For your closet: It’s time for spring cleaning. Minimize the amount of space you use to store bags and scarves by hanging shower rings or hooks directly on your closet rod.

For tarnished cookware: The key to shiny, bright copper and brass pots and pans? Already in your pantry. Squeeze a dollop of ketchup on a clean cloth and rub it onto your cookware.

For a too-tight lid: When you’re having trouble opening a jar or even a bottle of nail polish, reach for a rubber band. Wrap it around the tricky (or slippery) topper for a much-improved grip.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 23, 2015

It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter. But we’re fast approaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Clocks have sprung forward, and on March 20, the calendar marks the official start of spring. Which means entertaining friends on the patio and curling up out there with a good book is within reach. Here’s how to make that outdoor space an extension of your indoor style.

Outdoor Living Essentials

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March 17, 2015

The concept of a build-your-own-salad is one our tastebuds support. And with spring break on the horizon, we suggest applying that same logic to packing your carry-on. Choose items from each of the four categories below to avoid checked-baggage fees. That well-organized suitcase? It’s only a few steps away.

Carry-On Checklist

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March 13, 2015

For your vintage haul: Nix that stale, old-clothing smell from your recent secondhand purchase. Grab some activated charcoal (try the fish section of the pet store), toss it in a large sealable bag with the garment, and let sit for 24 hours or up to a week.

For spring picnics: Prep for lunches in the park by transforming a basket tote into a backpack. Fasten two belts around the basket, top to bottom. Then loop your arms through to secure the tote on your back.

For a stubborn zipper: Chances are, your coats have worked overtime this winter. Encounter a stuck zipper? Dab petroleum jelly on it with a Q-tip to get it sliding smoothly again.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 9, 2015

For your bed: The ultimate lazy bed-making? While you’re still tucked in, spread your arms wide and grab the edges of your sheets and comforter. Flap them like a gym-class parachute, then lay back while holding the bedding. Fold it over neatly, and slip on out. Voilà.

For your microwave: Tackle microwave odors with a fragrant punch of citrus. Place fresh orange rinds inside and heat for a minute. The steam will distribute brightly scented oils – and all you have to do is wipe down the appliance.

For squeaky doors: If there’s an irritating noise coming from your door, just grab a stick of deodorant. As a quick fix, rub it onto the problematic hinges. Squeaks, begone.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 2, 2015

You already have touch-screen access to a personal driver and often-questionable Cupid. Now, thanks to Magic, you’re also privy to a personal assistant at all times. As in, anything you’ve ever wanted, as long as it’s legal, is at the drop of a text. 

Meaning? Manolos on your doorstep, French macaroons en route, and a massage in the books can be yours – for a price, of course. As the saying goes: if you can dream it, you can do it.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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February 25, 2015

Chocolate, dinner plans, wine: check, check, and check. In need of one last touch for Valentine’s Day? Look no further. This origami card design shows you’re both heartfelt and handy. Grab a square piece of paper (the fancier, the better) and follow these ten steps.

Paper Heart DIY

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February 13, 2015

Hoping to cook up some chemistry in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day? Plated, an innovative company that ships fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes to your door, has just the couple-approved recipe for you. So grab a sous-chef and a few ingredients, then follow the steps below. Within an hour, the two of you will share an inevitable Lady-and-the-Tramp moment over a plate of Spaghetti with Ricotta Beef Meatballs and Marinara Sauce.

February 12, 2015

For better smoothies: Want bananas that are easy to blend? Peel and slice into two-inch chunks, then arrange the fruit in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined cookie sheet to freeze. Once rock solid, portion them into grab-and-go freezer bags.

For kitchen burns: So you poured boiling water on yourself or touched a scalding pan. Soothe the impending blister with Greek yogurt (its probiotics help reduce inflammation). Leave it on skin for about ten minutes, then rinse off.

For frozen locks: When temperatures dip, frozen locks plague cars and front doors alike. Next time you can’t wiggle the key inside, warm it up with a lighter first.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 9, 2015

Never heard of NY NOW? Then you’d best put it on your radar. Every January and August in New York City, the design world (as in 2,800 exhibiting companies) comes together to showcase the latest colors, trends, and innovations for the home. We went. We saw. We conquered. And now, we want to share what we’re currently obsessing over.

NY NOW Blue & White

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February 5, 2015