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Inspiration

How to Redesign Your Home
Without Spending a Dime

We talked to Carole Marcotte, the lead designer and creative force behind Form and Function, a full-service interior design firm and storefront in Raleigh, NC, and got her take on redesigning your home with what you already have.

Lifestyle

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.

Garden

How to Grow Bamboo

With the right climate, bamboo can grow in nearly any type of fertile, well-drained soil. Learn how to grow this versatile evergreen and how to care for it throughout the year.

Maintenance

How to Clean Blinds (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.

Home Safety

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Learn how to prepare for a hurricane with this complete guide detailing what to include in a disaster kit, how to secure your home, how to create a family emergency plan, and what steps are necessary to ensure safety for your family and pets.

Maintenance

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.

Maintenance

How to Save Energy During the Summer

Making simple energy-efficient changes to your home can save you from paying hefty utility bills this summer. Beat the heat, practice environmental responsibility, and lower your energy bills with these 11 home upgrades.

Maintenance

Mildew: What It Is and How to Get Rid of It

How to identify it, how to tell the difference between mildew and mold, and what you can do to get rid of it in your home and in your garden.

Bedroom

How to Create a Feng Shui Bedroom

Transform your ordinary bedroom into a space that inspires, promotes balance, and encourages feelings of tranquility. Here’s how to perfect the feng shui bedroom.

Maintenance

How to Declutter Your Home

Whether you’re a sentimentalist or downsizer, here are our tips to help you declutter your home.

Bathroom

Cabinet Refinishing 101

Cabinet refinishing is a great way to freshen up your kitchen or bathroom with low time and cost investment. We address how much cabinet refinishing costs and how you can find a pro or do it yourself.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of
Black Mold

Black mold can cause severe structural damage to your home and negatively affect your health. Get rid of black mold fast with these simple steps.

Garden

How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is a pesky, invasive plant capable of wreaking havoc on grass and gardens when if takes over a lawn. We explore chemical and natural methods of getting rid of this garden irritant.

Maintenance

Dishwasher Won’t Start?
Troubleshoot in 9 Steps

Dishwasher won’t start? Before calling in a professional for a repair or replacement, follow our step-by-step troubleshooting guide to help assess the problem.

Maintenance

How to Fix Standing Water
in Dishwasher

If you have standing water in your dishwasher, it may be easier to troubleshoot the issue before calling in a professional. Here’s our guide to troubleshooting standing water in your dishwasher.

Maintenance

How to Fix a Dishwasher
That Won’t Drain

Dishwasher won’t drain? Follow our troubleshooting guide to identify what could be causing the issue, what can be fixed now, and when to call in professional help.

Maintenance

Dishwasher Not Cleaning
Properly? Here Are 9 Quick Fixes

Dishwasher not cleaning properly? Before calling a service technician to assess the problem, follow this troubleshooting guide to check and clean different parts of your dishwasher.

Home Gym Equipment

How to Build a Great Home Gym
for Your Fitness Goals

A great home gym promotes regular exercise and short- and long-term health outcomes. But what equipment is essential, and how should you set up your space?

Maintenance

Everything You Need To Know
About Palmetto Bugs

Palmetto bugs can carry a variety of diseases, easily contaminating food prep areas and other parts of your home. Learn how to quickly get rid of these pests and prevent them from coming back.

Curb Appeal

How to Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn once or twice a year yields a healthy, verdant, and thriving yard. Learn how and when to fertilize your lawn—and how to pick a fertilizer.

Garden

How to Plant and
Care for Coreopsis

Coreopsis is loved for its bright, long-lasting blooms and ability to thrive in less-than-perfect conditions. Learn all you need to know to select, grow, and care for these low-maintenance garden staples.

Garden

Tree Trimming 101

Tree trimming is an annual home maintenance project that keeps your trees healthy and safe. Learn the best time to trim your trees and how to keep them looking great.

Home Gym

How to Build a Homemade Pull-Up Bar for Your Home Gym

Installing a homemade pull-up bar rather than buying one off the rack can save you money and help you reach your fitness goals. Here's how you can build build a ceiling- or wall-mounted pull-up bar for your home gym.

Maintenance

DIY Pest Control

Find natural, do-it-yourself solutions for getting rid of cockroaches, ants, flies, bed bugs, moths, silverfish, carpenter bees, and other pests. Here’s your guide to DIY pest control.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

Sugar ants are most prevalent in homes between March and September. Learn how to get rid of sugar ants naturally and chemically and prevent them from infesting your home.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Gnats

Learn how to identify the signs of a gnat infestation and how to get rid of gnats with these natural and chemical methods.

Maintenance

The Gardener’s Guide
to Mosquito Repellent

From essential oils to fabric types, practical habits, and active ingredients, learn the best ways to avoid mosquitos and how to choose the best mosquito repellent.

Bathroom

How to Caulk a Shower or Tub

Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to caulk a shower or tub. How to prep, what materials and tools to get, and how to complete the job like a pro.

Lawn

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are a common household nuisance that can cause severe wood and structural damage if left untreated. Here’s everything you need to know to get rid of carpenter bees.

Garden

How to Grow Azaleas

The profusion of beautiful azalea blooms makes them the royalty of the garden, and growing azaleas is easy and highly rewarding. Here's how to grow azaleas and care for them in your garden.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Moths

Moths in the home ruin can clothing and food and are often tricky to eliminate. Here’s how you can get rid of moths in kitchens and closets in your home.

HVAC

How to Change Air Filters

Learn how to change a disposable or reusable air filter and other practical tips for maintaining your air conditioning system to ensure high quality indoor air.

Garden

How to Plant and Care For Marigolds in Your Home or Garden

Marigolds are simple to grow, easy to maintain, and act as great companion plants. Here’s everything you need to know about planting and caring for marigolds.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home

Learn signs that you may have a mouse problem, how to get rid of them using natural and chemical methods, and how to get rid of mice in your home altogether.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Fleas

Learn how to identify fleas, how to get rid of fleas, and how to prevent future infestations in your home and on your pets.

Maintenance

Guide to Home Weather Stripping

Stay warm through the winter by weather stripping your doors and windows to prevent drafts and keep energy bills under control. Details on weather stripping cost, types, and installation.

Painting / Staining

How to Stain Wood: Tips for Large and Small Projects

Learn the best types of wood to stain, the tools you need, the type of stain to use, and how to stain wood for small or large projects.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Ants

Learn how ants enter your home, how to quickly get rid of an ant infestation fast, and prevent these pests from coming back.

Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Ideas: How to Create the Perfect Retreat

Here’s how to create the perfect guest bedroom. Get ideas for lighting, décor, bedding, and those little touches that make an overnight stay especially relaxing.

Maintenance

Termites 101: Inspection, Prevention, Extermination

Learn when you should have your home inspected for termites, how much they cost, what an infestation looks like, how to prevent termites in your home, and how to find a extermination professional.

Maintenance

Quick Fixes to Quiet Your Squeaky Floorboards

Here are three quick fixes—two above ground and one below—for squeaky floorboards. From diagnosing the problem to silencing the noise, here’s what you need to know.

Curb Appeal

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Winter

Cold temperatures leave many homeowners at a loss for ways to keep their grass green and healthy. Here are some winter lawn care tips to keep your yard in top shape for spring.

Dining

How to Host a Dinner Party

The simplest dos and do nots of how to host a dinner party, from the menu to decorations to when you should take a step back.

Garden

A Guide to Growing Orchids in Your Home or Garden

Many common orchid varieties require little care and can be easily grown inside. Learn how to grow these exotic beauties in your home or garden.

Garden

How to Protect Plants from Frost

Overnight frosts occur as early as September, depending on your region. We’ll show you how to protect your outdoor plants from frost.

Installation

Crown Molding | Types and Installation

Crown molding is a surprisingly easy way to completely transform your home. We'll walk you through the basics of installing crown molding yourself.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Condensation in Double-Pane Windows

Condensation in double-pane windows signals that a seal has been compromised. Here’s how to address the issue.

Painting / Staining

5 Wall Texture Techniques
for Your Home

From stucco finishes to board-formed concrete, we consider traditional and modern wall texture techniques and give you the top five options for your home.

Maintenance

How to Choose a
Home Cleaning Service

Here are the most important questions to ask and factors to consider when hiring a home cleaning service or individual.

Maintenance

How to Clean Gutters

Clean your gutters twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring. Here’s how in five simple steps.

Maintenance

How to Keep Your Home
Free from Pet Hair

Hair in your home comes with the territory of indoor pets. Here’s what you can do to remove pet hair and prevent it from building up again.

Entertaining

How to Host Overnight Guests

A simple recipe for hosting overnight guests that’s preparation light but opens the door for a pleasing stay.

Maintenance

Birds In The Chimney | Identification, Prevention, & Removal

You may have birds in your chimney if you are hearing rustling and chirping. Learn more about identification, potential prevention, and legal removal.

Garden

How to Create the Perfect
Fall Garden

Careful mid- to late-summer planting can return a fall garden of nutrient rich vegetables and herbs. We recommend these 8 plants for a thriving fall harvest.

Garden

How to Get Rid of Crabgrass

If you find crabgrass popping up among your Bahia, Bermuda, and Bluegrass, here are two ways to treat the problem and reclaim your lawn.

Maintenance

How to Fix Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Learn how to determine the cause of low water pressure in your home, what you can do about it, and when to call in the pros.

Garden

How to Make Natural Weed Killer

A quick and simple recipe for powerful, all-natural weed killer than can be made with household materials.

Lawn

How to Care for Your Lawn
in the Fall

Adapt your yard to the changing seasons. Prepare for cold weather and the following spring now as the weather cools. Here’s how to care for your lawn in the fall.

Kitchen

How to Make Stainless Steel Cleaner

Stainless steel attracts dirt, grime, and fingerprints easily, so regular cleaning is necessary to maintain its shine. We’ve collected three stainless steel cleaners you can easily make at home.

Renovation

How to Remove Wallpaper

Learn how to remove wallpaper with DIY videos and easy step-by-step methods.

Garden

Composting at Home

Create your own black gold in the garden with a compost pile using natural, organic ingredients.

Entertaining

How to Build a Backyard Bonfire

A backyard bonfire is the perfect complement to a cookout, s’mores, or just drinks. Learn how to build a backyard bonfire safely and easily.

Entertaining

Decorating for Fall—
Without Pumpkins

No need to default to the same autumn decorations year after year. Try these natural elements—completely pumpkin free—in your fall decor.

Maintenance

6 Ways to Improve
Indoor Air Quality

Improve the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to keep moisture in check, test for harmful substances, and better ventilate your home.

Garden

How to Plant and Care for Roses

Gone are the days of high maintenance rose bushes. Even beginner gardeners can add the beauty and elegance of roses to their gardens with the proper watering, fertilization, and pruning.

Home Gym

How to Create a Home Yoga or Meditation Studio: An Interview with a Yoga Teacher

Learn how to create a peaceful, simple home yoga studio or meditation room that fits your space and your practice.

Big Flowers of Chrysanthemums plant with raindrops, in orange and light brown and dark green leaves, outdoors.
Garden

What to Know About Planting and Caring for Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are stunning, late-blooming shrubs that are surprisingly easy to grow and care for. They come in a myriad varieties and return year after year in beautiful blooms.

Maintenance

How to Set Your Water Heater Temperature

Prevent the dangerous risk of scalding, stop bacteria breeding, and keep you water temperature at a comfortable level. Here’s how to set your water heater temperature in four steps.

Bathroom

How to Eliminate Hard Water Stains

Hard water stains, which are yellow/white chalk-like deposits on metal, porcelain, and tiles can be easily eliminated using household products.

Garden

How to Keep Snakes Off Your Lawn and Out of Your Garden

From natural methods to chemical treatments, here are eight methods for repelling snakes in your lawn and garden.

Garden

How to Use Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

Adding used coffee grounds to your garden is an easy, simple, and inexpensive way to give your plants a natural boost.

Garden

Everything You Need to About Planting & Growing Peonies

Peonies make fabulous additions to gardens and hedges for their extravagant, fragrant blooms and their lush, glossy, green foliage. Learn how to plant and maintain peonies in your garden.

Maintenance

Guide to Winterizing Your Home

Keep your home warm and safe as the temperatures drop. Here are nine steps you can take to winterize your home.

Garden

How to Make Perfect Hummingbird Food

Learning how to make hummingbird food is quick and inexpensive. We've provided a few tips that will encourage hummingbirds to visit your property.

Electric

The Best 5 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption at Home

We offer several quick ways to reduce energy consumption at home that are not only simple, but are also cost effective.

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