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The 9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes

A maid isn't needed, just some better habits.<p><b>1. They put away their clothes every night.</b>When you're changing into your pajamas, it might be tempting to just toss your clothes on a chair or even on the floor, but don't fall prey to that lazy trap. It takes a couple of seconds to put them in your …

6 Mistakes You Make When Making Your Bed

A few key fixes can make a difference.<p>Making your bed certainly isn't rocket science, but the difference between a messy display and an especially smooth (and super-inviting) mattress is actually all in the details.<p><b>1. You lay your top sheet pattern-up.</b><p>Placing it pattern-side down is actually the …

13 Things You Should Have in Your Closet by 30

All of the touches you need to add warmth, style and creativity the most-used space in your home.<p><i>Courtesy of LA Closet Design</i><p>1. Something Cozy Underfoot<p>You know how you feel when you step into your favorite slippers?It's like that, but EVERY time you walk into your closet."I think that by the time …

11 Bathroom DIYs That Take One Hour or Less

Have a spare hour and a boring bathroom? These 11 quick DIYs will fill the time—and your space.<p>Want to spruce up your bathroom, but don't have the time for elaborate projects (or budget for the renovation you've always dreamed of?) Don't worry. Tackling a DIY project may seem like a huge endeavor, …

16 Style Tricks You Need To Make It Through Holiday Party Season In One Piece

Holiday parties are the best part of the season -- whether it's an office, friends or family affair, it's bound to be fun.<p>But, there are always some obstacles that try to bring down our #partyhard vibe -- like ripping our tights or misplacing our coat check ticket. Don't worry, though, because …

Laundry Care Tricks from a Costume Master

Luke McDonough knows a thing or two about laundry care. As costume master of the Public Theater — which stages the iconic Shakespeare in the Park productions every summer in Central Park — McDonough has to make sure the wardrobe worn by the actors every night is spotless, even through extreme heat …

10 Genius New Uses for Dish Soap

It helps with so much more than just cleaning greasy pots and pans.<p>Dish detergent might be a sink-side staple, but its cleaning power is incredibly helpful all over the house. Because the liquid is mild, it's often a great choice over harsher chemicals (plus, we bet you've got an ever-ready …

10 Inspiring Home Offices

Whether you're an entrepreneur, working from home or just looking for a stylish place to online shop from—these chic desktops and home offices will inspire you to create your own perfect workspace.<p>Whether you're an entrepreneur, working from home or just looking for a stylish place to online shop …

3 Ways to Squash Burnout and Boost Productivity

<i>Joelle Steiniger is the co-founder of Small HQ, HookFeed and Minimalytics. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>You have no problem keeping busy. No problem crossing things off your to-do list. You multitask like it’s going out of style. But the weeks continue to fly by and you can’t help …

10 Healthy Office Snacks: The Anti-Vending Machine Guide

These healthy office snacks beat whatever junk is in the vending machine any day.<p>We've perfected the art of the office lunch—but even the most protein-packed lunch bowls can't prevent the inevitable 3 p.m. rumbly belly. Before you give up your quarters to the vending machine, hear us out! There are …

Healthy Eating

9 Packing Hacks For a Jet Set Life

Essential packing tricks that any stylish girl on the go should heed.<p>Even if you're a frequent traveler, packing remains a daunting task—especially for those with an extensive wardrobe. Once you've managed to edit down your selection, you still have to make it all fit. So, we rounded up some of the …

How we made Do the Right Thing

Giancarlo Esposito, actor: 'We ended up crying in each other's arms after the riot scene – we'd said some horrible things to each other'<p><b>Ernest R Dickerson, cinematographer</b><p>While we were shooting School Daze, Spike Lee's second feature film, he told me he was writing something called Heatwave, as Do …

Do You Have To Wash New Underwear Before You Wear It?

<b>The Scientist: Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University School of Medicine</b><p>The Answer: In a word, yes. …

Clothing

Simple Summer Treats

Now that summer is finally here, I've been doing a lot of outdoor cooking. I'll take any excuse to fire up the grill instead of turning on the oven! The one exception for turning on the oven is when I'm making whoopie pies. In fact, I've discovered that they make a perfect "cookie shell" for ice …

Dessert

#theLIST: 10 Key Pre-Fall Pieces

Onto the next! Such is the inevitable cycle of fashion. Thankfully, pre-fall's offeringshitting our favorite e-commerce sites noware nothing short of covetable.<p>Onto the next! Such is the inevitable cycle of fashion. Thankfully, pre-fall's offerings—hitting our favorite e-commerce sites now—are …

7 Bad Habits You Need To Break Now

<i>Update: This story was originally published on July 14.</i><p>There are bad habits you quit and then there are bad habits you keep, despite resolutions, …

Chia Seeds

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10 Simple Hacks For Packing A Suitcase

Packing for a long trip can be problematic: you don't want to bring along too much and have to lug around a heavy bag, but you also don't want to pack too little and end up forgetting a crucial item.<p>Here are 10 tips to make packing easy.<p>1. Roll clothing up and then use air-compression plastic bags …

Clothing

How to Make a Vinaigrette Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Food52's Associate Editor Kenzi Wilbur holds vinaigrettes near and dear to her heart. This is how she makes</i> …

Spices

8 Ways To Make Your Road Trip Even Better

8 apps to download now.<p>Everyone knows the essentials for a successful road trip—good company, good music and A LOT of snacks. Whether you're planning to head to your favorite cross-country vacation spot or hopping in a car with no destination at all, be sure to add these apps to your must-have list.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 12 Servings<p>Prep Time: 1 min<p>Total Time: 6 min<p>This recipe calls for baking one giant cookie, a way to ensure even, consistent ice cream sandwiches.<p>August 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour<p>1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder<p>1/2 tsp. baking soda<p>1/2 tsp. kosher …

Baking

'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls

Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish Monday when the leader of the Islamist militant group that kidnapped them announced plans to sell them.<p>"I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar …