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It’s best to avoid too much gardening in April, she said last week. It’s a good time to let a usually rainy month build up moisture in the soil. In areas that didn’t get much snow, the soil moisture is quite low. When it comes to landscaping, “everyone is concerned with butterflies and bees,” she said. The perennial of the year this year is the asclepias tuberosa, commonly called butterfly weed, with orange flowers that bloom through the summer. Shorter, compact versions of longtime favorites are popular, too. Dwarf varieties of chokeberries, honeyberries, spirea, barberry and dogwoods are popular, she said. They are smaller and more compact than the larger varieties and may fit better into landscaping plans. Dwarf hydrangeas are popular, too. The nursery sells “a ton” of apple trees in the semi-dwarf varieties. They are hardier than dwarf varieties, Miller said, and they bear fruit earlier. With ash trees falling victim to insects, disease resistant elms are popular replacements, plus maples and lindens. 001571810r1

For indoor planting, there’s been a sustained interest in succulents, “just because of their low need for water.” They can go outdoors when it’s warm enough, but for people with busier lifestyles, they can be a good choice. The University of Minnesota Extension Service offers many tips and suggested dates for planting and transplanting plants. Many articles are available at www.extension.umn.edu/ garden/. Ask questions by calling the Yard and Garden Line at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum at 612-3017590, or by email at www.extension. umn.edu/garden/ask/.

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A lesson on trees, pruning By LaVonne Swart and Sue Morris Master Gardeners Looks like all the gloom and doom predictions of heavy snow and an extremely cold winter was just a bunch of hype once again. And we certainly aren’t complaining. We had our share of wild winds but were fortunate there wasn’t a lot of snow to blow or there would have been many blizzards. All those winds certainly did a number on the trees. We are reminded of that every time we take a drive. Don’t know when we’ve seen so many piles of wood and fresh cuts where trees have been trimmed. The nice weather during parts of February and March gave everyone a perfect opportunity to do some trimming and pruning. Personally we are getting a little sick of picking up branches and twigs. Sue had to say goodbye to three trees

close to the house this winter. They gave lots of terrific shade in summer. Two of the trees were well over 100 years old – an elm that bit the dust last summer and her beloved horse chestnut tree. She hated to lose that one (and so did the squirrels) but looking at the stump, she made the right decision. The tree was hollow from about 10 feet up to way into the ground. With a strong southeast wind, that one could have blown right onto the house. John Wimmer, local tree expert gave a talk on tree diagnostics recently. We would like to share some of his advice with our readers. The most important thing we learned is that you can never diagnose a tree problem over the phone. 1. You need to determine what species the tree is; what are the symptoms and what has been done to help the tree. 2. Then comes the site inspection.

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The late dormant season is best for most pruning. That is just before spring growth starts. After verifying the species, you need to check the location, soil type, drainage and exposure. Look for changes on site such as digging, spraying, soil compaction, construction, grade changes, tree trimming and rodent activity. Are the roots girdling the tree? 3. What should a healthy tree of this species look like at this time of year? 4. What is the history of the tree?

Start at the ground and work your way up. Look at dead and dying plant parts for clues. What percent of the tree is affected? Know how to check for what is dead and alive. The cause of the problem may often be where the live material meets the dead, but not always. Look for hidden signs of damage to the cambium.

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Symptoms can be misleading. Wilting or brown leaves or needles can be from many different things. Look at the trunk for damage like cankers, mower damage, insect holes, improper bracing, improper pruning or sap flow. Leaves and evergreen needles can be brown or missing from the weather, road salt, insects, rodents and disease. Looking at the branches you might see crusty sap, raised areas, insects, cankers, etc. All these are clues to finding what is affecting the tree. When in doubt and before you make any radical changes, it is wise to call in an expert.

Pruning tips Questions we get most often are concerning the proper time to prune trees and shrubs. The late dormant season is best for most pruning. That is just before spring growth starts. This leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short length of time before new growth begins the wound-sealing process. Another advantage of dormant pruning is that it’s easier to make pruning decisions without leaves obscuring plant

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branch structure. (There also is not as much weight and debris to get rid of). Pruning at the proper time can avoid certain diseases. For some, it’s too late already this season, but here’s a rundown of best practices and what to do if pruning is necessary mid-season. Do not prune oaks from April to October. If they are wounded or must be pruned during these months, apply wound dressing or latex paint to mask the odor of freshly cut wood so beetles that spread oak wilt will not be attracted to the trees. Bur oak blight has some leaves that stay on over winter.

Different than anthracnose. Honey locusts should be pruned while still dormant in late winter to avoid stem canker. If they must be pruned in summer, avoid rainy or humid weather conditions. This is good advice for any pruning – sunshine is the best for pruning. Prune apple trees, mountain ash, and hawthorns in late winter (Februaryearly April). Spring or summer pruning increases chances of fire blight. Autumn or early winter pruning is more likely to result in drying and die-back at pruning sites. Some trees have sap that “bleeds”

after late winter or early spring pruning. This causes little harm but it looks bad. To prevent bleeding, you could prune the following trees after their leaves are fully expanded in late spring. (Never remove more than one-quarter of live foliage.) These include all maples, including box elder; butternut, walnut, birch and ironwood. Trees and shrubs that bloom early in the growing season on last year’s growth should be pruned immediately after they finish blooming; ie.: azalea chokecherry, flowering plum or cherry; forsythia, Juneberry, lilac, magnolia and early blooming spirea. Shrubs grown primarily for their foliage rather than showy flowers should be pruned in spring before growth begins: alpine currant, barberry, burning bush, dogwood, honeysuckle, ninebark, peashrub, purpleleaf sandcherry, smokebush and sumac. Shrubs that bloom on new growth may be pruned in spring before growth begins. Plants with marginally hardy stems such as clematis and shrub roses should be pruned back to live wood. Hardier shrubs – late blooming spireas and snowball hydrangeas should be pruned to the first pair of buds above the ground.

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If you have older or overgrown shrubs, you can remove up to onethird of the oldest, thickest stems or trunks, taking them right down to the ground. That way after three years you have a young healthy shrub. If you have overgrown spirea, forsythia, viburnums or honeysuckle, you can cut all the canes back as close to the ground as possible in early spring. Within one growing season, these shrubs will look like new plantings. Evergreens require little pruning. Spruces, firs can be pruned any time because they have lateral buds that will sprout if the terminal buds are removed. Late winter pruning is best however. Pines put on a single flush of tip growth each spring and then stop growing, prune before these “candles” of new needles become mature. Pines seldom need pruning but if you want more dense growth, remove up to two-thirds of the length of newly expanded candles. Arborvitae, junipers, yews and hemlocks grow continuously

throughout the growing season. They can be pruned any time through the middle of summer. Prune only to correct growth defects. Beth Berlin, University of Minnesota Extension educator, reminds us that we need to know how to properly prune. You need to have the proper tool for the job and ensure the pruner, lopper or saw is sharp. Know the limitation of the tool and use the proper size for the job. Determine what branches should be pruned. On young trees remove branch stubs, rubbing branches, water sprouts, sucker growth, closely spaced and weak or narrow crotched branches. On established trees the three most common types of pruning are: 1) crown thinning, selectively removing branches, specifically the weak, in the crown to promote air movement; 2) crown raising, removing the lower branches to provide more clearance for mowing, sidewalks, streets, etc. and 3) crown reduction, removing some of the large branches at the top of the tree to reduce its height. This is not topping the tree because the branch is removed directly above the lateral branches. This should be done only when absolutely needed. And most important be careful.

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By Danielle Teigen Forum News Service ou might think the basic concepts of interior design extend to spaces for many different people. But … you’d be wrong. The layout and design of a home is an ever-changing process that evolves with individuals and families as they move through the stages of life. The most important factor, local interior designers from Designing Women 2 point out, is that you’re constantly preparing for the next stage. “We try to help homeowners plan in stages because not everyone wants to spend a bunch of money up front,” designer Kris Carlson says. “We try to help them create a type of storyboard for their house and how the design flows from one room to another while all working together. Who doesn’t love a good story?” Here’s a quick breakdown of how interior design can work based on each phase of life.

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Focus on the rooms where the entire family will be spending the most time and be strategic about the textures and finishes included in the space. “It has to be easy to clean and durable,” says designer Kari Rasmus. When it comes to floor coverings, they should be soft for knees and tender baby skin, but also not expensive.

Carlson says indoor/outdoor rugs can be a perfect option for a dining room because they are affordable and surprisingly chic. “Plus, you can literally take them out and hose them off,” Carlson says. “Then you can put it outside when you get tired of it and use it as a nice outdoor area rug for the kids.” Those types of rugs work well in bathrooms and entryways as well. For furniture, consider microfiber, slips covers or leather; they all handle spills and stains well without sacrificing style. Avoid glass-topped tables that will show fingerprints or could break.

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Blended families

Combining the styles and possessions of two different families can be challenging, but it’s possible with some prioritization and creativity. Members have to be honest about their favorite pieces so designers can work to incorporate them into the space. Having a neutral perspective alleviates any issues of one person trying to rid the other person’s belongings. “Designing for a blended family requires a delicate balance, so it’s nice to have an outsider help with that,” Carlson says. Favorite pieces that don’t fit can be maintained if they are recovered or repurposed. That’s possible with bigger items like couches and dining room tables. New fabric or finishes can help the family embrace the desire to make new memories using the piece. Perhaps two different elements can be connected through the addition of a unifying texture, color or pattern. And, sometimes, a piece doesn’t make design sense, but a family member is sentimentally attached to it. “Environments matter, and every

home should speak to all the souls living in the home,” Carlson says. “It’s about creating an environment of home where everybody feels equal and part of the new family.”

Empty nesters

This stage of life can be very fun to design because people are often reclaiming or repurposing space in their house to fit their own desires, like a man cave or a meditation room. But this stage also needs some preparing in case grandchildren come along, says designer Wendy Buck. Consider instead configuring spaces that children will be using and make those areas accessible yet hideable – with doors or stylish storage options. This stage also requires substantial preparing – for the next phase. “If you know you’re going to be updating your current home but will be moving to a smaller place in 5 years, you need to consider items on a different scale,” Carlson says. “Keep things neutral enough to do whatever you want in the next space.” Neutral doesn’t just mean black and white either; think about browns, greys and other soft tones that can work in a variety of areas.

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Environments matter, and every home should speak to all the souls living in the home. divorcing can result in a financial situation that doesn’t accommodate a home makeover. That’s no problem though, because a coat of paint is the easiest way to make a change without breaking the bank. New paint color also makes the furniture look completely different in a

space, Rasmus says. Look for pieces in other areas of the house that can be moved around to give a space a new look, Buck says. “That doesn’t require spending any money,” she says.

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Make your home safer in wicked weather Wicked weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared will offer you, your family and your home greater protection. Here is what to know.

Take shelter

Oftentimes, the safest place to be during a storm is at home or in a designated shelter, depending on the storm’s severity. That said, it’s important to know more about how your home was constructed. Keep in mind that new homes are subject to regional safety standards to help ensure they can stand up to extreme conditions likely to occur in the area. So, if you live in an older home, consider retrofitting it with newer products that are more resistant to high winds. If you live in a manufactured home, you can rest easier knowing that your home was subject to robust compliance and quality assurance regulations enacted by the federal government in 1976, and was engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency based on the geographic

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region in which you bought it. Even so, proper installation is crucial for maximum safety, including additional structures added by the homeowner, such as an awning, deck, carport or sunroom. Indeed, a 2014 Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety test found that newer manufactured homes performed better at high winds than traditionalbuilt homes when attached structures are properly installed. The Manufactured Housing Institute says the building design criteria

and anchoring systems for modern manufactured homes allow them to perform better in a storm than ones built before 1976, and that federal wind standards became even stronger in 1994. It’s also a good idea to have a professional check the anchoring system on an older manufactured home, especially one built prior to 1976. If you live in a manufactured home land-lease community, contact your community manager for assistance with identifying a qualified inspector. If your manufactured home is located on private property, a local licensed manufactured home installer can be hired to inspect the home’s anchoring and tiedown system. To learn more, visit manufacturedhousing.org.

Get stocked up

Taking shelter in a storm is easier when you are equipped to do so. Maintain a well-stocked supply of non-perishable food items, fresh water, batteries and a first aid kit. It may also be wise to purchase

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In this case, many homeowners opt to retain certain items with sentimental value or that elicit good memories while wanting to make a significant design change. “We don’t want them to throw away anything they will regret down the road,” Carlson says. “We don’t push someone to do something if they aren’t ready.” Most individuals who pick up the phone to call about a redesign are ready to move on to the next stage of life, but typically want to incorporate what they can in the new iteration of

their home. If the widow or widower is older, natural light is important as well as anchoring the space through a close furniture configuration. Flat rugs are essential to avoid unnecessary tripping hazards. No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, make sure you always plan for the next one, the designers say. Look for furniture styles that will stand the test of time, avoiding larger items and overstuffed pieces. Don’t be afraid to spend money on quality pieces that you’ll have for several phases. “Buy items with the thought of how it could be used next,” Carlson says. Danielle Teigen is a content manager for Forum Content Studios and staff contributor at danielleteigen. areavoices.com. She can be reached at (701) 451-5709.

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COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

What to know when looking for new countertops By John Lamb Forum News Service hen it comes to home remodeling, things really heat up in the kitchen. Improvements in the cooking area can add big return for the buck in terms of home value. New appliances, cabinetry, light, flooring, paint and layout are all things to consider, but one of the more overwhelming choices can be countertops. There are dozens and dozens and dozens of options when it comes to picking the surface where you’ll prepare and possibly even serve food, most likely the area you see most in the room. It’s a decision that will likely live with you as long as you own the house. Your countertops can even say a lot about you. Do you want to make an

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elegant statement with marble? Do you want to project a contemporary, modern presence with concrete tops? Do you want a more rustic, cabin feel from butcher block? Once you pick the material, you may need to decide on an edging – some manufacturers offer around 20 options – which can add to the cost of the project. Just as there are a variety of choices, there are pros and cons to all of the different materials. Here’s a quick look and some of the most popular tops.

Quartz

In Minnesota, quartz is king, thanks in part to the presence and marketing of Cambria, based in Eden Prairie. A mix of crushed quartz rock and rezin, the engineered material is desirable because it doesn’t require

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Quartz is the most popular counter material in area kitchens. sealing, making it easiest to maintain. As one of the hardest surfaces available, it is scratch resistant, says Jamie Stenseth, showroom manager at Showplace Kitchen. Some who like the random patterns of natural stone like granite or marble have claimed the look to be too uniform. Tim Liebl of Accent Kitchen and Bath, says Cambria has quartz that looks like granite. “They found a way to manufacture the quartz product so you can actually see character in it,” he says.

Because it’s so in demand, quartz can also be as expensive as granite, ranging from $50 to $100 a square foot, Liebl says. Stenseth declined to state price ranges for any countertops, saying there were too many variables.

Granite

The most popular choice in other parts of the country where it’s more readily available, granite has to be shipped in here and that’s reflected in the price tag.

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Fans love it because each slab is unique. “Imperfection equals beauty,” Liebl says. “Embrace the imperfection. Look at its natural beauty. That is your piece. If that’s not your bag, we have people consider quartz.” Granite is slightly less durable than quartz and while easy to clean, does require occasional sealing. Like quartz, granite ranges between $50 to $100/square foot, Liebl says.

Marble

A popular look for its luxurious appearance, marble is less popular with builders. “We avoid it,” Liebl says, adding that it scratches and stains easily. “Marble would be a nightmare. It’s a really soft stone, meaning it would be really porous and consequently can stain easier,” Stenseth says.

Engineered solid surfaces

These acrylic-based surfaces, like Corian, are enjoyed for easy caring because they are waterproof and heat resistant, says Stenseth, adding they’ve come to be known as,

“chef’s countertops.” The workmanlike reputation also comes with a more affordable price tag. While the countertops can be easily cut or nicked, scars can be taken out with buffing.

Butcher block

Enjoyed for its warm appearance and utilitarian feel, butcher block hasn’t really caught on locally, Stenseth says. Cuts, scratches and stains in the wood can be sanded out, but the material requires regular upkeep, like treating with mineral oil once a month. “It’s maintenance and you have to be able to live with it,” Liebl says Liebl prefers to use it as an accent surface in the kitchen, but not in high function areas by sinks or where food is being prepped. Still, at $50 to $65 a square foot, it is one of the more affordable surfaces.

Laminate

Laminate countertops have evolved a lot in the last few years and in some cases are back in vogue as they’ve been able to successfully replicate different surfaces, like wood. “Unless you have your hands on them, you really can’t tell,” Stenseth says. Liebl says another one includes micro-divots to mimic the feeling of

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Tim Liebl of Accent Kitchen and Bath suggests using a harder material like granite for high-use areas and butcher block as an accent feature. polished stone. Other advancements are in making anti-bacterial surfaces, Stenseth says. While manufacturers have made the material more durable, there are inherent limitations. “At the end of the day it’s pressed paper,” Stenseth says. As such, it’s vulnerable to excessive water and heat, though no sealing is required. Still, the big appeal is in the sticker, starting between $25 and $35 a square foot, Liebl says.

Concrete

A newer option in countertops is one

people may think of more for sidewalks. Concrete is desired by some because it can be poured into individually designed forms, stamped and etched. Liebl says he doesn’t work with it much because it’s something best left to a concrete specialist. “(It’s for) people who can appreciate a unique piece,” Zach Zeis of Zeis Concrete Solutions, explained in an earlier story. “You get something that you can make your own.” Because of the possibilities, prices vary. Drawbacks are the required maintenance with occasional resealing required. Simple things like lemon

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Advice for new gardeners

search for regional material. ► Gardening is a fun process. Plants take time to grow – sometimes decades – and we learn the wisdom of patience. ► Our growing season extends from the final spring frost averaging mid-May until the first frost of fall, about mid-September. ► Old gardeners have learned not to be fooled by early warm spells. April warmth can be followed by May snow. ► The time-honored preferred window for planting vegetable gardens, annual flowers and outdoor containers is May 15 to May 25. Frosts are still possible, but less probable. ► If you’re not ready to plant items you’ve bought at a garden center, don’t keep them in the garage: they’ll soon suffer. Instead keep them outdoors in a protected spot, moving in only on frosty nights.

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► Cool season vegetables like radish, spinach, lettuce, peas, carrots, onions and potatoes can be planted in April, if desired, because they enjoy cool temperatures. ► Warm season vegetables like tomato, pepper, squash, cucumber and melons languish in cool soil. Wait to plant until mid-to-late-May, when soil has warmed. ► Vegetable gardens are best located in full, all-day sun. If partial shade is the only option, plant leafy crops like lettuce, spinach, kale and herbs. ► Many vegetables can be grown in containers on decks and patios. Tags will usually indicate container varieties. ► Plant tags are great information sources. ► Save the variety name of trees, shrubs and perennials. In-ground labels get lost, so keep a journal as well. Names are valuable for future information lookup. ► Perennial flowers generally take three years to achieve full blooming potential. In the meantime, fill voids with annual flowers. ► A perennial bed or landscape that looks “full” immediately after

installation is usually planted too closely and will need rejuvenation quicker. ► Believing that planting perennials will eliminate future labor is like saying the job is finished once a baby is born. ► A flowering patio container that appears full and finished when newly purchased or freshly planted will usually be overcrowded by midsummer. Young plants need space to develop. ► Locally owned garden centers are the unsung heroes of the gardening world. They provide plants better suited for our region than much material supplied by national chains. ► Small-seeded vegetables like radish, lettuce, spinach, beet and carrot usually come up thick. Thin crowded seedlings to about one-inch apart as soon as they’re big enough to snip or pull. ► Doing a few minutes of work each day keeps you ahead of the weeds. ► Instead of considering our climate harsh or severe, embrace our midcontinent location. We have a long, rich history of successful gardening. ► Keep a bench close by so you can stop, relax, enjoy, observe and yes, smell the roses.

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Fun garden projects for kids Kids absolutely love to dig in the dirt, help in the garden, and experience life growing around them. Helping mom and dad in the backyard offers kids fresh air, exercise, learning experiences, and family bonding. It’s a win-win and what’s not to love about that? With a little bit of patience and some planning, even parents who are novices in the garden, can enjoy this wonderful backyard experience with their kids. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got the perfect ideas to get your family going: Plant garden bulbs together: Beautify your landscaping with beautiful blooming flowers, Hostas and elephant ears this year. Let your child help select the plant bulbs and plan out your soon-to-be gorgeous garden beds. Spring and fall are the standard planting times for bulbs. Let the kiddos help you dig the holes, insert the bulbs the right way, and measure the distance apart with a ruler. Your kids will be thrilled with what blooms the following season and feel so proud of their accomplishment. Build a kid-size garden: Give your child the gift of their own garden. And by gift, we mean the pleasure and learning they’ll get from it because it truly a gift to them. You can buy a ready to build raised garden bed at a big box home store, build a do-it-yourself version with leftover wood, or give your child an area of your regular garden and fence it off. Let them pick a few veggies to plant and have them be responsible for the planting and watering (with your guidance, of course). When a child sees their fruits and veggies go from seeds to the dinner table, they’ll feel so proud! Studies show that kids who are active in growing their own food, are more apt to eat it too. So go ahead and plant the rainbow!

Plant a butterfly garden: This fun idea is probably the easiest and reaps the most benefits. Pick an area of your yard or use a big container planter and fill with rich, black soil. Pick up an inexpensive packet of Butterfly Garden Seeds. Let your child sprinkle the seeds on the dirt and water. Watch all the different varieties of flowers bloom and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Start a worm composter: Your first thought might be “oh yuck” but your kids and garden will love your worm composter. You can buy a premade composter or build your own DIY version for around $5. It’s very easy to make and only requires a bit of drilling holes and setting up the bin. Vermicomposting requires worm compost bedding and compost worms. They will need to

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everything from drawers and cupboards. If you haven’t used an item in the last month (unless it’s a holiday necessity) – purge it! Next up, clean and line drawer and shelf surfaces with a quality shelf liner. Not only will it protect them from dirt and grime, but it also offers a good gauge: if you can’t see the shelf liner, it’s time to purge again!

Get a new spin on the laundry room

Sometimes the laundry room needs a bit of cleaning itself. Detergents and other build-up can cause washing machine odors. Run white vinegar through a cycle to sanitize it with ease. Next, improve efficiency and reduce fire hazards by thoroughly cleaning lint from dryer vents – both inside and out. Finally, use labeled baskets to ensure everything has its place. And, since the laundry room is often a catch-all location, label one as a “put away” basket and be sure to empty it daily, putting its contents back in their proper places.

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From towels to toiletries, bathrooms

hold a lot of “stuff,” which can make organizing feel like a losing battle. Create a de-cluttering schedule. Since many toiletries, such as toothbrushes and make-up, should be replaced quarterly, this is the perfect time to purge. Empty drawers and linen cabinets and toss out items that are old or aren’t being used. Shelf liner can once again be a useful addition before putting items back, since products like Easy Liner products with Clorox antimicrobial protection can add an extra level of clean by helping prevent the growth of odor-causing mold and mildew on the liner. Plus, you can toss it in the wash for easy cleaning.

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From toys to tools to seasonal gear, the garage has it all. Unfortunately, 25 percent of two-car garages are so cluttered that there isn’t room to park a car, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. Annually, remove everything and categorize items into “keep,” “sell/donate,” and “trash” piles. Next, designate sections of the garage for “work” (hardware and gardening tools) and “play” (toys, bikes and balls). Create vertical storage by adding hooks and floor-to-ceiling shelves. Finally, label bins, boxes and shelves to encourage everyone to maintain the

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