How To Actually Keep All Your Plants Alive

A recent viral tweet wonders: “how many innocent succulents have been brutally killed by people trying to cure their depression”? We all want to believe we’re capable of keeping something other than ourselves alive — and though plants seem like they should be the easiest way to do this, in fact, they can be more…

Help Your Cat Achieve Haughty Perfection by Bestowing These Gifts Upon Them

Like other cat owners who are in denial, I tell people that my cat has the personality of a dog. She greets me at the door, seeks attention from human beings, and is seemingly affectionate… at times. “I wonder if Ziggy understand the concept of love,” I’ve said aloud to one too many people in my life. “Does she love…

Life Delivered: The Subscription Services That Are Worth It

The only thing better than a package showing up on your doorstep — a present! — is when that package contains something you really need: ingredients for tonight’s dinner, or a refill of the face wash you were about to run out of. Subscribing to a service is a gift from your past to your present self, who knows what…

How to Make Your Networked Speakers Work for You

Nothing is more intolerable than being alone with one’s thoughts. In the absence of external stimuli, the brain is left to its own devices. If idle hands are the devil’s workshop, then idle brains are the devil’s completely automated assembly line. Think of their ability to make you relive, just as you’re about to…

How to Clean Your Living Room in Exactly 15 Minutes

I’m a new homeowner and love entertaining in my little house that’s all my own. The only problem? The mess that’s left behind, which is all my own responsibility too. Spending time with friends in the space that I laboriously decorated is a delight, but waking up in the morning to a sticky coffee table, crunched-up…

The Best Sleep Tech To Help You Sleep Tight (Even With Your Phone)

I am aware, because I also read the internet, that the best sleep advice is to keep your phone out of the bedroom: a room that is for sleep and sex, but never texting. Unplug! Unwind! Keep your phone in the living room and get a real alarm clock, just like in the olden days. I do not personally remember these halcyon…

Here's The Problem With Traditional Vacuums

I managed not to buy a vacuum of my own until I was almost 30 years old. I’ve moved a lot during my adult life, so I didn’t want to own anything I couldn’t pack up in my tiny Yaris whenever I needed to hit the road — much less a giant vacuum with a cord that could get tangled up in everything around it. I lived in…

Here's The Home Tech That Will Help You Reduce Your Energy Bill

Creating a home with minimal carbon footprint used to depend heavily on installing new hardware: replacing old light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones, or installing a green showerhead for guilt-free showers. These relatively simple and affordable home touch-ups could make a good dent in energy bills without…

Welcome To LaunchPad

What does it mean to make a house a home? There are tons of physical appliances and digital applications on the market that promise to optimize your life, doing everything from monitoring your sleep patterns to reordering you milk in the name of re-training bad habits and relieving you from the burden of domestic…

How To Clean Your Bathroom In Exactly 15 Minutes

The bathroom — it’s the worst place to clean, isn’t it? That’s how I feel about it anyway, and I have yet to encounter anyone who feels differently. I’m a big fan of long baths, especially in the winter, but it’s hard to feel calm and relaxed when my bathroom is anything less than spick and span. I end up just…

Weighing In: Why A Kitchen Scale Is Worth it

When we think scales, we tend to go straight for the type sitting, mockingly, on the bathroom floor. But there are also kitchen scales, which will make your baking look much more official and can double as postal scales — for when you’re trying to figure out if you can afford to send someone a care package, or whether…