I've never really been a spring cleaner; I'm more of a winter cleaner. At the beginning of each year, I make sure to scour my apartment from top to bottom to get rid of "last year's" dirt. During this year's ritual cleaning, I noticed many places and items that I've neglected to clean. Here are five grimy things you may also overlook.
1: Vacuum Cleaner Brushes and Attachments You clean out the dust container or replace the bag routinely but when was the last time you cleaned the vacuum upholstery tool or brush roll? Check your manual for the how-to. Using scissors, cut off any carpet fibers or hair entangled around the brush.
Related: Get the full list of 10 Germy Spots in Your Home
2: Handbags Spot clean fabric bags with a gentle detergent solution like Woolite and flip the purse inside out to wipe down the inner lining. On finished leather purses, use a leather conditioning cleaner - I love Guardsman Leather Wipes. And, if you place your purse on the floor in a restaurant or even
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I've never really been a spring cleaner; I'm more of a winter cleaner. At the beginning of each year, I make sure to scour my apartment from top to bottom to get rid of "last year's" dirt. During this year's ritual cleaning, I noticed many places and items that I've neglected to clean. Here are five grimy things you may also overlook.Read More »from 5 Germiest Spots in Your Home
A while back, I signed up for Mint.com, the site that keeps track of your finances for you. My fiscally responsible (or wannabe responsible) New York friends were raving about how it really helped them get a handle on their spending - and even helped them save a little (yes, even in this pricey city). So, I signed up, plugged in my account numbers (don't worry, it's totally safe!), and even clicked around a bit... and then basically forgot about it.
However, while I'm generally pretty careful with my cash, I would like to boost my savings account a bit in 2011. So, I logged in again, and set my savings goal and my budgets for how I'll (hopefully) achieve it.Read More »from 4 Ways to Go on a Spending Diet
Without getting into the minutia of my specific plan, here are a few guidelines I will follow:
1. Use a credit card for any purchase over $10. Yes, you read that right - but, note that I'll be using just one single card. I've always paid my balance off in full every month, and it's much easier for me to see where my money
Gwyneth Paltrow opened up to Good Housekeeping about raising two spirited kids, her new movie Country Strong, her battle with postpartum depression, life as Mrs. Martin, and the loss of her dad. Read an excerpt from our interview.On motherhood:
"I've learned so much from being a mom about the kind of person I want to be, the kind of woman I want to be. Motherhood has taught me mindfulness. If you just parent on instinct, you'll screw your kid up for life. You have to be so mindful."
Related: Read the Full Interview with Gwyneth
On the loss of her father:
"He'd always been so full of fire, but all his wisdom and gentility came out." She looks away as tears fill her eyes. "I feel so sad my children won't ever experience his expressive, hands-on kind of love."
On her marriage to Chris Martin:
"Marriage is hard. Chris and I have had our ups and downs, big-time. Marriage is way more complicated than just Who gets to control the remote? But hopefully we keep heading in the same Read More »from Gwyneth Paltrow Battled Postpartum Depression
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute looks back on the year and shares some favorite beauty products.
10. Redken Time Reset Youth Revitalizer ($14 for 8.5 ounces) This deep conditioner leaves hair really soft and manageable.
9. Boots No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-ageing Glycolic Peel Kit ($25) Our Anti-Aging Award Winner in the at-home peel category, it give results comparable to those you'd pay big bucks for in a doctor's office. Look to it to improve your skin tone and make your face feel smooth and soft.
8. Conair U Curl ($45): With its tapered, clamp-free design, it creates natural looking curls.
Related: Biggest Fashion Trends of 2010
7. Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Lifting Firming Day Cream SPF 15 ($150) Winner of the Anti Aging Award for Day Creams with SPF. We absolutely love, love, love its texture, fragrance, and most of all, the way it makes our skin look. Yes, it's a splurge, but totally worth it!
6. Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler ($16) This compactRead More »from 10 Best Beauty Products of 2010
- Good Housekeeping | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 28, 2010 7:49 PM EST
If you typically make New Year's resolutions on January 1 and give up on them later that day, it may not be that you totally lack discipline. It's just that you don't sufficiently appreciate what's going on in your brain, explains Joseph Shrand, M.D., an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Self-restraint is a rational desire, which means it lives in the front of the brain, the section that's most recently evolved and most vulnerable to being overruled by survival instincts. Pleasure resides in the brain's most primitive part, which has spent millions of years learning to reward us with a deeply satisfying jolt of dopamine when we give in to these kinds of urges. And while that brain circuitry evolved to encourage life-prolonging desires like eating and sex, says Dr. Shrand, we now get a rush from giving in to anything we want, whether it's an illicit drug, chocolate, or buying expensive purple peep-toe boots, even when the more evolved part of our brain tells usRead More »from 5 Tips to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Really Stick
To tame the mayhem in your home, you need simple solutions. And when it comes to sorting, storing, and systemizing, these 5 multitaskers deliver.Read More »from 5 Best Organizing Tools of All Time
This plastic-lined canvas bin from Umbra ($21, umbra.com) stands up to the heaviest clutter-purging loads - then crunches flat for streamlined storage.
Related: See the Full List of Best Tools of All Time
No caps to misplace, a dozen eye-catching colors - Sharpie's permanent markers ($20 per set, office supply stores) are the go-to pens for establishing order.
Staples' compact, cheery-colored Minimate ($50, staples.com) can crosscut a dozen sheets of paper at a time into confetti. Think how quickly it'll handle a year's worth of ATM receipts.
Related: Secrets of Decluttering Gurus
When it comes to corralling documents, trust PaperPro's jam-proof Prodigy ($22, officedepot.com), which can staple 25 pages with the press of a finger.
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- Good Housekeeping | Work + Money – Thu, Dec 16, 2010 5:28 PM EST
As a consumer advocate, Good Housekeeping has been staying apprised of all news in the recent crib recalls - including the recent Pottery Barn Kids, Graco, Simplicity, and Bassettbaby crib recalls. After numerous deaths and millions of recalls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the government agency charged with protecting the public from dangerous consumer products, took action today and banned drop-side cribs.
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Drop-side cribs have come under fire in recent years. While they allow parents to more readily and easily lift their child from a crib, malfunctioning hardware or assembly problems have led to the railing partially or wholly detaching from the crib - leading to countless injuries and unspeakable deaths. What was happening was the drop-side would partially unhinge, forming a gap between the rail and the mattress where a child could get caught and suffocate oneself.
Related: How to Keep Your Toddler Safe in BedRead More »from Safety Alert: Drop-Side Cribs Banned by Government
Our top picks of 2010, including titles Jodi Picoult and Scott Turow, make great holiday gifts.Read More »from The Best Books of 2010
1. For a Good Cry
By Roger Rosenblatt
When his beloved daughter died, the author and his wife went from puttering to parenting their grandkids. An eloquent story of a family pulling itself together with tears and laughter.
2. For a Good Drama
By Jodi Picoult
An advice columnist realizes her family's unique strengths when her autistic teenage son is accused of murder. Picoult's exploration of what it means to be different is riveting and real.
Related: 10 Memoirs to Inspire You
3. For a Good Thrill
By Scott Turow
Turow sizzles in this sequel to Presumed Innocent. Has the hero in fact exposed his dead wife's murderer? Or is he just holding a grudge? You won't know until the closing arguments.
4. For a Good Romance
My Name Is Mary Sutter
By Robin Oliveira
A midwife, refused admission to medical school, volunteers at a Civil War field hospital instead.
Deal-a-day websites are crazy-hot these days (just ask Google, which recently had its $5 billion bid turned down by Groupon.com). They offer huge discounts on local services for a limited time -- often just one day -- to entice (hopefully) large numbers of consumers to buy in, on the theory that the businesses will attract new customers who will pay full price next time. That short buying window, however, can breed regret from two angles: You could get stuck with something you can't use, or later wish you'd anted up when the offer was still available. The solution: deal-reselling websites.
Related: How to Buy Anything Secondhand
Lifesta.com, CoupRecoup.com, and DealsGoRound.com are like eBays or Craig's Lists for bygone daily deals, where posters unload purchases they no longer want, and latecomers win out over their hesitation (and sometimes even benefit, if desperate sellers are willing to go below the prices they paid).
Related: How to Find Local Deals
To buy,Read More »from The Best Sites for Holiday Deals
- Good Housekeeping | Fashion – Fri, Dec 3, 2010 12:57 AM EST
These pretty (not pricey!) accents will help you glow this holiday.Read More »from Top 10 Style Accessories to Sparkle This Holiday Season
1. Golden Touch
This party-perfect statement necklace mixes strands of pearls, faux diamonds, gold chain, and beads ($18, amiclubwear.com).
Related: The Perfect Party Dresses
2. Shine On
These delicate earrings bring on the bling with bursts of sparkling, multifaceted stones ($26, jenniferelizabeth.com).
Related: Party Hair and Makeup: Simple Steps, Big Impact
3. Gilty Pleasure
Treat your fingers and toes to a Midas-worthy golden glow with Orly Foil FX nail polish ($7.50, Sally Beauty).
Related: Want Strong, Healthy Nails?
4. Bag It
Chic, shiny, and elegant, this soft gold purse with slim, neat pleats will hold all your night-on-the-town essentials ($20, JCPenney).
Related: How to Organize Your Purse
5. Step Lively
Pretty peep-toes covered in antiqued gold rosettes add a romantic touch to an evening out ($50, chineselaundry.com).
Related: Dress Better for Less
6. Top Score
No necklace required when you slip