As with most things involving children, babyproofing can become an expensive ordeal. Alternately, with a little prioritization and a few basic supplies, the process can be cheap and simple. Some parents opt to install locks on everything and nail anything portable to the table. Others take a more laissez faire attitude, doing just the basics first and then waiting to see what potential hazards the baby discovers and taking action at that point. If you’re on the budget, the latter is the way to go. The first piece of useful advice is:...

  I love cities, but sometimes they can be a bit lacking in green spaces. That’s one of the reasons I like rooftop gardens. When you can’t plant in the ground, why not plant on your roof? Rooftop gardens can be created using containers, or planted directly on the roof using a waterproof membrane, insulation and a root barrier. Rooftop gardens have been popular...

  I recently moved into a new apartment that has a kitchen with about half the storage space—and floor space—as my previous one. For days, I was stuck unable to unpack several boxes because I simply had nowhere to store the gear inside. The kitchen has the distinction of being one of the most heavily used rooms in the house as well as usually one of the smallest....

Posted on May 17 2013 - 10:48pm by Jessica Johnson
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Summer is around the corner. Are you ready to get the most out of the season? There are so many things—some little, some bigger—you can do to enhance your summer enjoyment at your home. What improvements can you make beyond the obvious things like increasing the time on the Slip ‘n Slide and eating popsicles every day? ...

  We’re moving, and the new place has a smaller kitchen than I’m used to. We currently store our voluminous spice collection on a little set of bleachers on the counter, but there won’t be room for such indulgences in our new apartment. What to do with all those jars?   A little poking around online told me there are many spice-storage options. The...

  Shoes are one of those items that tend to defy organization. They are oddly shaped, come in pairs, and can be dirty. Each of those elements complicates matters, resulting in plenty of shoes dumped in the bottom of closets or kicked willy-nilly under the bed. Keeping shoes straight is made even more difficult by the fact that types vary so much in shape and...

I recently went house-hunting and discovered that it is very difficult to resist the pull of appealing elements that ultimately don’t matter to me that much. Ooh, is that a cedar-lined closet? Did you say the coffee shop is only a two-minute walk? Quickly, I realized I needed a little mental discipline in my search. Though we’d all love to be able to afford any...

You’re ready to store your stuff but don’t know which facility to store it in. There seem to be so many; how is one to choose? Of course you can always just head to the one closest to your house, but not all storage places are created equal. So before you shove those boxes in the car, you first might want to consider the following questions. Is location important...

  What’s in your recycling container? If you have nice glass bottles that once contained soda, syrup or wine, it’s possible you aren’t finished with them yet! You may be surprised at the fun ways you can remake old bottles. Whether you call it repurposing, reusing, upcycling or recycling, the end result is the same – something new from something used....

  You’ve carefully prepared items for storage and loaded your vehicle, so now you’re ready to move belongings into your self-storage unit. But are you really ready? It’s easy to forget helpful supplies when you move into your self-storage unit. That’s why I’ve created a list of things to have with you to make it easier to move your belongings...