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Thu
09
Jul

Hanging Pictures In Your Home Just Got Way Easier

Hanging photos, mirrors, art or basically anything in your home can be one of the most difficult parts about decorating. Issues are always popping up: is this painting lopsided? Do these frames line up? Did I just ruin my wall?

Well, there's a solution to all of those problems. 

Made.com created an infographic with tips on displaying art around the house. For those interested in gallery walls or simpler layouts, Made provides easy formulas that prevent crooked photos for good.

Take a look at the wonderful tool below, and you'll be hanging photos (or your kiddos' drawings) in no time!

Thu
09
Jul

8 Scents That Will Put You in a Better Mood

Your sense of smell is one of the most powerful things you can experience. Not only do certain smells bring back distinct memories, but they can also heighten or alter your mood. It's pretty amazing how the human body adapts and responds to certain changes, and scent definitely influences this.
Aromatherapy has been around for a long time, but it seems to have hit its stride in recent years. Today, it seems like essential oils, candles, and other scent-producing products are very popular with renters. It makes sense: These agents have the power to put you in a better mood within minutes, something we all need from time to time.
What's more, these smells could even allow you to stay healthy.
One of these influences is keeping grumpiness at bay. If you're curious about which scents can positively impact your mood and focus, read below:
Jasmine

Wed
01
Jul

7 Mattress Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

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Mattress shopping can be one of the most agonizing experiences, from pushy salespeople to an overwhelming number of options to not actually knowing what you need in the first place. It's so easy to end up with the wrong one, but it doesn't have to be that way.
The Huffington Post spoke with Jay Orders, the co-owner of Christeli, to get a better understanding of what we really need to look for when we hit that showroom floor. His family has been in the mattress-manufacturing business since 1931, and he's worked in almost every part of that process in a factory setting to be able to separate the hard product truths from the marketing myths.

Mon
22
Jun

The Big Problem With Scented Candles

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Scented candles are one of the easiest and most effective ways to mask unpleasant odors in your home. They're a go-to when creating a relaxing ambiance to unwind after a long work day or while taking a warm bubble bath.
But one of the main problems with scented candles is the scent itself. According to Anne Steinemann, an environmental pollutants expert who is a professor of civil engineering and the chair of sustainable cities at the University of Melbourne, certain candles may emit numerous types of potentially hazardous chemicals, such as benzene and toluene. They can cause damage to the brain, lung and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties.

Mon
22
Jun

11 Things That Take Longer To Do Than Laundry

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Laundry is a chore. Laundry is a hassle. But contrary to popular belief, laundry doesn't actually take all that long to do.
A wash cycle takes about 30 minutes per load, give or take, and a dry cycle can last up to about an hour. Taking into account the time it takes to get the laundry sorted, travel back and forth to the machine, and fold all your clothes, let's say it takes about two hours to do the whole deed -- minus the inevitable time spent dreading the actual activity.
Of course, like anything else, there are variables. Maybe you live in an apartment building and the machines are always taken. Perhaps you have a large family that produces a ton of laundry each week without fail. But for those people doing one or two loads at a time, there are quite a few activities you probably do that take longer than your laundry.
They are:

Fri
12
Jun

3 Smart Laundry Day Hacks

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No one likes doing laundry. I mean, look how upset this poor lady is about it:
But in addition to being an absolute chore, doing the laundry can be a wasteful process to boot! From detergent bottles to dryer sheets, the waste starts to pile up over time. Here are three small and clever waste-eliminating hacks to consider.
1. Fluff with tennis balls
Throw a few tennis balls into the dryer and they'll massage towels and clothes to optimal softness. Read more VIA Apartment Therapy. 2. Stop static with a foil ball in the dryer
2. The aluminum will combat static and may do a bit of fluffing, too. Read more VIA Dis is artsy.3. DIY reusable dryer sheets

Mon
01
Jun

They sold their home in a month — learn their secrets

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When Monique Prince sold her four-bedroom New Hampshire home in 2008 in the middle of a terrible housing market, she pulled out all the stops to make it buyer-friendly.
She removed all family photos from the walls and replaced them with generic prints. She even bought new towels with matching carpets for each bathroom, which were only put out when prospective buyers arrived for showings. And, she folded every item in every cupboard and cleared her kitchen counters.
Then there were the floors. “I vacuumed starting upstairs, working my way backwards out of each room, so there were no footprints on any carpet anywhere in the house,” said 48-year-old Prince.
Hard work
Her grueling routine paid off: Prince’s house sold within a month in the middle of a terrible housing market — and in December, typically a slow month for home sales. “I got very close to full price, minus the cost for a foundation repair,” she said.

Thu
21
May

Make the most of your tiny bathroom by maximizing space and minimizing costs

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The charming 1930s-era brick home we bought in Northwest Washington eight years ago had exactly what we were looking for: enough space for our small family with room to grow, plus a neighborhood with great schools.
The only problem? The master bath.
The minute I saw the gray, Formica vanity, the inch-thick gray tiles that lined the walls and the “hammered glass” shower door of our master bathroom, I promised that it would be the first remodeling project on our list.
Instead, it was nearly last. Why?
Sticker shock. As many homeowners quickly learn, gutting and remodeling a master bath can be as expensive as remodeling a kitchen.
A Remodeling Magazine report comparing the cost against the value of renovations says a mid-level bathroom remodel this year in Washington costs $17,000 for a typical 5-by 7-foot space. Only 74 percent of that can be recouped at resale.

Wed
20
May

Do you need to wash new clothes before you wear them? Here's the verdict

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That dress looks perfect right off the rack, and that crisp button-down shirt is never going to be any brighter or whiter than the moment you buy it. So is it really necessary to go to all of the trouble of washing those brand-new garments before you wear them for the first time?
The answer to that depends on how you feel about rashes, insects and diseases.
Yes, according to Donald Belsito, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, those clean-looking clothes aren't so clean after all.

Thu
07
May

How to Turn Your Home Into a Sanctuary for Your Guests

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Growing up in Florida, I was taught the value of hospitality, particularly "Southern" hospitality. When I think back to my childhood roots, many images come to mind -- sweet tea, front porches, Sunday dinners with friends and family, a meticulous table setting and comfortable surroundings.
Despite our modest means, my mother was a brilliant host. This was because her primary concern always centered on her guests. She always wanted the guests in her home to feel welcome, happy, and most of all, well cared for.
Making sure guests feel comfortable in your home is also good etiquette. Here are some quick, common sense tips to ensure your visitors feel right at home.

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