Shifrah Combiths

With five children, Shifrah is learning a thing or two about how to keep a fairly organized and pretty clean house with a grateful heart in a way that leaves plenty of time for the people who matter most. Shifrah grew up in San Francisco, but has come to appreciate smaller town life in Tallahassee, Florida, which she now calls home. She's been writing professionally for twenty years and she loves lifestyle photography, memory keeping, gardening, reading, and going to the beach with her husband and children.
The Best Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls I’ve Ever Made Have One Special Ingredient
Even before they're out of the oven, your whole house smells like comfort. 
Nov 15, 2023
This $16 Find Is One of the Best Purchases I’ve Ever Made at IKEA — And That’s Saying Something
I totally underestimated how big of an impact this product would have on our family life.
Nov 8, 2023
3 Cleaning Products You Definitely Don’t Need (and What to Use Instead)
In other words, three less things to buy!
Oct 17, 2023
Before and After: A Messy Pantry Gets a Realistic Transformation Using Already Owned Containers
A real-life pantry is made over with real-life solutions.
Oct 7, 2023
Good Housekeeping’s Favorite Sink Cleaner Sounded Too Good To Be True — Then I Tried It
It somehow makes the stainless steel water-repellent. Yes, really.
Sep 8, 2023
How to Take an Alaskan Cruise Vacation with Your Kids (From Someone Who’s Done It!)
My best tips, insights, and things I wish I’d known for going on an Alaskan cruise with my kids.
Sep 8, 2023
This 4-Step Routine Is My Secret to Conquering After-School Chaos
We’re all spared from a nagging parent and a big cleanup later on.
Aug 23, 2023
This Two-Ingredient Snack Makes Me an After-School Superhero
Some days I put together quick snack platters with some fruit, but other days I whip up a special snack that gets me lots of cool mom points.
Aug 22, 2023
The 27 Best Decluttering Tips of All Time
Many of us need a little extra guidance to help decide what's worth keeping.
Aug 22, 2023
Don’t Throw Away Those Silica Gel Packets! Here Are 14 Smart Ways to Reuse Them
Those tiny little packs of dessicant that come in your new pack of shoes or your vitamins have many uses around your home.
Aug 14, 2023
The First Thing You Should Do with a New Bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide
It can be used to clean something you thought was un-clean-able!
Aug 9, 2023
Before and After: A $600 IKEA Solution Is the Star of This Garage Transformation
Once again, IKEA comes to the rescue and provides an efficient and good-looking storage solution.
Aug 8, 2023
I Tried 5 Methods for Cleaning Tile Grout — And the Winner Was Ridiculously Effective
Can the power of a Magic Eraser or a Tide Pen win our showdown? Let's find out!
Jul 28, 2023
54 Things Absolutely Nobody Should be Storing, Anywhere
Free yourself and let it go.
Jul 26, 2023
I Could Never Get My White Sheets Really Clean, Until I Tried This 2-Ingredient Combo
I found one sheet-whitening method that sounded way too easy to be true, but I tried it, and it worked!
Jul 21, 2023
Try This 2-Second Trick to Double the Storage Size of Your Plastic Baggie
This is one of those hacks you'll want to tuck away for the future.
Jul 21, 2023
I Tried Using Rinse Aid on My Shower Glass and Here’s What Happened
I mean, it should work to get the glass really clean, right?
Jul 20, 2023
Tips for Trips: 7 Ways to Make Family Packing Easy and Organized
Learn to love lists!
Jul 5, 2023
8 Sneaky Family Vacation Expenses You Might Forget About
Make sure you hit the ATM.
Jun 29, 2023
I Finally Found a Smart Way to Store Food Container Lids, and It’s Unexpectedly Perfect
If you get a thrill out of organizing tools doing double duty in different areas of the home, you’ll enjoy this.
Jun 22, 2023
The First Thing You Should Do When You Get Back from Vacation
So you don't get stuck in re-entry inertia.
Jun 9, 2023
I Put a Ball of Aluminum Foil in My Dishwasher — What Happened Next Was Amazing
You don't want to miss this easy tip!
May 23, 2023
This Ralph Lauren-Inspired NYC Boy’s Nursery Has Strong “Grandfather’s Study” Vibes
It even has an equestrian theme throughout!
May 23, 2023
Before and After: A $500 Pantry Redo Turns This Lackluster Space into a Beautiful Butler’s Pantry
"Five kids and two years of mostly being home made me realize that this space did nothing for me."
May 12, 2023
Before and After: This Cluttered Garage Is Practically Unrecognizable After a Major Organizing Overhaul
The power of getting everything off the floor.
May 9, 2023
This Sunscreen Applicator Is a Summertime Game-Changer
Is this finally the summer I won’t have to deal with messy, sandy sunscreen hands?
May 8, 2023
Before and After: A Pro Organizer Turned This Cluttered Garage into a Neat, Airy Space for $400
It had reached max capacity and needed order to be restored.
May 5, 2023
We Asked 7 Moms of Four or More Kids How They Stay on Top of Laundry
Interestingly, most of the advice was a variation on the same theme.
May 3, 2023
3 Games You’ll Actually Enjoy Playing with Your Young Kids
Because it’s your time, too.
Apr 28, 2023
This $16 Find Is One of the Best Purchases I’ve Ever Made at IKEA — And That’s Saying Something
I totally underestimated how big of an impact this product would have on our family life.
Apr 26, 2023
The Brilliant Trick That Makes a Basic Hanger Instantly More Functional
The fix is probably in your kid's craft box.
Apr 24, 2023
I Tried Rolling My Towels Instead of Folding Them, and I Did Not Expect the Results
Inspired by pictures I'd seen of rolled towels, I decided to give rolling a try. Here's how it went.
Apr 23, 2023
7 Easy Ways You Can Get Your Bathroom Even Cleaner
Work smarter, not harder.
Apr 20, 2023
My Mom’s Solution for Keeping Spiders Out of the House
Buh-bye, spiders.
Apr 18, 2023