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50 Things to Throw Out Now (and How to Dispose of Them)

50 Things to Throw Out Now (and How to Dispose of Them). There is no better time than now to clean house. After all, in the words of best-selling author Marie Kondo, tidying up can be “life changing.” But what’s the best way to go about purging your extraneous stuff? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash in 2013. To help you declutter and do your part in decreasing that number, we’ve run down a list of 50 toss-worthy items and the best way to dispose of them.

5 Surprising Ways the Thermostat May Be Affecting Your Health

Though costly, cranking your AC down a few degrees could benefit your health. Studies have found it can help with weight loss and ...

How to Have a Clean Home When You're Crazy Busy

We can't all have a TV-ready house, and that's okay! "Unf*ck Your Habitat" will teach you how to keep a clean and comfortable home...

16 Expert-Recommended Steps to Spring-Clean Your Kitchen

Be honest with yourself. When is the last time you took stock of your fridge, pantry and freezer? If you answer six months (or longer) then the time is now. Create a culture of health starting at home. Toss the junk, stock up on clean foods and keep it organized and the healthy choice becomes the easy choice. “A disorganized kitchen increases stress and decreases productivity, which stands in the way of making and sharing healthy meals,” says Lauren Silverman, professional organizer and owner of MOREganized in the Chicago area. Here 12 nutrition experts and professional organizers have weighed in with their best tips to help you clean up your (kitchen) act for better health in 16 easy steps.

10 Ways Your House May Be Making You Fat

10 Ways Your House May Be Making You Fat. If your diet goes off the rails the minute you walk through the front door, your house may be the culprit, not you. Research shows that how your house is organized and decorated guides your eating behaviors -- whether that means grabbing an apple when you’re feeling hungry or mindlessly plowing through a bag of chips while watching TV. “Our homes can either be designed to keep us healthy or designed to make us fat,” says Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University and author of “Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.” From rearranging your refrigerator to tidying up your house, here are 10 ways you can keep your home from sabotaging your healthy eating efforts.

The 15 Grossest Things in Your Kitchen You Need to Clean Right Now

The 15 Grossest Things in Your Kitchen You Need to Clean Right Now. If you regularly wipe down the counters after cooking, you may think your kitchen is spick and span. But look again. Dark crevices, unseen surfaces and continuous contact with food make your kitchen a breeding ground for bacteria. Gross. And this not only puts you at risk of foodborne illness, it also creates a pretty smelly situation too. We asked professional cleaners to identify the 15 most germ-filled items in your kitchen. Read on for tips on how to thoroughly clean them.

The 7 Most Toxic Materials in Your Home — And the Best Alternatives

Is there anything out there that is safe to use? Over recent years, there's been an uptick in research and conversation around...

The Quickest Way to Purge & Clean a House & Get Rid of Clutter

Keeping your house clean and clutter-free makes life so much simpler. You save time, money and emotional stress by having a place ...

Food Shopping List for Hurricane Preparation

If you live in a place where hurricanes are a possibility, keep a hurricane supply kit in your pantry or closet containing all of your nonperishables. You should have a minimum of three days' worth of supplies. Bear in mind that you may be without power and therefore without use of your stove, microwave or refrigerator.

How Decluttering Can Actually Benefit Your Health

Everyone has stuff that's just laying around, shoved in the back of the closet, stuck in the "junk drawer" or pushed under the bed. A little mess never hurt anyone, right? But there's actually an important reason to go Marie Kondo on your living space: Clutter can have a detrimental effect on your mental and physical health. In fact, some psychologists are starting to recognize that having a clean, organized home is an essential part of the wellness equation. If you're not convinced, here are seven ways cleaning out your clutter can help you live a healthier life.
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