Dining Areas

How to Clean Almost Anything: An A-to-Z Guide

Your waffle maker is crusty; the knives are rusty. It’s time for an all-around spruce-up. Whether you need shortcuts for the regulars (sinks) or how-tos for the rest (air mattress?), this story spells it all out for you.

4 Steps to Cleaning Upholstery

Whether you want to prolong the life of an investment piece or give that hand-me-down from Grandma a boost, regular cleaning (once a season) can grab dirt before it becomes, well, part of the furniture. Here’s a quickie plan for freshening fabric* that’s so easy, you’ll nearly fall off your chair.

Room-by-Room Organizing

Easy-to-steal storage tricks for small spaces (closets and bathrooms) and larger gathering spots (living rooms and kitchens).

7 Unique Wine Racks

Keep favorite wines within reach for dinner parties and holiday gatherings with one of these well-constructed storage pieces.

4 Steps to Caring for Hardwood Floors

 

Follow these easy steps and you’ll soon worship the ground you walk on.

The Best Stick Vacuum for Your Needs

Real Simple put two dozen lean machines to work lifting dust, cereal, and more. This gang of five outmaneuvered the competition—and totally sucked (ha!).

6 Splendid Trays, Bowls, and Serving Pieces

With the holiday season quickly approaching, showcase your cherished family recipes and treats in eye-catching platters, pedestals, and dishes.

New Uses for Things in the Dining Room

Surprising tricks for table linens, serving pieces, and more.

6 Tips for Keeping Your House Clean Longer

Tips to make your time spent cleaning more effective (so you won't have to do it again).

Complete Living Room, Dining Room, and Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

An 11-step guide to cleaning three rooms (yes, three!) in just a few hours or over a few days.