Gift Wrapping 101: How to Wrap a Box with Invisible Seams

I might have mentioned this once or several dozen times over the past few weeks of working our holiday pop-up, but I used to gift wrap as my job. I started out at a fancy menswear store, eventually graduating to an art gallery/home furnishings store—both of which were excruciatingly fun experiences. (Please hold autograph requests […]

The Best Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses Is Also the Simplest

Once, a very long time ago, I bought lens wipes. The smallest available size for order was a two-pack, containing hundreds and hundreds of individually wrapped wipes. For months after they arrived, I’d diligently restock my glasses cases, pocketbook, and gym bag every couple of days. For a time, they were my superpower. My glasses […]

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs Every Time, According to Waaayyy Too Many Tests

Humans have been boiling eggs for a very long time. By some accounts, it all began with egg roasting about a million years ago. This likely evolved into egg boiling around 5000 B.C., thanks to the invention of pottery. And more recently than that, boiled eggs are thought to have cropped up in Ancient Rome, […]

A Stain-Removing Trick So Clever, You’ll Never Forget It

Summer is the season of enjoying with abandon: sun-warm raspberries, eaten by the handful; popsicles from an ice cream truck, dripping down your arm. But that also makes it prime time for stains. Like, blueberry pie remnants on a tablecloth, or red wine dribbled on your white tee shirt. And, of course, there’s the risk […]

This Laundry Staple Is the Key to Cleaning a Burnt Pan

Have you ever burnt something on the stove so thoroughly that it more or less fused with the pan you were cooking in? I have—more than once. In fact, I once spent an entire year of my early 20s cleaning the charred remains of homemade chicken soup from the bottom of my roommate’s soup pot. […]