Two Weird Things You Should Start Putting in Your Dryer

Two laundry hacks for your dryer

I'm always skeptical of “hacks” I see on the internet. Sometimes techniques touted as life hacks can be – well… hacky! On the flip side, we've tested a few hacks here on Curbly before with surprising success. I've seen these two laundry hacks pass through my media feeds a few times, and decided to finally give in and try them out myself. Both are supposed to optimize your dryer. Do they work? Let's find out!             

Dryer Hack #1: Replace dryer sheets with rolled up aluminum foil

Balled up aluminum foil can replace dryer sheets in the dryer

THE THEORY: You may have seen this one. Continue Reading

The Best Cleaning Tips for Every Room in Your House

Have you started your spring cleaning yet?! If you’re anything like me, you’re a “clean the whole house in a day” type. Otherwise, maybe you prefer to take it one room at a time. Either way, I’ve rounded up the best hacks and tips for cleaning every room in your house.            

Remember, it’s always best to clean a room from top (i.e. ceiling fans, light fixtures) to bottom (e.i. floors) so that you don’t make extra work for yourself. Continue Reading

10 Clever Organization Hacks For Your Craft Room

10 Clever Organization Hacks For Your Craft Room
Photo: HoneyBear Lane

The internet is full of great hacks and clever alternate uses for household items. And I don’t know about you, but the space I use to craft and do artwork is not very organized. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite craft room hacks that I’ve run across during my quest to clean up my workspace.   


10 Clever Organization Hacks For Your Craft Room

1. Use a spice rack with chalkboard tops to organize smaller items. Here’s the tutorial. Continue Reading

10 Clever IKEA Hacks That You Might Actually Use

10 Clever IKEA Hacks That You Might Actually Use

There’s something so appealing to me about an IKEA hack. I love the idea of transforming a mass produced piece into a customized, one-of-a-kind item that nobody else has. And there are a lot of great ones kicking around the internet right now. Here are ten useful ones.   


10 Clever IKEA Hacks That You Might Actually Use

1. Turn a Lack table into a decorative wall shelf – no paint necessary. Genius! Here’s the simple tutorial. [Photo: Redbook]

2. These step stools got a colorful makeover using paint and wallpaper… here are the details. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 IKEA Hacks You Won’t Want To Miss

10 Fantastic IKEA Hacks

I love a good IKEA hack. What’s better than turning an affordable piece of furniture into something customized especially for you? Here are ten of my recent favorites, along with links to the tutorials so you can recreate them yourself.   


10 Fantastic IKEA Hacks

1. Turn an IKEA Malm into this beautiful campaign style dresser. Read more about the transformation here. [Photo: Homey Oh My!]

2. Turn plain old white IKEA storage boxes into fun, Kate Spade-inspired beauties. Here’s the tutorial. Continue Reading

10 Super Clever Home Organizing Hacks

Genius Home Organizing Hacks

I love finding new organizing hacks… you know, the ones that make you say, “why didn’t I think of that?” So I thought I’d round up a few of my recent favorites. Ten, in fact. Click through to check ’em out!   


Genius Home Organizing Hacks

1. Use can tabs to double your closet space. [Photo: Right At Home]

2. Ice cube trays make great jewelry organizers. [Photo: Real Simple]

Genius Home Organizing Hacks

3. Use frames to create pretty key organizers. [Photo: Real Simple]

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Roundup: 8 DIY Laundry Room Hacks, Tips, & Ideas

created at: 03/19/2012

Getting the laundry room ship-shape for spring will be a SNAP with these very clever hacks. There's something for everyone too. Woodworkers can go all out with Ana White's Laundry Basket Dresser plan, pictured above.

If you'd rather keep your tools in their chest, check out this super simple idea from Craft Blog. A 'blob' of hot glue was used to attach clothes pins to a tiled wall to hang dry those little items that get stuck in the dryer and come out damp. Continue Reading

11 DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers

Digital Lighting School put together a list of 11 different lighting hacks that just might turn you into an okay photographer into a good or even great one. In case you missed them, they are:

  • A Multi-Super-SB-Ring Light, made out of six speedlight flashes and a coffee can.
  • Next, a Poor Man’s Ring Flash, fashioned out of a used plastic milk jug.
  • Or how about an inexpensive light tent?
  • And the can’t-get-much-simpler Party Bouncer Card, pictured above.
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