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Which Foods Are Actually Cheaper to Make Yourself? Which Foods Are Actually Cheaper to Make Yourself?

“Making your own” is a big part of home cook culture. One’s reasons for wanting to DIY every food thing may vary, but it usually has something to do with taste, health, or cost. Cost-wise, some things are obvious; cooking dinner at home is almost always cheaper than takeout, but things aren’t as straightforward when…

What to Do With ‘Shared’ Items That You Own When Moving Out What to Do With ‘Shared’ Items That You Own When Moving Out

This week we have a guy who’s moving into his own place and taking the stuff he bought with him. Trouble is, his old roommates use some of those things and aren’t being given much time to adapt. Is there a nice way to deal with a situation like this?

How Smart Home Tech Can Help You Sell Your House How Smart Home Tech Can Help You Sell Your House

Smart home tech is becoming more and more common. So much so that it’s worth considering when it comes time to sell your home, especially because it can be so expensive. Does it add value to your home? Or is it merely a perk? Before you go installing the latest gear, here’s what you should know.

What to Do With Stuff Someone Left at Your Place What to Do With Stuff Someone Left at Your Place

Whether it’s a former roommate, an ex-partner, a friend, or some random partygoer whose name you’ve forgotten, someone is going to leave stuff at your home at some point. But hold on there, pal, that property isn’t automatically yours now. Here’s what you should do with it, according to common U.S. law.

How to Automate Your Home With Your IFTTT-Supported Router How to Automate Your Home With Your IFTTT-Supported Router

I love automation; I do. I just think it’s the most fun thing ever to walk into my house and have my smart lights immediately pull up some colorful scene—not to mention all the absurd configurations I can create that changes their colors and brightness when certain things happen, ranging from “I got a tweet” to “It’s…

Place Notes Around Your Party to Make Your Guests More Comfortable Place Notes Around Your Party to Make Your Guests More Comfortable

I always feel a little unsure as a guest in someone else’s home. I want to be as polite as possible, and that can lead to some anxiety. Can I go through that door? Are those snacks for everyone? Where’s the bathroom? Here’s a trick that can help worrying guests like me.

Make a Camera 'Click' Sound to Remember Whether You Did Something  Make a Camera 'Click' Sound to Remember Whether You Did Something 

This might be one of the dorkiest memory tricks ever, but it works, so hey. Backstory: Every time I would use a curling iron, which was maybe once a month, I’d always have the exact same anxiety session about ten minutes after leaving my house. Did I unplug it?! My brain would begin a frantic quest to try to remember. …

How to Convince Someone You Live With to Get Rid of Their Stuff How to Convince Someone You Live With to Get Rid of Their Stuff

Decluttering old or useless junk might make you feel jubilant and free, but not everyone shares that mindset. Whether it’s a ratty old recliner your spouse won’t give up, an overabundance of cookware in the kitchen, or a collection of weird posters your roommate hung in your living room, there are ways to compromise…

May is the Best Month to Sell Your House May is the Best Month to Sell Your House

If you’re thinking about selling your house, then you might want to consider waiting until next month to list it.

Three Ingredient Happy Hour: A Muddle-Free Faux-Jito Three Ingredient Happy Hour: A Muddle-Free Faux-Jito

Happy Friday, my friends, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re shaking up a muddle-free, streamlined take on the minty mojito.

How to Allergy Proof Your Home This Spring How to Allergy Proof Your Home This Spring

It’s officially spring. Along with the flowers, sunshine, and Creme-egg runs, for the allergic among us, it’s also the sneeziest, eye-wateringest season. That’s mostly due to surges in airborne pollen, and so when pollen is high, allergic people should stay in inside. That’s sensible advice— if your home isn’t a major…

When Your Roommate’s Boyfriend Overstays His Welcome When Your Roommate’s Boyfriend Overstays His Welcome

Some people have problems that require delicate advice from a qualified professional. Others just need a random a guy on the internet to kick ‘em in the teeth with their blunt honesty. I’m the latter. Welcome back to Tough Love.

See If You Can Build a Granny Flat In Your L.A. Backyard With This Tool See If You Can Build a Granny Flat In Your L.A. Backyard With This Tool

In Los Angeles, the backyard accessory dwelling unit (ADU), or “granny flat,” is a common addition to many homes. These one-bedroom apartment/guest houses can be tricky to build, though, especially if you don’t know the zoning requirements for your plot. This tool can help.

How Lifehacker's Remote Staffers Work How Lifehacker's Remote Staffers Work

While all of us here at Lifehacker are excited about Work From Home Week, it really hits home (ha) for four of us. Here’s a peek at workspaces and routines from Claire, Michelle, Patrick, and myself.

Structure Your Work-From-Home Day With These Routines Structure Your Work-From-Home Day With These Routines

The conveniences of working at home are also its curses. There’s no commute giving you time to settle your thoughts on the way in to work, no lunch with co-workers. To get some structure in your work-from-home life, you need to create your own routines.

Can I Keep My Bed Bug-Infested Friend From Coming Over? Can I Keep My Bed Bug-Infested Friend From Coming Over?

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

What Do You Over-Organize? What Do You Over-Organize?

We start sorting things as kids: Hot Wheels, pencils, the cutest boys in class. We organize our rooms just so, and get mad when our parents mess them up. And we develop new sorting habits as we grow up, some useful (chronological tax documents) and some embarrassing (alphabetized bottles of hot sauce).

What to Buy (and What Not to Buy) After a Move What to Buy (and What Not to Buy) After a Move

So you’re in your brand-new apartment or house. Some of the boxes are still waiting to be unpacked, but you’re so excited about making this space into a home that you’re spending hours on Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond, comparing sofa pillows and loading up shopping carts to see how much everything you might want is…

How to Set Up a Smart Home Hub and Water Sensor

If you’re looking to get your own smart home system without spending a fortune, we’re here to help. In the first episode of our new video series Homehackers, we go over smart home hub options and show you how to set up a water sensor.

How to Handle Going Home to a Boring Family You Resent How to Handle Going Home to a Boring Family You Resent

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

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