Home Organization

How Important Are Expiration Dates on Food and Common Household Items?

Woman checking an expiration date on food in the refrigerator

From wiping down cabinets and walls to vacuuming, dusting, and mopping, there’s something therapeutic about spring cleaning. While you’re throwing open the windows, cranking the tunes, and banishing those dust bunnies, you should also take stock of any food or common household products that may be past their prime. Now is the perfect time to check the expiration dates on condiments, pantry staples, cleaning supplies, and beauty products such as makeup.

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3 Ideas for DIY Upcycled Home Decor

You know the saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Well, what if your trash was also your treasure? It can be!

If you have stuff you can’t bear to throw away — a cardboard box, a single bowl left over from a set, a scrap trimmed from a rug pad — you can upcycle it. The following three projects turn those unused items into décor you’ll be proud to display in your home because you made it yourself.

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5 Essentials for an Inspiring Kids’ Homework Station

The return to school routine also brings perennial challenges: packing lunches, streamlining morning regimens, and — perhaps the most difficult — inspiring kids to do homework. One solution is to create a homework station just for them.

A designated space helps kids focus, and having everything they need on hand keeps them there. A homework station doesn’t have to be elaborate. A kitchen corner, living room nook, guestroom, or even a bedroom closet will work when you include these five essential elements.

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Declutter Your House: 5 Solutions to Organize the Living Room

Containing clutter is a constant struggle. But the solutions don’t have to cost a lot. And the peace of mind that comes with an organized house? Priceless. So we present a series that shows you how to declutter your house, one room at a time, with budget in mind.

For the next installment, we tackle the living room.

Besides the kitchen, the living room is the most trafficked room in a home. Not only because we gather there, but also because we often pass through it en route to the kitchen or bedrooms. Any room that gets that much foot traffic tends to get messy!

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Declutter Your House: 6 Tips to Organize the Bathroom

Towels folded nicely on a bathroom vanity

Containing clutter is a constant struggle. But the solutions don’t have to cost a lot. And the peace of mind that comes with an organized house? Priceless.

We present a series that shows you how to declutter your house, one room at a time, with budget in mind. For the third installment, we tackle the bathroom.

Bathrooms are typically small, so organization is key, even inside cabinets and drawers. Use every available inch — horizontally, vertically, and on the backs of doors.

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Declutter Your House: 5 Tricks to Organize the Laundry Room

Maytag washer and dryer in a laundry room

Containing clutter is a constant struggle. But the solutions don’t have to cost a lot. And the peace of mind that comes with an organized house? Priceless.

We present a series that shows you how to declutter your house, one room at a time, with budget in mind. For the second installment, we tackle the laundry room. A necessity in life, laundry is not always fun. But it doesn’t feel like a chore if done in a tidy space you actually enjoy.

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Declutter Your House: 4 Ideas to Organize the Kitchen

Kitchen declutter pantry after

Containing clutter is a constant struggle. But the solutions don’t have to cost a lot. And the peace of mind that comes with an organized house? Priceless.

We present a series that shows you how to declutter your house, one room at a time, with budget in mind. The first space to target: your kitchen.

It’s the busiest room in your house, which means it’s often the most disorganized. But it should be a place where you and your family like to hang out. When your most-used ingredients and cooking utensils are at the ready, and less-used items are hidden away, it makes mealtime more enjoyable.

Here are some tips for reducing the mess — and stress — in your kitchen.

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4 Easy Ways To Hide Electronics Cables and Cords

Hide record player cords after

No matter how put-together your space, there is one mess you can expect in nearly every room in your house: that tangled web of cables and cords covering desktops, lurking behind entertainment centers, and piling up on the floor.

It’s inevitable, because you do love your electronics!

But it doesn’t take much to hide the unsightly necessities that come with TVs, computers, video game consoles, audio equipment, and lamps. Check out these four easy, low-cost solutions for keeping those cables and cords out of sight and out of mind.

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