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Why you should switch to LED lightbulbs right now, before the law requires it

When Jason Chroman relocated from San Francisco to the suburbs, he and his family moved into a bigger, newer house. It was all very exciting until …

Home Automation

How downsizing and de-cluttering are fueling the self-storage boom

As my colleague Lloyd Alter has pointed out, getting rid of stuff can be hard during an “era of minimalism and mobility.” We can downsize, …

Real Estate

Express Yourself: Choosing Paint Colors You'll Love Living With

January 16, 2018<p>0<p>You probably saw some really gorgeous paint palettes when you were out looking at homes, but I’m also betting there were a fair …

Home Decorating

10 Overlooked Expenses That Ruin Your Budget

Mindscape studio / Shutterstock.com Drafting a picture-perfect budget is only half the battle if you want to keep your spending in check. Following …

Shopping

Use “The Minimalists'” 90/90 Rule to Help You Declutter

No matter how much you want to live more simply, it can be hard to part with your things. First of all, if you have a lot of stuff, where do you even …

Inspiration

8 Lessons Our Editor Learned from the Decluttering Bible

I’d heard about Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant, from friends who spoke evangelically about her methods and how they’d transformed …

Marie Kondo

7 Tips for Brightening a Home This Winter

The winter may bring colder and cloudier days ahead, but you can still make your listing look inviting, bright, and cheerful. HouseLogic recently …

Home Decorating

22 Fantastic Ideas for Transforming Small Rooms

Are some of the rooms in your house or apartment quite small? It’s time to stop seeing this as a problem. You just have to know how to make good use …

50 Incredible DIY Home Projects

25 cleaning hacks to make your life easier

Save money, time and effort while you get your house sparkly clean.<p>Sure, you may think you know how to get rid of dust or clean your microwave, but …

How to Choose the Right Stain for Hardwood Floors

<i>By Glenn Griffin, guest contributor</i>One of the most commonly asked questions people have when restoring their hardwood floors is: “Should I stain my …

Renovations

Court of Appeal Rejects California’s Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides

Program Area: The Wild Case: CA Neonicitinoid Reevaluation Office: California Decision ends state’s practice of rubber-stamping new uses for …

Bees

In First for Consumer Safety, Federal Commission Moves to Ban Entire Class of Toxic Flame Retardants

In First for Consumer Safety, Federal Commission Moves to Ban Entire Class of Toxic Flame RetardantsBy Jessica A. Knoblauch | Thursday, October 19, …

Environment

Do Not Ever Put These 16 Items in Your Dishwasher

Costco discounts a selection of items as part of its Early Black Friday sale. (The sale prices are as marked ... Read more.<p>Updated: 2 days 22 hr …

Why bugs belong in your house

A human home inevitably contains about 100 kinds of arthropods, research shows, but most are harmless and some can be helpful.<p>Although a house can …

What Pets Secretly Loathe About Your Home

More homeowners are putting an emphasis on their pets’ priorities when home shopping, according to recent surveys. For example, a third of recent …

The Hack That Will Give You So Much More Space in Your Kitchen

If there’s anything that Mama taught us, it’s how to make a little go a long way. We’re well versed in the art of stretching a casserole to feed …

How to Paint Like a Pro With These 12 Simple Tricks

Few do-it-yourself home improvements deliver more satisfaction than a fresh coat of paint. Newer types of paint are easier than ever to use, and a …

Painting

32 Ways to Clean, Brighten and Deodorize Your Home Using Vinegar

WATCH: There Is a Right Way to Clean Your Smelly Garbage Disposal

If there’s a horrible stench in your kitchen, chances are it’s coming from the sink—or, the garbage disposal to put it more accurately. It’s no …

Organize Your Refrigerator With These 16 Simple Tips and Save Money

In the grand scheme of things, organizing your refrigerator might seem pretty small potatoes. But in fact, an organized fridge will save money and …

Hacking

From DVDs to baby shoes: 43 things you should never buy

5 Painting Mistakes That’ll Show

Painting can be one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce up a listing. But homeowners can also make a lot of mistakes with this common DIY job. …

19 Cheap or Free Ways to Cut Your Winter Energy Bills

30 Things Everyone Should Keep in Their Home

Microsoft

5 DIY Tricks That Will Make Your Car Smell Delightful

The average American drives 13,476 miles a year, according to federal statistics. That’s a lot of time to spend in a less-than-fragrant …

Hacking

7 Simple Household Hacks for Things You Do Every Day

Our day-to-day routines are full of opportunities to employ life hacks that make things just a little bit smoother.” Sure, a new way of unspooling …

Hacking

13 ridiculous home improvement fails that will make you cringe