10 Ideas to Ease the Mind—& Help You Relax

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Last night I finally had the breakdown that’s been bubbling up inside of me for days. It was Day Ten of our social isolation period; I hadn’t been physically outside my apartment door in maybe five days, and my boyfriend and I had been working from home together for over a week—tensions were high.

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9 Decluttering Secrets From Small-Space Homeowners

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Last year, I got to see firsthand how about a dozen of the most creative homeowners were making their spaces work when I photographed their homes for my book The Little Book of Living Small. I’m thinking about all of those people now, as we all hunker down to keep our distance and hopefully prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Living in small spaces calls for creative solutions every day, but especially so when you’re spending a lot of time at home—not to mention when kids are involved!

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A Quick & Clean Guide to Washing Your Clothes by Hand

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


I live in New York City, where having a washing machine in your apartment building outweighs many other standard living space must-haves. Windows? Who needs ‘em? Heat? I’ll get an electric blanket. And apartments with laundry in-unit? They’re myths. If you tell me you have a washing machine, I simply won’t believe you.

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Your Most Requested Kitchen Tool Is Here

Lucky are those who have a dishwasher in their home to…clean their dishes. But even with this miracle appliance wedged under your kitchen counter, you likely find yourself washing your most beloved items (we see you, heirloom cast iron) by hand anywa…


Lucky are those who have a dishwasher in their home to…clean their dishes. But even with this miracle appliance wedged under your kitchen counter, you likely find yourself washing your most beloved items (we see you, heirloom cast iron) by hand anyway, and certainly you’ve had the urge to scrub what didn’t make the cut, just sitting in the sink...amassing layers of gunk.

Suffice it to say: dishes have a way of stacking up faster than they seem to be used. There’s no way you used four different cups today, right? Right. Stress not! Five Two is here to remedy this inexplicable phenomenon.

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3 Ways to Teach Stubborn Wall Scuffs a Lesson

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


I despise wall scuffs. As far as cleaning tasks go, scrubbing the walls free of marks is the thing-I’m-most-likely-to-drop-everything-for. If I’m running out the door on a Monday morning, the sight of a streak on the wall derails my trajectory—you can bet I’m throwing my bag down and getting right to it before I leave. There’s something so satisfying about making the blemish disappear…even if it makes me late for work. I’ve tested out a couple methods as a result of my compulsive cleaning impulses, and these three are the most effective:

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How to Buy Wine in the Coronavirus Era

Keeping wine and spirits stores open during a public health crisis might seem like a punchline, but so far they have been deemed “essential.” People are stocking up to hunker down; they’re also turning to wine for its normalcy.

To share a glass is a m…

Keeping wine and spirits stores open during a public health crisis might seem like a punchline, but so far they have been deemed “essential.” People are stocking up to hunker down; they’re also turning to wine for its normalcy.

To share a glass is a most human endeavor, even when we’re sharing remotely. There’s some evidence, too, that people are buying more varied and adventurous bottles right now, perhaps learning more about wine—like baking bread, reading Tolstoy, and finally decluttering the home, things we’d always intended to do if we had more time.

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11 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tools Your Home Will Thank You For

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Like most people, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and disinfecting lately (yes, there’s a difference between the two). Aside from copious handwashing, the daily routine in my household now involves wiping down phone screens, laptop keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, and car steering wheels on a regular basis. We also disinfect any packages, grocery cart handlebars, and, on occasion, even the bottom of our shoes.

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6 Ways to Make Sure Your Weekends Still Feel Like Weekends

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


When the future feels as uncertain as it does right now, being at home in social isolation can be simultaneously comforting and maddening. Even as you enjoy the safety of home, you can feel the days rolling into each other—and before you know it, it’s the weekend and you haven’t changed out of the sweats you put on last Thursday.

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You’ve Been Told to ‘Shelter in Place’—but What Does That Mean?

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


There have, in the past few weeks, been a myriad of new terms crawling their way into our lexicon. It began with the novelty of the novel coronavirus, then social distancing waltzed in, we started to talk of curves and their flattenings, quarantines and their happenings. The implications of these terms are as in flux as the current situation—which is to say, we’re learning more about them and what they mean to us every moment, every day.

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10 TV Shows & Movies to Watch 6 Feet Away From Your Roommate

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


It feels very strange to be stuck in place—a house, an apartment—while so much is changing out in the world. And for those of you who have already begun to feel murderous toward your roommates (or significant others, siblings, parents, cousins—all of which by now have become, in all but name, your roommates), it's important to cultivate what Seamus Heaney called "moments of lift, of joy." Whatever you’re going through right now, here are ten shows and movies, all available on streaming services, to distract and delight.

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