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Easy DIY Ideas

Save money and learn how to do it yourself, from beauty treatments (how to trim your bangs) to small home improvement fixes (how to replace a doorknob).

Easy Makeovers

20 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom
Easy ideas that will transform your bath. 

40 Living Room Decorating Ideas
Surprising, low-cost ways to update your home décor.

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5 DIY Decorating Projects

Easy upgrades you can make around the house.
Photo: Ellen Silverman

How to Cut Your Bangs at Home

With a good pair of scissors and a bit of know-how, trimming your bangs yourself is actually easy.
Photo:  Lucas Allen

15 Quick Fixes to Make Around the House

Fifteen-minute projects that won't put a dent in your weekend.
Photo: Lucas Allen

DIY Accessory Repairs

How to fix bent-out-of-shape bags, dull jewelry, scratched leather, and more.
Photo: Olivia Graham
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Home repair supplies
Model with jewel-tone handbag

Home-Improvement Tips

Book shelves

Create Book Shelves, Literally
Here's a clever new use for old books: Make your own shelves in three simple steps.

How To: Remove a Stuck Light Bulb

How to Remove a Stuck Light Bulb
Think you have to break a stuck bulb to get it dislodged from the socket? Think again. Try the easier, faster, and safer solution in this video―and let there be light.

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Tool Kit Checklist

Ever wonder how much stuff (make that how little stuff) you actually need? Real Simple rallied the experts to find out. Get your trash bag: We're parin' down.

  • A putty knife: Removes old caulk or opening paint cans.
  • A standard flat-nose claw hammer: 12 to 16 ounces with a steel head.
  • A multihead screwdriver: Phillips-head, flathead, and Torx (six-point star shape).

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