The 35 'Good Housekeeping' Stories You Couldn't Stop Reading This Year

Heather Finn
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From Good Housekeeping

Here at Good Housekeeping, nothing excites us more than sharing stories that our readers love, whether that's a roundup of super-smart organizing tips or an eye-opening essay about the gender reveal party trend.

As we all take a moment to look back fondly at everything we've done and created this year, we're sharing a list of all the Good Housekeeping stories our readers loved most. Read on for the 35 home, entertainment, feature, beauty, health, family, and food pieces you clicked (and clicked, and clicked) on in 2019.

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1. 30 Gorgeous Indoor Plants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill

Green thumb or not, you were interested in filling your home with greenery this year, so we rounded up a list of the houseplants that can handle a little bit of neglect.

2. What Is the KonMari Method? Here's How to Declutter the Marie Kondo Way

We can't say we're surprised this introduction to the KonMari Method was one of your favorite home stories that we published this year — 2019 was the year of Marie Kondo!

3. 100 Best Organizing Tips for the Tidiest Home Ever

In between binge-watching episodes of Marie's Netflix show, Tidying Up, you perused our list of tips and tricks for turning your entire home into organization #goals.

4. The Ultimate Cleaning Schedule for Your Day, Week, Month, and Year

When you wondered exactly how often you had to clean everything in your home, we answered with this handy dandy checklist.

5. 13 Teeny, Tiny Homes You Can Actually Buy on Amazon

You really could buy everything on Amazon in 2019 ... including an entire tiny house. You perused your options in our 13-home roundup, which was a especially big hit with our Facebook followers.

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1. Why America’s Got Talent Winner Kodi Lee Will NOT Receive $1 Million

Say what?! This year, you were just as surprised as we were to find out that AGT champions' $1 million prize is much more complicated than it seems.

2. 40 Mandela Effect Examples That Will Blow Your Mind

If you weren't one of the many people who read this brain-boggling story this year, you're missing out. Prepare to start questioning everything you thought you knew.

3. Get All The Masked Singer Spoilers You Could Ever Want

Celebrity competition show The Masked Singer took the U.S. by storm when it premiered on FOX in January. Be sure to check back with our hit spoilers story once season 3 premieres in February 2020!

4. When They See Us Reveals the Heartbreaking Truth About Korey Wise

Ava Duvernay's award-winning Netflix series about the so-called Central Park Five was undoubtedly one of the most important TV projects to come out of 2019. Learn more about it in our story about Korey Wise.

5. All the Details on Hoda Kotb's Engagement Ring, According to a Jewelry Expert

Beloved Today anchor Hoda Kotb got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, in November, and you wanted to know everything about the ring.

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1. My Teenage Son Brutally Murdered My Baby Girl

Charity Lee wrote this heart-wrenching essay for us back in 2017, but you revisited it this year when her family's story came back into the limelight.

2. We All Need to Stop With the Gender Reveal Parties

Years after pink-and-blue-themed gender reveal parties became a major pre-birth trend, some parents — including this essay's author — started regretting ever throwing one at all. They spoke up, and you listened.

3. Shoes Are Banned in My House — But I Do Have One Very Important Exception

If nothing else, we learned in 2019 that our readers have some serious feelings about when it is (and isn't!) appropriate to wear shoes in someone else's house.

4. I Happily Changed My Last Name After I Got Married, but I Didn't Realize What I'd Lose

Many of you resonated with this piece penned for us by Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jackie Goldschneider, who sometimes regrets taking her husband's last name.

5. Some Kids Are Making Millions as YouTube Stars, but Is the Fame Worth It?

Three parents of underage YouTubers got real with us about the highs and lows their families have experienced as their kids have become "internet famous."

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1. 13 Simple Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

While some of you rocked bangs and shorter cuts in 2019, many of you wanted to know exactly what you could do to get even longer locks. Of course, we had you covered.

2. The Real Reason Why You'll Never See Dolly Parton Without Makeup

When we found out why Dolly has never been spotted without her signature look, we just had to share — and you loved her even more for it.

3. 5 Things to Know Before You Transition Your Dyed Hair to Natural Gray

For many of you, 2019 was all about embracing your natural beauty, gray hair and all. (P.S. We bet you're rocking it!)

4. The Best Jeans for Women, According to Body Type

Finding the perfect pair of jeans can be annoyingly difficult. That's why we found the best pairs for every body type — and why you read our roundup over and over again.

5. The Five-Star Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer Is a Total Game Changer

Seriously, our readers could not. stop. buying. Revlon's genius hair dryer and volumizer this year. If you don't have one yet, check out our product and reviews editor's convincing argument for why you should.

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1. This Is Us Star Chrissy Metz’s Weight-Loss Journey in Her Own Words

Chrissy Metz's outlook on weight-loss and body image continued to inspire you in 2019, as her hit NBC show, This Is Us (one of your favorites!), kicked off its fourth season.

2. What Is Noom? A Nutritionist Explains How the App Can Help You Lose Weight

Weight loss app Noom became even more popular in 2019 after first nabbing your attention the year before. Here, we took a closer look at how the whole thing works.

3. This Is Exactly What Jennifer Lopez's Daily Diet Looks Like

You couldn't stop talking about J. Lo this year, whether you had her engagement to Alex Rodriguez, her hit movie Hustlers, or her incredible body (at age 50!) on the brain.

4. Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science

You probably saw countless bloggers trying celery juice this year, but you (smartly) turned to our nutrition director to get the details on the real benefits of the trendy trick.

5. Does CBD Oil Work for Anxiety? I Tried It to Find Out

CBD (a.k.a. cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis that's said to provide the "chill" factor of marijuana without making you feel high) was all the rage this year — so we decided to give it a try.

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1. The Most Popular Baby Names of 2019 so Far

Calling all Emmas and Liams! Were you surprised when you saw your names at the top of our list this year?

2. 50+ Illegal Baby Names That Have Been Banned Around the World

If you weren't reading about 2019's most popular baby names, you were checking out this wild roundup of monikers that have made different countries' "Absolutely Not" lists.

3. My Four Boys Are Grown, so I'm off to Meet Who I Am Without Them

So many of our readers related to Jen, the writer who penned this essay for us about the ways she's coping with becoming an "empty nester."

4. Parents, the Momo Challenge Isn't the Video You Need to Be Worrying About on YouTube

The "Momo challenge" certainly threw parents for a loop earlier this year. But during our investigation into the creepy viral video, we found some far more alarming content on YouTube.

5. The 40 Most Valuable Toys From Your Childhood

If you were one of the many people who read through through our valuable toys roundup in 2019, we wouldn't blame you for wanting to sell your American Girl Molly doll.

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1. 54 Vegan Recipes so Good, You’ll Forget About Meat and Cheese

As more people made the choice to follow a plant-based diet this year, you turned to us to serve up delicious vegan meal ideas that everyone 'round your dinner table would love.

2. The Best Instant Pot Models of 2019, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts

If you didn't have an Instant Pot yet, this was the year you got one — and thankfully, our kitchen appliance experts were there to help you pick out the right one for you.

3. 32 Family-Style Dinners That Will Please Any Crowd

Considering how many of you perused this list of our favorite family-style dinner ideas this year, we're guessing you made quality time with friends and family a big priority in 2019.

4. The New Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Are Here — but Should You Care?

Our health-conscious readers are interested in the EWG's "Dirty Dozen" produce list every year. In 2019, we had our registered dietitian weigh in on how much the report should really concern you.

5. A Beginner's Guide on How to Meal Prep Like a Pro

As all you busy bees worked toward your goals this year, we cheered you on by offering you our best tips for saving money and time with a meal-prepping routine.

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