Today's Challenge: Clear Kitchen Countertops

clear kitchen counters

The old real estate maxim works for kitchens, too: "location, location, location!" What's taken up residence on your kitchen counters?

In the kitchen, countertop space represents the room's most prestigious--and hardest-working--real estate address. Is your cooking space clean and lean--or crammed and cluttered?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll clear kitchen countertops, applying a simple A-B-C method to make zoning decisions for appliances, decor and storage.   Read More >>

Cut Clutter in the Kitchen

cut clutter in the kitchen

Open the kitchen cabinets ... and you can tell it's time for a kitchen declutter!

Pudding mixes perch on top of the cereal, showering down onto the head of a sleepy, squawking teen each morning. To reach the oatmeal pan, you must shove aside a stack of pizza coupons, the bread machine pan and a glass jar of pickles.The top of the refrigerator is a greasy, dusty jumble of unfinished crafts projects, the dog's leash, empty prescription bottles, broken toys and fast-food drink cups.

Time to declutter the kitchen! Here are our best tips for streamlining and sorting kitchen clutter.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 20: Making Sense of Household Scents

living room scent

Standing on the threshold, the living room is lovely to look at, clean and organized. Soft sofa, attractive artwork, pleasant lighting all beckon.

But the nose wrinkles. Do you smell something?

Taking on the "to scent or not to scent" question is like stepping in a mine field. Today, we'll try to find our way to freshness, while staying clean and green at home.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 19: Light Up the Living Room

living room lighting

Floors and furniture, walls and decor all work together to create an inviting living room, but without light, they're cardboard actors on a darkened stage.

What's the state of lighting in your living room? Can the family converse, read, craft or watch television in comfort?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll let the light shine in the living room, and consider options to bring the right light where it's needed in your organized home.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 18: Control "Clicker" Clutter

Control remote control clutter

They're hard-working and indispensable features of modern life: remote controls, commonly referred to as the "clicker".

Thing is, in modern homes, they've arrived in multiple. How many clickers live in your living room--and how much chaos does it cause when one goes missing?

Today, consider ways to corral remote controls in your organized home.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 17: Declutter Living Room Decor

declutter living room decor

The New Year brings a breath of fresh air to daily life; today, we'll reflect that seasonal change with a decor declutter.

As we deep-clean and organize the living room this week, it's a good time to cast an appraising eye on the room's decor items.

Does the living room look warm and inviting, or cluttered and cramped?

Today, we'll take a deeper look at the place of decor in an organized home.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 16: Life in the Living Room

life in the living room

At the outset of Living Room Week, an important question arises. Who's living in your living room, and what do they do there?

Some homes feature a formal living room, used to receive guests and put up the Christmas tree-while the family's day-to-day life is lived down the hall in a den or family room. For these families, Living Room Week will be a straightforward process of cleaning walls, light fixtures, furniture and floors.   Read More >>

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