Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.See More
Getting organized is this simple: Figure out what you have, decide what you need, and find the right places to put things. Check out these cheap tips and clever solutions for minimizing the mess in your home's challenging areas.
Store magazines, takeout menus, and other important documents in wall-mount magazine files. Label each file with a family member's name to keep everyone's belongings in order.
Take advantage of the inside of cabinet doors. A cork-board insert turns the interior door panel into a handy storage system and message board with the addition of a magnetic dry-erase board, hooks, clips, and containers. Store keys, contact information, shopping lists, and more behind closed doors.
Give your small bath the star treatment with these efficient organization and storage ideas.
The most private and personal space in your home -- your bedroom closet -- should be organized in a way that works best for you. Sliding drawers and storage baskets allow you to store foldable items and undergarments, while sufficient vertical space makes room for hanging clothes. A stackable shelf at the base of the closet provides extra shoe storage.
Use dividers to keep bathroom drawers from becoming jumbles. Satchets keep items together and separate small products, such as cotton balls and bath beads, into individual compartments.
Use baskets to store bills, recipes, or miscellaneous notes, and arrange them in order of importance. Designating a place for random papers will prevent them from being scattered on your countertops.
An organized and attractive laundry room can elevate a dreary chore into a satisfying accomplishment. Start by corralling cleaning aids in tidy containers within reach, and keep several laundry baskets at hand for sorting.
Install hooks on the wall in your closet to hang laundry bags and totes. This is a great way to keep dirty clothes off the floor and out of your way. A laundry tote with different compartments makes sorting laundry easy and saves time when you go to do a load.