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How to Make Your Facebook More Private

If you’d like to review your activity on Facebook, there’s a simple way to see (and, if you’re so inclined, delete­­­) all of the posts and photos you’ve ever had on the social network in one place—it’s called the Activity Log. Facebook gives an in-depth description of the Activity Log and how to use it right here. A particularly useful […]

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An Easy Way To Get Your Finances in Order

If your New Year’s resolution is getting your finances organized, take this advice from Alexa von Tobel, Founder/CEO of LearnVest.com and author of Financially Fearless, and start by setting up calendar reminders for all of your financial to-dos. Says von Toblel, “Create reminders for all of your bills, your taxes, your credit score checks, and your health. I like to […]

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Do You Always Forget Christmas Lyrics?

Before you go caroling today, have the Google Search app handy on your smartphone, if you happen to be bad with remembering lyrics. (It’s certainly one easy way to avoid a “Deck the halls with Buddy Holly” moment.) All you do is touch the app’s microphone symbol, say, “Let’s go caroling,” and you’ll be able to see the most popular […]

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Self-Inflicted To-Do Listosis

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the December 2013 issue of Real Simple.] You would think that I’d know this about myself by now, but it recently hit me that I have self-destructive tendencies. Does this ever happen to you? You find an ambitious home-improvement job and think, I can do that! Then a friend asks you […]

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A Trick for Keeping the Entryway Clean

Does this scene sound familiar? It’s been a long day away from home, and the first thing you do is drop all of your bags and miscellaneous junk as close to the door as humanly possible. Before you know it, “entryway” has become synonymous with “clutter”—we’ve all been there. According to Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., clinical director of the Bio Behavioral […]

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Should You Store Off-Season Items in the Attic or the Basement?

Fall is a season of transitions. As the temperature gets cooler, warm-weather clothes get packed up, lawn furniture gets stowed, and gardening equipment gets put away for the winter. So, where’s the best place to store your off-season items?

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Mothballs

Fall has officially arrived. It’s time to bid farewell to your summer clothes and break out the cold weather garb. It might sound contrary to any advice you got from mom, but it’s best to skip the mothballs when you’re packing up and storing your off-season clothes.

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Never Leave Sneakers in the Car

Here in the Northeast, late summer/early autumn is often an ideal time for outdoor exercise, but unpredictable temperatures should remind you to properly care for your shoes. Though keeping sneakers in the car is a convenient way to be prepared for a spontaneous workout, beware of extreme weather: Both hot and cold weather can wear down the rubber in your […]

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How to Speed Up Your Computer

If you’re computer is running like molasses, but you’re not quite ready to spring for a brand new PC, use these three tips, from computer expert JJ Schoch, to help your machine run like new.

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How to Keep Track of Your Kids’ Activities

Between play dates, soccer practice, and the math tutor, you might just forget that Junior had a piano lesson scheduled for this afternoon. Who can blame you? Ensure you don’t miss a beat by trading your traditional calendar (complete with those tiny, over-filled boxes) for a dry-erase board in your entryway.

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