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Craft Time: A Surprising New Use For Old Suitcases

Old suitcases are great for holding your things — in more ways than one! Blogger Korrie Bastian of Red Hen Home dressed up an empty wall in her entryway by turning vintage luggage into a sturdy set of unique shelves. Just large enough to hold a framed photo or flower vase, these clever suitcase wall shelves give off a fun, quirky vibe — and they’re functional too. Want to give this project a try? Just keep reading for the how-to. Read more…

5 New Uses For Vodka

Vodka can do more than just make a happy hour, well, happier. It has lots of “off-label” uses that go beyond the bar. Don’t believe me? Check out this list of 5 uses for vodka. Share yours in the comments!

Goo Remover: Got a price tag, sticker or label that just won’t peel off? Bring on the vodka. Simply saturate a sponge (or paper towel) with the strong stuff, apply to the sticker and wait about a minute. The paper (and tacky residue) will come right off. Read more…

7 Ways To Remove Wrinkles Without An Iron

Whether you’re short on time or don’t have an iron, there is no longer an excuse for creased and crumpled clothes. We’ve rounded up seven easy ways to straighten out wrinkles using a little moisture, heat and common household items. From taking a steam shower to using a hair straightener, with a little know-how, you can have results that are just as effective as using an iron and board. Don’t believe us? Click through the slideshow below to see our simple alternatives to a wrinkle-free wardrobe. Read more…

DIY Project: A Charming Way To Store Your Jewelry

Showcase your baubles and stay organized with this Craft Of The Day. It’s a charming tiered accessories holder that keeps rings and necklaces in reach and free from tangles. Better yet, this jewelry stand is easily made using two old plates. Keep reading for the how-to. Read more…

6 Reasons You Should Make Your Bed

Let’s face it, the last thing you want do in the morning is make your bed. In fact, there are a number of excuses we tell ourselves: It’s just going to get messy again. It’s difficult to do if you have a loft-style or bunk bed. It’s ultimately inconsequential. You could get into bed faster at night if you didn’t. The list goes on…

But since we’re all striving for a cleaner, more organized and balanced life, we’ve culled together six reasons why making your bed is worth the extra effort.

Time. Although it may seem like you’re losing precious minutes, you could actually save more time if you get up and make your bed immediately. You’ll save time used constantly pushing the snooze button since you won’t want to go back to sleep and ruin perfectly straight sheets. The hardest part, though, is actually getting out of bed. And, seriously, it takes less than five minutes to do. Read more…

How To Shop At Warehouse Clubs

Sometimes, shopping at warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club can be overwhelming. With aisle upon aisle of bulk items and products, it’s easy to lose track of time and buy things you don’t necessarily need. Instead, make your shopping experience easier and more efficient with our tips.

Prior To Leaving
Organize your list. Know what you need and how much storage space you have.
Invite a friend. To take advantage of bulk prices and savings, bring someone along with whom you can split large purchases.
Bring plastic tubs. Since warehouse stores do not provide bags, bring a few plastic bins to contain loose items and transport purchases. Read more…

11 Places You Forget To Clean … But Should

When it comes to cleaning, most people know to hit the common areas: toilets, sinks, floors, etc. But just because something appears spotless doesn’t mean it’s not a breeding ground for bacteria and other germs. While most bacteria are harmless, germs and dusts particles can make us more susceptible to colds and allergies. To minimize bacteria spread, we’ve rounded up 11 surprising places people often forget to clean but should. Many of these germ-ridden places get infected through constant touch, so don’t forget to wash your hands as much as possible!

Credit/debit cards. Think about how many times you use your cards a day. Now, think about how many sales people handle those cards, what their hands have come in contact throughout the day, and what’s lurking in the crevices of card-swipe machines. Yes, with every transaction, your cards can be as dirty as ever-circulating cash dollars. It’s important to clean your cards as often as you can with anti-bacteria wipes, then let them air dry before returning them back to your wallet. Read more…

5 Alternative Uses For Beer

Growing up with many German relatives, I knew from an early age that beer was very important to people. But as an adult, I learned that beer is useful for more than just drinking. From an (oddly true) sleep aid to a natural pesticide, here are my favorite “other uses” for beer.

Wash Your Hair With Beer. Want to make your hair shinier and have more volume? Skip the hair conditioner and break out the bottle of beer! Scientifically speaking, beer is good for your hair because it has protein that strengthens your hair. Not only that, but it has a low pH and is a mild astringent to help keep your hair clean. And no, you won’t smell like a frat party. Read more…

What You Don’t Know About Fabric Care Symbols

American fabric care labels can be difficult enough to read, but internationally-manufactured clothing often provide different variations of cleaning care symbols. And when we’re trying to get through laundry day, the last thing we want to do is spend time trying to crack the code of a squiggly line with a circle (or whatever). Instead, we’ll avoid the guesswork (and possibly damaging clothes) by getting to know these symbols and their meanings. Read more…

DIY Ideas: 14 Home Improvement Projects That Cost Under $10

Believe it or not, redecorating your home doesn’t need to be a massive and expensive project. Simple touches like adding a decorative tray or changing your pillow cases can have dramatic effects. To help you get inspired, we pulled together 14 easy decorating ideas that will update your home without breaking your budget. In fact, most of these projects are completely free…and the rest weigh in at under $10.

1. Rearrange your furniture. This may sound simple, but rearranging furniture is a great (and free!) way to completely change the look and feel of your home. If you always find yourself climbing over an ottoman, move your couch back to create a passing lane. Is it too cramped? Try moving your side table to another room that’s more spacious. Read more …

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