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.

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March 23, 2015

For unruly brows: Struggling to keep each and every brow hair tame? Grab a clean toothbrush and medium-hold hairspray. Spritz the brush bristles, and comb through eyebrows to groom. Let dry and voilà – your arches will keep shape all day long.

For post-workout plans: Tackle the yoga-to-happy hour transition with ease. Before exercising, wash off makeup. After, splash cold water on your face to cool down and fight redness. Then apply concealer, powder, two swipes of mascara, and a blot of lipstick.

For DIY hair ties: Sick of losing those ubiquitous black hair elastics? Make your own with cording from the craft store (bonus points for punchy hues). Cut five-inch strips and double knot the ends of each strip. Not only are these easy to spot – they also double as bracelets.

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March 16, 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.

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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.

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March 2, 2015

For hat hair: Tie a silk scarf underneath that snug beanie. The fluid fabric minimizes flyaway-causing friction and static. Your tresses will thank you upon taking it off.

For air-drying curls: Don’t step into the freezing cold with wet locks. Style curly hair into four loose buns to dry overnight. Put one on each side of your head, twisting the bun away from your face. Then wrap two more on the crown of your head.

For split ends: Mix three tablespoons olive oil with two tablespoons raw honey for a nourishing hair mask. Apply post-shampoo, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, rinse, and re-shampoo. Bye, damaged strands and flaky scalp.

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February 23, 2015

For sturdier tights: Three quick steps prep a new pair of tights for long-lasting wear. Run them under water and squeeze out the excess liquid. Put them in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. Let them warm to room temperature and slip them on.

For salt stains on clothing: Don’t despair if sidewalk salt covers the back of your pants. Soak a clean rag with one part white vinegar to two parts water. Treat each stain and then pat dry.

For too-long black skinnies: Need a shorter hemline but want to avoid a trip to the tailor? Take advantage of your knee crease, grabbing the fabric and pulling upward to fold over until you hit the desired length.

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February 17, 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.

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February 9, 2015

For cosmetic brushes: The key to clean makeup bristles may be lurking by your kitchen sink. Dawn dish soap is an unexpected way to degrease your brush collection. Squeeze a bit of it onto a small plate, then tap in your wet brush to dilute the suds, swirl in your palm to build a lather, and rinse.

For bangs-induced breakouts: If you’re rocking a fringe haircut, you might also be familiar with forehead blemishes. Avoid touching your bangs (a common way to transfer dirt and bacteria) and switch to oil-free hair products for clearer skin.

For whiter teeth: Another DIY remedy lurking in your kitchen? Baking soda. Wet your toothbrush, coat it with the powder, and brush your teeth for two minutes. With occasional use, you’ll benefit from a bright, polished smile.

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February 2, 2015

For bedroom décor: Put a spin on the traditional headboard. Try framed wallpaper, a texture-rich woven curtain, or repurposed vintage windows as a design-savvy alternative.

For your sheet storage: The chore of bed-making just got a bit easier. Neatly fold pillowcases and sheets, then wrap sets together with eye-catching fabric (or even an old fitted sheet). Grab from the closet and go.

For a quick clean: Guests on the way? Give your bathroom a five-minute refresh. Wipe off toothpaste stains, drain the soap dish, and flush a bit of toilet cleaner. But skip the shower: mildew is easily concealed with a pull of the curtain.

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January 26, 2015

For dried-out eyeliner: Felt- and brush-tipped liquid liners can dry out quickly, but you can keep the ink flowing with a few easy tricks. Make sure to give a good shake before use, and always store tip-down at room temperature.

For chapped hands: One of the biggest polar vortex pitfalls? Cracked knuckles and peeling cuticles. A balm is the best remedy, so carry one in your bag and apply often. To avoid getting grease marks on your to-do list or clothing, spot treat only the problematic areas.

For your under-eye: You know it well – the dreaded early-afternoon concealer crease. To prevent it, tap face oil along your under-eye before patting on concealer. If you notice any crevices later in the day, reapply one drop of oil rather than more makeup.

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January 12, 2015