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25 Ways to Simplify Your Life — Today

One of the best things about simple living is how easy it is. Get started today with one (or more!) of these simplifying tricks.

25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting

It's easy to get trapped in a humdrum routine. Shake things up with one or more of these simple activities, lessons, experiments, and adventures.

DIY Home Defense: 10 Ways to Protect Your Home From Burglars

Almost 75% of burglaries in the U.S. occur at residential properties. Make these simple DIY home improvements to protect your home and your stuff.

The Happiness Habits: 7 Ways to Feel Better Now

There's no secret to happiness, but there is a formula. Develop one or more of these habits, and get happy!

Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective With These 5 Simple Hacks

If your to-do list is long on tasks and short on check-marks, up the power of everybody's favorite productivity tool with a few simple tweaks.

10 Simple Ways to Get Your Life Together

Self improvement is hard. Start with these simple (but significant) improvements first, and see where they take you.

8 Common Job-Hunt Tips You Should Ignore

Want to get a job? Ignore this advice — and learn what you should be doing instead.

Is Your Hotel Hiding These 5 Fees in Your Bill?

Hotels have followed the airlines into the business of fee inflation. Here are the fees to look for before you book — and how to avoid them once you arrive.

Boost Your Career: How to Be Happier and More Likeable at Work

You can get more done and push your career ahead by becoming the charismatic, trustworthy, go-to person who really cares. Here's what to do.

Home Maintenance and Repair: What's an Emergency and What Can Wait?

If you're budget is tight and you have home repairs on the horizon, use this list to determine which projects can wait and which ones need your immediate attention.

ReFi Shy? How to Determine If Now Is the Time to Refinance

As interest rates head north, homeowners are wondering if the timing is right to refinance. Here's how to find out.

Garage Triage: Organize Your Garage for Maximum Chore and Storage Efficiency

If your garage is filled with everything but a car, reclaim that space. Get creative, get organized, and transform how you use your garage.

8 Ways to Boost Your Neighborhood and Your Home's Value

A bathroom re-do will boost the value of a new home, but don't overlook the value of a strong neighborhood, too. Here's how to re-do your 'hood.

Off the Wall: 21 Clever Uses for Leftover Wallpaper

If you have a few orphaned rolls of wallpaper laying around, here are 21 creative ideas to use it up without putting it on the wall.

7 Cheap Home Decorating Projects That Look Amazing

Decorating your new home (or redecorating your old one) doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are seven ways to design with dollars and sense in mind.

Save Money and Water With These 6 Clever Landscaping Hacks

If you've been eyeing your neighbor's perfectly landscaped lawn, try some of these strategies to create a low-cost outdoor oasis.

Growin' Home: How Much House Do You Really Need?

Our houses are getting bigger, but what about our needs? If you're ready to build or buy a new home, maybe it's time to decide how much is too much.

Finding a Starter Home That's Also a Forever Home

Why can't your starter home be your forever home, too? Here's how to make sure what you buy today will work for you tomorrow.

5 Signs the House You Want to Buy Is a Money Pit

Ready to dive into home ownership? Look beyond appearances to spot potentially serious — and expensive — repair and maintenance needs.

12 Ways a Deep Declutter Can Improve Your Life

Too much stuff getting in your way and getting you down? Part cleaning and part therapy, deep decluttering clears ours heads while it clears out space.