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The Most Genius Home Hacks We Learned This Year

Let's just say, 2017 was good for our homes.<p>Improving one's home is a never-ending cycle. That's why people are constantly on the lookout for faster ways to wash dishes or smarter ways to fit more into their kitchen — and 2017 was no exception. These are the highlights of what we learned this year …

How often you should wash everything in your home, according to science

Cleanliness can be somewhat subjective: some folks wear things once and feel compelled to wash them, while others wear them five times before exposing them to some kind of soap. But when it comes to cleaning your home, there are some standards to consider, if only for your health’s sake.<p>If you saw …

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15 Cleaning Tips We Learned In 2014

From the archives, we've pulled our favorite tips and tricks from the past year to help keep your New Year's resolutions in check.<p><b>1. Vacuum in both directions.</b> If you don't, you're likely to miss small pieces of dirt and dust that get trapped under the fibers of your carpet.<p>Looking for more …

A Look Inside the Airy Sunroom of Million Dollar Decorators' Jeffrey Alan Marks

A nest feathered with many of his own SoCal-inspired designs is where the Santa Monica–based decorator and tastemaker goes to sketch and dream.<p><i>Photo by Amanda Marsalis</i><p><b>My sunroom is reminiscent of a sleeping porch</b> in the Lake Tahoe summer place my family had when I was a kid — except my version is …

9 Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

The key ingredients you need just might be hiding in your pantry.<p>These mix-it-yourself cleaners use environmentally friendly ingredients — like baking soda and vinegar — and are quite inexpensive. If you've run out of your favorite cleaning solution, don't run to the store; try one of these …

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8 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescapes To Inspire Your Holiday Decor

Kickstart your holiday decorating for Thanksgiving.<p>These creative tablescapes are sure to kickstart your holiday decorating for Thanksgiving. From the editors of elledecor.com

10 Who-Knew Uses for Aluminum Foil

It's handy for much more than just wrapping leftovers.<p>You already know that aluminum foil is a kitchen must-have, but its pliable, metallic structure makes it super-useful all over the house. Here's why you should stock up:<p><b>1. Line cabinets and drawers.</b>Not only is the foil easy to clean with a damp …

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11 Clever Uses for Safety Pins

There are lots of reasons to keep a stash of these tiny tools around. This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com<p>Sure, safety pins are helpful for fixing a dropped hem or ripped seam in a pinch, but you already knew that. Here are some more ways they can solve problems all over the …

Learn to Love Your Closet, Big or Small

Closets are as varied as people themselves, I think. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the full-room-sized to the tiny shared wardrobe, and …

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 …

40+ Christmas Wreaths to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Deck the halls, doors and everywhere else.<p>A little Christmas crafting goes a long way. Start now and you'll have a holiday wreath for every door in your house.

A House On A Slope Connects To Its Surroundings Through A Glass Elevator

Deciding to build on a plot with a difficult geometry, such as one with a steep slope means being prepared to face any type of challenge. In the case …

15 Decorations for an Un-scary Halloween

The time is here when it seems that the undead walk all around us. Decaying zombies stalk front porches. Toothy vampires line grocery shelves. Fake …

10 Foods That Are Surprisingly Good Cleaners

Add these kitchen staples to your cleaning arsenal. Seriously.<p>Your go-to cleaners might come in a bottle, but when tackling a tricky stain, it's worth cleaning outside the box. Try these fridge and pantry finds to freshen and brighten nearly every area of your home.<p><b>1. Lemons</b>Citrus can zap grime …

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Calling All Readers: Send Us Your Halloween Photos

Calling all pumpkin carvers: we want to see your Halloween curb appeal. Send us photos–jack-o-lanterns, spooky-bed-sheet ghosts, and the gnarly …

Wonderful & Fun Storage Cubbies: Ideas & Inspiration

From the craft rooms to the nurseries, every nook and cranny of your home needs to be organized, especially as the family grows and your space …

24 Super Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas

Make the most of what you've got.<p>If you can't bring yourself to Kondo the kitchen, it's time to trick out the cabinets, drawers and island with a few space-saving ideas. Rethink the little nooks and niches and you'll have counter space for days.

The No-Time, No-Fuss Guide To Halloween

(Image credit: Real Simple)<p>Halloween is so much fun! ...As long as you're not up 'til 2am the night before, sewing the finishing touches to a …

Decorations

8 Of The Dirtiest Places In Your Bathroom

Spend extra time cleaning these germy spots.<p><b>1. Toothbrush holder.</b> Deemed the third dirtiest place in your entire home in a study by NSF, your toothbrush holder is filled with germs. Not only do germs from your toothbrush cling to the holder, but also, because it's usually left out on the counter, …

17 Indoor Herb Garden Ideas That'll Perk Up Your Kitchen

Click and grow? Don't mind if we do!<p>A lack of outdoor space shouldn't stop a green thumb. Grow your basil and parsley right by the stove using one of these inventive solutions.

Clever Ways In Which A Corner Bookshelf Can Fill In The Blanks In Your Design

A <b>corner</b> you can use for storage or for displaying collections is better than an empty corner. The transformation is easy when you’re using a <b>corner</b> …

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12 Problems That Can Be Solved With Baby Powder

This medicine cabinet staple is handier than you think.<p>If you believe baby powder is only for keeping skin smooth and fresh, you're really …

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, …

Quick Tip #46: How To Store Leftover Paint

Before placing the lid on your can of paint, place a single layer of <b>PLASTIC WRAP</b> on the surface of the paint. Touch the two together so no air gets …

Kitchens

Couple Turns A 22 Sqm New York Apartment Into A Cozy Home

There are a lot of <b>tiny apartments in New York</b> so we weren’t surprises to find out this one measured only 242 square feet which is around 22.4 square …

1950s Time Capsule Home For Sale

Vintage home for sale.<p>A Toronto home maintained by the same owner for 72 years is up for sale, and the perfectly decorated, museum-like interiors are a rare tribute to decades past.