cleaning & organizing: bring order to your home

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    Why your house doesn't smell —to you

    Your brain can effectively 'turn off' the scent.

  • Act fast

    How to get your home organized fast

    Make dreaded tasks more manageable with decluttering pro Lorie Marrero's advice.

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    5 biggest mistakes you make when you dust

    It may feel like a losing battle, but there are a few tricks to keep that dust from coming back so quickly.

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    10 organizing 'tricks' that are actually huge mistakes

    Having "a place for everything and everything in its place" doesn't necessarily mean you're organized -- it just means you have enough space to become a borderline hoarder. Before you crown yourself queen of organization, make sure you're not making these blunders.

  • Natural bug repellants

    Stay bug-free this summer with these 9 natural solutions

    Keep bugs away from your next summer soiree with the help of natural bug repellents.

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    The laundry care tech that will change your routine

    Thanks to the latest laundry-care equipment and technology, a less-than-thrilling chore just got easier.

  • dirt

    The 10 dirtiest spots in your home kitchen

    Disease-causing bacteria are lurking in your home.

  • Closet space with laundry included

    11 beautiful clutter-busting closets

    It's often those details that are invisible to all but the most acute observers that make an interior exceptional. This is particularly true in the bedroom, where one of this space's key features typically lies behind closed doors—closet doors, to be specific. A well-planned, impeccably finished closet is the trick to keeping the bedroom serene and clutter-free. With a little thought and a modicum of effort, the bedroom closet can become an orderly, luxurious sanctuary. While it helps to have a closet with plenty of space, how you use that space is more important. Organization is crucial, but so are design details that make the closet both easy to use and easy on the eyes. With care and consideration, even modestly sized closets can become positively dreamy. Click through our online gallery of meticulously designed closets to be transported to sheer storage bliss.

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    20 cleaning hacks that will blow your mind

    We know you're busy, which makes keeping the house spotless a bit overwhelming. Instead of spending hours and hours scrubbing, here are smart cleaning hacks that will save you precious time.

  • Combatting mosquitos naturally

    10 natural ways to combat summer mosquitoes

    There's nothing more annoying than having your summertime fun ruined by the buzzing and biting of the season's peskiest foes—mosquitoes. Before they breed, congregate, bite, and drive you indoors, consider some natural ways to keep them at bay. Start by eliminating standing water wherever you discover it—from gutter spouts to birdbaths—and consider herbs like rosemary and thyme that are known for their insect-repellant scents. What about installing a bat house? We've included that and more in our 10 natural ways to keep you bug-free this summer

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    Stylish ways to organize the chaos

    Busy lives call for easy tricks to organizing the craziness around us. To help make your life a little bit easier, we found 10 stylish ways to keep your home neat and tidy.

  • Designer Ellen Niven with her sons Wyck and Stuart Deery and their lab, Georgia, in their Locust Valley, New York, living room. Tour her French-inspired house. Photographed by Simon Watson // Designer Ellen Niven with her sons Wyck and Stuart Deery and their lab, Georgia, in their Locust Valley, New York, living room. Tour her French-inspired house. Photographed by Simon Watson (Designer Ellen Niven with her sons Wyck and Stuart Deery and their lab, Georgia, in their Locust Valley, New York, living room. Tour her French-inspired house. Photographed by Simon Watson)

    5 things you need to do when your kids start moving out

    Designers share their best advice for claiming space when the kids start getting older and moving out.

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