cleaning & organizing: bring order to your home

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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 16 great solutions that are just begging to be a part of your kitchen expansion. By Tracy Anderson

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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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    20 things to get rid of now

    Spring is here, which means it's time to purge your home of junk. To help you get started, here are 20 things to get rid of now.

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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.

  • 15 remarkably easy ways to create a dust-free home

    15 remarkably easy ways to create a dust-free home

    No matter how clean your home may be, it's probably still a little dusty. Dust is a pervasive problem that everyone has to deal with every day. It's more than an annoyance, however. For individuals who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems, dust can compromise their health and their quality of life. Dust is composed of many elements, including tiny particles of dirt, pollen, mold spores, dead skin cells, hair, and fabric fibers, as well as airborne pollutants such as wood ash, chemicals, and vehicle exhaust. Minimizing the amount of dust in your home can make a huge difference in air quality and help prolong the life of furniture, appliances, and household electronics. Keeping your home as dust-free as possible requires vigilance and consistency, including establishing a regular weekly cleaning routine. Here are some simple suggestions on how to cut down on the amount of dust in your home.

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    3 quick lawn makeovers

    Far too often, grass gets the short end of the stick. We trample on it, force-feed it fertilizer, and cut the poor stuff within an inch of its life — all while doting on our roses and tomatoes. But focus your attention on sod for a second, and its design potential will sink in.

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    You should clean your mattress, too

    A clean bed means more than washing your sheets and pillowcases.

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    Could this new blowdryer for your body replace bath towels?

    A new high-speed dryer for your body could mean you never need to towel off after the shower again.

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    What to keep & what to toss as we dive into spring cleaning

    This polar vortex of a winter is finally starting to thaw out, which means only one thing: Spring cleaning is upon us. As we get ready to deep clean our homes and reorganize our garages, it's time to consider your wardrobe. Your closet--probably overflowing with clothes you no longer wear--needs to be cleaned out. Clearing our your wardrobe can be a daunting task, usually causing anxiety about what to keep and what to toss. When it comes time to editing your wardrobe, it can be difficult to part with particular pieces. If you haven't worn an item in a number of months or it doesn't fit, a good solution to tossing is to consign items. Who doesn't love the idea of putting a little cash back in your wallet while making room for fabulous new pieces? Check out these 11 tips that will help alleviate the stress of spring cleaning and make room for those fresh pieces your wardrobe desperately needs. It's time to shake off those winter coats and shimmy into some spring dresses. By Corri McFadden

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    Kitchen gadgets that save time and space

    The kitchen is often the heart of the home, but for small-homeowners and apartment dwellers, it can also become the bane of your existence when space is at a premium. To maximize every inch of precious countertop, check out these 12 essential items that will make your life in the kitchen less cluttered.

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