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TALES FROM THE CLOSET

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Tales from the Closet brings you all the reading material you need to become and expert at organizing.

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ORGANIZING WEBSITES

Use the list of resources below when its time to organize your things. No matter how big or small the job is, you’ll find any one of these websites helpful.

Hoarders Help

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It's time to remove the emotional value from the items you never use and the ones that clutter up your home. Remove the clutter and get organizational advice.

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Quick Tips

Dust for a Cleaner Indoor Environment

A closed-up house can get dusty fast in the wintertime. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to dust your home’s ceiling fans, picture frames, electronics and the hidden spaces beneath furniture; vacuum all rugs and carpets; and replace your furnace filters. Not only will you save money on home heating costs, you’ll breathe easier knowing that the whole house is clean — and especially if you and your family members have allergies.

Throw Rugs Keep Winter Grime at Bay

Use throw rugs in high-traffic areas to keep harsh winter grime from ruining tile, wood and even carpeted floors. Salt can abrade wood and tile, but carpeting can hide the dirt and wetness tracked in with winter weather until it’s too late — and then your carpeting will have a permanent dirty spot. Use carpet and upholstery cleaners judiciously, says the University of Nebraska; using the wrong one can ruin fine fabrics.

Shovel-Readiness Key to a Clean Home

When it comes to keeping snow, salt and the resulting dirt out of your house, a good offense is the best defense. Prepare for shoveling by placing guide rods in front of plant beds along the sidewalks and driveway, 1st Class Cleaning says, and stay on top of snowfall by shoveling early and often. Sand helps prevent slippage, but again, be sure to provide a place where dirty shoes and boots can stay before they track dirt throughout the house.

Protect Your Home Against Winter Dirt

Winter weather means one thing for your indoor environment: more dirt. People track in mud and salt when snow accumulates on the ground outside, and that dirt can mar your floors. Give the floors a good scrubbing when the weather is dry, and place a low tray or throw rug tray at each of the entrances to your home. People can leave their wet shoes and boots there, and your floors — and house — will stay cleaner longer.

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