With just a few simple tips and the proper products, you can solve common household problems without calling in backup.
Keep Rugs and Runners in Place
Problem: "My rugs and runners won't stay in place, but those nonslip rubber pads aren't cheap."
Fix it: Carpets that aren't pinned in position by large furniture are bound to shift when people walk on them, but pricey rug pads aren't the only way to secure them. If you don't care what the bottom of your rug looks like (and why should you?), apply lines of latex caulk to it every 4 to 6 inches. Let dry, then flip for instant traction. Or affix strips of double-sided tape, like Duck brand Hold-It for rugs ($12 for a 25-foot roll; amazon.com) along the bottom of the rug an inch in from the edge. If you change your mind and move the rug later, the tape is easily removable, and it won't leave sticky residue on either the floor or rug.