Applying and Removing Brand Painter’s Tape

Applying and Removing Duck® Brand Painter’s Tape

Here are some easy tips when using Duck® Brand Painter’s Tape so you achieve sharp, clean paint lines.

Duck® brand painter’s tape helps you achieve sharp, clean paint lines while cutting down on the touch-up time of your next DIY project. Just follow these simple steps to learn how to apply and remove your painter’s tape so you can achieve the best results.

Step One: Clean

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Make sure to clean your surface before you tape, by using a damp rag and a couple drops of dish soap mixed in a bucket of warm water.

Step Two: Choose your tape

It’s important to choose which painter’s tape you’ll need for your project. Professional Painter’s Tape has a 3-day removal, high adhesion and works great on durable surfaces. Clean Release®Multiple Surface Painter’s Tape has a 14-day removal, medium adhesion and can be used for multiple, durable surfaces including painted walls and trim.

Step Three: Tape up

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Tape any areas on your surface you want to keep paint-free. For best results, tape in a 1-2” sections to avoid stretching the tape.

Step Four: Burnish

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Burnish the tape’s edge with a plastic tool like a putty knife or credit card to ensure good adhesion.

Step Five: Paint

Paint your surface.

Step Six: Remove your tape

For best results, remove the tape while the paint is still wet, making sure to slowly pull at a 45°angle. If you’re paint has dried, score along the painted edge of the tape to avoid pulling back any paint as you remove the tape.

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No matter what the project, Duck® brand painter’s tape is an easy way for contractors and home DIYers to get professional results.

10 Easy Tips for Every Paint Project Getting ready to paint? Here are some basic tips to get you the best results.

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Are you getting ready to paint and don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips you can follow to get the best results for your DIY project quickly and efficiently.

  1. Paint a small, sample area of the room with your desired color and finish.  After living with it for a few days, you’ll be certain whether or not it’s the right shade for you.
  2. Prep work is key – after making any necessary repairs, like patching holes or nicks, wipe down the areas you’re going to paint before you get started.  Paint will apply more evenly to a clean surface.
  3. Invest in high-quality paint tools – inexpensive roller covers and brushes won’t provide a professional-looking finish for DIYers.
  4. Look for a quality painting tape to deliver clean paint lines.
  5. When applying, don’t stretch the tape. Using pieces longer than 3’ can cause the tape to pull, leaving gaps that can lead to paint bleed.
  6. If the painting tape is not adhered to the surface properly, it won’t prevent paint bleed. Use a tool such as a putty knife or plastic card to run along the tape to create a tight seal.
  7. Remember to keep a wet edge on the wall to prevent the paint from drying as you work. Paint along the trim with a paintbrush first, then roll the rest of the wall.
  8. Paint in long, continuous strokes and avoid overworking the surface. This can result in brushstrokes and an uneven surface when finished.
  9. Remove the painter’s tape as soon as you’re done with your last coat, while the paint is still wet.  Waiting until the paint is dry can create a bridge over the tape edge and tear the paint
  10. Be sure to keep your tape stored in a protective container like a toolbox; it protects the edges from damage or debris and will ensure proper adhesion for future projects.

Getting professional results doesn’t have to be expensive. By following these steps you can achieve the best look while saving time and money.

Remodeling for Twins

Remodeling for Twins

Homeowners renovate a master bathroom, nursery and outdoor space in time for twins.
 
Adam Christian and John Volturo had just six weeks to remodel a fixer-upper house into the home of their dreams. The reason for the tight deadline? The couple was expecting twins. To help them make room for babies in record time, they called home remodeling expert Laurie March.
The Pacific Palisades, Calif., home, built in 1949, was walking distance from restaurants, grocery stores and state parks. The mid-century modern home had two bedrooms and two baths tucked into an economical 928 square feet. The property also had a private backyard and a large guesthouse, making it ideal for the family life the couple was about to begin. Affordability was an issue, too. “We essentially picked the smallest house that needed the most TLC,” Christian said, in explaining their purchase.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Homeowners with twins on the way embark on a six-week remodeling adventure.

Adam Christian and John Volturo sit in their newly renovated outdoor space with twin daughters, Michaela and Julia.

At the top of their to-do list: Turning one of the home’s small bedrooms into a nursery. The room had an existing closet but it was a reach-in style that didn’t have enough space for the belongings of two babies. So Laurie’s team demolished the old closet and replaced it with adjustable shelving and rods behind white slab doors, an open bookcase and deep drawers. She also installed recessed lighting in the ceiling so precious floor space wouldn’t be taken up by lamps.
To give the nursery a fresh, modern feel, Adam and John selected a white and aqua color scheme, with a diamond pattern stenciled on an accent wall. They replaced the old windows with new ones that were up to fire safety codes and repaired the damaged floor.
Next, Laurie’s team moved on to the master bedroom. They demolished the closet in this room, too, replacing doors and hardware, and knocking out the wall between the master bedroom and a hall bathroom to create a bathroom en suite. Pocket doors that slid into the bedroom walls maximized the room’s floor space.
Then, it was on to the new master bathroom. To keep them on schedule, Laurie had Adam and John choose materials that were in stock and didn’t have to be special ordered. Updates included a new, gray-stained floating vanity, white acrylic countertops, square porcelain vessel sinks, and chrome single-lever faucets.
Gray wood medicine cabinets provided much-needed storage. The polished chrome shower fixtures put sparkle in the tub, and its hand-held showerhead makes it easier for Adam and John to bathe their babies.
To stay on budget, Adam and John kept the existing tub, and March had it sandblasted and recoated. Large wall tiles in a light gray pinstripe made the shower feel sleek, warm, and modern without darkening the space. Laurie’s team cut a horizontal niche into the shower wall for baby toys, shampoo and scrub brushes.
For the bathroom floor, Adam and John opted for a darker gray tile and matching gray grout for a seamless, spa-like subtlety.
To keep the bathroom’s feel modern, Laurie’s team used metal trim on tile edges instead of rounded bullnose tiles. So the shower walls, niche and vanity backsplash all have brushed chrome edges. Bathroom walls were painted with crisp, white, low VOC paint. Ceiling-track shower curtains completed the spa look.
Laurie didn’t just help John and Adam with aesthetic choices. She also kept their construction project running on time and within budget. Laurie hired a contractor who would work on a per-project fee instead of an hourly rate.
“You have to set up your team to be motivated by time if you’re going to achieve a rapid-fire construction schedule,” Laurie says. “Putting each of these items on a project fee encourages a contractor to work quickly and budget their time well.”
In addition to redoing both bedrooms and the bathroom, John and Adam also added an exterior door to the master bedroom so they could walk directly into the backyard. They updated lighting fixtures inside and outside, planted a hedge to provide privacy to their fenced backyard, and demolished a concrete pad in the backyard so they could create a grassy spot for their dog, Lincoln, to enjoy.
The remodel was done a week before baby girls Michaela and Julia arrived to their new home. Mission accomplished.

Income Property Flips to Sell

Income Property Flips to Sell

In three weeks homeowners renovate a kitchen, living space and bathrooms to attract buyers.
 
For years, Josh Crosby and Amy Swift-Crosby held on to the Santa Monica, Calif., townhouse Josh bought in 2004, when he was still a bachelor. It served them well as income property while they raised their two daughters in the Venice, Calif., home they’d bought together, and built their own businesses.

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But by 2012, the couple had grown tired of being landlords. Moreover, both of their businesses were flourishing: The Indo-Row workout Josh had developed was taking off, and Smarty, the educational and community-building organization Amy had created for entrepreneurs, was thriving. Both businesses would benefit from the cash the sale of the townhouse could provide.
So the couple decided to put the townhouse on the market. There was just one problem: Because their renter was still living there, they couldn’t make the repairs the townhouse would need to attract the right buyer. But when the renter unexpectedly moved out, they saw it as the perfect opportunity to fix the place up. They immediately called home renovation expert Laurie March.
March’s first words of advice to the couple: Don’t overinvest, and don’t overdesign. “When you invest money in a house before you put it on the market, you don’t want to overdo it,” March said. “You’re not designing for yourself. You want to take everything back to a clean, classic place, make it a clean start for the new buyer.”
After walking through the property, March decided to focus on two areas: the kitchen and bathrooms. The spaces were original to the townhouse, which was built in 1981, and made the place look and feel dated.

Starting in the Kitchen

Crosby and Swift-Crosby hired a friend, Todd Mallis, as the main contractor for the renovation. He and March first surveyed the kitchen to see what could stay. The cabinets were in good shape but needed a facelift to give the room a more modern look. With just a fresh coat of paint (white for the ones on top, light gray for the ones on the bottom) and brushed silver hardware, they were ready to go.

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March chose butcher block countertops and white subway tile for the backsplash, to give the kitchen a modern feel. To complete the look, Mallis installed a new sink from Ikea with a tall, sleek U-shaped faucet, along with all new stainless steel appliances.
A small carpeted room adjacent to the kitchen also got some much-needed attention. March and Mallis transformed it into extra storage space, with built-in shelving for wine bottles and dishes.

Next Up: Bathrooms

March went to work on the bathrooms. Both the guest and master were filled with peach-colored tile that looked “really dated,” she said. But tearing out and replacing the tile would have been too expensive to make sense, so instead she decided to have the tile refinished in a custom-mixed light gray shade.
She also replaced the creaky, dated vanity with a sleek gray vanity for a more modern look.

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Is this Townhouse Buyer-Ready?

Three weeks later, with the renovations complete, Crosby and Swift-Crosby put the townhouse back on the market. And although potential buyers came through and raved about the updated kitchen and bathrooms, the couple still wasn’t getting any offers.
That’s when March brought in Connie Tebyani of Platinum Home Staging. Tebyani walked through the townhouse with March , and Josh and Amy’s realtor, Kelly Sutherland, and discussed why she thought the place wasn’t selling.
“People were still confused,” March said. “The place has this open floor plan, and it was hard to tell how you might live in the space.”
So Tebyani furnished and decorated the townhouse, sticking with a grey and white color scheme with a few green and blue accent pieces, to reinforce the beachy feel afforded by the home’s coastal location. She also kept the furnishings clean and modern, to appeal to the type of person Sutherland thought would buy the place: a young, newly married couple, or a young single person.
The plan worked: Within two weeks, the townhouse sold, giving Josh and Amy’s businesses a welcome infusion of cash.
“People don’t want to have to remodel a place they just bought; it’s intimidating,” March said. “This renovation was a total success.”

6 ways to make your bedroom tidy

6 ways to make your bedroom tidy

Find out how you can tidy up your bedroom.


A messy bedroom is often the trademark of a child or teenager but adults are guilty too. An orderly bedroom creates a sanctuary that helps ensure a good night’s rest.

When our surroundings are clean, uncluttered and well-organized, we tend to be more productive and calmer in our lives. Arrange things in their rightful place, from the closet to the dresser, to reduce visual stress. These six tips will tame the chaos a little bit at a time.

1. Tackle the toughest place first: the closet
If you can’t see the floor of your closet then it’s probably time to throw out clothing and shoes that aren’t being worn. As a general rule, if you haven’t worn an item in a year it’s time to consider donating it to a local charity or have a rummage sale. Next, sort your scarves, belts and purses with hanging organizers and hooks. The objective is to easily find items when you need them. To prevent misshapen handbag straps, use decorative purse bins. Box any miscellaneous items in neutral or pretty containers but be sure to label everything. Though not as attractive, a modular set of clear-plastic drawers may be used for items that don’t hang well, such as an evening wrap. Place all items within easy reach. Slim nonslip hangers maximize space and ensure items don’t fall to the floor.

2. Keep night tables and dressing bureaus uncluttered
The rule of three applies here as it does with other furniture surfaces. The only items you need on a nightstand are a light, alarm clock and a catchall tray for keys, eyeglasses and water. If you read in bed, keep a book within reach too. Gather all other reading material, CDs and DVDs on your nightstand or bureau and put them in alphabetical order on a bookcase or invest in shelves.

Owning a nightstand that contains more than one drawer means clutter can be kept out of sight. Notepaper for taking messages and other items can be placed in compartmentalized drawers for easy access in the dark. To curb the mess on your vanity or dresser, choose acrylic makeup organizers and other non-plastic containers with sections for heated styling appliances, such as hair dryers and flat irons. New accessory holders are designed to hang from towel racks when flat surfaces are limited.

 

3. What’s under your bed?
When you were a child, monsters hid under the bed. Now, space under the bed is a prized commodity. De-clutter by creating an under-bed storage system. Long boxes or blanket bags with or without wheels are easy to open and allow storage of oversized items. Underbed shoe organizers with dividers are the perfect tool to hide away out-of-season shoes. In fact, any items that switch from season to season are the first things that can be assigned to under-bed storage.

4. Don’t overdo pillows and bedding
Raise your hand if you make the bed every day. We didn’t think so! But a neat bed sets the tone of the room. While lots of pillows and layers of pretty linens look great in decorator magazines they turn into clutter when tossed aside for sleeping. A trunk or storage chest at the foot of the bed can serve as a storage unit for pillows and blankets. It’s a bit more housekeeping, but your room will look neat and tidy when you rise in the morning.

5. Sort and customize
Before going to battle against clutter, it’s important to have a strategy. Sort items by size, style and color. If you are new to organizing, experts suggest dividing drawers and spaces into equal quadrants to get started. Next, measure closets, floor space and drawer interiors and draw a quick layout before shopping. Linen or mesh inserts are great for separating drawer contents, but for bulky items (or extra-large drawers), look for extendable plastic dividers. If you store items out-of-reach on a high shelf in the closet, invest in a garment hook and foldable two-step ladder to store under the bed.

6. Be patient and give rewards
Don’t get overwhelmed. Decide how you want to confront clutter. The best way to keep your room tidy and not let clutter take over your bedroom is to spend a few minutes each day to put things away, hang up clothes and toss things out. Remember, your best friend when dealing with paper clutter is the rubbish bin. Stay on top of the mess. It will make cleaning easier too. Set an example and reward your kids for keeping their rooms tidy. When not searching some something in a pile, you will have more time to read, rest and enjoy your sanctuary.

5 Tips For Hosting A Memorable Overnight Stay For Your Guests

5 Tips For Hosting A Memorable Overnight Stay For Your Guests

Inviting guests into your home involves more than providing a comfortable place to sleep, you have to make their stay memorable. You have to make them feel welcome. Here are a few tips on how, but be prepared, your guests might not want to leave… especially, if Lenor is your cohost.


Decorate Sparingly
Comfort, space and scents are more soothing in a new environment than unfamiliar ’junk’ (what is valuable to you might be junk for others). Place a single flower bloom in a simple glass, add a nice clock, and a selection of books, or music suited to your guests’ tastes. Also put in some nice scented candles, and make sure everything is freshly washed with a long lasting crispy scent from Lenor. Also, make sure that you place spring water and a few snacks in the room for your guests.

Room, Closets and Drawers
Choose the guest room carefully, and make sure there is adequate closet and drawer space. Supply a variety of hangers, and make certain there is a full-length mirror. A desk is always nice with papers and pen on it.

The Right Pillows and Sheets
Use cotton or linen sheets, ironed. Provide both light and heavy blankets. With Lenor, you can give the sheets a long-lasting and comforting scent. Careful, they might be late for breakfast, because they don’t want to leave their lovely smelling new bed for a while.

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For visitors during the coldest months, think of putting out extra blankets, soft and wonderfully smelling thanks to Lenor.

Bathroom
If the bathroom is shared, clear space in it for guests’ toiletries, supply clean and wonderfully smelling soft cotton towels. Lenor, here as well, can do the magic for you by combining luxury treatment with coziness and warmth.

Do you know why scented sheets and towels are so important? Because whenever your guests will smell that scent or a nice perfume close to it, even years later, it will remind them of the great times at your place. Your hospitality will become a happy memory that will stay with them forever.

 

5 Tips to Easily Clean Out Your Home to Bring In a Festival

5 Tips to Easily Clean Out Your Home to Bring In a Festival

During the festive season, guests or relatives show up at your home unexpectedly. Which is why, it is all the more important to keep your home clean and festival-ready.


Let’s face it, in India, every cause for celebration includes relatives and friends, especially when it comes to festivals. And another very characteristic Indian trait is to show up with little or no notice. While you can’t change the way your guests are, you can certainly be prepared for their arrival by keeping your home festival ready. These 5 house cleaning tips will get your home in shape for any and every Indian festival possible:

1. Get Rid of Clutter

Festivals are a time of celebration and renewed hope. Which is why, in the spirit of the festivities, clutter needs to go. Starting with clothes, you can donate good clothes that you haven’t worn in a while and you can use clothes in bad condition as wipe cloths. Next, clean your kitchen. Check cabinets for ancient jars, expired stuff as well as ingredients that you hoarded and never used. Throw out the useless items and donate the good yet unused ones. Voila, you have successfully uncluttered your home.

2. Lists Are Good

It is important to list all that you think needs to be done to get your home festival-ready. Then start striking those tasks off your list first. This has two real advantages; one is, even if you run out of time, for whatever reason, you will take care of all the essential cleaning. Secondly, by being organized you will get things done faster, leaving you with more time for secondary cleaning tasks. This is one of the most useful home cleaning tips around.

3. Try Using Cleaning Products 

 

Whether it is cleaning dirty floors with the latest floor cleaning agent or a high-tech vacuum that can help you clean cabinets and shelves better, it is always a good idea to invest in products that can simplify the cleaning process.

4. Divide and Rule

Target one area of your home at a time; that’s how to clean home sweet home the right way. This will make the cleaning process more effective because you will clean each area thoroughly instead of rushing through the process. What’s more, it will make you more productive because you won’t be as drained. To illustrate, focus on the kitchen on one day, then move on to bathrooms the next day, do the bedrooms the next day and leave the windows and fans for the day after.

5. Embellish and Decorate

Make a mental note to purchase items like lanterns, new bed sheets and curtains during end-of-season sales. This will ensure that you have everything you need when the festival is nigh. Last minute purchases during festivals are an expensive affair; do so only if urgent.

Now that you know how to clean your home in no time, you can do it in time for any festival.

30 minute home improvement

30 minute home improvement

Home renovation made easy with these quick but effective ideas.


You don’t have to move house to get the wow factor in your home, just use bold interior design ideas and tackle rooms one at a time rather than putting off what might seem like a bigger, impossible task.

Lounge
Change the focus of your home interiors – move the sofa and the TV to different positions in the lounge. You’ll be amazed how this changes your perspective of a room you use all the time.

Kitchen
If you have room for a table in your kitchen, make a virtue of this space as a ‘dining room’. Using lighting (a low-hanging ceiling light or a well-positioned freestanding lamp next to your table and chairs) to create a ‘restaurant’ feel and to make this space feel different from the rest of the kitchen.

 

Bathroom
If your tiles are looking rather old and tired, simply re-grout them. Carefully dig out the old grout with a grout rake (these cost less than £5 at any big DIY store), making sure you don’t chip your tiles. Then mix up some new grout (go for a waterproof grout, again very cheap), apply it between your tiles and easily wipe off the excess. Even if you didn’t put up your original tiles, this is an easy job and will make your bathroom sparkle.

Bedroom
Rethink your lighting design. Many of us have a main light and bedside lamps, but by adding an extra freestanding lamp or safe, wallmounted candle holders, you can make your bedroom feel more relaxing and ‘loungey’ in the evenings.

Liven up kids bedroom furniture with just a few stencil patterns you can paint on together. Buy a huge poster map of the world and pin it up, or if you have solid plaster walls, clean one of them down and paint it with blackboard paint, then encourage the kids to get creative with chalks.

Savvy tip
Switch your living room curtains for full-length drapes and create an immediate dramatic effect. You don’t have to spend a fortune on home décor – even if you’re not great at making curtains yourself, places like IKEA do long curtains very affordably because they aren’t lined, so all you have to do is buy two pairs and layer them. Easy and cheaper than regular full-length curtains.

 

Make Your Closet Clutter-Free With These 10 Closet Organization Ideas

Make Your Closet Clutter-Free With These 10 Closet Organization Ideas

 

Your closet is much bigger than you think. No seriously, if you relook the way you store things, and with a little bit of closet cleaning and creativity, you’ll be surprised at how much more you can store! These 10 simple storage solutions will show you.

 

10 Space-Saving Ideas For A Clutter-Free Closet

  1. Make the door useful: Nail a few hooks into the closet door and it doubles up as a bag or belt hanger. You could even string your necklaces and other accessories. Having things in front of your eyesnot only makes it easier to pick out matching stuff, but also saves you the trouble of hunting for them in all the wrong places.
  2. Prioritize: Store your everyday items at eye level and within reach. The less-used ones can be designated to the bottom and the least used ones, such as out-of-season clothes,on the top shelves. This is one of the most practical closet organization ideas that puts the things you need the most within your reach. So now you needn’t mess up your cupboard looking for things.
  3. Adjustable shelves: Shelves which can be shifted around help you accommodate clothes piles as well as hangers and can be shuffled according to the increase or decrease of items in your cupboard. Hanging shelves are an equally good idea as they can also be moved out and hung somewhere else if you need more closet space.
  4. Box it up: Use boxes to store knick knacks and accessories and hanging shelves to store towels, shoes and other heavier items. Transparent boxes make life easier.
  5. Coordinated hangers: Single colour hangers give the appearance of a neat, clean wardrobe. Colour coordinating your clothes also makes them easier to find.
  6. Add a mirror: One of the simplest closet ideas, this makes trying on clothes so much easier as you are more likely to put them right back inside if it’s not the chosen one.
  7. Shower rings as scarf holders: Slip on some shower rings onto a hanger and voila! You’ve got a scarf holder that keeps your scarves crease- free.
  8. Double decker hangers: Take the looped clip of a soda can and slip it around a hanger hook. Now slip a second hanger through the lower loop. You can use this to hang paired or matching items. Organizing wardrobe has never been easier!
  9. Label: Designating and labelling space to specific items gives them their slots and helps keep them there.It also makes things easier to find.
  10. Innovate: Use an upright bin or unused umbrella stand to hold umbrellas, yoga mats, sports racquets or other unused items.

De-Clutter & Organise Your Homes With These 5 Tips

De-Clutter & Organise Your Homes With These 5 Tips

Get 5 of the biggest clutter hotspots organized quickly with our room-by-room tips and tricks.


Ring. Ring.

It’s unexpected guests calling. They’ll just be popping over to drop something off and chat in about an hour or so.

Perfect.

Everyone’s shoes are piled up at the front door, the heap of holiday mail is all over the dining room table, your three teenagers’ stuff is crammed in the half bath upstairs, a science project is strewn around the kitchen and you’re apparently coaching a professional sports team in the garage.

Don’t worry. If you’ve got a few minutes before people arrive, you can get all of that looking decluttered in no time.

1. The Entrance Area
The front door or entrance area can be a major clutter spot. When everyone comes in from a long day the first thing they do is plop down bags, coats, shoes and other junk right there.

Stow Away Shoes and Boots: Put a basket, bin or low shelf near the doorway for everyone’s shoes, bags, coats, mittens and hats. Just go ahead and dump them all in. Then fold up a winter blanket and place it on top, covering the clutter.

If you don’t have any bins or baskets sitting around, take two minutes to pair up shoes (instead of just lumping them in a pile) and line them against the wall. Good enough.

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Tip: On rainy days, avoid muddy or wet footprints by using a boot storage system you can make yourself! Take a large, high-edged cookie tray and place it by the front door. Attach some pebble sheeting you can get at any home improvement store inside the tray and have the kids put their wet rain boots right on top.

 

2. Mail
Grab some manila folders from the office and quickly make a pass at organizing the mail. Stick letters in one folder, magazines in another, etc. Then, throw all the sorted folders in a cabinet or drawer. You can go through them after the guests leave – and you may have the beginnings of a long-term solution.

3. The Bathroom
Most bathrooms are quite small, yet we keep a lot of important things in there. Make the most of the space with our de-cluttering ideas.

Take a Makeup Inventory: There’s probably a ton of makeup cluttering the bathroom sink and vanity. Quickly assign a drawer to each family member and stuff their items in there. Who cares if it’s wrong – you can sort it all out later.

Organize Items Based on Frequency of Use: Keep things you use daily – like toothpaste, makeup, lotion and razors – and move them to the easy-to-reach spots on the shelves and cabinets.

4. The Kitchen
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. That usually means it’s the most cluttered too.

Those Darn Dishes: If you’re going to tackle one thing, make it the dishes. Just corralling them all from the various countertops and getting them into the sink (or in the oven, assuming you’re not baking) should be enough. Wipe the counters and the stove, push in the chairs and you’re good to go.

5. The Living Room
A stack of magazines looks better than having them all strewn about. Put stray dishes in the sink. Put smaller toys in bins or drawers, but bigger ones you can get away with just putting in a corner. If there’s a stray cheese puff on the carpet, go ahead and throw it away. But you can get away with not vacuuming. Run a Swiffer Duster along the TV, shelves and decorations and call it good.