cleaning & organizing: bring order to your home

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    Clean your house while drinking a glass of wine

    Who has the time to deep clean on a daily basis? Between your job and being a good partner, those 24 hours in a day are precious. We’re here to help! Here are eight easy tricks to cleaning up in the time it takes to polish off a glass of wine.

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    Thanks, 'Downton': Now everyone wants a butler

    Whole class of nouveau riche suddenly need help getting dressed.

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    Cleaning company pulls sexist ad

    San Francisco-based cleaning startup Homejoy has pulled its advertising campaign from social media.

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    Whole house storage solutions: Easy ideas for every room

    Here are 11 ways you can free up more usable space in your home, from the attic all the way down to the basement.

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    20 clever DIY ideas to organize your home

    A wise man once said, "Buy land. They aren't making any more of the stuff." You can launder, scrub and polish every inch of your home in the name of spring-cleaning--but no amount of washing (or wishing) is going to make your walls magically expand. The trick to making the most of your space is to get organized. These easy DIY organizing ideas will help you regain control of every room. Here are 20 tricks to creating--or recreating--a dwelling that's neat, zen and revitalized.

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    20 things to get rid of now

    It's that time of year again to purge your home of junk. To help you get started, here are 20 things to get rid of now.

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    14 ways to get more counter space

    Counter space. No matter how big the kitchen, you hardly ever hear anyone complaining that there's too much of it. Especially in a compact kitchen, clear counters are a precious commodity worth fighting for. Luckily, there are lots of smart storage ideas that can help you reclaim lost counter space. Here are 14 great solutions that are just begging to be a part of your kitchen expansion. By Tracy Anderson

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    The complete guide to every homemade stain remover you didn't know you had

    Between young kids, pets in need of housebreaking, and our own klutziness, rarely does a day go by when we don't find ourselves fighting to keep our whites white and our tablecloths unscathed. Luckily, some of the strongest and most reliable household cleaners are the kitchen and bath products we use everyday, albeit for somewhat different purposes. When it comes to efficient spill removal, the key is to act fast, which is why it's a good thing these homemade stain remover tricks are always at our fingertips. Here's your complete guide to every homemade stain remover that's been sitting in your cabinet all along. You can thank us later.

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    10 simple life hacks to get your garage organized

    When we were young and our parents told us to clean our rooms, a majority of the clutter wound up hidden under our beds. Cut to 20 years later and we’re stuffing our garages full of odds and ends. Out of sight, out of mind. Click through the slideshow for 10 handy life hacks to get your garage in tiptop storage shape. Once you’ve gotten your tools, kids’ toys, and outdoor gear in line, there may even be room for a motor vehicle.

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    The dirty dozen: 12 places we bet you never clean

    So, you think your house is clean? Well … you might have to think again! If you're like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unlikely places where dirt, dust, and germs may be lurking. Even if your home has its share of "dirty little secrets," you're not alone: A 2012 survey sponsored by Kenmore found that nearly half of Americans -- 49 percent -- say they cut corners when vacuuming by skipping areas underneath or behind furniture, and clean only when they see visible dirt on the floor. Because identifying the problem is the first step toward a cure, here are some commonly overlooked areas of the home that should be added to your housekeeping regimen -- and some tips on how to maximize your cleaning efforts.

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    Organizing tips for every room in your house

    A stylish solution for every busy spot in your house.

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    15 colorful organizing finds under $20

    Tidy up and add some flair with one (or several!) of these $20-and-under finds for your home.

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