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14 Things Never to Buy in Bulk

Bulk shopping seems like it should be a surefire way to save money, but buyer beware: Bigger isn't always better. In an effort to pinch pennies or …

Shopping

How to Dispose of Cooking Oil

After you finish frying and feasting, be sure to properly and safely dispose of the cooking oil. Whether you use lard, shortening, or liquid oil, …

Determine

The 20 Best Town Mottoes from East to West

A town’s motto has to check a lot of boxes. Ideally, it should accurately portray the town’s history, embody its population, and leave a lasting …

South Dakota

8 Most Popular Paint Colors in America

For many people, choosing new paint colors for the home is an exciting—yet often daunting—prospect. Just standing in front of those rows and rows of …

Home Decorating

8 Winter Flowers to Brighten Your Snowy Garden

Ensure that your garden looks lively year-round by filling flower beds and window boxes with any of these winter blooms.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p><b>Q: I’m</b> …

Flowers

All You Need to Know About Winterizing Concrete Surfaces

While you're taking measures to protect your house from cold weather, don't forget about your outdoor structures! A little winterizing maintenance …

Home Improvement

10 Things to Buy If You're Always Cold

Rejoice, cold-blooded homeowners! There are a million ways to heat up your home and not all of them require cranking up the furnace. Take a look at …

Coffee

Our 25 Favorite Tiny Houses of All Time

Some happy homeowners are perplexed by the tiny house craze, while others are ready to trade in their full-size homes for a taste of the tiny life. …

Houses

Video: The Best Way to Clean a Mirror

Everyone thinks they know how to clean a mirror, but if that were the case every one of these reflective surfaces wou...

Design

Radiant Heat Systems - The New Frontier

For virtually every common homeowner complaint about traditional home heating, there's a solution that already exists. Embarking on a major building …

Home Improvement

How to Deodorize a Trash Can

The kitchen has a lot of smells—but you normally expect them to be of delicious foods and treats. If you're garbage bin is making a stink, try out …

Recycling

10 Vintage Decorating Ideas We Were Wrong to Abandon

What's in vogue today is often gone tomorrow, but some elements of home decor have undeservedly gone the way of the dodo. Though seldom seen today, …

Houses

How To: Paint Wood Paneling

In a room with wood-paneled walls—particularly if that wood is a veneer—your instinct may be to start fresh, either b...

Home Improvement

Compost Tea 101 - What It Is and How to Make It

Brew your way to a hardier, healthier garden using this guide to compost tea.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>Even greenhorn green thumbs know that applying …

Gardening

How to Build a DIY Boot Rack

Tripping over boots on your way out the door? Build up a station that can handle this season's bulky footwear, and you'll have an organized entryway …

Shoes

7 Things You Need to Know About Your Home

You can probably recite your home’s square footage, your property's acreage, and your community's school district—but do you know your neighborhood's …

Home Improvement

Set the Table with 9 Thanksgiving DIYs

If you find yourself playing host this holiday, you've likely slaved over the perfect turkey, casserole, and dessert combination with menu prep that …

Crafting

Thanksgiving Dining Room Prep

Whether you're expecting a quiet circle or a boisterous crowd, there are several steps you can take to get a head start on hosting this year's Turkey …

Houses

20 Places with (Almost) Zero Crime

Everyone hopes to live in a low-crime area where homes are secure and residents feel at ease visiting local businesses, parks, and schools. So if …

Cities

10 Places You’re Forgetting to Winter-Proof

To prepare their property for winter, many homeowners simply apply new caulking, replace damaged weatherstripping, and install an additional layer of …

Home Improvement

This Thanksgiving, Fit Everyone at the Table

With so many dishes and serving utensils, not to mention the number of guests, Thanksgiving puts your dining room to the true test. Here are eight …

Houses

How To: Clean Cookie Sheets

There’s nothing quite like whipping up a batch of homemade cookies. But once the fun of baking and eating is over, so...

Baking

Video: 7 Genius Ways to Use Ice Cubes

You reach for it when you need to relax with a cold beverage or soothe a bruise, but ice has many unusual uses that g...

Beverages

How To: Paint Chrome

Chrome is distinctive, modern, and cool—all reasons to love it, whether it’s as the bases of your '50s-style bar stoo...

Home Improvement

Dishwasher Not Draining? 8 Potential Fixes

If you've opened your dishwasher to find a sudsy puddle on along the bottom of the appliance, follow these troubleshooting tips to take care of the …

Home Improvement

11 Projects That Prove Concrete Isn't Just for the Outdoors

If you’re looking to upgrade your interiors with cool new amenities like seating, sleek surfaces, lighting, and accessories, you may already have the …

DIY

How To: Choose the Best Christmas Tree (and Keep It Fresh)

There's more to choosing the perfect tree than just looking at it from every angle. Follow these tips, and you'll be enjoying your tannenbaum through …

Christmas

15 Brilliant Hacks for a Cleaner Home in 2018

Great news, neat freaks! Home cleaning just got a little easier. Try one of these unusual but genius cleaning tricks for faster cleanup and a …

Neat

7 Tips for Quick and Easy Cleanup After Dinner

It would be nice if a delicious, home-cooked meal didn't come with the downside of having to do dishes once you've finished eating. But tidying up …

Comfort Food

Video: Purge Your Pantry of These Problem Items

As the holidays draw ever nearer, many homeowners are preparing to entertain dozens of friends and family members ove...

Asparagus