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ORGANIZATION

How to declutter open shelving

According to the experts at Houzz, displaying every adornment you own on open shelves can leave you with a distracting mishmash. Use a Marie-Kondo inspired motto to create focus as you sort items. First empty your shivles and create “beautiful” “interesting” or “out” piles. You don’t necessarily have to throw treasured items away just curate them like a museum and only show a few at a time and rotate them out seasonally.

HOME DECOR

How to make fake plants look real

First it might be worth splurging on artificial plants made of high quality materials as they don’t show wear and tear, which can be a dead giveaway that a plant is fake, says Better Homes and Gardens. Placement is also key. Don’t put the artificial equivalent of a sun loving plant in a dark corner or a sun sensitive one in a bright window. Keep artificial plants clean and dust regularly but don’t buff it to a shine — that can draw attention to artificial material.

CLEANING

How to clean a single-serve coffeemaker

Marla Alt, of 123organize in Rye Brook, New York, says that cleaning any single-serve coffee maker (such as a Keurig) is as simple as following these steps:

- Unplug the machine.

- Remove any removable parts, including the water reservoir. Wash these parts with warm, soapy water. Do not put in the dishwasher. Let them air dry. Avoid drying with a towel and risking getting lint or other particles in the reservoir.

- Wipe down the surface of the machine.

- Add 4 cups of white vinegar and 2 cups of water to the dry reservoir and run the machine several times with no filter in place.

- After a few cycles, let the machine sit with the vinegar solution for a few hours, then run cycles until the rest of the vinegar solution is gone.

- Once all the vinegar solution is gone, run a few cycles of plain water to remove any traces of vinegar still left.

- Continue to use as normal.

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LIGHTING

An upgrade that can make a kitchen look expensive

When remodeling your kitchen, don’t just slap up a single light fixture and call it a day, René Dekker, a luxury interior designer, told Realtor.com. He added that lighting is key to creating an expensive feeling room and recommends having at least two different sets of dimmable lights. One should be an ambient set to go under the cupboards or kickboards, while the other is bright overhead lights that illuminate what you are cooking.

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