Here at The Spruce, our mission is to help our readers make their best homes and, in turn, live their best lives. Sometimes that means covering the latest home trends or giving you a step-by-step tutorial on how to master a cooking technique. Other times, we prefer to leave our readers with helpful little nuggets of information that they can immediately use in their day-to-day. We believe that sometimes, just one thing can help make a big difference in our lives at home—and that’s why we’re launching "One Thing."
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Each week, we’ll share one thing we think our readers need to know about how to make their homes even better. Watch as our editors tackle everyday annoyances, bust popular myths, and share cooking secrets. We’re offering the answers you crave, one thing at a time.
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Why is it that the ugliest stickers are the hardest to remove?! Luckily, Melanie knows a relatively mess-free method of removing stubborn stickers from all types of surfaces and the key is a common household item pretty much everyone owns.
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There are two types of people: those who plan their Halloween costumes months in advance and those who have no idea what to do when that holiday rolls around. For those in the latter category, we've got you covered. Watch as Sami Allen transforms basic wardrobe staples into one-of-a-kind costumes using just a hot glue gun and a little ingenuity.Continue to 5 of 33 below.
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What’s scarier than ghosts, witches, or werewolves? Making a healthy snack that everyone actually enjoys. While we’ll never say “no” to a few handfuls of candy, between trick-or-treating and Halloween parties, kiddos can quickly hit sugar overload. Watch as Melanie creates several delicious and nutritious spooky snacks, perfect for fueling your hungry horde.
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The hoodie is a wardrobe must-have for all. Let Melanie teach you (and Dotdash CEO, Neil Vogel) the most genius, space-saving method of folding your favorite hoodie so you can lend this garment the respect it surely deserves.
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Your fingers deserve to stay intact! Spare your digits the indignity of being smashed by a hammer during your next home improvement project with these helpful tricks Sami has mastered.
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Condiments! Without a doubt awesome for eating. But do they have a secret, secondary purpose? Watch as Melanie tests whether mayo, ketchup, and vinegar can double successfully as cleaning agents.Continue to 9 of 33 below.
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Sure, pumpkins and squash taste great in your favorite fall dishes, but they can be used for more things than just your culinary adventures. For a truly unique tablescape, watch as Mélanie reveals the trick to turning gourds into festive fall vases. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces will be the talk of your Thanksgiving dinner.
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If you’re anything like us, your spare fitted sheets are most likely balled up and shoved in the back of your linen closet. The combination of elastic band and rounded corners makes folding these bedding staples much too difficult. Don’t sweat it—Mélanie will show you how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet once and for all.
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Run out of bows? Forgot to buy extra ribbon? Don’t fret! It’s much easier than you think to craft your own unique gift toppers. Follow along as Mélanie teaches you how to personalize your gift and make it look anything but basic.
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Sprucing up your Christmas tree doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. Our favorite holiday tradition? DIYing your own ornaments. Grab your paint brushes and work alongside Melissa as she walks you through a simple painted ornament craft.Continue to 13 of 33 below.
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Take your tablescape to a whole new level this holiday season with some fancy napkin folding. Mélanie will show you how to easily master everything from a simple pocket fold to a Christmas tree so you can add a festive touch to your guest’s place settings.
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When it’s time for a toast, pouring the bubbly is easy, but getting the bottle open? Not so much. No one wants sticky floors, shattered glass, or cork-induced injuries. Have no fear, Sami will break down the easiest way to open a champagne bottle—to keep you safe from flying corks.
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We all have those nearly empty candle jars scattered around our homes. The candles can no longer be lit, but tossing the empty vessel seems like a waste. So what can you do? With this simple trick, Melissa will show you how to easily remove leftover wax and repurpose your jars.
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These spinning trays aren’t just great for taco night; lazy Susans have quite a few other useful purposes in the home. Sami’s here to help you step up your organization game as she demonstrates a variety of ways to use a lazy Susan—from organizing makeup to making a tabletop bar cart.Continue to 17 of 33 below.
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If you’ve ever moved furniture off a rug, you’re probably familiar with the unsightly dents that get left behind. Don't fret! There’s a simple way to eliminate these tiny carpet craters. Watch Sami explain exactly how.
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Trying to figure out how to make that stunning bouquet last longer? Sami tested a variety of methods —everything from Viagra to Vodka—to see which one will keep your blooms at their brightest. You may be surprised to see which concoction works best.
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Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to pry open your jar of pasta sauce before dinner or loosening the too-tight pickle and pearl onion containers you need to open for game night. No need to call on your family members for help. Watch Mélanie show you how to open the toughest jars easily.
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Ready to make the fastest pickles on the planet? Jess is. Watch her smash her way to crisp, mouth-puckering glory with a pile of kirby cucumbers and her trusty cast-iron skillet. Find out why this brutality helps the brine penetrate and create crunchy pickles in record speed.Continue to 21 of 33 below.
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What’s the best way to cook the perfect jammy egg, every single time? People constantly ask this question and Heather is genuinely psyched to show them how to do it. It’s preposterously easy, satisfyingly precise, and the eggs practically leap from their own shells.
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Grab a couple of handfuls of your favorite fun-size chocolate bars (we made individual fondues for Butterfinger, Milky Way, and Snickers), some bulk chocolate, a small slow-cooker or crockpot, and some heavy cream. That's all Jess needs to transform these fan favorites into a fancy dessert you can pair with anything you'd dip in traditional chocolate fondue.
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There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Fear and sometimes also butternut squash. Heather insists that it’s pretty easy, though, and proves it by demonstrating a straightforward way to peel, cut and dispatch a big fat butternut squash into neat little hunks without breaking a sweat.
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You may not know brown sugar milk by name (yet!), but you’ve probably seen it pop up in your Instagram feed. The Taiwanese bubble tea has become so popular, foodies have lined up for two hours just to get their hands on one. Well, you’re in luck because it’s incredibly easy to recreate at home and Patty will show you how.Continue to 25 of 33 below.
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Fact: You don’t actually need to measure water when cooking rice. We know a trick that’s been used for centuries—including in the childhood homes of food editors Patty and Jess. Add any kind of rice to a pot, and prepare to witness perfect, fluffy measurement magic.
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As General Manager and unofficial Folder-in-Chief, Melanie oversees all content initiatives and business strategies for The Spruce home, pets, and crafts sub-verticals. She has 15 years of experience creating, managing, and publishing lifestyle content across platforms. You can find her on the set of "One Thing" folding napkins, folding sheets, folding hoodies, and very occasionally folding nothing at all.
What is your motto?
Currently my motto is: "The quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life." — Esther Perel. In my 20s it was: "Everything in moderation, including moderation," which you can interpret as you wish. Learn more about Mélanie.
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Eric is the General Manager and Vice President of The Spruce Eats, where he oversees the brand from content and marketing strategy to product and technical development. An avid home cook and lover of all things food-related, Eric's goal is to make the very best recipe site on the internet. As "One Thing's" self-appointed taste tester, you'll usually find him eating all of the things both on and off camera.
What food or drink are you?
Tequila—I am really fun and liven up a party, but if I stick around too long you’ll probably get sick of me. Learn more about Eric.
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As Editorial Director, Allison oversees the team of editors who update, edit and publish content for The Spruce, The Spruce Crafts and The Spruce Pets. A proud Dog Mom and Crazy Plant Lady, she launched The Spruce to help people discover their own passions (no matter the niche) and make their homes a bit more beautiful. Allison works behind the scenes of "One Thing" to make sure the team is as eloquent, charming, and funny on camera as they are off.
What home decor trend are you loving right now?
The angsty teen that resides in my heart is very happy to see that black is making a splash in the design world. Matte black fixtures, black cabinets and yes, mom, it's okay to paint your bedroom black! Learn more about Allison.Continue to 29 of 33 below.
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In her role as Editorial Director of The Spruce Eats, Heather leads our food editors, recipe developers, and writers in creating recipes, photos, and videos that help people cook, learn about, and celebrate food. She is a trained cook and embraces her identity as a food nerd, has a special love of using kitchen tools for things they were not meant to do, debunking myths, and demystifying ingredients.
What food or drink are you?
Probably an unwieldy cheeseburger. Someday, I will become a strong cup of coffee. Learn more about Heather.
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Sami is the Lifestyle Editor for The Spruce and The Spruce Pets, editing and covering topic areas like pets, gardening, and home renovation. As a seasoned editor and lifestyle writer, she has seen her fair share of home hacks and tricks that don't actually work. You'll find her on "One Thing" debunking those oh-so-popular viral videos and sharing her favorite ways to save time and money at home for real.
What is your favorite thing you own and why?
My ridiculous library of cookbooks. They sit on top of my white cabinets among vases and other decorative items I've picked over the years. I once loaned a favorite cookbook to a friend of a friend and they never returned it, so it's safe to say the rest are never leaving my home. Learn more about Sami.
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Patty is an Editor for The Spruce Eats, where she oversees a team of recipe developers and food writers in creating mouthwatering dishes and helpful cooking guides. She's a pint-sized foodie with a big appetite and often the first to notice a trend or to try the new restaurant everyone's talking about. On the set of "One Thing," you'll find Patty making easy delicious recipes and sharing essential cooking tricks—while Instagramming it all.
What food trend would you like to forget?
Unicorn everything, because rainbow isn't a flavor! Learn more about Patty.
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Jess is an Editor for The Spruce Eats, where she manages a team of recipe writers. She's a seasoned content strategist with experience in social media management, branded content, and also hosts a weekly series on The Spruce Eats Instagram. Fearless (she once butchered and pit-barbecued wild boar in a Taiwanese jungle), fun, and eager to help, Jess is looking forward to sharing her favorite recipes and tricks with "One Thing" viewers.
Which food or drink are you?
A bowl of rice and dal with a huge dollop of whole milk yogurt, chopped cilantro, mango pickle, and squirt of lime juice, accompanied by a big glass of iced NYC tap water. I call it the "full reset." Learn more about Jess.Continue to 33 of 33 below.
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Melissa is the Associate Lifestyle Editor for The Spruce, overseeing home decor, crafts, and celebrations content. Throughout her career she's covered a number of lifestyle topics from fashion to beauty to travel. She brings her innate sense of style to the "One Thing" set whether she's wielding a can of chalky finish paint or artfully arranging a collection of coffee table books.
What home decor trend is so yesterday?
This is going to be controversial, but farmhouse everything. I'm not here for it. This could partially be attributed to the fact I grew up in a tiny farm town and cringe at the thought of tractors and burlap sacks being "cute." (No shade to Joanna Gaines, though.) Learn more about Melissa.
We'll be adding new episodes every week, so check back soon for more "One Thing"!