Shakira or JLo? Who America’s More Excited to Watch During Super Bowl Halftime Show By State
House Method conducted a survey to over 4,000 Americans asking them who they're more excited to watch perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show.
Shakira or JLo? Who America’s More Excited to Watch During Super Bowl Halftime Show By State
House Method conducted a survey to over 4,000 Americans asking them who they're more excited to watch perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show.
Who is America Rooting for in the Super Bowl? [2020 Survey]
The Super Bowl is practically an American holiday. We asked over 4,000 Americans who they're cheering for and broke it down by state. Read on to see our results.
The Record Snowfalls in the United States [Data Study]
As the snow starts to come down across the country, we at House Method decided to find out just how much (or how little) each state has received. We gathered data on the biggest total snowfall (in inches) of each county in every state of the U.S.
A Look Into How Americans Furnished Their First Home
There are many challenges when moving into a first home. House Method conducted a study asking over 3,780 Americans how furnished their first home.
The Best and Worst Cities for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
With a new year comes new goals and at House Method we want you to reach those goals. See how we ranked the best cities for keeping New Year’s resolutions.
The Best and Worst Cities for Reducing Stress in the U.S.
If you are looking to reduce your stress levels, think about moving to one of these top cities. House Method determined the best cities for reducing stress according to five factors.
The Best and Worst Cities for Healthy Eating in the U.S.
Eating healthy can be a challenge, but when you live in a city that offers you more of the things that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle it can become easier. We have ranked the best and worst cities in the U.S. for healthy eating.
The Best and Worst U.S. Cities for Saving Money
Saving money doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. We ranked the best and worst cities for saving money based on five factors. Read to find out where you should live if you want to start building up a savings account.
Each State’s Favorite Christmas Movie… Should ‘Die Hard’ be Included?
Christmas movies are a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit. We surveyed 4,500 Americans to find out their favorites.
The Most Popular Christmas Cookie in Every State
There’s nothing quite like a Christmas cookie to get you in the holiday spirit. We surveyed 4,500 Americans to find out their favorites.
At What Age Did Americans Stop Believing in Santa?
For those who celebrate Christmas, believing in Santa is part of their childhood. We surveyed over 4,500 Americans and asked them when they stopped believing.
The Best and Worst Cities in the U.S. for Exercise
We rounded up the best U.S. cities to live in if you enjoy living an active lifestyle and like to exercise. We analyzed the 100 largest U.S. cities to come up with our list of best cities for exercise.
The Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipe by State
Different states have different traditions and recipes for Thanksgiving dishes. We did the research and found the most popular Thanksgiving recipe by state.
Building Wellness into Building: Improving the Livability of Homes
Cheri' Ben-Iesau, House Method's 2019 scholarship winner, explains the importance of pocket neighborhoods and architectural design in this well-written essay.
The Top 10 U.S. Cities to Raise a Family Right Now
Whether you’re contemplating starting your own family or looking to relocate your existing one, here are 10 of the best U.S. cities to live in right now.
65 Ways to Save Electricity at Home
Save on your energy bill and reduce overall energy consumption by following these 65 tips to help you save electricity in your home.
14 Backyard Shade Ideas
If you long for shade in your backyard, check out these 14 ideas that can add much needed sun protection to your outdoor kitchen, seating area, or play area.
Saltwater Pool vs. Chlorine Pool
While traditional chlorine pools have been around for quite some time, saltwater pools are quickly growing in popularity. Here’s your guide on saltwater vs. chlorine pools.
The Ultimate New Home Checklist
Moving into a new house can be daunting—but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a checklist for pre- and post-move, and a list of items you’ll need for every room in the home.
46 Easy Ways to Save Money at Home
In need of saving money at home? In this article, House Method explains 46 ways that you can start saving today.
The Garage Organization Guide for Every Home and Budget
Whether you’re on a tight budget or are ready to go big with a garage storage system, these garage organization tips can have your space organized in a weekend.
5 Tips to Help Build an Emergency Budget
Forty-four percent of Americans reported that they didn't have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency bill. Here's how to restore your savings account before you need it.
25 Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Alternatives for Your Home
From toothbrushes to toothpaste tubes to tampons, get the lowdown on all the sustainable product swaps you can make in your home.
The Key to Maximizing Productivity When Working from Home May Be All in Your Space
A growing number of Americans work from home, more than eight million of them full-time. We asked three business and management experts how this growing segments of workers can maximize productivity when working from home, and the answer was unanimous: create space.
How to Keep
the Party Going After New Year’s Eve
After the confetti is thrown and the last toasts given, there comes that inevitable let down at the end of the holiday season. Entertaining expert Carla MacDonald shows us how to keep it going.
A New Way to Wi-Fi: Plume Solves the Problem of Where to Hide That Heinous Router
Adaptive Wi-Fi pioneer Plume has launched a subscription model for its services, but perhaps the best part about Plume is that it offers a solution to the problem of where to hide that heinous router.
Stocking & Styling an Impress-Your-Guests Holiday Bar
From spirits to modifiers, mixers, and garnishes, styling tips, and the perfect glassware. How to wow your guests this season.
Good Bidet to You: Meet The Bathroom Accessory You Didn’t Know You Needed
That totally clean feeling is pretty nice—now it’s more accessible than ever.
How to Create a Learning
Environment in the Home
Creating a learning environment in the home can encourage active learning among children and foster the development of important cognitive, social, and motor skills. We’ll show you how to establish a physical learning space and provide tips on ways to encourage learning outside of school.
Study: People Are Definitely Judging Your Home. We Asked Them How.
What exactly do people think about your home? We decided to survey 1,800 people to find out. See the stats on what people notice first, what’s most likely to impress your guests, and what’s most likely to make them think otherwise.
Study: What Your Dates Judge About Your Home
We surveyed more than 1,000 American singles about turn-ons and turn-offs of when it comes to a potential romantic partner’s home. Would you date someone who lives in a “rough” neighborhood? The majority of singles say no.
Holiday Wreaths 18 Ways
From Williamsburg-inspired to monochromatic to pinecones, bittersweet, boxwood, juniper, and even red hot peppers.
5 Experts on Tasteful Holiday Decorating
How to elevate simplicity, play on timeless themes, use color and light, and create a beautiful holiday environment.
20 Small Towns Perfect for a Winter Getaway
Destinations for great wintertime getaways. Whether you prefer snowshoes or pool floats, there’s a spot for you.
How to Eat Well While Traveling for the Holidays
Total abstinence from rich holiday food simply isn't the answer. Learn from the pros how to healthfully indulge.
130 Years Later, the Inventors of the Room Thermostat Turn Up the Heat
Johnson Controls, the father of the modern room thermostat, has released its first smart home thermostat, GLAS, which not only learns temperature preferences, it also monitors energy use and indoor and outdoor air quality.
How to Get Better Sleep During the Holidays
The rush of the holidays is no reason to find yourself sleep deprived come January 1. See our top 9 tips for getting a great night’s sleep all holiday season long.
Your Holiday Home Prep Checklist
Everything you need to do now to get your home is ready for the holidays. From getting the kitchen in order to making sure the furnace is in top shape, we’ve simplified the holiday prep process so you can enjoy the celebration.
Smart Water Monitoring for the 21st Century Home
Meet the new smart home device that catches water leaks early, automatically shuts off your water in the event of an emergency, and monitors water use and pressure with impeccable detail.
9 Great Off-the-Beaten-Path Towns Where You Should Live
The House Method team has picked nine under-the-radar towns that tick all the boxes when it comes to livability, jobs, and great real estate prices.
How to Host Last-Minute Guests
Entertaining in your home doesn’t have to be expensive, labor intensive, or formal. The best gatherings are often informal affairs, sometimes thrown together at the last minute. Here’s how you can master the art of hosting last-minute guests.
How to Create a Mindful Space in the Home and Relieve Stress
Creating a mindful space in the home can improve concentration, keep stress and anxiety levels down, and help you focus on the present. Here are 8 tips to help you create a mindful space at home.
How to Use CBD Oil Around the Home
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD oil, has increased in popularity—yet many people are left wondering what it is or how it works. As it finds its way into homes across the country, it’s time to consider what CBD has to offer.
What You Didn’t Know About Your Floors: The Surprising Truth Behind Carpets and Hardwoods
Even though hardwoods are thought to be safer and cleaner than carpet, they may not be as safe as you think. We reviewed the health implications of carpets and hardwoods and talked to a few allergy experts about which flooring type is better for your health.
Why It Can Be So Hard to Get Rid of Things in Our Homes
Dr. Eve D’Onofrio, a professional organizer specializing in hoarding, ADHD, grief and loss, and autism spectrum disorders, talked to House Method about why it can be so tough to get on with the process of decluttering—and what you can do about it.
Detoxing Your Home: An Interview with Christine Dimmick
Your home contains 500 to 1,000 chemicals that can be found in furniture, food, and household cleaners. Left unchecked, these chemicals can have negative effects on our nervous, reproductive, and cardiovascular systems. We interviewed Christine Dimmick, author of Detox Your Home, and got her take on how to reduce toxins in the home and live a healthier life.
Top 25 Historic US Homes That Fly Under the Radar
While the Biltmore and Monticello are definitely worth visiting, these 25 historic US homes are also worth your time. We took into consideration how well preserved the house is, its mark in history, its architectural beauty, and much more. See which historic home tops our list.
Are You Disrupting Your Home’s Valuable Microbiome?
A 2018 study suggested that regular use of traditional household cleaning products may be as damaging as smoking a pack a day. We take a look at what other practices have been disrupting our microbiomes and leaving us susceptible to allergies, asthma, and other autoimmune illnesses.
Kitchen Habits for Eating Healthier and Reducing Waste
Registered dietician, mother, and Body Kindness author Rebecca Scritchfield weighs in on kitchen habits that can help you eat better, shop smarter, and waste less food.
The Power of Plants: The Healing Properties of Horticultural Therapy
A closer look at horticultural therapy and how it can positively affect physical, cognitive, social, and mental health. We talked to a Registered Horticultural Therapist and a certified therapeutic recreation therapist to gain more insight into this evidence-based practice.
What Does That Food Label Really Mean? Your Kitchen Cabinets Decoded
Though some food labels may seem like marketing fluff, most are tightly regulated and can inform consumers of a food’s nutritional value, health claims, and manufacturing process. We talked to Jacquelyn Nyenhuis, a registered dietician, to get the lowdown on common food product labels.
I Will goop My Home Faster Than You: Gwyneth Paltrow Releases Line with CB2
goop x CB2 is out today. See our top picks for Gwyneth's new line of completely extra furniture, decor, tableware, and accessories.
Ditch the Tap, Forget the Plastic: 4 Bulk Water Benefits That May Surprise You
There's a 25% chance your water contains harmful chemicals and substances, including lead. We discuss the potential dangers of tap water and how bulk water may provide an affordable, sustainable, and convenient solution.
31 Ways to Ditch Plastic in Every Room
Roughly 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, and since most plastic doesn’t break down, all of that plastic will remain in our environment for hundreds of years. Making simple changes like using a reusable tote bag or water bottle can limit our plastic use and save the environment.
Why You Should Start Swedish Death Cleaning in Your Twenties
Swedish death cleaning isn’t just for the aging. Dr. Kristen Fuller, M.D., of the Center for Discovery weighs in on how the practice of eliminating unnecessary belongings can benefit you long before you leave this earth.
How Soon Is Too Soon to Transition Your Child’s Room When They Leave for College?
Many parents, guardians, and caretakers are sending young adults to college for the very first time this month—so what should be done with the bedroom that’s been vacated? How soon is too soon to make a change?
Top 11 Podcasts for the Home Enthusiast
Our top 11 podcast recommendations for the home renovator, the minimalist, the Fixer Upper fanatic, the interior designer, the gardening newbie, and so much more.
Most Underrated Town in Every State
The complete guide to the most underrated towns by state. We consider unemployment rate, cost of living, historical sites and monuments, entertainment and dining options, and much more.
Accommodating the Needs of a Multigenerational Household
For multigenerational households that aren’t looking to buy or build a new house, there are changes that can be made to an existing space to make it work for everyone. Here are three ways to accommodate the needs of a multigenerational household.
What You Can Do About Messy Neighbors
Advice from the pros about how you can solve the problem of messy neighbors. How you can broach the subject with your neighbors, what authorities you can appeal to for help, and how you can obscure the view.
Kitchen Essentials of a Professional Chef: At Home with Claudia Sidoti
Claudia Sidoti, head of recipe development at HelloFresh, gave us her take on her kitchen essentials: what belongs in the perfect kitchen, what she always has in her pantry, where she splurges and where she goes for the bargain.
US Housing Costs Spur More Multigenerational Households
In 2016, a record 64 million people, 20% of the US population, lived in multigenerational homes—up from 60.6 million Americans in 2014 and 51.5 million Americans in 2009. See why multigenerational living is making a comeback across the country.
24 Housewarming Gifts for Your Host or Hostess
Twenty-four housewarming gifts for your host or hostess that are better than a candle or a bottle of wine. For the cook, the beer lover, the decorator, the tech nerds, the socially responsible, and more.
It May Be Easier to Save Money in Manhattan Than in Memphis
A recent study shows that while some homeowners are able to put away a healthy share of income each month, others incur a deficit of hundreds, and renters in the same cities may be stacking a debt not easily overcome.
Where & How to Buy Original Art for Your Home
Our favorite places to buy original art online, plus expert tips from art advisors and artists on how you can score beautiful pieces for your home at a great price.
How to Tell if That Painting in the Attic Is Worth Anything
An interview with Graydon Sikes, art director at Everything But the House, art appraiser, and licensed auctioneer about that problem we all hope to have: Is that painting in the attic worth anything?
Doctors’ Tips for a
Great Home Workout
Skip the crowded gym and get your workout on at home. We got the doctor’s tips on home workout routines, staying motivated, and creating a judgement-free zone.
How to Vacuum: The Ultimate Guide
The ultimate guide on how to vacuum with insight from experts at Dyson, Miele, Roomba Stanley Steemer, and more. We'll address how to pick the right vacuum for you, how to make the most of attachments, how to care for your floors, and even how vacuums work. But ultimately, we'll answer the question: Is there a right way to vacuum?
The Best Morning Routine for Your Health: A Medical Opinion
Set up your days for success by ensuring your morning routine is as healthful as possible. From sleep and exercise habits to meals and meditation, here’s a doctor’s opinion on crafting the best morning routine for your health.
Working Out at Home
with Hannah Durbin
Looking for a great home workout but don’t know where to start or what to do? We talked with trainer and fitness blogger Hannah Durbin to get her take on great home exercise routines.
Common Mistakes When Planning
a Backyard Wedding
Considering a backyard wedding? We’ll discuss important factors when planning a backyard wedding, common backyard wedding mistakes, and ways you can save on your big day.
How to Make Your Home a Stress-Free Place: A Medical Opinion
Coming home should be the most stress-free part of your day. We talked to Dr. Carrie Barton, director of Dell Medical School’s Creativity for Resilience Program to understand simple and effective ways to make our homes a place where we can destress and unwind.
The Story Behind the Beloved Adirondack Chair
Most of us are familiar with the Adirondack chair and its quintessential summer charm. Here’s a brief history of the design that became an iconic image of coastal landscapes across the US.
How to Clean Blinds of All Types
Dirty blinds can harbor dust, pet fur, and other allergens that affect the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to clean blinds quickly and effectively with this step-by-step guide.
At Home with Artist Julia Rothman
An interview with Julia Rothman, a Brooklyn-based artist, author, illustrator, and co-founder of Women Who Draw. We caught up with Julia at her Brooklyn home to talk about how her home reflects her art.
Sex Around the Home: The Most Popular Locations for Sex Outside the Bedroom
Sex outside the bedroom can inject a healthy dose of excitement into a relationship, but for married and cohabitating couples, how much sex really takes place elsewhere? We take a closer look at where sex takes place in the home outside the bedroom and what that means for our sex life and relationship satisfaction.
57 Things You Can Do This Weekend
to Increase Your Curb Appeal
Increasing your home’s curb appeal can make you the envy of the neighborhood and give you a leg up in the real estate market. Here are 57 things you can do in a weekend to increase your home’s curb appeal.
How to Organize a Closet When You Don’t Have One
How do you organize a closet when you don’t have one? We talked to Katy Milton, design consultant at SF California Closets, a premium and luxury space management firm, and got her advice on how to organize belongings with limited closet space.
How to Clean a Grill
Start grilling season off right with a clean outdoor grill. Not only does a clean grill provide for better-tasting food, it prevents bacteria from building and is much safer than cooking on a dirty grill. Here’s your quick guide to a clean grill.
Which Sleeping Position
Is Best For You?
Ever wondered if there is a best sleeping position for you? Dr. Eric Gish, DO, Associate Dean of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Integration & Associate Professor at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, weighs in.
Sleeping Advice for Those With Lower Back Pain
Doctor Patricia Carter, PhD, RN, CNS, at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing provides sleep advice for those who wake up with back pain and for those who experience lower back pain before falling asleep.
On Graduating to a New Neighborhood: An Interview with Tilden Brighton of To Be Bright
We caught up with the New York City blogger in her new Manhattan apartment to talk about the importance of having a bedroom door, moving to an “adult” apartment, and exploring her new neighborhood.
Why Home Sharing Is Necessary in America
Home sharing is the exchange of housing for mutual benefit in the home, allowing those on a low or fixed income to seek affordable housing while mutually agreeing to support the homeowner. Learn how home sharing works and why it’s so important in the current real estate climate.
Best Ways to Conserve Water at Home This Weekend
We’re all using more water at home than is necessary. Here’s how you can change your habits and conserve water at home.
7 Summer Staycation Ideas
Sometimes the very best vacations are had in the comfort of our own homes. Here are seven ways to have a summer staycation.
Green Roof Revolution: Why Cities Are Adopting Green Roofs
With benefits like increased energy efficiency, reduced heating and cooling costs, and improved air quality, to name a few, green roofs are appealing to many eco-minded homeowners, businesses, and cities throughout the country.
The Low-Waste, Minimalist Home: An Interview with Jess with Less
An interview with Jess with Less. She talks to us about what a low-waste, minimalist lifestyle means to her and the simple swaps we can make in our own homes that can get us closer to responsible consumption.
Sleeping on the Floor:
A Medical Opinion
Medical professionals and Paleo enthusiasts have conflicting opinions when it comes to the benefits of sleeping on the floor. To get to the bottom of this debate, we talked to a resident expert on sleep and back pain clinical director and compared the pros and cons of this sleep preference.
What Our Fathers Have
Taught Us About Home
Maybe your father taught you how to make your garden look pristine or maybe he encouraged you to have fun with your interior decorating style. The House Method team talks about what our fathers taught us about home.
How to Organize a Closet: An Interview with a Professional Closet Organizer
Get an exclusive look at how Kimber Holcombe, founder and image consultant of KW Consulting, a Dallas-Fort Worth closet organization company, thinks about organizing a closet and learn how to manage your own messy space.
Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing Your Closet
We interviewed Sarah Giller Nelson, owner of Less is More Organizing Services, and asked her advice on how to efficiently organize and maintain a closet. Here’s our simple, five-step guide.
How to Use Your iPhone to Get Better Sleep
We explore three tools you can use with you iPhone that can help you fall asleep more quickly, sleep longer and get better, more restful sleep when you do hit the hay.
A Closer Look at Home Birth
A very small but growing group of American women are actively choosing to give birth at home. So who are the women who are opting to do so and why are they choosing the home over the hospital delivery room? How did births move from homes to hospitals in the first place? And why are home births so controversial? We explore the the risks and benefits of home births in America today.
A Home Birth Story: An Interview with Tracy-Ann Frazier
House Method’s interview with blogger and Instagram star Tracy-Ann Frazier about her experience with home birth. Read the birth story and find out how Tracy-Ann prepared her home for the arrival of her son.
9 Apartments You Will Tour
Before You Move
This apartment may or may not be done being built. There are no appliances and half of the floor is a gaping hole that leads to the basement. The realtor assures you they’ll get the electricity on by the time you move in, they just have to do a little wiring. OK, all of the wiring.
The Best Child-Safe Cleaning Products
It's plain and simple: you want to keep your family safe from harmful chemicals. Here are our favorite child-safe cleaning products we've come across.
Growing Cities and Affordable Housing: The Effects of Rapid Urban Development
More than 80% of Americans now live in cities, but as our urban areas continue to grow, the effects of rapid urban development can throw a wrench into housing availability and affordability, school populations, and urban infrastructure. Bill Rohe of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies and Carol Krinsky of New York University weigh in.
Kanso: A Japanese Living Practice & Celebration of Beauty
You’ve heard of feng shui and wabi-sabi, now get the low-down on kanso, the Japanese interior design concept the celebrates simplicity, grace, and beauty.
How to Get Great Sleep While Traveling: Pack a Mini Sound Machine
We took the Marpac Rohm travel sound machine on a trip to a busy Chicago hotel and put it to the test. Here's how the powerful little machine fared against 24/7 elevator noise.
Survey: What Airbnb Guests Are Doing in Your Home (And Where They Do It)
We asked more than 1,000 Airbnb guests and 100 hosts about how often they demonstrated or discovered objectionable behaviors. From minor frustrations to freakier infractions, we discovered how often visitors violated the rules they promised to follow.
What Becoming A Mother Has Taught Me About Home
Few things can prepare us for the gift and shock of first parenthood. In this Mother's Day essay, writer and publisher Emily Louise Smith captures the first three months with her daughter and marks the change in their home.
9 Home Tech Devices for
a Healthier Home
What if we told you that technology could actually promote health and wellness in the home? Here are nine tech products for a healthier home.
8 Home Brands
That Give Back
House Method supports home brands that are socially responsible and give back to the community. Here are eight home brands that have mastered the art of giving back.
The Basics of Baby Sleep: What to Expect During the First Year
New babies bring serious joy, but they can also bring serious sleep woes. Knowing what to expect when it comes to baby sleep—as well as a few strategies—can make the difference between sleep deprivation and sweet dreams. From self-soothing to sleep training and how parents can get some rest too, here’s what you need to know.
How to Declutter Your Home
Whether you’re a sentimentalist or downsizer, here are our tips to help you declutter your home.
How to Deal with Noisy Neighbors
What on God’s green earth are they doing up there anyway? Here are five things you can do about noisy neighbors.
9 Socially Responsible Brands
for Your Home
We’re all about socially responsible brands that benefit the greater good and make you feel good in and around your home. Here are nine of our favorites.
What Is the Responsible Down Standard and Why Should I Care?
The Responsible Down Standard is an independent, global standard that was put in place to regulate the down production process. Here’s why this standard matters and what it means in your home.
8 Ways to Prep Your Home for Allergy Season
While spring is synonymous with warmer weather and blooming flowers, for many, it’s also synonymous with allergy symptoms. Here are eight ways you can reduce symptoms by prepping your home for allergy season.
The Spring Cleaning Drinking Game
Turn the chore of spring cleaning into an event! Combine your spring cleaning list with your favorite booze. No cleaning task is too large with a cocktail in hand.
Intentionally Small Living: How Americans Are Embracing the Idea of Living Small (and How You Can Too)
The average American occupies more than 1,020 square feet of developed real estate, but many Americans are choosing to live differently—that is, choosing to live intentionally small.
Artists in Residence: Artists’ Residencies and the Relationship Between Creativity and Space
Each year, scores of artists take a break from their daily routines and participate in artists’ residencies. With a new setting and dedicated time to create, what happens at the intersection of place and creativity?
How To Hygge This Summer
Though hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is typically associated with winter and colder weather, it takes on a whole new meaning during the warmer months. Here are nine ways to hygge this summer.
The Imminent Rise of Wabi-Sabi and What It Means About Our Obsession with Our Homes
The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, the acceptance and even embrace of the imperfect and incomplete, is back in vogue this year for those who are just tired of folding the laundry. So what does this say about our obsession with having beautiful homes?
11 Tips for Workout Motivation
Having trouble finding workout motivation to achieve your fitness goals or to just get started? Here are 11 workout motivation tips to help make fitness a part of your daily home workout routine.