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Get a Handle on Home Maintenance With This Checklist

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist<p>Staying on Top of Chores Saves Repairs Later<p>Updated February 26, 2018<p>A big part of the American dream is owning …

Home Improvement

28 Multi-Use Products On Amazon That Are Basically Life Hacks

Figuring out a truly good life hack is one of those things that, once it happens, can make you see the whole world in a totally different light. …

Shopping

Are Ikea's $7 Rechargeable Batteries Actually Pricey Eneloop Pro AAs in Disguise?

If you cheap out on alkaline batteries, there’s a noticeable difference in performance. But that might not be the case with rechargeable nickel-metal …

7 Super Common Dishwasher Mistakes You'll Want to Stop Making, Right Now

I grew up without a dishwasher in the house, so nobody really ever taught me how the whole thing was supposed to work. After a few years on my own in …

Dishwashing

14 Absolutely Perfect Paint Colors Designers Love

Choosing paint colors for your home is a big deal: Nothing sets the tone for a space like the color on the walls. So deciding what paint color to …

Home Decorating

The Key To Raising A Happy Child

For much of the past half-century, children, adolescents and young adults in the U.S. have been saying they feel as though their lives are increasingly out of their control. At the same time, rates of anxiety and depression have risen steadily.<p>What's the fix? Feeling in control of your own destiny. …

Parenting

5 Etiquette Lessons Every Child Should Learn

When my sisters and I were young, my parents never expected perfection, but boy howdy, they expected politeness. From the time we were old enough to …

Country Lifestyle

9 Highly Rated Mattresses That Will Give You the Best Night of Sleep

If you’re tossing and turning all night, can’t get to sleep, or waking up with inexplicable pains, it might be time for a new mattress. Luckily, in this modern age, you don’t have to drag yourself to home store after home store, rolling around on display beds to find one anymore. Now, you can …

Shopping

Have You Heard of the 4% Rule? Most Americans Haven't

The majority of Americans are either overestimating how much they can afford to withdraw from their retirement savings, or they don't know where to …

5 Classic Design Rules to Absolutely Never Break

The problem with cutting corners is that 50% of the time it works while the remaining half makes up for all that time and money you saved and then …

Home Decorating

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

Must-Do Maintenance To Make Your Home Feel Fresh

Although it doesn't take up space, this unwelcome guest still weighs your entire household down. Getting rid of it completely is almost impossible, …

Hacking

5 Good Kitchen Things to Clean During Winter Downtime

When we think about big cleaning seasons, spring usually comes to mind. But winter is actually a pretty good time to do some serious cleaning. I …

Kitchens