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May 18

Does Sun Bleaching Really Work? We Tried It

Nothing compares to the smell of fresh laundry that’s been hanging outside to dry. Not only is it a fresh and efficient way to do laundry, it’s also oft-touted as a way to brighten whites without having to use special detergents or harsh chemicals. All you need is plenty of time and sunshine.

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Apr 18

10 Easy Dusting Hacks for When You’re Beyond Lazy

Dust is evidence. You can trace it like rings of a tree to know how long it’s been since you’ve cleaned. Some find dusting therapeutic and get to surfaces before dust even has a chance to settle, others dust only when their mother in law brings it to their attention. Whichever camp you belong to, these dusting hacks are something you can use from time to time…because less time spent dusting the bookshelf equals more time reading the books.

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Mar 18

​The Secret Miracle Cleaner You've Had in Your Apartment Since College

When you’re looking for an effective cleaner, most of us would love to find something inexpensive, non-toxic and — while we’re being picky — something we already have at home. Often white vinegar, the darling of every DIY cleaning maven, fits the bill. But some people just cannot stand the smell.

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Mar 18

Can You Really Dust Your Houseplants With A Banana Peel? We Tried It, Here Are Our Results!

It seems everyone and their brother has plant fever these days, and the only cure is MORE PLANTS! We’ve mastered the art of watering, they’re all stayin’ alive. Now we’re onto more cosmetic issues, like: just how shiny and clean can I get my plants? Can I buff them with banana peels?

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Feb 18

​Why You Should Keep Coffee Filters in the Living Room

It’s easy — and sometimes good — to be compartmentalized. It’s one way to keep ourselves sane and present in a world of multi-tasking and many-hat-wearing. But when it comes to uses for items around the house, thinking outside the box — or the room, as the case may be — can unearth some pretty handy applications for things we already have on hand. For example, here’s why you shouldn’t relegate coffee filters to the kitchen, but keep some in the living room as well.

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Feb 18

​7 Times You Don't Need to Follow the Laundry Instructions on the Tag

As if laundry isn’t hard enough to keep under control, there are those little labels with tiny instructions and inscrutable hieroglyphics that we’re supposed to obey. But, seriously, who has time to sort not only by color and clothing type but by meticulous instructions?! Many of us throw all caution to the wind, tossing everything together in the washer and dryer, and crossing our fingers for the best, but its better to know when we should heed those shout-y tags and when it’s okay to ignore them.

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Feb 18

Say Goodbye to Overstuffed Drawers & Hello to This 6-Tool Kitchen Capsule

Tight on space in the kitchen? Your storage problem might actually be a “stuff” problem. It’s all too easy to overfill your kitchen drawers and countertop crocks with pretty uni-tasking tools when you’re walking down the aisles of Barrel, Barn & Beyond with a gift card (or worse — a registry gun) burning a hole in your pocket.

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Jan 18

​Why You Should Keep Your Used Dryer Sheets

If you use dryer sheets to keep your clothes lovely-smelling and static-free, don’t throw them away. Put a basket in the laundry room to hold your used dryer sheets and reach for them to make any of the following household tasks easier (and much more pleasantly scented).

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Dec 17

3 Brilliant (and Free!) Hacks for Storing Christmas Decorations

Once Christmas is over, all you’re left with is a tupperware full of cookies and a whole mess of decorations to put away. And in the sugar-fueled stupor of the post-holiday season, it can be tempting to walk into the organizing store and blow a gift card or three on unitasking storage containers.

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Dec 17

​The Best Decluttering Tricks, Mind Hacks and Shortcuts We Discovered in 2017

The beauty of decluttering is that the more you do it, the more you’re surrounded by only the things you need and love. Even if your goal isn’t a minimalist aesthetic, getting rid of excess will clear both your space and your mind and it’s quite likely you’ll come to love living with less. Here are the best questions, techniques and mind hacks from 2017 that help us do just that.

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