Small Bath Makeover

Refresh your bedroom for about $500 with these smart, chic updates.

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Soothing Color Schemes

The right color palette has the ability to inspire tranquility. Transform your bathroom into a spa-worthy sanctuary with our favorite calming color schemes.

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Walk-In Shower Ideas

Find ideas to create a gorgeous walk-in shower in your bathroom.

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Easy Bathroom Storage

Boost your bathroom's storage for less with these smart organization tips and tricks.

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DIY Remodeling Tales

Though they're usually hidden behind closed doors, master bathrooms, guest bathrooms, and powder rooms all deserve to be as thoughtfully decorated as your home's living spaces. We found three bloggers with DIY bath remodeling stories to inspire your own makeovers.

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Most Popular Makeovers

You voted. We listened. We've gathered your most-loved kitchen and bath makeovers from Facebook and Pinterest for some serious before-and-after inspiration.

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Stunning Walk-In Showers

Find design inspiration in 15 walk-in showers that beautifully stretch a small bathroom's footprint, increase its functionality, and amplify its good looks.

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Saving Time and Money

Minimize the minutes, squeeze the dollars, and keep your house looking great.

Clean Quick

Cleaning doesn't have to be an all-day task if you use your time wisely.

In 30 minutes: Sweep the kitchen floor and wipe the cooktop; wipe the sink, mirror, and toilet in guest bath; and dust the dining or living room table.

Two hours to clean: Kitchen and bath basics; vacuum living area floors and dust major furniture; declutter throughout the house.

Double Time

Minor chores to do while talking on a portable telephone:

  • Unload the dishwasher.
  • Sweep the kitchen floor.
  • Fold or wash a load of laundry.
  • Pick up around the house.
  • Iron two or three garments.
  • Polish silver.
  • Clean out the catchall drawer.

Cleaning on the Cheap

Hire a reliable neighborhood teenager, such as your regular baby-sitter, to come in and baby-sit for a whole day while you or your spouse clean the house. It's more economical to pay a baby-sitter than a housekeeper.

Hire outside help with some of the bigger household chores such as lawn care.

Carpet Service: Maintain your carpets with deep cleaning once or twice a year. Have all the rooms cleaned at the same time for the best price.

Heating Service: Save energy by having a heating and cooling service check your system in spring and fall. Routine maintenance saves repair cost.

Chimney Sweep: Hire a licensed, bonded, and insured service to clean and inspect after the heating season. Schedule repairs in summer or early fall.

Cleaning Service: Although you may not get the best price, hire a service occasionally to clean before special occasions or when you are extremely busy.

Lawn Care: Look for services that offer what you need. Beyond seasonal lawn care, ask about occasional chores such as pruning or fertilizing.

Gutters: Be cautious about cleaning gutters if you do it yourself. If you hire help, use a service that is insured, licensed, and bonded for safety.

Window Washer: If you have storm windows and/or a two-story house, this is worth the cost. Look for a service that cleans inside and out.

Child Care: Cut back on other expenses and only hire a nanny or day care with stellar references. For baby-sitting, set up a co-op with your friends.

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