Lucy Congress


Lucy Congress is a freelance writer with a passion for DIY, good design and general craftiness. She loves finding creative ways to achieve great style for less, especially when the end result is a more efficient and organized space.

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11 Renter-Friendly Ideas for a Reversible Remodel

Just because you rent doesn’t mean you should be left out of all the home decorating fun. This is where semi-permanent—and inventive—solutions come in. These 11 design options prove that ...

8 Sneaky Ways to Furnish Your Home for Less

Believe it or not, you can buy new furniture on a budget. Whether you're furnishing a new home, or upgrading an old one, a little extra work can be the difference between paying retail pr...

7 Ways to Declutter Without Throwing Anything Away

Many professional organizers will tell you the best way to declutter is to trash your unused, unloved, or broken belongings. This is sound advice, provided you actually own a bunch of rar...

9 Quick Fixes for a Faster Home Sale

So, you think you're ready to put your house on the market? Not so fast! First, find an experienced selling agent and start looking at other neighborhood properties with a "For Sale" sign...

JULY 28, 2016 | THURSDAY
9 Things You're Cleaning Way Too Often

Your goal: To keep a clean house. But it may surprise you to discover that there are certain items and spaces in your home that actually don’t require as much washing and scrubbing as you...

The Top 8 Ways to Hack Your Grill

‘Tis the season for BBQ. But if you’re going to spend weekend after weekend standing at the grill, you might as well apply a couple of time-saving (and flavor-enhancing!) tricks to improv...

JULY 12, 2016 | TUESDAY
Selling Your Home? 7 Things to Know Right Off the Bat

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? If so, you probably want the sale to go as quickly and smoothly as possible. Well then, get ready to put in some effort—and probably ...

JULY 1, 2016 | FRIDAY
9 Shortcuts to Picking a Paint Color

Choosing the perfect paint color for your living room, kitchen, or bedroom can take a ridiculous amount of time. What starts with a simple tour of the hardware store's paint chip display,...

MAY 17, 2016 | TUESDAY
11 Things Never to Buy Secondhand

Garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets are great resources for finding furniture, decor, and other housewares for a steal. But there are some used products that run the risk of bei...

MAY 11, 2016 | WEDNESDAY
7 Reasons Indoor Air Isn’t as Pure as You Think

Warmer temperatures invite us to throw up the blinds and open a window. But good weather isn't the only reason to let the fresh air in. Even the cleanest homes can have dirty indoor air; ...