So you’re bad at laundry. Maybe you’ve been able to come home from college every weekend lugging a bag of dirty clothes like Santa, or maybe you never fully recovered from that lipstick-in-the-dryer incident of ‘08. We’re not here to judge. We’re here to help. In this final episode of Lifehacker’s Summer of Adulting…
I don’t know why they don’t teach things like basic toilet plunging in school—years ago, it would have saved me from horror film-like screams, and a teary phone call with my dad and an afternoon of disinfection.
Picture this: Your home is full of “smart” gadgets that you didn’t set up yourself, but you have a decent understanding of how to use them—or, at the very least, how to yell at [smart speaker you use] to play your favorite music.
“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…
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?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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. …
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…
If you’re thinking about selling your house, then you might want to consider waiting until next month to list it.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).