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KeepinItReal, I've been doing our carpets with a Bissel Deep Cleaner. I vacuum right before and every pass of the deep cleaner barfs up a hairball of cat hair. Pet hair has serious sticking power.

Personally, I've made peace with the pet hair. I have pets. They have hair. I am covered with pet hair. Its good insulation.

How To Remove Pet Hair Everywhere: From Furniture, Floors and More
1/30/14 01:53 PM

No butter bells? Tell me it isn't so!

10 Timeless Butter Dishes Product Roundup
1/29/14 03:37 PM

I have great intentions to DIY and we occasionally repurpose a sturdy shoe box, tin or container. But honestly some of my favorite craft organizers are the ones I've bought (though not all are serving the purpose for which they were advertised).

Buy or DIY: Arts & Crafts Supply Storage
1/28/14 11:20 AM

My boys love this sweeper: The handle comes in three sections. We only put 2 of them on and its just the right size for my toddler and preschooler.

Tips for Teaching Kids to Clean Up After Themselves
1/24/14 08:53 AM

If you have a FSA/HSA account I really recommend doing this in December so you can toss what's old/expired and replace it with any left over FSA/HSA money.

Declutter & Organize: Bathroom Cabinets Cleanout The January Cure: Assignment # 15
1/22/14 11:17 AM

Re: Bath toys. Always squeeze all the water out of them at the end of baths. I store ours upside down. For the one that you can never get all the water out of, I've had some luck threading a 100% cotton yarn/string into them and storing with the end of the string lower than the toy. Bonus: lesson in capillary action.

How To Wash Plastic Toys
1/17/14 09:56 AM

I've machine washed stuffed animals that say no machine washing (in a zippered pillowcase). They've turned out fine. I line dry, and then do a fluff/air cycle if their fur looks funny. We aren't super germaphobic, but when the stuffed animals start to smell, its time for a wash. A baby wipe spot clean can help in the interim.

How To Clean Stuffed Animals
1/16/14 09:44 AM

When you actually dig into the data at, It's how many people "Walk to work". Yes, students play a big part here, mostly because they tend to live near school, but urban planning plays a huge part. There's a lot of walking going on in NYC, but their % is only about 10, presumably because there's a lot of subway riding going on in conjunction with the walking and people don't live near their workplaces. It also indicates that public transport is available on a large scale, but a lot of cities don't have great public transit.

Boston is almost 24% and half of those are 26-44 -- older than most students, so there is more going on than just measuring college towns.

I expect headlines about complex data to be somewhat misleading. If it was simple, we wouldn't need studies.

The Top 10 Cities Where People Walk the Most Design News
1/14/14 02:53 PM

My plastic container cabinet of doom is a very deep blind corner with a 9 inch opening. I do this about every 6 months. Matching lids can be a fun project for the kids.

Tara's Cure: Tackling the Tupperware Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/10/14 11:58 AM

I often use a piece of paper as a funnel.

An Easy Way to Fill the Pepper Grinder Without Spilling Reader Tip
1/9/14 12:32 PM

This may go without saying but I'll say it b/c its always my first step. Tidy before you start. That means no clean dishes on the drying rack or diswasher (gives the items you are going to "clean as you go" somewhere to be). No dirty dishes/cups in the sink. No snack foods hanging out on the counter. This can be an especially useful habit if you live with others who don't always return things to a put away state.

How Can I Cook Without Making a Huge Mess? Good Questions
1/9/14 09:40 AM

What about a trio of a recess light conversion kits and mini-pendants? The conversion kits let you connect a light fixture to a screw in bulb base.

Ideas for Ceiling Fixture without Rewiring? Good Questions
1/2/14 10:02 AM

Two suggestions. 1) Call the oven manufacturer or look on their website for a replacement. This probably doesn't solve your problem short-term. 2) get a thin tip metalic sharpie. Use it to mark a few common temperatures (350/400/450). Use your oven thermometer to figure out where to put the marks.

The Temperatures Rubbed Off My Oven Knob! Any Baking Advice? Good Questions
12/17/13 09:42 AM

Pulling the sofa out from the window also helps get you away from the cold.

Curtain Suggestions for Chilly, Awkward Window Over Sofa? Good Questions
12/17/13 09:26 AM

A coworker showed me a clear glass ornament in which she had melted crayon bits with a hair dryer and it looked great!

DIY Project Ideas: 10 Creative Ways to Dress Up Plain Glass Bulb Ornaments
12/2/13 01:28 PM