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Don’t Be a Hot Mess: 10 Products Under $25 To Help You Get It Together — Cheap Thrills

Getting your sh*t together isn’t easy. Throw in a crazy work schedule, kids, partners, and friends—and the ability to stay calm and collected (let alone keep your headphones untangled) throughout the day seems almost impossible. Thankfully, many of our favorite online retailers offer some stylish—and insanely affordable—solutions for keeping the little things organized every day. To help, we’ve rounded up a handful of awesome items for under $25 that are designed to make your life easier when you just can’t seem to get it together. So scroll ahead for 10 cheap but chic ways to stop being such a hot mess (or at least pretend not to be anyway). (далее…)

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Your Home is Working Against You, And Here’s What to Do About It

Housekeeping is rarely fun or easy. But what if we told you that you could improve the overall efficiency of your housework, without actually spending any additional time, money, or energy? Believe it or not, with a little imagination and planning, you’ll find there are tons of tiny ways you can boost the productivity of your place—ones that truly don’t require any extra work. From dryer sheets in the trash bin to paper towels in the microwave, read on for ten small but effective ways to make your home work better for you. (далее…)

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Genius Small Space Solutions: 10 Modern Murphy Beds

Murphy beds—also known as wall beds—have long been popular with small space dwellers and it’s not difficult to see why. Not only do they fold up nicely when not in use, a good wall bed can make a cramped studio apartment feel like a true two-bedroom in a matter of seconds. (далее…)

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Think NYC Real Estate is Scary? This City Might Be Worse

Lately, social media is abuzz with Toronto’s insane real estate offerings: undesirable homes (in serious need of renovation and lacking ordinary amenities) selling at unbelievably high prices. Properties lacking everything from parking spaces to proper bathrooms have been selling at double and triple the asking price—with no signs of the area’s inflated costs slowing down anytime soon. (далее…)

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Smart Apartment Hunting: Know the Perks that Drive Rent Up the Most

No matter where you live, everyone dreams of scoring an affordable apartment with awesome amenities. Whether it’s a proper doorman or a shared laundry room, for many of us, the communal comforts offered in an apartment building is what makes or breaks the decsion on whether or not we’ll live there. (далее…)

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The 7 Pillars of Adulting: Have You Mastered Them?

Being an adult isn’t easy. The demands of balancing bills, budgets, and a busy schedule can often be downright exhausting and trying at times, to say the least. That’s why like all things related to personal growth, acting like a grownup requires a lot of patience and practice. Needless to say, the art of maturity is a difficult one to master. (далее…)

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The Small Safety Risk Too Many People Are Taking at Home: Some Quick Facts About Home Burglaries

Many homeowners will tell you that securing their home is a top priority, however, that doesn’t mean home invasions aren’t a very real threat for Americans. According to a new survey by Eyewitness Surveillance—a commercial surveillance company based in Maryland—a burglary occurs every 13 seconds in the United States, resulting in a startling 2.5 million home intrusions reported every year. Yet what’s more startling is how many of those burglaries were actually preventable, had homeowners simply remembered to lock their door. And the surprising discoveries don’t stop there. The company surveyed 1,000 Americans about the steps they take to secure their homes, and their findings might surprise you. (далее…)

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Real Estate Experts On: Why Are Buyers So Freaked Out By Paint Colors?

It’s an old real estate trope, but it seems to be true: Paint color can heavily sway a prospective buyer’s opinion of a home. While a seller might think throwing a fresh coat of paint on the walls will boost the value of their property, in reality, doing so might actually leave a bad impression on buyers; depending on their individual tastes and styles. (далее…)

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3 Things Keeping You from an Ultra-Clean Bathroom

An immaculate bathroom is hard to find. Considering how much time you spend in your bathroom everyday, keeping it clean and fresh can have a real impact on how you feel. Unfortunately, even after you spend hours cleaning, bathrooms have a tendency to get grimy fast. However, once you look past all the dusty makeup drawers and toothpaste-soiled sinks, it’s clear the real problem isn’t just your messy toiletries; it’s the unsightly buildup that’s embedded in your grout, bathtub, and fixtures. (далее…)

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The Best-Looking Bathroom Trash Cans Under $15

A good-looking bathroom trash bin is hard to find. That’s why most of them wind up stashed near the toilet or under the sink. Sure you can invest in a fancy one that looks great, but who wants to drop serious cash on something as small and well, trashy as a garbage can? Lucky for you, we did our research and it turns out the web is filled with some surprisingly sleek and inexpensive bathroom receptacles. Here are nine super stylish, bathroom-sized bins that won’t set you back more than fifteen bucks. (далее…)

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Don’t Waste an Inch: Magical Mechanical Solutions to Transform Small Space Storage

Sometimes—okay, most of the time—finding storage in a small space requires us to get crafty. Sure we’ve all heard of the usual small-space game changers, but what to do when there’s still not enough room for all your stuff? Before you run out to the store to buy the latest Marie Kondo-style book, consider the oft-overlooked possibilities of mechanical storage. Yes, mechanical… as in, storage solutions that have a moving part, and more importantly, the ability to be hidden away from plain sight when not in use. Not only does mechanical storage open up a whole new world of organizing opportunity, it allows you to make use of a previously unused space—something that’s pretty momentous when you live in a tiny place. (далее…)

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Study Reveals The Most Common Items that Go Missing at Home

Forgetting stuff is easy. We’ve all spent mornings frantically searching for our keys or worse, left our phones or wallets behind somewhere. But what’s the real cost of being forgetful? According to the «Lost & Found» survey released by Pixie, a location app for iPhones, Americans collectively spend a whopping $2.7 billion dollars every year—two thirds of us spending up to $50 yearly—simply replacing the items they can’t find. And that’s not all, the everyday items we often misplace and more importantly, the amount of time we spend searching for them is pretty startling, too. Read ahead for a breakdown of Pixie’s more interesting discoveries. (далее…)

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9 Doable Ways to Use Less Water

Decreasing the amount of water you use at home isn’t just good for the environment—it can be good for your bank account, too. Although research estimates that the average person only needs to use about 20 gallons of water per day, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS), most individuals are using closer to 80-100 gallons of H2O instead. And considering water bills can average anywhere from $15-$30 every month (and even more in bigger cities), those wasteful numbers aren’t just bad for the Earth—they’re not so great for your monthly budget either. (далее…)

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You’re One Click Away From Never Forgetting Anything Again

The art of forgetting isn’t hard to master. No matter how organized and prepared we attempt to be, sometimes well, it happens. We forget stuff. But what if there was an iPhone app designed to ensure you don’t ever walk out the door without everything you need? Don’t Leave It! is a location-based reminder app that helps you keep track of your everyday necessities, so you always remember to take them with you when you leave. And best of all: it’s free. (далее…)

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Ask a Pro Organizer: What Organizing Products Are Worth Buying?

Staying organized from day to day is no easy feat. Throw a small, storage-deprived apartment and, you know, life into the mix—and suddenly keeping your sh*t together becomes daunting, if not darn near impossible. And while the web is brimming with promising organizational products, deciding which ones are actually worth your money is a whole different story. (далее…)

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Your Mom Will Never Know: 15 Last Minute (But Totally Perfect) Mother’s Day Gifts

It’s officially the second week of May and (gasp!) you’re only now remembering that this Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day. Before you panic and order the same old same old (flowers!), remember the magic of two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. Translation: you sift through the website for the perfect present and still have it shipped to your door—or your Mom’s—by the weekend. Read ahead for 15 last-minute (but beautiful!) Mother’s Day gifts your mom will think you had planned to purchase weeks ago. (далее…)

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Expert Advice for Breaking Out of the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

The Great Recession might be over but make no mistake about it: Americans are still in financial turmoil. According to a recent study released by GoBankingRates, 49 percent of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. This means nearly half of the country is barely scraping by with their income —struggling to cover monthly expenses, let alone contribute to a savings fund. (далее…)

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Can Custom Made-for-You Shampoo Really Give You the Best Hair Day Ever?

My hair has a life of its own. Along with being oily, limp, and color-treated, the texture is super fine—meaning it’s prone to tangling, frizzing, and generally being all over the place. I’ve rocked the bedhead look for the better part of the past decade because of this unruliness. I’ve also made the quest for the perfect shampoo and conditioner a priority for the past few years—i.e. one that provides moisture that doesn’t weigh my hair down and volume sans the unsightly frizz and fly-aways. Believe me when I say I’ve searched the market high and low for the right shampoo and conditioner combo—my own personal hair holy grail—and save for a now-discontinued line of lemongrass-infused products from overseas, my efforts have literally been in vain. (далее…)

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12 Ways You Can Tell You’ve Been Living Small for Too Long

Living well in a tiny apartment is no easy feat. On top of tiny rooms, cramped kitchens, and virtually no closet space, living in a small home forces you to constantly get creative with your square footage (or more appropriately, lack thereof). But even with all its challenges, when you get some help from Pinterest and a few awesome brands, small-scale living starts to feel pretty, well… normal after a while. (далее…)

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Universal Truths of People Who Have Their Priorities Straight

In a perfect world, we would all wake up to magically clean homes and dishes that have already been done. But in reality, most of us barely have the time to meet our friends for dinner—let alone deep clean our entire apartment. But even with all of the chaos that comes along with a hectic work schedule and well, you know, life, we somehow manage to keep our heads on straight and our abodes clean—or at least clean enough to make it through another day. (далее…)

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Kindergartners Have Life Figured Out: Life-Changing Lessons from the 5-and-Under Set

Everything we ever need to know we learned in kindergarten. Sure it’s a popular adage but does that really ring true in adulthood? Turns out that a lot of those elementary lessons—think: the golden rule and the importance of nap time—are still pretty on point for how we should be acting as grownups. Read on for why you should find the nearest five-year old the next time you need some life-changing advice. (далее…)

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These Are the Most Common Places People Hide Their Keys

While we all have a fear of locking ourselves out of our homes, how many of us actually do something about it? According to a recent survey of 1,000 homeowners by Eyewitness Surveillance—a home security company based in Hanover, Maryland—18% of American households have a physical key hidden outside of their home. Whether this is for the sake of a forgetful resident or a visiting houseguest remains unclear, however it does suggest that nearly 20 percent of the population is comfortable stashing a spare key somewhere out-of-door. Any guesses where they hide them? (далее…)

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How To Organize Your Pantry for $49 and One Trip to the Store

Not working with a ton of pantry storage in your kitchen? No problem. Turns out there are tons of clever ways to score a super organized cupboard; even if you’re lacking in cabinet space. All you need is around fifty bucks and internet access—or a trip to your local superstore. Whether you just try one of these foolproof DIYS or all five, you’ll wind up with a significantly better pantry than you started with and enough money left in your monthly budget to go grocery shopping afterwards. (далее…)

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