tools
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All of the supplies you’ll need are super easy to find, too.
Jul 11, 2023
How to Fix Squeaky Floors, According to Pros and Experienced DIYers
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You'll find quick fixes, plus how to know when you need to call a pro.
Jul 5, 2023
How to Update Your Walls with Limewash, Paint’s Easygoing Cousin
Home Projects
This project might sound intimidating, but it’s actually pretty forgiving and great for beginners.
Jun 27, 2023
A TikToker Went Viral for a LEGO Coffee Table — Here’s How She Did It
LEGO fans, you’re going to want to recreate this fun look!
Jun 19, 2023
This 2-Step DIY Can Turn Any Outdoor Space into an Enchanted Garden
Home Projects
Each piece costs as little as $1 to pull together.
Jun 16, 2023
5 Easy Ways to Remove Grease and Oil StainsCleaning
Not only do oil stains seem to stand out like a sore thumb on your clothes; they’re also notoriously difficult to remove.
Jun 15, 2023
I Tried a Hack That Lets You Hang Sconces Absolutely Anywhere, No Wires NeededDesign Ideas
The results look surprisingly convincing.
Jun 14, 2023
How to Make Dreamy String Light Planters in Only 5 Steps
Home Projects
These string light/planter combos are super easy to pull together and completely renter-friendly.
Jun 9, 2023
I Turned $15 Tile from Home Depot into Chic Coasters with a 2-Step DIY
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This is the easiest DIY I’ve ever done, and it was totally worth it.
Jun 1, 2023
How To Trim Your Coax TV CableDesign Ideas
Coax cables, sometimes known as coaxial cables, are one of the main culprits causing a mess behind home theater setups, usually because an excess length is left behind when cable/DSS is installed. A trip down to our local hardware store revealed the smallest they carried was three feet. So instead of living with the coil or making an appointment for the cable guy, we decided to do it ourselves with just a few tools.
May 29, 2023
How To Use an Uno Shade with a Harp & Finial LampProjects & Improvements
Changing up a lampshade can be a quick and easy way to transform the look of a room, but finding the perfect lampshade can be a challenge. IKEA offers a wonderful selection of lampshades at reasonable prices, but they have uno fittings. Uno fittings are a large threaded ring in the middle of the fabric shades top tripod. According to Flip The Switch blog, uno fitters are commonly found on small and medium shades, and less frequently on large and over-sized shades.
May 29, 2023
How to Build a Custom Tiled Shower PanDesign Ideas
As a home owner, building a custom shower pan can increase the value of your home. It offers a unique look and seamlessly integrates the shower base to your bathroom floor. If you’re a DIY renovator, this tutorial will help you understand the scope of work involved. The main objective is to create a completely waterproof sloped floor, with a drain, raised edge frame, and pretty mosaic tiles to cover it all up. Related Video: Working on your bathroom?
May 25, 2023
How to Replace Your Oven LightProjects & Improvements
If you’re an avid baker, then you probably rely on that little light in the back of your oven. The oven light helps you make sure everything is rising and browning like it should, whether you’re baking a batch of blueberry muffins or loaf of banana bread.While you may have a tried-and-true method for cleaning your oven, what about changing the oven light? Needless to say, if you’re absolutely lost when that little bulb burns out, you’re in the right place.
May 24, 2023
How to Turn Basically Anything into a One-of-a-Kind Table Lamp
Home Projects
Finally, an excuse to buy all the quirky thrift store figurines your heart desires!
May 24, 2023
No Need to Dry Clean: How To Wash A Down ComforterCleaning
Ever wondered if it’s okay to wash your down comforter without taking it to the dry cleaners? You’ve wondered correctly! You can absolutely wash your down comforter sans the pros. All you need is a mild detergent, and a few hours spent at the laundromat. And patience. Did I mention patience? Mild or all-natural detergent Tennis balls Extra large capacity front-loading washing machine Extra large capacity dryer or sunny outdoor space 1.
May 21, 2023
The 4-Step Guide to Renewing Grout (In Order of Increasing Grossness)Cleaning
Stick a light-colored, porous material between tiles—where spills are likely to settle and mildew is undoubtedly going to grow—and you can bet it’s not going to be a pretty situation. And once stains set in, scrubbing them clean is no one’s idea of a fun afternoon. But the promise of fresh, gleaming grout? It keeps us fighting the good fight.
May 20, 2023
How To Green Clean the Grout In Your Shower & BathroomCleaning
Is your bathroom guest-ready?
May 20, 2023
How To Deep Green Clean Your CarpetsCleaning
Over time spot cleaning just doesn’t do it. You turn around one day, and your carpets are a shade darker than when you had them installed. Or, you do a great job spot cleaning only to reveal how dirty the rest of the carpeting really is. Here’s a way to give your carpets a deep clean using a few household ingredients, a vacuum, and a steam cleaner. Ingredients: Salt, borax, and white vinegar.
May 19, 2023
How To Whiten Laundry Without Chlorine BleachCleaning
Many of us have banished chlorine bleach from our homes, as it can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, poison fish and insects, and release carcinogenic dioxins during production. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways keep white linens, socks, and other fabrics sparkling, and you probably already have the necessary ingredients around the house. Ready to get started? Here are some bleach-free ways to get your whites whiter!
May 19, 2023
How To Spot Clean Old or Set-In Upholstery StainsCleaning
Good news: You're not utterly doomed if you didn't clean a stain right away.
May 19, 2023
I Tried the TikTok Hack for Updating Thrifted Baskets, and I’m a Fan
Home Projects
Shiny, orange-y wicker baskets are a common find at thrift stores, but there’s an easy way to make them look more modern.
May 12, 2023
This Under-$10 Tool Is the Secret to Pro-Looking Floral Arrangements
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It will help you find vases in strange places.
Apr 22, 2023
How to Hang Art on a Brick Wall in 5 StepsProjects & Improvements
It looks intimidating, but all you need are the right tools and a little patience.
Mar 31, 2023
How To: Create a Gallery WallDesign Ideas
Ah, the gallery wall. So ubiquitous in shelter mags and on blogs, they’ve become a staple of modern home decor. I know several people who think the curated wall is on its way “out”, and feel that individual pieces of art never get to shine anymore. But for someone like me, who accumulates art like some people accumulate paperbacks, gallery walls aren’t just a necessity- they’re a way of life.This liking for art-stuffed walls seems to be a family trait.
Mar 30, 2023
How To Frame Your Art on the CheapProjects & Improvements
I never quite felt like a real adult until I framed my first piece of art. All through college, I pinned giant collages of unframed art to my walls like a life-size scrapbook. Post-grad, I’ve slowly started framing my favorite pieces. Custom framing is expensive, so I scour thrift stores for well-made frames with glass and hit up my local art supply store for the rest of what I need to do my own custom framing. Ready to get started?
Mar 30, 2023
Use the 57″ Rule To Hang Pictures at the Perfect HeightDesign Ideas
You only need to remember one number to get it right, every time.
Mar 30, 2023
How To Hang a Picture Frame Without Leaving a MarkDesign Ideas
After taking a big hit to the security deposit at our last apartment because of all of the holes we left in the wall (and knowing we would only be in our current apartment for a year), we set out to find a solution that would allow us to hang some artwork and make the place feel like home without causing much (or any) wall damage.
Mar 30, 2023
How to Paint an Exterior Door (Plus Tips If It Has Glass Panels!)Projects & Improvements
Make sure it looks perfect in any type of weather.
Feb 21, 2023
How To: Move A Couch Around A Tight CornerProjects & Improvements
In a classic Friends episode, Ross convinces Chandler and Rachel to help him move his new couch up a few flights of stairs in lieu of paying the delivery charge. A hand drawn sketch and a few “pivots” later and, of course, the couch is stuck in mid-rounding-the-corner. When moving your own furniture, there are a few ways of getting your sofa around those tight corners.
Jan 2, 2023
DIY Printmaking: How to Make Your Own Linocut PrintDesign Ideas
image:c8d311ba7ad5355a925e26dd9cd5682f2c477829 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" With just a few relatively inexpensive items from your local craft shop, you can try your hand at printmaking — a fun process that begins with carving a design into linoleum, and then transferring the design onto paper. Channel your 11th grade art class and set up your own little printmaking studio at home; here’s a quick tutorial!1.
Jan 2, 2023
How To Remove a Light FixtureProjects & Improvements
Changing out a light fixture can be an easy, relatively quick way to update a room, and it can often make a dramatic difference. Here’s a quick guide on removing the old fixture, leaving just what you need to connect your new one. • safety glasses• circuit tester• screwdriver• step stool or ladderInstructions1. First, shut off the power at the breaker or fuse box.
Jan 2, 2023
How To Hang Fabric as WallpaperProjects & Improvements
Applying fabric to a wall with liquid starch is a great solution for renters and commitment-phobes alike. A bit time-intensive, yes, but the results are just about as good as it gets. And unlike some wallpapers, you can take it with you when you move! This kitchenette turned walk-in closet (old house, used to be multiple apartments..) had great light and was begging for some inspired design.
Jan 2, 2023
5 Ways To Add Moisture to the Air Without a HumidifierCleaning
Don't dry out this winter.
Dec 20, 2022
9 Things to Know About Using Pole-Wrap, 2022's Hottest DIY Material
Add fluted texture to your furniture or walls using this popular DIY material.
Dec 6, 2022
6 Tips to Make Your Living Room More Like a TheaterProjects & Improvements
Living in the city has it’s advantages—none of which are awesome McMansions with pre-fab home theater spaces. But if you’re a movie buff, you can still fake that luxe home theater look. All you need to do is take on a few quick fixes in your living room.Get the theater vibe by painting your room with dark colors, like burgundy or navy blue. As a bonus, the images on your screen will look better because the light won’t reflect off your new dark walls.
Nov 10, 2022
How To Move Long Distances with PlantsPlants & Yard
It’s hard enough making any big move, but add in actual living things like pets and plants, and the stress of moving gets even tougher to handle. You might already be thinking about how to keep pets happy during the journey to a new home, but have you considered the well-being of your botanical friends, too? Here are some great strategies for making sure your plants survive the long trip to a new home and stay happy and healthy along the way. Prep your plants.
Nov 9, 2022
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cleaning With BleachCleaning
As powerful as bleach is, there’s a bit of a learning curve.
Nov 8, 2022
Here's One Cleaning Trick Every Candle-Lover Should Have Up Their SleeveCleaning
A spill like this can totally kill the mood.
Nov 4, 2022
How To Upgrade Drawer Knobs, Pulls, and HandlesDesign Ideas
If you find you’re becoming restless with your furniture, consider updating the hardware. This simple fix can majorly transform dressers and cabinets, taking them from blah to mwah! New hardware can make inexpensive pieces look luxe and bring vintage pieces closer to the modern realm. Mismatched furniture? Bring the look together with coordinating hardware in hardly any time at all. Knobs and drawer pulls range dramatically in price, you can find them from as little as .
Nov 4, 2022
Everything You Need to Know to Paint a Projector WallProjects & Improvements
So you’re on a high from last night’s Oscars and finally ready to set up a proper home theater, huh movie buff? Well, you’ll need more than a projector and comfy chairs. It’s a common misconception: You can’t just aim your projector at a bare white wall and drool over your $1,800 projector’s stellar picture. To get the best viewing experience in your home theater, follow these tips for painting a projection wall. Paint it proper.
Nov 4, 2022
Troubleshoot a Fuzzy or Blurry Picture on Your TVProjects & Improvements
Our bedroom TV has been in need of a little upgrade for several years now, so we’re using the excuse of hosting a Super Bowl party to finally take the plunge. We’ll grab a new, compact HDTV for the bedroom—but first, it will pay its dues by supporting a sports-bar-style 2-TV setup in our separated living space. Stoked? Sure, but we know that we’ll have to troubleshoot a few things to make sure we’re getting the best image from our new TV.
Nov 3, 2022
11 Steps to Cleaning and Disinfecting the Bathroom Like a ProCleaning
Whatever your bathroom-cleaning situation at home, it doesn't have to be the cringe-worthy task we often make it out to be.
Nov 3, 2022