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How To Organize an Eco-Friendly Landing Strip
Home Hacks

2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgA landing strip—if you aren't familiar with the term—is the area right inside your front door, where you can unload all your junk from the outside world before entering your home. It's not hard to organize one that's conducive to an eco-friendly lifestyle, it just takes a few materials and a little advanced planning.

How To Hang Shelving
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgWe whole heartedly agree with Laure's sentiment on unpacking the kitchen first when moving. Our pantry items haven't had a proper spot to live for the past few days and it's annoying at best.

How To Age Brass
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpg For a long time now we’ve been searching for an answer to the question “How can you make shiny brass look old?”. We have a pair of brass handles on our 120 year old chest of drawers that look wrong being so shiny. Having searched high and low on all kinds of forums and hardware stores the only advice we ever received was "it will happen over time". Finally we found a speedy solution and it works!

How to Peel Ginger
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgGinger is one of those herbs that we love all year round, but especially in February when it brightens up so many winter dishes with its fresh, spicy flavor. Right now we’re putting ginger in everything from stir-fries and sauces to cookies and cocktails, because it seems to bring a bit of Spring into the kitchen, just when we need it most.

How to Make Your Own DIY Josef Albers Wall Art
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgToo hot to go outside and need a crafty project? This past weekend, I finally got sick of my boring white wall with nothing on it and it was waaaay too heated to do anything (aside from laying on the couch and eating a box of Popsicles), so I dragged a friend to Ikea and the art store for some crafty hour. It was probably the first time in about 2 or 3 years that I've done something artsy without the aid of a computer (sad but true).

How To Build a Vertical Bike Rack Using Spare Parts
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10-23-08ikea4.jpg 2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpg Included in Lifehacker's Top Ten IKEA mods, we wanted to share this ingenious storage solution for multiple bikes in a small space.

How To Create a Multi-functional Workout Space
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home_exercise.jpg 2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpg With a two-year-old and a full-time job, the gym is pretty much an impossibility for us and our house isn't big enough to devote an entire room to a home gym, so here are some tips for creating a multi-functional workout space that's easy to pack away when the aerobics are over.

How To Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgInstructions for cast iron skillet cleaning often include a lot of don'ts: don't use soap, don't use steel wool, don't put it in the dishwasher. It's almost enough to scare one off from cast iron completely! However, with a few simple techniques, you'll be able to keep your skillet clean, rust-free, and well-seasoned. (And, worst-case scenario, you can always re-season it.)

How To Make A Super-Sized Octopus Cake
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgWe're in love with colorful cakes today and have one more to share with you. We made this giant 3 and a half foot cake for our husband's birthday kids, yeah that's it kids—and it was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. It's not as hard as you might think, click through to see how to make a giant swimming invertebrate of your own!

How To Create a Household Budget and Stick to It
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0203_budget.jpg 2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgI have a confession to make. I am a real stickler when it comes to budgeting household expenses. Always on the lookout for ways to save without sacrificing, I think it makes the most sense to come up with a sensible budget you can live with.

How To Refinish Hardwood Floors: Part One
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgI refinished my hardwood floors two years ago, and I'll be honest: it's HARD work. But if you have the time, patience and energy, you can do it. It'll probably save you money and allow you to opt for greener finishing options. There are two options when it comes to floors: a complete refinish, which requires sanding down to bare wood (Part One) and screening, a process that only takes off the top coat of polyurethane (Part Two).

How To Make Hummus
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgThis ubiquitous Middle Eastern spread made with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice has gotten so mainstream now that I even see tubs of pre-made hummus in gas station convenience stores. But those little tubs are pricey, especially when you're feeding a large family and you're buying hummus with "gourmet" ingredients. Also, some of them have preservatives and other nasty things in them. Fresh, homemade hummus is so easy to make, I'll show you how. Plus, it tastes better, is economical, and you know exactly what is going into it.

How To Remove Jar Labels and Odors
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgWe reuse jars and bottles everywhere in the home – to store bulk grains, dish soap, buttons, nails, you name it. Removing the sticky labels and any odors (most often from foods like tomatoes, pickles, and garlic) from the jars is a mundane yet satisfying task. Here's how we do it.

How to Switch Over from a PC to a Mac
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgPurchased a new Mac lately? Oh, but you were once part of the PC camp? No worries, buddy -- we were once in that similar boat. Come, we'll show you how it's done the Unplggd way...a successful no-frills recipe for a perfect transition from PC to Mac.

Northern Exposure: How To Beat the Winter Blues

cabin_snow.jpg 2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgOnce again, Punxsutawney Phil has decreed what we New Englanders already knew: Winter is here to stay. But just in case you let out a mournful sigh when you got his text the other day, here are a few tips to help you through the coming weeks.

How To Dice An Onion: The Video
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgWe're rolling ahead with video: it's time to start showing you all some basic techniques and we'll start with the onion, that pungent bulbous bundle of flavor, so essential to so many cuisines. Watch the video above, then click through for a quick run-down on onion types and the secrets to keeping your eyes dry while you chop.

How to Silence a Squeaky Door With Three Household Items

020210soap.jpg2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgGot a squeaky door that's driving you nuts? The acoustic range of a squeaky door is right up there with a Mariah Carey high note on the annoyance scale. But don't fret, there are three common household items that can provide a temporary respite from the high pitch annoyance, which will give you some peace and quiet between the quick fix and when you get around to replacing the door hardware.

How To Create an Aviary from an Armoire

aviary_092207.jpg 2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgWe have plenty of projects for dogs, cats, and even for bunnies, but finally here's one for the birds — an aviary created by using a old tv storage armoire!

How To Swap Out a Pendant Light
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgWe just moved into a new place and even though we're renting, we wanted to swap out the pendant above the dining table for a nice upgrade we can take with us when we go. I was going to call an electrician until a friend mentioned that I ought to be able to handle it myself. So I did, and was a lot simpler than I expected!

How To Trim your Coax TV Cable
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgCoax cables are one of the main culprits causing a mess behind home theater setups, usually because an excess length is left behind when cable/DSS is installed. A trip down to our local hardware store revealed the smallest they carried was 3 feet. So, instead of living with the coil or making an appointment for the cable guy, we decided to do it ourselves with just a few tools.

How To Season a Cast Iron Skillet
Home Hacks

2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgProperly maintained, a cast iron skillet can last a lifetime. We've covered the science and method of cast iron seasoning before, but we thought we'd revisit this essential technique for anyone who's new to cast iron or simply needs a refresher.

How To Make Mozzarella Cheese
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpg One of our favorite summer treats is caprese salad; it tastes so good and it's fresh because we can get 2 of the 3 main ingredients, tomatoes and basil, right from our own container garden. We've previously thought it was too bad we have to go to the grocery store for the fresh mozzarella, but with this 30-Minute Mozzarella recipe from The Seminal, we won't have to!

How To Make Yogurt From Scratch
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgOver the summer, we were on a homemaking kick. We learned how to make bread (with the help of a machine), granola, and yogurt. Not wanting to invite a uni-tasking device into our home (like a yogurt maker), we were determined to do it with what we had around the house. We had to get creative, but it's absolutely possible. Here's how.

How To Mince Garlic: The Video
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgMincing garlic is a small yet ubiquitous kitchen task. We do this nearly every day! Here Emma shows you how she minces a clove of garlic, along with a great little tip to help keep the garlic from sticking to your knife.

How To Make Pizzadillas
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgMid-way through congratulating ourselves (and alerting Merriam Webster) that we'd invented a new food and coined a word, we learned that we are the 1,256,339th person to make pizzadillas from leftover tortillas and that "pizzadilla" entered the esteemed OED in 1444. Anyone who hasn't tried this quick, kid-friendly snack, read on for the simple how-to.

How To Stay Wired on the Road
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpg Moving your home cross country can be a huge feat, but staying online to work during the whole ordeal doesn't have to be. With the right gadgets you can log in just long enough that your boss won't even know you're emailing from Interstate 40. Plus, all that extra surfing power will help you land in the right city for the night with the right grub in your belly.

How To Remove Paint From Textured Glass
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgWhile renovating our bathroom, we got an annoying amount of paint on the window. The glass is textured so even though we had prepped the window with painters tape it still leaked [we were also a bit clumsy in other places]. The textured glass meant a razor blade wasn't very effective so we got creative!

How To Use a Waiter's Key Corkscrew
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2008_07_02-corkscrew3.5.jpg2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgThis may seem elemental to many of you, but we are constantly surprised by how many friends don't know how to use our simple, no-frills corkscrew. Blame it on the Rabbit and other easy-open wine contraptions. This waiter's key corkscrew is all we've ever known — it's what waiters use tableside in restaurants. Below, our step-by-step instructions to using this inexpensive gadget...

How To Make a Flokati Doggie Bed
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgThis is one of our all-time favorite how-tos and it comes from longtime Apartment Therapy reader Art. Way back when, he sent in this fun project as an entry in our January Jumpstart contest. He called it the "I'm Bringing Sticky Back" Doggie Bed Project and it's an easy solution for making a cozy spot for your pet with NO SEWING required...

How To Remove a Stripped Screw Without an Extractor
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2010HomeHackspostBadge.jpgAlmost everyone whose done some DIY project or handled an electric drill have found themselves at one time or another enjoying the ease of powered hand tool, only to apply too much torque and strip the screw clean. What to do when you've stripped the screw, but don't have a specialized extractor kit?