How to tackle the infamous kitchen counter clutter once and for all

  By Laura Gaskill, Houzz That vast expanse of open kitchen counter probably looked appealing when you first moved in or remodeled. But over time, what you’d hoped would be a wonderful space for baking, homework projects and long chats over wine with friends has become a magnet for clutter, with layers as complex (though perhaps not as interesting) as […]

How to get rid of hard-to-donate items

By Shana Levy McCracken, Houzz Spring is here, and with it comes the start of cleaning and decluttering projects. Most items you plan to get rid of can be sold or donated, but what about those things you’re not sure what to do with? Here are eight common household items that often get discarded and suggestions for places to take […]

How to get the most out of the space below the stairs

by Nicole Jacobs, Houzz The area at the bottom of the entryway staircase can be tricky to decorate — or even to put to any practical use. If you have plenty of square footage and money on hand, building a powder room, closet or office might make sense, as long as an adjoining basement staircase doesn’t block your plan. But […]

5 ways to get a clutter-free kitchen

by Laura Gaskill, Houzz From quick weekday breakfasts grabbed on the way out the door to special-occasion dinners planned and prepared with care, the kitchen is nearly always a hub of household activity — which also means it’s a common place for clutter to accumulate. In this series, we’re approaching each room in the house from the perspective of identifying […]