more about: organizing

A Clever New Use for Contact Lens Cases

If you’ve ever worn contacts, you very likely have a spare (or two… or five) contact lens cases. Not sure what to do with them? We’ve long been fans of using a clean set as a travel spice holder (see above). A new genius idea: On Instagram, reader @monstersg suggested using the cases as a travel-friendly moisturizer and sunblock holder […]

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How to Get Your Mail-In Rebate

Dastardly. Tricky. Confusing. If that’s how you feel about mail-in rebates, you’re not alone. You painstakingly fill out the form only to get rejected worse than when your seven-grade crush said that he was actually in love with your best friend. But fear not! These tips will have your mailbox full of rebate goodies. • Know your dates. It sounds easy enough, […]

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Best Upholstered Fabric Headboards from Apartment Therapy

A little late to the whole upholstered headboard trend? Better late than never! Check out this post from our friends at Apartment Therapy. These top 10 headboards are gorgeous and very budget-friendly. Finally, a bed that won’t break the bank! More from RealSimple.com: 10 DIY Home Decor Tricks The Best Bedside Tables Smart Decorating Tricks for Any Space

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Home Tips 101

Have your home ec skills gotten a little rusty over the years? Never fear—The Today Show did a beginners’ crash course on tips and tricks to know around your house, featuring Real Simple‘s associate home editor Steph Sisco. See how to hem pants, fold a fitted sheet, and more in this video: Need a slower demo on folding a fitted sheet? See ours here.

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A Quick Way to Organize Spice Jars

You don’t need to splurge on a fancy spice rack in order to organize your favorite herbs and seasonings. Instead, rethink the way you store your jars in the first place. Rather than keeping your spices in a cluttered cabinet, stash them in a drawer and label the tops to easily find what you’re looking for. Really tight on space, […]

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Calling All Inventors

Do you have an idea for a product that will simplify—or maybe even revolutionize—spring cleaning? We’re teaming up with Quirky, the brand behind Spotter and Pivot Power, for an Invention Challenge that could bring your brilliant creation to life. We want to hear your genius idea (whether it be a doodle, a formula, or even just a concept) for a problem solver that makes […]

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Which is Worse: Paper or Plastic?

If you forgot to tote your reusable bag to the grocery store, do you choose paper or plastic?

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Carry This On a Rainy Day

Before April showers begin to bring May flowers, outsmart the rain with this easy tip: The next time the weather forecast calls for precipitation, toss a plastic bag into your purse with your umbrella. If you have to brave a downpour, when you finally get inside, you can slip your umbrella into the plastic bag and avoid soaking the rest […]

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How to Avoid Kitchen Clutter

Do you find half-filled cups, glasses, and mugs throughout your house at the end of each day? If the kitchen clutter is driving you up the wall, consider creating a designated spot for the not-quite-empty vessels. By choosing one table or counter where everyone can put their beverages that they have every good intention of eventually finishing, you create a […]

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A Strategy for Cleaning Sentimental Clutter

We all deal with sentimental clutter: A broken memento from a loved one; your now-grown child’s toy that’s been gathering dust for years; or even a well-intentioned gift that you never use, but feel guilty for giving away. It can be hard to get rid of such beloved items—but when you feel it’s time to clean, organize, and purge your […]

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