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DIY De-Cluttering: 15 Minutes to an In-Shape Kitchen

We all know the kitchen is the heart of our home. A cluttered kitchen, then, can be seen as the organizational equivalent to overeating, no exercising, and not enough sleep. Let's stay in shape! It takes just 15 minutes a day of de-cluttering as follows:

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DIY De-Cluttering: 15 Minutes to a Cleaner Living Room

Knickknacks, tchotchkes, trinkets, oh my! With all the stuff we bring in to our home, it can be quite frightening to consider taming this "beast of bits and pieces". Still, it is possible to get a hold of your things and make room for what is really important: you.

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DIY De-Cluttering: 15 Minutes to an Organized Closet

It's that wonderful season again...spring cleaning! For most, this necessary annual chore is about as popular as doing taxes, receiving that jury notice, or scrubbing toilets. Fear not! Below is a method of purging and organizing that takes only 15 minutes! In the first blog of a series of "15 Minute Organizing Tips", we'll tackle the closet (before it tackles you!).

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Get on the Defense: 5 Do's and Don'ts to Fire Proof Your Home

I'm a native Californian who greatly appreciates our temperate weather. However, there is a seasonal flip-side to our good fortune: drought, fire, rain, and mudslides. Ugh. It's just the way of life here, and so, with our "It is what it is" attitude, we accept, prepare, and defend our homes against the possibility of Mother Nature's wrath.

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S.H.A.K.E. Off Disaster: 5 Ways to Earthquake Proof Your Home

Earthquakes have enormous power, both in its unpredictable energy and destruction. While we can't control the former, our readiness and preparedness can possibly save our home and most importantly, our lives.

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Quick-tip Part Two: The Wondergrass-Bamboo Cropping Up Everywhere

Yesterday, I wrote about the many uses of bamboo in your home with regard to design, furniture, flooring, and accessories. In my research, I was amazed to find an astounding number of ways we're turning this prolific plant into useful and eco-friendly gadgets, tools, utensils, thingamajigs, and doodads in and outside our homes.

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Quick-Tip Part 1: Eco-Friendly Bamboo-From Floors to Ceilings

Today's quick-tip is about a simple "green" material: eco-friendly bamboo is being used from floors to ceilings. This trend gives the old saying "The grass is always greener." a whole new meaning. After watching an episode of HGTV's "Carter Can" I learned that bamboo is not just for floors and outdoor natural fences.

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Organizing Picture Walls Puts Me In a New York Frame of Mind

When decorating our homes, we know the best way to personalize and "warm" our space is to hang pictures of friends and family. But, when it comes to actually designing this decorative touch, we're often left with unwanted nail holes and uneven spacing.

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Turn Your Wasted Space into Usable Square Footage: Dining Room, Meet Craft Room

Wasted spaces...ugh. For so many of us, the dining room is a pass-through or its table ends up as a "black hole" for mail, paperwork, or homework, never full-filling it's intended use for guests and family meals.

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FYI for both DIY and PRO Renovators: Live In It a While For a Better Perspective

You've bought your dream house...well, almost. Because of these challenging economic times, you've moved forward and bought yourself a reasonably priced house that has "potential", has great bones, and is a-l-m-o-s-t the home of your dreams, but there are some definite renovations you'll need to do to get it all the way there.