Liven Up a Dull Wall with Lewis Hyman Floating Wall Shelves

Liven Up a Dull Wall with Lewis Hyman Floating Wall Shelves

These narrow floating wall shelves are perfect for decorating a blank wall without spending a lot of money My wife and I had a huge blank wall above our couch that needed decorating. Our first instinct was to put some paintings in that space, but after hours of...
Saddle-Seat Barstools Provide Modern Style in Tight Spaces

Saddle-Seat Barstools Provide Modern Style in Tight Spaces

We were looking for modern, compact yet comfortable bar stools that would go with my bar. We have limited space, so back-less saddle style was the way to go. Plus, this style is actually pretty popular right now. We found the perfect ones at Wayfair.com, the Mahaffey...
How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home: Terro vs. Amdro Liquid Ant Bait

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home: Terro vs. Amdro Liquid Ant Bait

These products worked better than a professional exterminator for us. We had a bad ant problem. It got to the point where if a crumb fell on the floor, in thirty minutes there would be an ant trail going to it. We tried some of those ultrasonic insect repellents. They...
Ten Reasons To De-Clutter Today

Ten Reasons To De-Clutter Today

When I moved to the East Coast, I only took a fraction of my stuff with me.  I left a lot of it back in L.A: most of my music equipment, lots of books, some clothes, furniture, and so forth. The interesting thing is the entire time I was away, I didn’t miss any...
How to Hide Embarrassing Bathroom Noises in Your Home

How to Hide Embarrassing Bathroom Noises in Your Home

It’s a common problem: you have a bathroom with thin walls and/or a flimsy door adjacent to a living room or other common area. Whenever someone uses the toilet, everyone can hear the person doing their thing. My condo has that problem. It’s embarrassing...
How to Re-Stain Your Front Door

How to Re-Stain Your Front Door

After years of sun and water damage (see above), my front door was in need of a re-stain and re-varnish.  I decided to save some money and do it myself.  Here’s my story and some lessons that I learned. Tools and Materials Here is a list of things you’ll...
How to Deal with the Worst Condominium Villains

How to Deal with the Worst Condominium Villains

Living in a condo is fundamentally different than living in a free-standing house because your property decisions are intermingled with the desires and needs of other people. This is very important to understand, and many current or potential condo-owners don’t...
Review: Black and Decker D2030 Digital Advantage Iron

Review: Black and Decker D2030 Digital Advantage Iron

After over ten years of service, my old iron went up in a poof of white smoke that smelled like burning electronics.  Unfortunately, it had special screws holding it together so I couldn’t open it up and try to fix it.  Time for a new iron. I did some research online,...
Six Reasons Your House Plants are Dying

Six Reasons Your House Plants are Dying

If your house plants are in various states of near-death, this article is for you. I got the information for this article from my Mom, who used to own a plant store and loves gardening. Drawing from her years of experience dealing with plant customers and plant-owning...
How to De-Clutter Your Life

How to De-Clutter Your Life

I would never describe myself as a “pack rat”, but when I took on a roommate, I had to smush everything that filled two bedrooms into one.  At that point I realized I had way too much stuff.  I could barely walk around in my room because it was so full of...
How to Choose and Install a Programmable Wall Switch Timer

How to Choose and Install a Programmable Wall Switch Timer

I have a porch light controlled by a wall switch in my entryway. Rather than having to manually turn this light on at night and off in the morning (or worse, forgetting and wasting energy having it on all day), I wanted to install a timer where the existing light...
My Top 10 Long-Distance Moving Tips

My Top 10 Long-Distance Moving Tips

Moving across town can be stressful enough, but moving across the country can compound your worries.  I’ve found that moving companies can be pretty slimy and unreliable.  Plus, you might have to coordinate having your car shipped as well as a flight for yourself. ...
14 Killer Tips to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist Fast

14 Killer Tips to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist Fast

I recently had to sell a bunch of stuff quickly to prepare for a move.  I didn’t have time for eBay, so I put it all on Craigslist, and through some trial and error, was able to sell most of my items in a day, with a few taking two days.  Here are some things I...
How to Catch a Mouse

How to Catch a Mouse

I had never even seen a mouse until I moved to an older building on the East Coast. Workmen were doing some repairs on the outside, which I think disturbed a couple of critters and caused them to come into my apartment. Here’s how I got rid of them. Types of Traps I...

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