This $14 Find Is a Smarter Way to Extend the Life of My Produce and Make Meal Prep SimplerShop
They also help you stop throwing out so many plastic bags.
Mar 8, 2023
How to Recycle Beauty ProductsOrganize & Clean
Brush up on these recycling and disposal methods.
Oct 17, 2022
TikTokers Have Discovered The Best Way To Upcycle Old Bundt PansHome Projects
Create your own autumnal-inspired centerpiece now that fall is finally in full swing.
Oct 11, 2022
These Durable Reusable Totes Are a Grocery-Shopping Game Changer
Goodbye, bruised tomatoes and smushed bread!
Aug 12, 2022
The Effortless Thing I Did to Solve My Plastic Bag CollectionLiving
No more crinkly grocery bag woes for me.
Aug 3, 2022
I Tried The Reusable Bamboo Paper Towels "Shark Tank" Made Famous Organize & Clean
One roll is said to replace up to 286 paper towel rolls.
Apr 21, 2022
The Little Trick I Use To Repurpose Plastic Lids Before I Recycle ThemOrganize & Clean
The kitchen generates more useful “garbage” than anywhere else in the house. 
Apr 20, 2022
6 Zero-Waste Habits My Abuelita Taught MeLiving
Never forget your bolsa de mercado.
Apr 18, 2022
Kristen Bell is Here to Remind You That You Can Recycle LEGONews
Send your old LEGO back and they will donate the blocks to charity partners.
Apr 2, 2022
3 Surprising Ways to Upcycle Your Empty Candle Cups Living
That you haven't thought of yet.
Nov 13, 2021
The Smartest Thing You Can Do With a Food Storage Container Missing Its LidOrganize & Clean
Tupperware lids are like the socks of the kitchen with how they disappear into thin air.
May 24, 2021
5 Things You Can Buy at a Thrift Store to Organize Your KitchenOrganize & Clean
Each of the five suggestions below are commonly found in resale retail, and they just might be what you need to get your kitchen under control.
May 13, 2021
9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could RepurposeStyle
From console tables transformed into bathroom sink cabinets to blanket boxes turned into side tables and more!
Apr 14, 2021
7 New Ways to Reuse Your Old Leather BeltsHome Projects
There's life in them yet.
Dec 29, 2019
Here’s Why You Should Give Your Plants CoffeeLiving
There are proven benefits to hydrating your beloved plants with coffee.
Jul 22, 2019
This IKEA Location Will Take Your Old Bedding to Help Shelter AnimalsLiving
The effort is to minimize waste and improve the lives of our furry, four-legged friends.
Jun 24, 2019
Fast Furniture Is Putting 9.7M Tons in Landfills—and These Artists Are Fed UpLiving
Everyone has heard of “fast fashion,” a term used to capture the quick nature of current fashion trends. It also expresses the wasteful elements that come with it, like harm to the environment, and as a result, our well-being. But this rapid turnover of product doesn’t stop at clothing production—the exact reason why two NYC-based artists are pushing awareness for “fast furniture” through their latest, eye-catching art installation.
Apr 18, 2019
25 New Ways to Reuse Your Old Pill BottlesOrganize & Clean
There’s a special kind of satisfaction that comes from finding solutions to problems that use things you already have on hand. I’m still very proud of myself for MacGyver-ing a broken pop-up shade canopy with a hair tie and a plastic bag—it’s silly, but it made me feel like I might just have made it in the pioneer days. Taking things you already have and making them more useful isn’t just self-congratulatory, it’s also frugal and earth-friendly.
Apr 3, 2019
Before and After: A $1300 Pottery Barn Desk Now Has a $60 DoppelgängerHome Projects
A talented DIYer bought this old desk for $11.25 and managed to transform it into a dead-on knockoff of a $1,299 Pottery Barn desk while adding a clever upgrade in the process. Our intrepid DIYer needed a new desk, but wanted to spend less than $100: I picked up this desk for $11.25 at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Feb 19, 2019
A Genius Hack that Makes Your Retired Toothbrush Better for CleaningOrganize & Clean
I went to the dentist today and you know what that means! Yep, another new toothbrush—which means I get to promote (demote?) the one I’m using to my cleaning arsenal. Toothbrushes are the best little tools for cleaning small spaces like window tracks, shower tracks, around the faucets, the drains in the sink, the seams between the vertical and horizontal surfaces of the counter, grout, and so much more.
Feb 19, 2019
10 Weird Ways Bed Pillows Can Solve Your ProblemsHome Projects
Maybe you’ve had the same bed pillow for ten years and have your sights newly set on some memory foam. Or maybe you’ve got an extra five random pillows stuffed in your closet, just in case, and it’s time to KonMari. As with most things we toss or get rid of these days, old pillows can still be used long after they’ve left their prime days behind. Here are 10 ways this everyday basic can help you out around the house, no matter what condition they’re currently in.
Jan 27, 2019
Before and After: Who Knew a $75 Craigslist Find Could Look This Good?Home Projects
This tall, vintage, secondhand dresser needed a little wood filler and a lot of love, so its new owner gave it all that and a gorgeous coat of paint that totally transformed its look. The new owner of this dresser, who bought it on Craigslist for $75, described it as “a glossy cherry wood… ick!” It did, however, have nice lines, antique charm, and plenty of refined details without too much old-fashioned folderol.
Jan 23, 2019
One Thing You Need to Know About Recycling Your Christmas Wrapping PaperOrganize & Clean
Few things inspire more joy than a collection of beautifully wrapped presents under a Christmas tree! The problem with gift wrap, though, is that it’s often not recyclable. Even though the base of most gift wraps is indeed paper, many have overlays like metallic foil or glitter, have tape stuck to them, are saturated with problematic inks or dye, or are so thin that the fibers aren’t useful for recycling.
Dec 25, 2018
Stop Recycling Your Empty Glass Liquor and Wine BottlesHome Projects
While we’re not suggesting you hoard all of your glass liquor bottles—please, recycle that mountain of two buck Chuck empties—sometimes a glass bottle comes along that’s too pretty to toss. And when that happens, there are several ways you can choose to repurpose it. Here are some of our favorites: For serving water: If it’s good enough for some of my favorite restaurants, it’s good enough for me.
Dec 20, 2018
14 Clever Sugru Household Fixes & HacksHome Projects
Sugru is the magical, moldable household putty-like glue with a million uses—but we’ve rounded up our 14 favorite applications. Guaranteed there are at least three here that will change your life. (And the best part? It’s only $10 on Amazon!) How many chargers have we all lost to the dreaded bendy-fray? Use Sugru to reinforce a charger that’s starting to go, or reinforce one now so it never does. This is flat-out genius.
Oct 28, 2018
10 Clever Ways to Reuse All Your Old Wool SweatersHome Projects
The first whiff of colder weather makes you dream excitedly about boots and cozy sweater outfits. As you run to the closet to dig out your sweaters, you find… moth holes? Don’t throw out those old sweaters though. Sweaters make perfect upcycle material and can be transformed into a myriad of useful (and cute) DIYs. Check out our favorites below. Teapot cozies keep your tea of choice warm as you settle in for a snug night.
Oct 18, 2018
Clever Ways to Reuse All Those Used Toilet Paper Roll TubesHome Projects
Toilet paper is a fact of life, as are all the tubes that pile up as you go through it. Sure you can recycle those used rolls, but there’s a much better use for all that cardboard. Here are a bunch of ways to stretch out their humble little lives a little further. If you have a ton of gift wrap in your closet, take a break from buying more and find other ways to package presents. These fruit-themed ones are adorable.
Sep 28, 2018
Before and After: An Epic Tale of One Estate Sale Mid-Century SofaHome Projects
This estate sale sectional had its issues, but what it lacked in legs it made up for in mice. Don’t let the beautiful backdrop distract you: This sofa needed some serious (read: professional) TLC to go from threadbare and disintegrating to refined and rodent-free. Here’s how this sofa was acquired: The day before I moved 1,000 miles to my current home, I spotted a mid-century sectional sofa at an estate sale and bought it for my new place.
Sep 22, 2018
The One Thing You Should Never Leave the House WithoutHome Projects
With recent plastic bag bans and eco-conscious movements sweeping the nation, now’s the time to plan ahead so you don’t find yourself in a pinch in the checkout line. Sprinkle your life with reusable bags: Keep one in your car, purse, and office so you never leave the house without one. And while you’re at it, why fill your cabinets, drawers, storage nooks with mediocre bags you only bought last minute out of necessity at the grocery store?
Sep 18, 2018
7 Creative Ways to Decorate and Stay Organized with Used K-CupsLiving
Are you addicted to single-serve coffee? We can’t blame you. It’s fast, convenient, and of course, delicious, but unfortunately, also super wasteful. (Even the inventor of the Keurig K-Cup has expressed regret over inventing the technology in the first place.
Sep 16, 2018
These Genius Coffee Cups Are Made from Actual CoffeeStyle
Given the sobering reports on the widespread impact of global pollution, the demand for more eco-friendly reusables is more pressing than ever. In response to the call to protect the environment, Berlin startup Kaffeeform has come up with reusable coffee cups made from used coffee grounds. As Designboom notes, Kaffeeform’s innovative recycling project earned it the Red Dot Product Design Award of 2018.
Aug 20, 2018
I Gave Up Plastic for One Week and It Was Very Eye-OpeningLiving
I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with plastic. Perhaps you have too, Because the problem with our plastic-filled world is a topic that has become impossible to ignore. First, there was that awful, horrible video about the turtle with a plastic straw in 2015 (watch at your own risk). This year there was the June 2018 National Geographic cover unveiled in May, with an arresting photo of a plastic shopping bag partially submerged in the ocean, giving the illusion of an iceberg.
Aug 16, 2018
I’ve Tried Tons of Spray Paint, and This is The Only One I’ll BuyHome Projects
Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a simple change of color. And, when it comes to giving furniture and decor a brand new lease on life, for the least money and effort, the hands-down winner is spray paint. I’ve tried a lotta lotta spray paint, and recently found my new favorite. It’s easier to think of things I haven’t spray painted—my dogs, maybe—than all the things I have.
Aug 15, 2018
Before and After: This $60 Lane Cedar Chest Makeover Is RemarkableHome Projects
When Nicole Goodreau and her fiancé spotted this mid-century Lane cedar chest at their local Goodwill for $30, they knew they had to have it. While the existing army green color and retro knobs didn’t fit their home’s modern aesthetic, they were confident that, with a little elbow grease, they could transform it into the perfect storage piece for their petite city apartment.
Aug 11, 2018
Before and After: These Cabinets Got a Wes Anderson-Inspired MakeoverHome Projects
Here we have a perfectly nice entryway console, adaptable to nearly any style with the right knobs. But its owner had something a bit more special and a lot more specific in mind… This is absolutely delightful and I wish it were available in a dress, or perhaps a dress/shoe combo. Pink and green go so well together, and they both pair wonderfully with gold, so the trio is totally fabulous.
Aug 9, 2018
These Are the Best Eco-Friendly Reusable Straws: Metal, Glass, Silicone, and MoreLiving
In case you missed it, plastic straws, especially the disposable ones wrapped in paper, can be awful for the environment—and it’s estimated that Americans use 500 million of them every day. Many cities and businesses are taking steps to reduce or completely eradicate their plastic straw usage (including Seattle and Starbucks), so if you haven’t thought about investing in reusable straws, now is the time.
Aug 7, 2018
This Might Be the Most Universal Storage Hack EverOrganize & Clean
One of the greatest gifts the internet ever gave us was fellowship. Your fingertips impulsively tap out a random thought, hit send, and seconds later the entirety of Twitter is liking it and retweeting it in solidarity. Like they’re saying through emoji hearts I know the feeling, too.
Jul 30, 2018
Before and After: This $46 Wood Dresser Transformation Is Absolutely StunningHome Projects
A reader found this old dresser in an alley and knew right away that she’d hit the jackpot. And after hours of scrubbing and sprucing, this dresser is even more beautiful than the day it was built. Here’s how reader Krissy Gilhooly tells the story of this exciting discovery: I found this piece abandoned in the alley behind our house. When I first saw it, I was expecting it to be rickety and have sticky drawers, as most furniture is when it’s thrown away.
Jul 15, 2018
Before and After: This Garage Sale Dresser Makeover Gives Us the Best FeelingsHome Projects
This little cutie pie garage sale dresser has been hankering for a makeover for a decade—and the results are well worth the wait. Perhaps inspired by the fantastic results, the rest of this corner got itself a spruce too! Before we gaze lovingly at the dresser as it looks today, let’s hear a little bit about what it was before: The side tables were a garage sale find for $10 which we had bought at the start of our marriage 10 years ago.
Jun 27, 2018
9 Weird Ways Clothes Hangers Can Solve Your Life’s ProblemsHome Projects
They aren't just for closets.
Jun 26, 2018
8 Eco-Friendly Things You Should Always Have in Your BagLiving
When you’re on the go all the time, it’s easy to be overly (almost accidentally) wasteful. Not-so-eco-friendly disposables—think plastic bottles of water, tissue, and shopping bags—often become the go-to when we’re running around in a rush. That’s why it pays to stock up on compact, eco-conscious items ahead of time, so they’re already in your bag in a pinch.
Jun 19, 2018
Stop Throwing Out Your Used Tea BagsOrganize & Clean
Here are some ways to re-use them post brew.
Jun 17, 2018
4 Very Handy Things You Can Do With an Old PillowcaseHome Projects
Pillowcases will almost always outlive their fitted and flat companions. It’s a fact of life. Perhaps the sheets get ripped or stained or repurposed as ghost costumes, but whatever the reason, you’re bound to have a few stray pillowcases lying about the place. Whether they’re faded, worn a bit thin, or simply not your style anymore, your old pillowcases are still immensely useful, as these four near-instant, no-sew tricks prove. This maneuver is so simple, and so smart.
Jun 8, 2018
Here’s One Smart Way to Handle Your Lost Sock ProblemOrganize & Clean
Keeping socks paired up through the laundry cycle is pretty simple if you toss them in a mesh bag beforehand, but that step doesn’t make its way into everyone’s routine. If you’re more likely to toss dirty socks in the general direction of the hamper—well, you’re probably hoarding a pretty large “orphan sock” collection.
Jun 4, 2018
12 Instagram Artists Created Inspiring T-Shirts for Earth DayLiving
Earth Day is this Sunday (well, we should celebrate Earth every day, but you know what I mean), and whether you’re doing your part by composting meal scraps, recycling, or practicing other planet-friendly habits, we’ve found one more thing that you should do to honor your planet. And it involves a group of really talented artists.
Apr 20, 2018
Before and After: How To (Subtly) Modernize An Antique DresserHome Projects
This is a Very Serious Dresser, and while it is certainly beautiful and worthy of preservation, how does one incorporate a dark, gravitas-filled antique into a home that’s decidedly not all stained glass windows, turrets, and gargoyles? Don’t worry—the answer is not “paint it white.
Apr 1, 2018
9 Big Mistakes People Make When Painting FurnitureHome Projects
Don't let these happen on your watch.
Mar 28, 2018
Check Out This Empty Candle Jar Hack, Courtesy of Queer Eye’s Antoni PorowskiLiving
We can’t get enough of the touching reboot of Queer Eye that debuted in February, courtesy of Netflix. If you’ve already binged all eight episodes of season one, hoping the Fab 5 will magically show up on your doorstep ready to make you over from head to toe while instantly becoming your new BFFs, well, that probably isn’t in the cards. But following the fellows on Instagram is a close second, because they offer up style tips, motivational mantras, and smart hacks all the same.
Mar 14, 2018
3 Ways IKEA Makes It Easy to RecycleOrganize & Clean
As if the stylish and affordable home furnishings weren’t enough of a reason to love IKEA, the store made it their mission to create a streamlined recycling process for their customers. Along with their chic assortment of recycling bins for sale, the Swedish super-retailer offers several convenient ways for customers to recycle their old stuff—think: glass, batteries, furniture, and more—while they’re shopping. Don’t believe us?
Mar 13, 2018
9 Reasons You Should Be Using This High School Staple at HomeStyle
You won't even have to remember your combination.
Feb 18, 2018
Before & After: A Smart Solution to the Cat Litter ConundrumHome Projects
This is a cute little cabinet, perfect for storing all manner of things. But Melissa had an entirely different purpose in mind, and the whole project took about thirty minutes from start to finish. One member of her household is particularly happy with the end result.
Feb 11, 2018
Before and After: This Wagon Wheel Project Could Have Gone Horribly WrongHome Projects
I was warming up to make a bunch of wagon wheel coffee table jokes — most referencing When Harry Met Sally — when I realized this is actually a mill wheel. We’ll just have to appreciate this project for what it is: an approachable, unique upcycle of a neglected old piece of equipment. Here’s how this project came to be, according to Roxanne of The Honeycomb Home: While at a flea market, an old wooden wheel caught my eye. The seller said it may have been from a grist mill.
Feb 8, 2018
Stop Throwing Away Your Used Candles! 9 Clever Ways to Repurpose Those JarsStyle
I love candles, and I particularly love candles that come in beautiful containers, because they smell and look lovely. But this leads to a particular conundrum: what do you do with the jar the candle came in once the candle is gone? It seems like a pity to throw them away, but what are you going to do with a small constellation of empty jars? We’ve got some ideas. Trying to figure out how to remove those last traces of wax?
Feb 8, 2018
Before & After: Returning An Airstream to Its Former GloryHome Projects
Behold this tragic trailer, 63-years-old and abandoned in the woods of rural Mississippi. Is there any hope for this rusty, busted, pest-infested little sweetie? Hold out for a hero, brave Airlight! It’s so SHINY!
Feb 6, 2018
Before & After: This $20 Craigslist Cabinet Is Now Some Super Special StorageHome Projects
Sage looked long and hard for the perfect piece for her entryway. It needed to fit the spot, and be deep and flexible enough to fit a variety of footwear. Most importantly, she didn’t want the visual mess of open shelving. Sage didn’t want to spend too much so she first went the IKEA route, and ruled out a classic “fauxdenza” (made from stock cabinets mounted on the wall), before finally hitting up Craigslist in a long and patient search for something to work with.
Jan 12, 2018
20 Transformative Ways to Give New Life to Old FurnitureHome Projects
If you’re giving yourself a fresh start for 2019—new haircut, workout routine, healthy habits—give your furniture a New Year’s refresh with these 20 tutorials that will restore, revitalize, or totally redo your favorite wood, metal, leather, vinyl, marble, and upholstered pieces. If you find yourself in possession of a piece that has potential, but its wood is buried under layers of paint, bring out its natural beauty and let it shine.
Jan 1, 2018
The Paper-Free Gift Wrapping Technique You Need to Try This YearStyle
I did not grow up in a house that delicately opened gifts on Christmas morning. My mother did not collect all the intact gift wrap, fold it carefully and stash it away for another use. We were savages that ripped open presents with abandon. The more shreds I could get out of each box, the longer the unwrapping lasted, which made me a happier child. (My mother did, however, always save gift boxes—the kind you put shirts and pajama sets in—as well as gift bags because she was no fool.
Dec 4, 2017
14 Reasons You Should Hang On To Those Paper Grocery BagsHome Projects
Here are some fun ways to reuse them.
Nov 22, 2017
These Swedes Tried Out IKEA-Hacking Each Other (& We Love the Results)Home Projects
November 1st marks the start of Prettypegs’ PrettyHackathon Auction. Why should this interest you? Well, if you’ve been holding onto those less-than-perfect or basic IKEA pieces in hopes of giving them new, exciting life, we’ve just found the ultimate source for makeover ideas and inspiration.
Nov 1, 2017
The Amazon Hangover Cure: Handling the Packaging Monster, SustainablyOrganize & Clean
We’re online shopping more than ever and, unfortunately, that means bringing unwanted waste into our homes in the form of cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing supplies. (A problem that gets especially frustrating when I discover the refrigerator-sized box on my porch actually just contains the single pack of face wipes I ordered).
Oct 22, 2017