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more easy home makeovers: rearrange, purge


The New York Times had another timely article last week — $300 room makeovers. As with most articles of the sort, it’s a mix of good advice and head-scratchers. For instance, I recognize the need to do something with blank walls, but I’m really not a fan of the repeating “Morrocan-y” stencil in one of the homes. I am also a little exasperated that only one makeover even came in under $300 (two were nearly $500).

That being said, the audio slideshow in the left margin has good advice. First, the advice to just clean up! Sad, but true — a room where everything is picked up and put away looks a lot bigger and more inviting. Another was the advice to remove some items to make the space feel bigger. I did this in my 10-by-13-ft. home office recently to good effect. –Mary T.
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this guy is cute and practical

There is a whole mess of cords under my desk. With two computers, a printer, a lamp and a sound system all hooked up to the power outlet, it’s hard to keep things organized. That’s why I love the Electric Man Multi-Outlet from Kikkerland. Each of his legs and arms has a three-prong socket, and the way they’re all spread out means that one big adapter won’t take up two spots! It may still leave me with a mess of cords, but at least it will be a cute mess. –Erica P.

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is it ok to fall in love with a trashcan?


I’ve always ben a strong believer in hiding your trashcan away in a cabinet, having never found a can I felt worthy of leaving out in the open. That all changed this morning when I spotted the Tri3 trashcan at Apartment Therapy. The three stacked containers allow you to separate your trash from your recycling without taking up extra space. I even love the contrast of the blue foot pedals against the bright white can. –Erica P.

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