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When Simplifying, Which Papers to Keep and Which to Toss?

March 28th, 2021

Downsizing to a smaller home often makes it necessary to rethink your paper stash — especially when you are shifting from a large home office to a workspace the size of a cubbyhole. Sorting paper can be time consuming, so it can help to have some guidelines as you declutter. Here are some tips for dealing with nine specific categories of paper, as well as ground rules on what you should keep ...

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

March 24th, 2021

With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. With the threat of winter storms past, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer. We spoke with an expert to get some tips on what to watch for this season, from proper irrigation to mosquitoes and termites (oh my ...

10 Decluttering Projects You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

March 19th, 2021

Facing a cluttered space can feel disheartening — who has the time (or frankly, the desire) to spend all day clearing clutter? But the thing is, making progress toward a clean, clutter-free space doesn’t have to be something you devote an entire day to. Instead, by carving out bite-size chunks of time to work on clearly defined tasks, you can get the serene space you deserve in a way that als ...

How to Get Started Adding a Porch

March 14th, 2021

Nothing creates a welcoming entry to a home quite like a porch. Even the smallest porch creates a gracious transition between the outdoors and indoor living spaces. A somewhat larger porch can provide a spot to pull up a chair or two and grow a container garden. Go big, and your porch can become an outdoor living room filled with comfy seating, a spot for outdoor dining and maybe even a swing ...

12 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

March 12th, 2021

A kitchen of any size can feel roomy if you know a few tricks. Sticking to white cabinets and walls is a good start, but there are many other ways to create extra room in your kitchen, or create the illusion of a bigger space than you have, all without sacrificing a sense of personality. Here are 12 of my favorite ways to balance storage, style and long sightlines to get a functional layout w ...

7 Things That Stand in the Way of Having an Organized Home

March 9th, 2021

If you watched the popular Netflix series following Marie Kondo as she guides clients through decluttering and organizing their homes, you probably already have a good idea of the benefits of paring back your belongings. What you may not realize is that the KonMari method is just one approach. In my work as a professional home organizer, I’ve found that some people need more assistance with t ...

How to Decorate a Coffee Table

March 5th, 2021

A coffee table is many things: a place to set your drink, a footrest, somewhere to stash the remote and — of course — a beautiful decorative addition to your living room. Or, at least, it has the potential to be all of these things. Your coffee table can also become a cluttered mess if you aren’t careful, or a drab disappointment if you’re scared to get a little creative. To help you achieve ...

The Quick and Easy Way to Clean a Microwave

February 15th, 2021

Whether popping popcorn, reheating pizza slices, softening butter or melting chocolate, your microwave does heavy-duty work day in and day out. And that also means heavy-duty grime and food odors. Over time, all that exploded food mess can make your microwave less efficient. The good news is that we have a fast and easy way to get your microwave back to just-out-of-the-box clean, or almost th ...

10 Ways to Design a Kitchen for Aging in Place

February 12th, 2021

Maybe you’ve found the house you want to grow old in. Perhaps you foresee your elderly parents moving in with you one day. Or maybe you require wheelchair accessibility. When you’re designing a kitchen with these needs in mind, the following 10 tips will help make it safer and easier to navigate.

1. Install a Pullout Pantry

Because it lets you see everything at a glance without having to sh ...

4 Ways to Bring Smarter, Healthier Lighting to Your Home

February 10th, 2021

Lighting affects our health and wellness and, when used well, can improve mood and mindset and even boost productivity. With more of us working from home, upgrading your lighting may be on your home improvement wish list. If so, you may want to consider some of today’s healthier and smarter lighting strategies. Here are four worth a look.

1. Daylighting

Daylighting means using natural sunli ...

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