Tips To Help Your Gardens Survive (and Thrive) While You’re On Vacation

For most people, vacation stress revolves around packing and traveling. For gardeners, you’ll likely find us digging last-minute holes in the ground, deadheading flowers, or even panic-watering one hour before a flight (true story).

We’re guessing not that many gardeners are posting blissed-out photos on the beach every summer—because leaving our hard-earned gardens for a week or more is out of the question.

But listen up, fellow gardeners: You, too, deserve a vacation. Which is why we came up with this list of everything you can do to keep your garden happy while you sip tropical cocktails many miles away.

When It’s Time To Replace Things on the Outside of the House

As a homeowner, you should be staying on top of regular maintenance and repairs—especially when it comes to the exterior of your home, which creates that all-important first impression. But there inevitably comes a time when repairs have done all they can, and you’re forced to accept the bitter—and expensive—truth: It’s time to outright replace things like windows, the mailbox, or even the roof.

Such large-scale upgrades could really bust your maintenance budget. But knowing when you might need to lay out this kind of cash can help you plan for it.

To help you get your facts straight, we rounded up the most common exterior features and asked experts to weigh in on when they’re likely to deteriorate to the point of needing to be replaced.  Click HERE.

Breathe New Life Into Your Backyard

You don’t need to have acres of land or a perfectly cultivated garden to make the most out of your outdoor space this season. In fact, sometimes all your backyard really needs is one little perfectly placed addition.

To find your holy grail of outdoor accessories, we turned to Instagram (as we always do) to see what the internet hive mind is loving right now. What we found are some pretty rad design trends that, frankly, we want to implement immediately.

Luckily for you—and us—we’ve curated most popular outdoor designs of the week, along with products you can buy to steal the look. Ready to breathe some new life into your backyard? Keep reading.

Things We All Secretly Hoard—and How To Purge Them

We all have junk drawers. And we all have various junk floating around closets and garages we know we need to get rid of.

And on top of those piles of junk, many of us also have certain items we straight up keep—and add to—without even thinking about it. But sometimes this habit can ultimately lead to an unfortunate (mild to moderate) case of hoarding.

Do you have this problem? I certainly do. And some of the odd things I can’t seem to throw away are shared by others—and listed below. Read on to find out some weird things people hoard and how to purge them if you do the same.

Downsize Your Bathroom Junk

Decluttering is one of those things that’s easier said than done, especially when it comes to all the junk that accumulates in your bathroom. Of course, the goal is to achieve an organized, Marie Kondo–approved space. But when it comes time to get rid of our stuff and make it happen—well, you know how that goes.

If you’re having trouble getting motivated, you’ve come to the right place. In our latest installment of “Decluttering for Dummies,” we focus on tidying up the bathroom, from the medicine cabinet to the makeup drawers.

That countertop overflowing with half-used lotion bottles, 3-year-old shaving cream, and random cotton balls has been staring you in the face for far too long, but your piles of stuff are no match for our tips from professional organizers.

Ready to downsize your bathroom items to just the essentials? Here are five strategies to help you get organized now.

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