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Babyproofing Basics

There are many resources for babyproofing your home, and this list is by no means exhaustive. But these babyproofing basics can help you get started, or provide a great punch list for a Tasker who can do it all for you. When is the right time to get started with babyproofing your home?  Anytime between finding out that you’re pregnant and when the baby starts sitting up on their own and can pull themselves up on furniture–but definitely by the time they are crawling. Once they’re mobile, you will feel more comfortable knowing you’ve taken precautions to keep them safe.  Babyproofing basics: Living spaces Secure furniture Mount/secure to the wall all furniture that your baby may attempt to pull up on or climb, including but not limited to: Bookshelves Dressers Entertainment centers TVs  You may want to temporarily store away or donate items that can be easily knocked over or that the baby may be tempted to use as a walker, such as: Tall lamps Bar stools Freestanding coat rack Bar cart Any exposed musical …

How to make a room do double duty: tips for making a room multifunctional 

For a lot of us, the best kind of home decor is the kind that is both functional and fabulous. From a home office that doubles as a playroom to a living room that doubles as a bedroom, there is no reason a room can’t meet two of your needs, instead of just one. Whether you have a spare room or a small apartment, these tips will help you create a room that works for you and is capable of doing double duty. 1. Combine ideas that work best together in your space When thinking through which types of ideas you want to merge together consider the space you are working with and whether or not the ideas are compatible. A bedroom/kitchen? Probably not the best idea, unless you want your sheets smelling like your dinner. Some classic examples of ideas that work together include: bedroom/living room dining room/home office guest bedroom/playroom bedroom/gym The goal is to combine ideas that function well together in terms of aesthetics, space, and functionality. 2. Prioritize the main function …

Mounting Tips & Tricks: Getting Started

If you go by the artfully hung gallery walls, shelves, art, and TVs you see on Instagram, everyone seems to be blessed with impeccable mounting skills. But for most of us, securely hanging and aligning everything just right involves a never-ending series of desperate maneuvering. That’s why mounting is one of the most popular tasks on TaskRabbit. We asked elite Taskers Isaac S. and Nick C. to share their top mounting tips and tricks. In part 1, Isaac and Nick cover what you should have in your toolbox, how to determine your wall type, the basic structure of a wall, and what to tell your Tasker to make your mounting task a breeze. Here’s what you need in your toolbox: Safety first! Eye protection and a face mask rated N95 or higher, as these have a strong filter to help protect from dust that can come from drywall drilling. Ear protection (if drilling through concrete). A stud finder — a more reliable tool thank the knuckles-on-wall method. Drill and bits. Different wall types will require different drills and bits, which …