The Best Small Space Trick Isn’t What You Do—It’s What You Don’t

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


In last month’s installment of No Space Too Small I wrote about small-space hacks that had failed me, including entryway hooks and rolling storage carts. Now I want to tell you about the space-saving hack that works like a charm no matter what your space looks like, where you live, or how you use your home: Stop acquiring so much stuff.

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Is This Grandma-Approved Dishwasher Hack Too Good to Be True?

Babs (aka Barbara Costello) has given a whole new meaning to doing things just like Grandma. The 72-year-old Connecticut-based grandmother and viral TikTok sensation never ceases to amaze with her humor, wisdom, and simple life tips for making everyday…

Babs (aka Barbara Costello) has given a whole new meaning to doing things just like Grandma. The 72-year-old Connecticut-based grandmother and viral TikTok sensation never ceases to amaze with her humor, wisdom, and simple life tips for making everyday living easier. From advice on teething babies (the youngest of her eight grandchildren is less than one year old) to a hilarious hack that keeps the man in your life clean during a messy outdoor barbecue (hint: place a piece of Press’N seal wrap on his polo shirt for an invisible bib), Babs is always sharing savvy ideas on the engrossing social media platform.

Babs’ loyal followers are always quick to say how much she reminds them of their own Nonnas too. “Thanks for this. I miss my grandma and you remind me of her. Thank you,” wrote user bentellectstan. Here, we’re rounding up five of Babs’ most beloved viral home hacks ever.

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The Perfect Time to Clean Out? Not Spring.

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space t…

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space that's all you.


Every season has its benefits when it comes to home organization, the most common, of course, being spring. But I’m actually a bit biased when it comes to summer. Because in 2016, it was the season I first confronted and acknowledged the painful reality of my overconsumption.

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The Smart Laundry Detergent Trick I Learned on TikTok

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And d…

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And don’t forget their Styler steam closet—it’s the perfect laundry room plus-one for refreshing your favorite garments, pillows, plush toys, and more.


I know I’m not the only one who secretly scrolls through TikTok when laying in bed at night. Not only are there hours upon hours of hilarious content and trendy dances that I try to copy in the bathroom mirror, but there’s also a whole lot of genuinely useful information, too.

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These 8 ‘Space-Savers’ Actually Make Your Home Feel Smaller

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


“20 Small-Space Hacks You've Never Seen Before!” “The 50 Most Clever Small-Space Hacks of All Time!” Headlines like these get me every single time. If I see an article that promises space-saving ideas, I always fall for the bait and click through. As a long-time small-space dweller, I am forever hoping there’s some new trick or tip that’s going to help me make better use of my space (and occasionally there is!). And while I love reading about a good space-saving hack, sometimes the advice I see doesn’t quite fit right.

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Don’t Toss That Burnt Pan! Here’s How to Clean It

I’ve burned a few pans in my life (who hasn’t?), but my mom definitely takes the cake for “Biggest Mess.” I got a text from her that said: “Lovely start to my day. Ruined my favorite pan and burned the porch.” This was the photo that came along with it…

I’ve burned a few pans in my life (who hasn’t?), but my mom definitely takes the cake for “Biggest Mess.” I got a text from her that said: “Lovely start to my day. Ruined my favorite pan and burned the porch.” This was the photo that came along with it:

A kitchen nightmare Photo by Camryn Rabideau

Apparently she walked away while making hummingbird food—which is essentially just sugar water—and somehow turned it into this volcanic rock-looking monstrosity. When she smelled the burning, she grabbed the pot off the stove and put it outside on the porch, not thinking that hot pan + wooden flooring = more burning. Oops.

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Think You’ve Maxed Out Storage at Home? Not So Fast.

We’re always looking for ways to sneak more storage out of small spaces, and as I was sitting in my office the other day, staring off into space instead of writing, I happened to notice that there was a surprising amount of room behind the door. By my …

We’re always looking for ways to sneak more storage out of small spaces, and as I was sitting in my office the other day, staring off into space instead of writing, I happened to notice that there was a surprising amount of room behind the door. By my best guess, there’s at least eight inches of perfectly good space between the door and the wall, and it could definitely fit a few narrow shelves or a thin bookcase, which would be prime for stashing office supplies, phone chargers… that sort of thing. Had I unlocked something revolutionary here?

Turns out, I’m not the first person to think of using the space behind doors for storage. “Behind-the-door storage is a creative way to take advantage of every square inch possible,” says Louisa Roberts, professional organizer and owner of Neat Method NYC. “If you're lacking shelf, drawer, or closet space, an over-the-door organizer can be a clever way to instantly add storage. These storage solutions are also so easy to install and relatively affordable.”

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Wait—Have We Been Watering Our Houseplants All Wrong?

I was just minding my own business, scrolling through Instagram, when I came across a video of plant care tips that “everyone should know.” Naturally, I watched it to see if I was following said tips, and in addition to basic things like using pots wit…

I was just minding my own business, scrolling through Instagram, when I came across a video of plant care tips that “everyone should know.” Naturally, I watched it to see if I was following said tips, and in addition to basic things like using pots with drainage holes and “quarantining” new plants to avoid bug infestations, one of the suggestions was to bottom-water your plants.

Now, I’ve always bottom-watered my African violets because… OK, I’m not sure why exactly, but my mom told me to. However, I don’t do it with any other plants. Curious if there were actual benefits of the practice, I went down a rabbit hole about bottom-watering, and it turns out it’s highly touted and actually recommended by a lot of plant experts. Here’s why.

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5 Spots to Clean Before Moving Into a New Home

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share smart tips and tricks for making your cleaning routine more productive. But before you get started, you’ll need the right tools—check out the Miele Triflex HX1, which has the power of three cordless vacuums all in on…

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share smart tips and tricks for making your cleaning routine more productive. But before you get started, you’ll need the right tools—check out the Miele Triflex HX1, which has the power of three cordless vacuums all in one.


Moving into a new home is, objectively, very stressful. In an ideal world, you’d move into a sparkling-clean apartment or house—but let’s be real, that almost never happens (especially in the case of rentals).

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Every Question You Should Ask Before Signing a Lease

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


I learned so much from a decade spent living in New York City, but one of the biggest things was just how hard it is to find an apartment that’s right for you. We’re talking literally a full time job searching for your next dwelling, only to find out it’s the size of a closet/is a fifth floor walk-up/is off an out-of-commission subway line/has already been rented/insert New York City real estate tragedy here.

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