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HOME Interiors Your guide to fall home improvement and decorating

A 2012 publication of the Peninsula Daily News





home interiors

your guide to fall home improvement and decorating

find your inspiration “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.� — Charles Eames, an American designer who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture.

Modern design from a local firm >> Page 4

Home gallery creates options >> Page 10

Liven up kitchens and baths >> Page 8


New shop offers great finds >> Page 6

Home Interiors is published by the Peninsula Daily News 305 W. First St., Port Angeles, WA 98362 • 360-452-2345


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ON THE COVER: Clockwise from top left: Autumn is the perfect time to freshen up a bathroom or kitchen with a bold paint color ............................. Page 8

HOME Interiors


Your guide to fall home improvement and decorating

Need to renovate a bathroom before the holidays? Adding tile can bring new life to an old space ...... Page 9 Turn your basement into a useful space ............. Page 9 How to declutter your home this autumn .......... Page 12 A Port Angeles shop offers unique home decor ... Page 6


Local designer amps up log cabin home ............. Page 3

A 2012 publication of the Peninsula Daily News

Cover photography by: ARA Content, Metro Creative Graphics, Brenda Hanrahan and Roger Wade Photography.


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ABOUT SHERRY GRIMES DESIGNS WHETHER you want a custom home design or an affordable room remodel, Sherry Grimes Designs can help. Her one-woman firm specializes in distinctive, custom home designs, remodeling and creative additions in Port Angeles, Sequim and other parts of the North Olympic Peninsula. “I help clients understand and overcome their most common concerns and make sense of their project,� Sherry says. She provides project consultation, planning, budgeting, architectural design, lighting design and interior specifications, all the while incorporating a practical approach to design and structured project management which she says saves on time and construction costs. Sherry is an accredited, professional building designer who strives to have her designs reflect a client’s unique needs and wants. “I believe that it is my job as a designer is to make sure that a finished project is the absolute best it can be, as well as staying within budget and time restraints, with no big surprises along the way,� she says. “Size has nothing to do with the integrity and beauty of a design. Each design is unique, just as every client is unique.� She also specializes in elderly home updates and remodels that make homes handicap accessible and more comfortable for seniors. She says her goal in designing homes is to help clients discover the joy and satisfaction of having a home that is practical, beautiful and timeless — a home that they will always enjoy. For details, phone 360-683-2012 or visit


Sherry Grimes amps up the design interest in this warm log home kitchen by using light and dark tones together — clear maple cabinets contrasting with dark African mopani hardwood counters.

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When designing this entry way, Sherry Grimes’ clients asked her to incorporate “clean, peaceful lines throughout the space.� To do that, Sherry used small craftsman windows beside the entry door, wall sconces to illuminate art and a row of three skylights that take advantage of natural light in the north-oriented hall.

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on design BOB LITTLE founded Little & Little Construction in 1979. Starting as the lead carpenter of his very small crew, he has built a business that, more than 30 years later, employs 15 people building high-quality homes in and around Port Townsend, Jefferson County and beyond. The firm’s philosophy emphasizes customer input at all stages, effective communication and a team approach — from the preliminary stages to building completion. The homes photographed on Pages 4 and 5 illustrate some of Little & Little Construction’s recent residential projects. For more information, visit or phone 360-385-5606.





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COZY, UNIQUE AND ECLECTIC ARE A FEW WORDS that come to mind when wandering through rooms at Red’s Roost, a coffee, doughnut, gift and collectibles shop in Port Angeles. In every nook and cranny shoppers will find unexpected new, used, antique and handmade treasures. The shop, located at 525 E. Eighth St., opened its doors Aug. 2, and features goods from 14 vendors who rent booth space at the store. “The people who rent booths at the shop are talented artists and/or collectors who each specialize in different types of art and collections, which gives the shop a very diverse and unique look,� says Red’s Roost owner Debbie VanWinkle. “Many of the items in the shop are one-of-a-kind so it is a great place to shop for gifts or home decor.� Handmade quilts, aprons, placemats, napkins, knitted hats, rugs and lace doilies are artfully displayed amongst new and gently-used kitchenwares ranging from delicate teacups, glassware, teapots, bowls, plates and canisters. Occasional tables, chairs, stools, bookcases and hutches hold a variety of decorative items and are scattered throughout the shop. Many have unique finishes, while others are original works of art. “The inventory is constantly changing,� Debbie says. “If you see something you like, you should strongly consider purchasing it when you see it because things come in and go out the door quickly.� Handmade wooden spoons, barrettes, tape dispensers and plaques are popular selling items. In addition to home decor and gift items, the shop carries gluten-free foods, as well as handmade soaps, lotions, body washes and bath salts. Each room within the shop keeps with the “roost� theme. Handmade signs read “Hen House,� “Kitchen Scratch,� “Nesting Boxes� and “Chicken Crossing.� Ceramic, wire and wooden rooster and hen figurines and pictures of roosters and hens are also scattered throughout the shop. “People have called me ‘Red’ for years because of my hair color,� Debbie says. “When I named the shop, I wanted to tie in the fact that it would feature Cock-adoodle Doughnuts so ‘Red’s Roost’ was a perfect fit.� The shop has indoor and outdoor cafe tables to sit and sip a cup of coffee and eat a doughnut made by the Port Angeles-based doughnut shop. Ray and Bonnie Chapman of Port Angeles are regulars at the shop and often stop by to enjoy a warm cup of coffee, a doughnut and a chat with Debbie. “We live in the neighborhood and stop for coffee and doughnuts pretty often,� Bonnie says. “Debbie is a great hostess and we enjoy seeing how she has changed the shop and what new things have come in since the last time we visited. Red’s Roost is a fun and relaxing place to visit and unwind.� Debbie says she strives to create a cozy, home-like experience for customers. “I enjoy helping people find the perfect gift or item for their home,� Debbie says. “Most of the time people will find what they want at the shop, but if I don’t carry it I will send them to a local competitor because I want the customer to be happy above all else.� Before opening Red’s Roost, Debbie operated The Ragged Edge, which was located just across the street. “I had been wanting to open a larger store for some time and when this house became available I jumped at the chance to expand the shop,� Debbie says. “Running a shop like this is my dream. I hope the investment pays off. So far customers have been very positive about the shop and the items we carry.� Eventually, Debbie would like to expand to offer soups and sandwiches, but for now she is happy to serve up a good cup of coffee and a handmade doughnut and offer customers plenty of interesting gifts and home decor. For more information about Red’s Roost, stop by the store or phone Debbie at 360-460-2168.

PHOTOGRAPHY INFORMATION: TOP LEFT: An array of colorful teapots, pitchers and glass canisters decorate a nook at Red’s Roost in Port Angeles. TOP RIGHT: One-of-a-kind handmade aprons, unique hand towels, dish cloths, napkins and more can be found at Red’s Roost. FAR RIGHT: Handcrafted wooden spoons, spatulas, barrettes, boxes, tape dispensers and other home decor items are on display underneath a seasonal wreath within Red’s Roost.


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Deck your halls for the holidays with innovative tips and techniques THE HOLIDAY SEASON doesn’t have to always involve the same old, same old when it comes to decorating your home. Hot colors for the 2012 holiday season range from soft pastels to rich jewel tones. Popular ornaments this season reflect the Victorian era, with glittering gemstones and rhinestones being extremely popular. And don’t be afraid to forgo the traditional tree topper. Instead, consider using twigs or other natural elements arranged out of the top of your tree. If you don’t have enough room for a traditional sized tree, corner trees or the flatter profile trees are an excellent fit for smaller spaces. Or you may want to go in an entirely different direction.

Take the branches of an old artificial tree and wire them together to create swags, and then decorated those with combinations of fabrics, bows and ornaments. Or hang swags on a mantel or place them on top of a door frame. They’re a fun family project, and you can even create them with different color stories or themes for each room in your home. People chose ornaments for many different reasons. Decisions may be driven by color or theme, but many choices are shaped by past and future traditions. Many people select ornaments that remind them of their childhood, while others are looking to start their own traditions with annual collectible ornaments.






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Bring BOLD hues into the kitchen and bath Why is it that some people can do daring things with color in their living rooms or bedrooms, but stick with the strongholds of beige and white in their kitchens and baths? As bright hues are surfacing in kitchen and bath design trends, existing offneutral palettes make it easy to introduce bold splashes. Whether it’s with a new faucet finish, a vibrant wall color, a playful backsplash — even a brightly-colored sink — adding color instantly creates a personalized and pleasing look in your kitchen or bath.

Debating the best way to bring new colors into your home? Consider these seven tips straight from two industry professionals: 1. Find your perfect (color) match. Before you begin mixing and matching paint chips with backsplash tile, identify a color that has long resonated with your own design or fashion aesthetic. “If a client isn’t able to answer this question instantly, all I have to do is peruse the closet,” says Kohler interior designer Diana Schrage. “Chances are that repeated pop of color worn over the years belongs in his or her home decor as much as in his or her wardrobe.” Once that signature color has been identified, homeowners often feel more confident introducing those brighter hues in a more permanent manner. 2. Make a color splash in the sink. You can find sinks in an array of colors and styles including bright and bold blues, greens, reds and yellows. A bright sink is a often an ideal perfect piece to build upon as you bring new colors into a space. 3. Harness the power of color. Color can have a big impact on mood and what happens in a space. Restaurants and retail outlets often enlist color psychologists to select colors that will encourage diners to splurge on dessert or draw shoppers into a store. So harness that same power in your home. Want your kitchen to be a comfortable space for your family that encourages an appetite in the pickiest of eaters? Incorporate orange. If you long for a peaceful bathroom oasis, bring in calming blues and soothing greens. 4. Make up your own rules. “I feel like the world is often tame when it comes to color,” color evangelist and design guru Jonathan Adler says. “But embracing color is about embracing life. And to truly make a space your own, you have to make your own rules.” If your powder room feels plain and predictable, its small footprint makes it the perfect space to strengthen your color confidence by experimenting to show off your own design aesthetic. Always had a fondness for chartreuse, for example? The powder room creates a memorable and gracious experience for guests. You can make it fun by incorporating color in an unexpected fashion by applying your favorite wallpaper to the ceiling with a complementing color on the walls, or a large installation of tile. 5. Focus on a focal point. Incorporating color doesn’t require a complete redo. Instead, focus on a smaller project within the space to create a focal point or accent. Color can act as an eye magnet to create a focal-point-worthy design statement that draws a room together visually and gives you a solid foundation on which to build out the room’s design theme. Create a focal point by using a striking pairing of a faucet and a sink. Adding color into the mix will strengthen the focal point. 6. Layer for visual interest. If you want to use color like a pro, learn to layer. A go-to layering hue: navy because it is a great base color to use with bold colors. 7. Do your homework. If you’re considering a fresh coat of paint, a bright backsplash or bold new sink, experiment with apps and different websites to see how new colors can best be applied to your space. For example, puts more than half a million design photos at your fingertips and allows you to store your favorites in your very own idea book on the site. — Story by ARA Content

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as pool tables and refrigerators, can likely fit into the basement. But homeowners who have used their basement largely for storage should take some measurements before beginning their basement project or buying any big-ticket items. There’s no guarantee that 70-inch projection screen television or those leather armchairs can fit through the basement doorway. Though homeowners will eventually find something they like that will fit, the doorway measurements might dictate that decision more than homeowners know. ■Brighten things up. Though it might be best to have a darker or less flashy basement if the goal is to create a home theater experience, homeowners opting for a different kind of basement should look to brighten things up. Basements can be somewhat drab, but they don’t have to be. A variety of latex-based masonry paints can be tinted to create a colorful, decorative and moisturefree area that’s perfect for homeowners who want to add some life to their basement while simultaneously protecting it from the elements. — Story by Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.

FALL IS A GREAT TIME TO TACKLE some of those home improvement projects. Now that the summer vacations are over and children are back in school, you’re ready to make your home all comfy and cozy before the deep freeze and holiday guests arrive. Consider starting with your bathroom since this is a room frequently used both by your family and guests. If your bathroom is dated in decor, aged in function and behind the times in energy efficiency, you’ll be doing your home and your pocketbook a good service by upgrading some features. HERE’S HOW: ■Beautiful visuals: The bathroom vanity is the first feature in the room people will see. Incorporate a contemporary new look in your bath that will earn admiring glances from your guests. ■ Warmer flooring: There’s nothing worse than bare feet on a cold floor — especially in the morning. Tile flooring looks beautiful in bathrooms, but can leave the feet feeling a bit chilled. Place a soft and decorative rug in front of the sink, the shower and the toilet to help alleviate cold toes. Look for rugs that match the color and decor of the room. Or use the rugs as an accent color to brighten up the space. ■ New linens: A quick and simple upgrade for your bathroom includes replacing towels and the shower curtain. To introduce a calm and restful spa-like ambiance, find new linens in colors that blend with the colors on the walls. Or go bold with vibrant accents and splashes of color to give your room a sense of energy. ■ Elegant tiling: Prefab showers are easy and convenient, but they can look aged and stained after long use. To really spruce up the look of your shower area in the bathroom, consider tiling the surround, or installing large glass pieces painted to match the color of the room. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful the shower will appear, and you may decide that you don’t want to hang a curtain to block the view of the beautiful surround, and instead opt for a sliding glass door. Once you see how beautiful your renovated bathroom appears, you’ll probably want to get started sprucing up the rest of your house. In the meantime, enjoy the bathroom, as well as the compliments you’ll receive from your visiting guests. — Story by ARA Content

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BUILDING OR RENOVATING A HOME requires hundreds of little decisions. Homeowners will decide what plumbing fixtures, sinks, bathtubs, cabinets, flooring, tile, appliances and lighting they want. Decisions are often made easier when homeowners and contractors can view products in person and ask a knowledgeable salesperson questions about options. Northwest Home Gallery, 258053 U.S. Highway 101 in Port Angeles, opened its doors in June with the goal of providing North Olympic Peninsula residents with a low-priced, all-inclusive option for new construction or home renovation needs. The gallery’s roomy showroom highlights a variety of products people can purchase for their homes. “We are a one-stop solution for your entire home including professional kitchen and bath design services,� says Andrea Hedberg, manager of Northwest Home Gallery. “From a very small purchase to the biggest of jobs, we take great pride in providing quality products and great customer service. We offer interest-free inhouse financing.� The gallery’s sister store, A&A Appliance Service, 914 S. Eunice St. in Port Angeles, has been locally owned and operated by Robert Watkins for more than 30 years. “We thank all of our customers and fellow local businesses for their support over the past 30 years,� Robert says. “Without you Northwest Home Gallery could not have happened.� The gallery is located between Port Angeles and Sequim and offers customers the same level of professionalism they have come to expect from A&A Appliance Service. “The new store offers everything from cabinets, flooring and plumbing fixtures to appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators, ranges and more,� Andrea says. The showroom features semi-custom or custom cabinets in a variety of wood species including maple, cherry, alder, hickory and oak from suppliers such as Huntwood, Kemper and Aristokraft. Carpet, hardwood, engineered hardwood, tile, laminate and luxury vinyl from companies including Armstong, Karndean International, Emser, Kentwood, Mannington, Royalty and Dixie Home are available. Plumbing fixtures from Danze, Aquatic, Artisan Manufacturing Corp. and additional suppliers are available in a variety of finishes and styles. The store offers a full line of household appliances from brands including Amana, KitchenAid, Maytag and Whirlpool, including front-and top-loading washing machines and dryers; ranges, cooktops, microwaves and wall ovens; built-in and portable dishwashers; and side-by-side, built-in, top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators.

TOP: The newly opened Northwest Home Gallery is located at 258053 U.S. Highway 101 between Port Angeles and Sequim. Photo provided by Northwest Home Gallery. MIDDLE: Northwest Home Gallery carries semi-custom and custom cabinets in a variety of wood species including maple, cherry, alder, hickory and oak. LEFT: Northwest Home Gallery, a BrandSource store, offers North Olympic Peninsula residents a variety of carpeting options. The store also carries an extensive line of hardwood, engineered hardwood, tile, laminate and luxury vinyl. BELOW: Plumbing fixtures from various manufactures for kitchens, bathrooms and more await customers at Northwest Home Gallery in Port Angeles.

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<< Continued from PAGE 10 Decorative items including hardware from Siro, outdoor and pendant lighting from Elk Lighting, Inc., Kirsch window coverings are also available to put the “polish” on a remodeled or new home. The showroom will continue to add brands and products during the next couple of months leading up to a grand opening sometime in the spring. “We continue to expand our showroom offerings and have the ability to order just about any product a person can find at a competitor’s store or online,” Andrea says. “We offer competitive prices and will work to help you find exactly what you want and need.” Northwest Home Gallery is a BrandSource store. “BrandSource is a national buying group that offers smaller stores the same buying power as big-box stores,” Andrea explains. “We offer many of the major brands at prices comparable to much larger stores. Plus we offer personalized service and are loyal to our local suppliers and businesses. Thanks to our BrandSource affiliation we can offer the same type of financing options that the larger stores offer.” Opening the new store created four new jobs spread between Northwest

Home Gallery and A&A Appliance Service, she says. Free in-house design consultations and delivery and installation (including custom installation if needed), parts and service for any appliances purchased and access to design software that will provide users a realistic view of what a finished kitchen or bath will look like are available. “We also have many countertop options and work with local subcontractors whenever possible,” Andrea says. “Supporting local businesses and keeping dollars on the North Olympic Peninsula is a priority.” Refurbished appliances are offered at A&A Appliance Service for customers. “With the economy the way it is, many people cannot afford to purchase new appliances,” Andrea says. “We offer quality reconditioned appliances with 6-month warranties for parts and labor at A&A Appliance Service. It is another option for customers who want a quality appliance. We also offer repair services for appliances through A&A.” For more information about Northwest Home Gallery, phone 360-4523706 or visit For more information about A&A Appliance, phone 360-457-9875.

ABOVE: An array of tiles will help Northwest Home Gallery customers complete a remodel or new building project.

LEFT: The gallery stocks a full line of household appliances including refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, ranges, cooktops, wall ovens, microwaves and freezers.

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IMAGINE IF YOU DISCOVERED A WAY TO WASH your laundry without needing to use laundry detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets again. How much would it save your family each year? What would the environmental benefits be? Would your clothes get clean? Northwest Home Gallery in Port Angeles carries pureWash, an environmentally friendly home laundry system that uses only cold water and installs to your existing washing machine. “The main advantage of pureWash is that it produces clean and fresh laundry with little or no detergent bleach or fabric softener,” says Dan McSherry, Northwest Home Gallery’s pureWash expert and flooring consultant. “Water treated by pureWash gets clothes clean and kills bacteria and viruses without dumping chemicals in waste water. It is great for people with allergies because you are not using harsh and harmful chemicals to remove dirt and grime from your laundry.” The system makes the same compositional changes to water by adding enhance oxygen to photo-catalytic oxidizers to the cold water supply, Dan explains. “The system, priced at about $500, more than pays for itself in a short time because you do not have to purchase detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets or use hot water,” he says. “The average family of four does about eight loads of laundry each week, which means the pureWash system will pay for itself within a year. Your clothes last longer because you are not using color-stripping detergents, and you are using a green product which is better for all of us in the long run.” In addition, pureWash eliminates the need to use a mildew and mold cleaner in front-loading washing machines because the water itself cleans the machine each time you do a load of laundry, Dan says. The system, which weighs about 5 pounds, must be hung above or adjacent to the machine and requires access to an electrical outlet. The washing machine’s cold water hose is attached to the system. Dan estimates installation takes around 10 minutes. “The pureWash system has been used in residential homes in Europe for years as well as in our commercial laundries, hotels and hospitals,” he says. “It is one of the greenest products available today, plus it saves you money in the long term.” The key features of pureWash, according to Dan, include: ■ Advanced oxidation laundry system for use with residential washing machines (same technology as commercial systems). ■ Uses little or no detergent, bleach or fabric softener for normally soiled clothes. ■ Eliminates the need for hot water in laundry. ■ Expected to provide more than 10 years of service. ■ Available for top-load or front-load machines. ■ Simple, easy to follow 10-minute installation. Energy-saving benefits: ■ pureWash consumes less electricity than the average light bulb. ■ Only activates when your washing machine calls for water. ■ No need to heat water. ■ Clothes dry faster without detergent residue. Environmentally-friendly benefits: ■ Makes environment safer by reducing the discharge of chemicals in our laundry waste water. ■ Decreases clogging, and increases decomposition in septic systems by not discharging detergents which can kill ‘good bacteria.’ ■ Reduces disposal of plastic laundry containers that clutter our landfills. The average family of four uses approximately 37 containers per year. Health benefits: ■ Reduces or eliminates skin irritations and allergic reactions caused by residual chemicals in fabric from detergent, bleach and fabric softener. ■ Ozone kills micro-organisms found in soiled laundry. Ozone is 3,000 times more reactive than chlorine bleach. ■ Ozone kills bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, strep and many others. ■ Hospitals have been using the technology for more than 20 years because of its disinfecting and cleaning properties. Other benefits: ■ The rinse cycle actually works as a second wash cycle. ■ Darker darks and sharper colors due to no chemicals, detergent residue or hot water. ■ No need to sort clothes due to eliminating hot water and bleach (except new fabrics). ■ Clothes, linens and towels will be softer and fluffier with the decrease in detergent residue. ■ Fabric life is extended from lack of hot water and the chemicals that cause fiber shredding. ■ Clothes left in washing machine for extended periods will not sour because residual detergent is not present to feed mold and mildew. ■ Improves washing machine performance and ends need to purchase washing machine cleaner. ■ No need to purchase special detergents for infants, children or those sensitive to chemicals.

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declutter in the cooler months WHEN COLDER WEATHER ARRIVES, many people stay indoors and fight the harsh weather with hot chocolate and heating systems. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise then that most homes accumulate quite the amount of clutter over the course of a typical winter. The more time we spend indoors, the more junk we seem to amass. Clutter can contribute to the sense of cabin fever many people begin to feel as winter trudges forward. But a few home-organization tips can help make all those extra hours spent indoors during the winter months a little less claustrophobic. â&#x2013; Buy a coat rack. Just about everyone bundles up in a warm coat once the temperatures dip. But once you get home and the warm air inside welcomes you, the first instinct is to take the coat off and lay it down on the first chair you see. Instead of tossing all those coats on an armchair or a bench in the kitchen, buy a coat rack and place it just inside the main entrance. This way you will always know where your coat is, and the house wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look so messy with coats strewn about in a variety of places. â&#x2013;  Have a tray set aside for keys. As clutter accumulates throughout the winter, the chances your keys will go missing increase. Save yourself the frantic search for keys in the morning by setting a tray aside for keys or just hanging a hook on the wall where everyone places their keys. â&#x2013;  Partition desk drawers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to fill a desk drawer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much harder to remember the exact contents of the drawer. Save yourself the stress of rooting through desk drawers by installing partitions so everything is not just lumped in together. This will make things easier to find and will likely prevent you from just adding random items to desk drawers. â&#x2013;  Bundle all those cords. Nowadays, the average television has roughly one dozen cords attached to it. HDMI cables, video game consoles, DVD players, home theater systems, and, of course, the television cord itself are among the many cords that can make a

Installing shelves and using inexpensive organizers to house cookbooks, magazines and other paperwork is a great way to create extra space and clear the clutter from kitchen countertops, drawers and cabinets.

mess near your television. Bundle these cords with a cord organizer to make wires and plugs much more manageable. â&#x2013; Toss the junk mail. Thanks to paperless bank statements and online billing, many people no longer receive important documents through the mail. Instead, mailboxes are filled with junk mail such as advertisements or menus from local restaurants. Rather than placing junk mail on the kitchen counter or storing it in the desk drawer, throw it out as you receive it and you will no doubt notice considerably less clutter almost instantly. â&#x2013;  Stop losing things to the couch. Few things are as frustrating as a missing remote control. Too often remotes get lost in a sea of throw pillows that, while decorative, serve little purpose. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overdo it with throw pillows and designate an area for all those remote controls. â&#x2013;  Clean out the refrigerator. Another culprit

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