Challenge Day 33: Declutter Table Linens

Check table linens

Colorful table linens bring a special spark to the dining room ... if you can find them!

What's the state of the table linens stored in your home? Are your favorites hidden beneath a crowd of crumpled interlopers?

Today, it's time to declutter napkins, placements and tablecloths. Keep the best, toss the rest for an organized home!   Read More >>

Challenge Day 32: Clearing Crafts Clutter

Clearing crafts clutter

The dining table? It's a wide-open space that invites lots of uses--and for many families, it's a favorite spot to work on crafts projects.

Sewing or quilting, papercrafts or kids' projects, the table houses them all, along with the snips and scraps they leave behind.

How to keep order on the crafts front? Try these ideas to tame crafts clutter in the dining area today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 26: Clean Out the Freezer

Clean out the freezer

It's dark, it's cold, it's full of food: your freezer. Whether your household features only a refrigerator-top unit, or boasts a free-standing freezer, today's the day to tackle freezer areas.

Today, we'll declutter, clean and organize freezer areas. Keeping tabs on frozen assets speeds meal preparation ad cuts food waste.   Read More >>

Challenge Day 24: 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 >>