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December 5, 2017

7 Ways to Maximize Storage in Your Small Kitchen

I love my small kitchen. It’s cozy, everything is within arm’s reach, and it’s easy to clean up. The one thing I do struggle with is finding places to store all my stuff. I never realized just how many kitchen tools and appliances I owned until I moved into a house with a small kitchen. If you too suffer from small kitchen syndrome, don’t fret. Here are 7 helpful kitchen storage tips that will make sure you get the most out of your kitchenette.

Go Cart it up

If you have a small kitchen, there’s a good chance you don’t have enough floor space for a kitchen island. However, most kitchens have enough room for a kitchen cart. Spare space at the end [...]

 
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October 31, 2017

3 Difficult De-Cluttering Decisions You’ll Appreciate Later

De-cluttering efforts usually begin with our own belongings, wardrobe, and paperwork. On the other hand, kids’ art projects, old photographs, and family heirlooms feel more like an emotional archive than clutter. Where are these items right now in your house? How long have they been collecting dust and turning your attic into an obstacle course of cardboard boxes? Unfortunately, we rarely look at or use the “important” items we’ve saved over the years. If you can’t find a meaningful place for something or you’re holding onto it out of obligation, then it’s time to let it go. Here are three strategies for de-cluttering sentimental [...]

 
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July 11, 2017

Are You a Hoarder, or Just a Chronic Clutterer?

When Louise and her adult son Jack decided to move to be closer to Jack’s job, they decided to sell their house and move into a small apartment to save money. A smaller space meant less stuff. Downsizing wouldn’t have been a problem before Louise’s cluttering became an issue.

“My husband died seven years ago and I just fell apart,” she said. “I couldn’t let go of anything that reminded me of him.” Like millions of homeowners, Louise and Jack failed to confront their clutter until it came time to move. They couldn’t show the home they were selling until they addressed the clutter.

Two rooms of her home were piled to [...]

 
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June 2, 2017

School’s Out: How to Get Your Home Organized for Summer

Start preparing for summer months ahead by decluttering and organizing your home. Follow our key tips, and your home will be ready for a season of play.
 
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May 30, 2017

Inexpensive Updates to the Bathroom

When selling or listing a home, it’s important to recognize that bathrooms and kitchens are at the top of most potential buyers’ lists. To maximize your home’s value, you always want to put your bathroom’s best foot forward. Have a bathroom that’s a little outdated or needs a refresh and the budget is tight? Here are a few easy tips and ideas to inexpensively update a bathroom.

1. Paint the walls

A gallon of paint typically runs between $30 and $50. You’ll want to select the highest quality paint the budget will allow. Choose a satin sheen for easy clean-up and durability. When selecting a color, whites and lighter neutral colors, such as [...]

 
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May 24, 2017

Don’t Leave the House Until You’ve Read This Pre-Vacation Checklist!

Going away on vacation this summer? Here's the ultimate checklist for cleaning and taking care of business at home before you leave, from Homes.com.
 
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May 17, 2017

How to Keep Your Closets Clean & Organized: Ask Anna

The past few months we’ve covered the best ways to clean your kitchen, bathroom, living room, and laundry room. Today we are going to talk about how to keep your closets clean and organized!

Every home has lots of different types of closets – coat closets, bedroom closets, linen closets, etc. While different closets may be organized differently, there are some general rules that apply to every type of closet.

1. Keep Them Clean

You might not think about cleaning your closets routinely like you would your bathroom but trust me, dust and all kinds of things hide in the dark corners of our closets. I recommend removing items from the shelves and wiping them [...]

 
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March 30, 2017

Ask Anna: The Best Laundry Room Cleaning Tips

Hi there! Over the last couple of months we’ve tackled cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, but today we’re going to talk about a room that does a lot of cleaning for us and often gets overlooked – the laundry room. When was the last time you stopped and thought, “Hmm, I should clean the laundry room?” I can’t even tell you the last time I thought that because when I’m in there I’m usually focused on cleaning our clothes! But today I’m turning over a new leaf and sharing my best tips, as well as some of the important places we need to clean in our laundry rooms.

The Washing Machine

Our washing machines do so much work for us [...]

 
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March 8, 2017

Kitchen Organization Tips

I love getting busy in the kitchen! From easy weeknight meals to prepping for a crowd, the kitchen is my happy place! One thing that doesn’t make me happy is when I can’t find what I’m looking for – or even worse, when I rush to the store to buy a “missing” ingredient but I actually had it the whole time. Not cool. These kitchen organization tools and supplies will make sure you get the most out of your kitchen and cooking experience!

Keep it Spicy

It’s so frustrating to be mid-cooking and frantically searching for the paprika – we’ve all been there! Instead of storing your spices on a shelf where they can easily [...]

 
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January 31, 2017

Ask Anna: The Best Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Happy 2017! I am so excited for this year and I’m especially excited for the new series that I’m going to be sharing with you. For the next few months I’m going to pick a room in the house and share my best cleaning tips, cleaning hacks, etc. to help you clean your house faster and better. Today I’m going to start with the bathrooms, so let’s put on our cleaning gloves and get going! The first thing you need to do is stock up on the best cleaners. I am very picky about what I clean my bathrooms with because my goal is to kill all the germs. Here’s a list of what I use, and recommend:

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, with Bleach Pyoure Hydrogen [...]
 
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January 12, 2017

Simple Tips for Organizing Your Attic

Have you ever taken your holiday decorations out of the attic and after the holidays were over, there simply wasn’t any place to put them back? It’s like all the space disappeared on a vacation to Hawaii. Organizing at attic is a task that might seem overwhelming, but with a few tips and a plan…all that extra space can become much more manageable. Here are a few suggestions to help organize your attic in no time.

Sorting and purging

The first step to re-organizing your attic are colored tubs. You can purchase tubs in a variety of colors and sizes. Sometimes it’s easier to organize if you have a specific color tub for a specific purpose. For example, red tubs could be for [...]

 
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December 9, 2016

Organizing Projects for the New Year

Come January 1, it will be out with the Christmas tree—and in with the organizing. It’s time to find a place for everything and keep everything in its place. The key is reworking, refiling, and reordering. Celebrate the coming of the new year with some simple organizing projects for your office, your craft room, your kitchen and all your holiday décor. Here are a few organizing ideas and a little inspiration to get you started.

Craft Closet Organization Ideas: Organize gift wrap supplies on a peg board with dowel rods to hold the wrapping paper in place and hooks for scissors, ribbon, and tape. Purchase simple bins from the dollar store, place on a shelf or table top, label [...]

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