Hallways & Foyers

8 Essentials for Your Mudroom

Despite its name, your mudroom doesn’t have to be dirty and disorganized. These eight items will help this high-traffic room or entryway stay neat and tidy.

5 Ways to Fake a Mudroom

That haphazard pile of coats and shoes near your front door isn’t going to cut it. Here’s how to create a functional and organized storage spot, even when you think you don’t have enough room.

6 Durable Doormats

Add a personal touch to your front door that catches visitors’ eyes while also catching their dirt.

Ask the Organizer

How do you deal with a desk-turned–dumping ground, a buried bedroom, and perpetual pile problems? Andrew Mellen, an expert on order, has the answers.

10 Smart Cleaning Hacks

Of the hundreds of cleaning tips Real Simple has published, these are among our most popular—and most ingenious.

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).

5 Fantastic Brooms

Is your current model bringing out your witchy side? Of 76 vetted for effectiveness, ease of use, and motivating magic, these five swept testers off their feet.

4 Steps to Caring for Hardwood Floors


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

14 Entryway Organizing Tips

Clutter coach Chip Cordelli turns this potential pileup spot (backpacks! jackets! soccer balls!) into a super-efficient on-off ramp for quick school-day exits and happy homecomings.