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How To Clean Your Mattress

Mattresses are on the receiving end of dead skin cells, sweat, stains, dust mites, and all manner of lovely things. Despite linens and mattress pads, you still need to periodically clean the thing you sleep on every night—at least once every six months if you sleep on it nightly. Follow these steps, and rest easy in the knowledge that your bed isn’t crawling with ick. (далее…)

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Tiny House Living Problems We Can All Actually Relate To

You might think that tiny house dwellers are their own particular alien breed, capable of stripping off worldly concerns and living an ascetic life without possessions or care. You would be wrong. Tiny house owners: They’re just like us! They have to deal with the same stuff the rest of us do (things like doing dishes and finding alone time), but living small means it just catches up to them a little bit faster. And they have to find creative ways around their problems. (далее…)

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Getting a Robot Vacuum for the Holidays? Never Forget This Family’s Roomba Poopocalypse

My Facebook feed is a battleground right now, overtaken with competing analyses of the world today, the state of politics in America, and what’s going to happen to us all now. Which is why, when a friend liked this unassuming little anecdote about a late night run-in with a Roomba and some poop, I clicked over for a little respite. Fifteen minutes later I was still laughing. (далее…)

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Here’s Why You Should Put Your Socks in The Microwave

I am sitting on my sofa right now, writing this, wearing a wool sweater, swaddled in a blanket, and I’m still freezing. My fingers, toes, and nose feel particularly arctic, and I dread leaving the house later to walk my dog. Yep, I’m one of those people: always cold. Like a heat-seeking missile, I will shamelessly and relentlessly navigate towards warmth, wherever and whenever I can. Here’s a neat hack I use to get through winter. (далее…)

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Surprisingly Handy Things I Found at Five Below (of All Places!)

Five Below isn’t in my usual shopping rotation. But there’s one right next to my local Target and Trader Joe’s (both of which are regular stops), and I ran in the other day in a burst of curiosity. If you’re not familiar, it’s kind of like a dollar store meets Spencer Gifts, with a smattering of novelty stuff meets impulse items. But, while poking around, I found some actually pretty useful things, all of which were pleasant surprises and might just give Target a run for its money. (далее…)

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5 Unconventional Holiday Decorating Ideas So Worth Stealing from IKEA

Holidays often come with big expectations baked in, and there’s a lot of pressure to pull off the perfect Pinterest-worthy season. Which is why IKEA’s latest holiday photoshoot is both surprising and welcome: It breaks a lot of the traditional decorating rules. And if IKEA can do it, so can you. (далее…)

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West Elm’s Cyber Monday Sale is Packed with This Year’s Biggest Trends

The holiday shopping season continues today with Cyber Monday, that glorious way to get deals without having to elbow your way past teeming crowds in the brick and mortar stores on Black Friday. West Elm has weighed in with some serious sales, some of which are also this year’s biggest trends. (далее…)

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Before and After: A Dead, Empty Entryway Gets a Very Useful IKEA Upgrade

This blank empty space was the first thing this family saw when they walked in their home’s entryway, and not only was it underperforming in the looks department, it also just wasn’t as useful as it could be. Over the course of just one week, this space was transformed from a dead zone into a new household favorite. (далее…)

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A Fresh Holiday Garland Is the Only Decoration You Truly Need This Season

The holidays are upon us, and if you’re already overwhelmed by all the gift-buying and hosting—in addition going about your regular life and work—one way to deal is to scale it back and go low-key on all the holiday decorating. Instead of dragging out all those boxes of wreaths and ornaments, or lugging home a big tree, go simple and minimalist with just a little basic fresh holiday garland. (далее…)

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