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    If you've been putting off cleaning out your closet because you don't know where to begin, we hear you!  

    Personal stylist and closet makeover maven Elaine Wang Yu of Simply Chic Styling acknowledges that going through your wardrobe can be a daunting task, which is why she suggests breaking it down into "manageable chunks."

    "Start by looking at all your sweaters and T-shirts," Wang Yu advises. "Then the next day, take a look at your shoes or workout clothes. Break it into sections because trying to tackle the entire closet at once is overwhelming."

    Wang Yu says as you go through your clothes, you may find yourself on the fence about whether a piece should stay or go. The stylist shares her insights into how to make those decisions a little bit easier. 

    Here are 8 things in your closet you need to toss (or donate) now ...

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    If you are a parent living in a house with any outdoor space, then you know the pain of trying to kill weeds without resorting to using any number of the dangerous chemicals and pesticides that make your lawn pretty, but are known to be carcinogenic -- or worse.

    This summer, my husband and I finally broke down and hired a landscaping service that doesn't use harsh chemicals because it seemed so incredibly daunting. But not everyone has to resort to paying a landscaper. In fact, if you have the desire (or the time), killing weeds without chemicals is actually quite easy.

    There are several low-cost, highly effective ways to rid yourselves of those annoying plants once and for all without being forced to compromise your family's health.

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    When you first hire a cleaning lady, it feels like an amazing luxury. Gone are the dust and dirty fingerprints, and suddenly everything has its place. You lose yourself in the neat pattern of fresh vacuum lines in your carpet, and you can see your reflection in your dining room table for the first time in ages. 

    With eager anticipation, you find yourself straightening before her arrival, expecting that initial magical feeling to be re-created again and again.

    But slowly, after a few weeks or months, things start to change. You notice a difference. Whether you can no longer find where she stashed your trusty planner or you could make a weave out of the cobwebs draping your chandelier, you start to feel like maybe your cleaning lady just isn't getting the job done anymore. 

    Here are 5 signs it may be time to dispose of your cleaning lady:

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    So, did you hear about the man who blamed his wife for their messy house? Spoiler alert: He admits he was wrong. He used to look around his house and judge his stay-at-home wife until he became a stay-at-home dad. Then he learned: Kids are destroyers. Not only that, taking care of a home (including the people who live in it) is a collection of "a million full-time jobs." This includes "housekeeper, disciplinarian, teacher, nurse ..." Oh blah blah blah, you know the list. We've all lived it. Congratulations, stay-at-home-dad, for observing the obvious!

    As with everything else in life, you have to prioritize. Some things are more important than cleaning your house. Actually, a lot of things are more important than cleaning. And anyway, aren't we all kind of suspicious of super-clean homes?

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    I'd always believed the adage "One man's junk is another man's treasure" until I hosted my first garage sale.

    I spent hours preparing and moving items into the driveway at the crack of dawn, only to discover, after tallying up our sales, that my children actually made more money at their adjacent lemonade and muffin stand.

    So just where did I go wrong? If you're planning to have a yard sale, learn from my mistakes.  

    Here are six tips for setting the stage for a successful yard sale:  

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    Most people want their home to be a reflection of themselves -- but not literally! Yet that's exactly what London-based artist Gigi Barker had in mind when she designed a line of funky furniture that looks -- and smells -- just like its owners. Say what??

    In what seems like a super-human or super-weird undertaking, Barker, as part of her 'Body of Skin' project, has created chairs that mimic the look and feel of human skin. But that's not all -- their silicon-base fabric is infused with human pheromones and aftershave! And the matching footstools -- hope you're sitting down -- resemble human testicles! 

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    Of all the things you can make from scratch, a gift bow seems like a giant waste of time, doesn't it? I mean, who really has the energy to top every present with a homemade bow? Answer: me. A mom of three who also works full-time. And you can do it too. In fact, it is one of the easiest, most original, handiest things you can do when you're a busy mom.


    You're never without a bow! Last Saturday my husband and I found ourselves two hours away from a birthday party with no wrapping paper or ribbon on hand. So what did we do? We decorated some butcher paper with markers, folded a card from printer paper, and made our own bow. It looked SO much better than the store-bought kind and only took about five minutes to complete. Here is how we did it:

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    One of the highlights of summer for any home cook is the ability to run out to the garden -- rather than the supermarket -- to gather fresh herbs. But just because the seasons change doesn't mean you have to say good-bye to your beloved backyard bounty of herbs and spices

    Planting an herbilicious garden indoors is not only easy, fun, and flavorful, but also it can save you from spending a bundle at the grocery store or farmers' market. Getting going, or growing, is simpler than you might think. Start by picking up planters, potting soil, and some seeds. Or get a head start by choosing already-mature healthy plants. 

    Even if you're short on space, don't worry: Some herbs make fine "roommates" and can be planted in the same pot. You'll find that basil, parsley, thyme, sage, chives, oregano, and rosemary will be happy house guests long after summer has ended if you follow these three tips for growing herbs inside:

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    You've heard composting will save the world -- or will save us all from our garbage and feed our gardens, anyway. But isn't it smelly? Doesn't it attract pests? Isn't it just a complicated hassle for hippies? Well, maybe I'm kind of a hippie, but I've been composting for over a decade. And if a flake like me can do it right, anyone can. It's actually easier than you think.

    Here are 7 tips for turning your kitchen scraps into a rich, nutrient-dense fertilizer your garden will love.

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    There is almost nothing in the world more frustrating than stepping out of a perfect shower only to find that your bathroom mirror is completely fogged. Okay, so that might be a SLIGHT exaggeration. Mirror fogging is hardly a matter of national importance. But the fact is it really is one of life's little annoyances and one of those things you often wish you could find an easy way to combat.

    The answer, my friends, is so much simpler than any of us could have imagined. It turns out, something you already have in your bathroom can stop the foggy mirror blues once and for all. It's as basic as a bar of soap and a towel. I've tried it. It works!

    Defogging your bathroom mirror is an easy six-step process. Wait 'til you see how it's done ...

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