cleaning & organizing: bring order to your home

  • Combatting mosquitos naturally

    10 natural ways to combat summer mosquitoes

    There's nothing more annoying than having your summertime fun ruined by the buzzing and biting of the season's peskiest foes—mosquitoes. Before they breed, congregate, bite, and drive you indoors, consider some natural ways to keep them at bay. Start by eliminating standing water wherever you discover it—from gutter spouts to birdbaths—and consider herbs like rosemary and thyme that are known for their insect-repellant scents. What about installing a bat house? We've included that and more in our 10 natural ways to keep you bug-free this summer

  • Organize your clutter/"Organize the chaos"/Photo: Home Talk

    Stylish ways to organize the chaos

    Busy lives call for easy tricks to organizing the craziness around us. To help make your life a little bit easier, we found 10 stylish ways to keep your home neat and tidy.

  • Clean your shower while you're showering

    20 cleaning hacks that will blow your mind

    We know you're busy, which makes keeping the house spotless a bit overwhelming. Instead of spending hours and hours scrubbing, here are smart cleaning hacks that will save you precious time.

  • Designer Ellen Niven with her sons Wyck and Stuart Deery and their lab, Georgia, in their Locust Valley, New York, living room. Tour her French-inspired house. Photographed by Simon Watson // Designer Ellen Niven with her sons Wyck and Stuart Deery and their lab, Georgia, in their Locust Valley, New York, living room. Tour her French-inspired house. Photographed by Simon Watson (Designer Ellen Niven with her sons Wyck and Stuart Deery and their lab, Georgia, in their Locust Valley, New York, living room. Tour her French-inspired house. Photographed by Simon Watson)

    5 things you need to do when your kids start moving out

    Designers share their best advice for claiming space when the kids start getting older and moving out.

  • mattress buying how-to

    Every secret you need to know before you buy a new mattress

    A new mattress is a dreamy thing, but don’t let the stress of buying a new one keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. To make sure you continue to catch some z’s, here are eight secrets you need to know before you set foot in the store.

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    Clean your house while drinking a glass of wine

    Who has the time to deep clean on a daily basis? Between your job and being a good partner, those 24 hours in a day are precious. We’re here to help! Here are eight easy tricks to cleaning up in the time it takes to polish off a glass of wine.

  • Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in the television series "Downton Abbey." Josh Barratt, AP // Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in the television series "Downton Abbey." Josh Barratt, AP (Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in the television series "Downton Abbey." Josh Barratt, AP)

    Thanks, 'Downton': Now everyone wants a butler

    Whole class of nouveau riche suddenly need help getting dressed.

  • dirt

    The 10 dirtiest spots in your home kitchen

    Disease-causing bacteria are lurking in your home.

  • Photo via Twitter, Homejoy // Photo via Twitter, Homejoy (Photo via Twitter, Homejoy)

    Cleaning company pulls sexist ad

    San Francisco-based cleaning startup Homejoy has pulled its advertising campaign from social media.

  • Clean out the closet

    Whole house storage solutions: Easy ideas for every room

    Here are 11 ways you can free up more usable space in your home, from the attic all the way down to the basement.

  • 20 DIY Ideas to Organize Your Home SS

    20 clever DIY ideas to organize your home

    A wise man once said, "Buy land. They aren't making any more of the stuff." You can launder, scrub and polish every inch of your home in the name of spring-cleaning--but no amount of washing (or wishing) is going to make your walls magically expand. The trick to making the most of your space is to get organized. These easy DIY organizing ideas will help you regain control of every room. Here are 20 tricks to creating--or recreating--a dwelling that's neat, zen and revitalized.

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    20 things to get rid of now

    It's that time of year again to purge your home of junk. To help you get started, here are 20 things to get rid of now.

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