8 Lifehacks for Your New Home

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Congrats! You finally have a place to call your own -- and that means all of the organization, repairs, and cleaning are yours now, too. But don’t sweat it. With just a few lifehacks, your new house can feel like home in no time.

1. Make Freshly Painted Rooms Smell Delicious

Believe it or not, adding a tablespoon of vanilla extract will give a gallon of paint a bake sale-like aroma. The color won’t be affected, but your finished room will smell like cookies instead of chemicals.

2. Store Paint in Baby Food Jars

Speaking of paint, rather than saving a trickle in a giant gallon bucket that will likely sit in your basement for the next 14 years, fill a small jar (baby food containers work great) with just enough paint for touch-ups. Don’t forget to label it with the name of the color and where you bought it.

3. Fix your Dented Carpets

If the previous owner’s furniture left dents in the carpets from years of staying in one place, that problem is fixable. Instead of replacing the rugs, try the ice cube trick: just place a cube in the dented areas, then wait 12 hours. Blot the area to remove any lingering moisture, then fluff the fabric up with a fork. The simple trick should return the rug to its original form.

4. Save a Stripped Screw with a Rubber Band

Whether you’re hanging a shelf or assembling furniture for your new space, a stripped screw can halt your progress in a hurry. Place a rubber band over the top of the shredded screw - the rubber will help you grip the gaps enough to remove the screw and restart with a fresh one.

5. Use Sticky Notes to Catch Dust

Before you drill into your drywall, crease the bottom half of a sticky note and bend it upward. Place the adhesive side on the wall just under where you’re going to drill. When the dust from the drywall falls, the bent sticky note will catch it and save you from having to sweep later.

6. Fix Scratched Wood with a Walnut

Hardwood floors often get scratched during a move. But for a quick fix, look no further than the baking aisle at your local grocery store. Rubbing the “meat” of a walnut (the edible nut, not the shell) into the damaged spots will disguise the scratches. It helps to rub the affected area with a finger prior to applying the walnut - a warm surface will absorb the nut’s oils better.

7. Don’t Forget the Pecans

If a walnut is too dark for the stain you need, don’t worry: there are some other solutions in your tin of mixed nuts. The humble pecan, for instance, does a masterful job on lighter colored woods, taking on the task a walnut can’t.

8. Remove Oil Stains with Cola

If your driveway or garage is pock-marked with unsightly oil stains, there’s an easy solution: pour some soda on it. Specifically, you’ll want to douse each stain in a couple of cans of lukewarm cola and then let the liquid soak in overnight. The next day, just use an old towel to soak up any of the lingering beverage, and then hose the area down with water to marvel at your spotless driveway.

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado