The Best Way to Hide Embarrassing Bathroom Noises in Your Home

The Best Way to Hide Embarrassing Bathroom Noises in Your Home

It’s a common problem: you have a bathroom with thin walls and/or a flimsy door adjacent to a living room or other common area. Whenever someone uses the toilet, everyone can hear the person doing their thing. My condo has that problem. It’s embarrassing...
The Best White Elephant “Yankee Swap” Gift Exchange Ideas

The Best White Elephant “Yankee Swap” Gift Exchange Ideas

After going to my fair share of White Elephant gift exchange parties (also known as Yankee Swaps), I’ve compiled a list of the most fun gifts I’ve seen. In case you’re not familiar with the concept of a White Elephant gift exchange, each of the...
The Worst Condominium Villains and How to Deal with Them

The Worst Condominium Villains and How to Deal with Them

Living in a condo is fundamentally different than living in a free-standing house because your property decisions are intermingled with the desires and needs of other people. This is very important to understand, and many current or potential condo-owners don’t...
Review: Black and Decker D2030 Digital Advantage Iron

Review: Black and Decker D2030 Digital Advantage Iron

After over ten years of service, my old iron went up in a poof of white smoke that smelled like burning electronics.  Unfortunately, it had special screws holding it together so I couldn’t open it up and try to fix it.  Time for a new iron. I did some research online,...
Avoid These Five Common House Plant Mistakes

Avoid These Five Common House Plant Mistakes

If your house plants are in various states of near-death, this article is for you. I got the information for this article from my Mom, who used to own a plant store and loves gardening. Drawing from her years of experience dealing with plant customers and plant-owning...
How to De-Clutter Your Life Today

How to De-Clutter Your Life Today

I would never describe myself as a “pack rat”, but when I took on a roommate, I had to smush everything that filled two bedrooms into one.  At that point I realized I had way too much stuff.  I could barely walk around in my room because it was so full of stuff, much...
How to Re-Stain Your Front Door

How to Re-Stain Your Front Door

After years of sun and water damage (see above), my front door was in need of a re-stain and re-varnish.  I decided to save some money and do it myself.  Here’s my story and some lessons that I learned. Tools and Materials Here is a list of things you’ll need. I wish...
How to Choose and Install a Programmable Wall Switch Timer

How to Choose and Install a Programmable Wall Switch Timer

I have a porch light controlled by a wall switch in my entryway. Rather than having to manually turn this light on at night and off in the morning (or worse, forgetting and wasting energy having it on all day), I wanted to install a timer where the existing light...
My Top 10 Long-Distance Moving Tips

My Top 10 Long-Distance Moving Tips

Moving across town can be stressful enough, but moving across the country can compound your worries.  I’ve found that moving companies can be pretty slimy and unreliable.  Plus, you might have to coordinate having your car shipped as well as a flight for yourself. ...
How to Catch a Mouse

How to Catch a Mouse

I had never even seen a mouse until I moved to an older building on the East Coast. Workmen were doing some repairs on the outside, which I think disturbed a couple of critters and caused them to come into my apartment. Here’s how I got rid of them. Types of Traps I...
%d bloggers like this: