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So you’ve Marie Kondo’d your closet. Now: How to take care of the clothes you have left?

A few weeks ago, inspired by watching all those people getting cheerfully tidied up on Netflix, I Marie Kondo'd my closet. (Yes, it's a verb.) All my clothes were taken out and piled on the bed in a soft, haphazard mountain – it looked as if a small and very dark-color-favoring boutique exploded – and only those that sparked joy, to use Kondo's term, got returned to the closet. I hope the Goodwill shoppers in North Seattle are enjoying my '90s Elaine Benes blazers (which I of course, as Kondo advises, thanked for their service).

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Design Recipes: 7 tips for spring home selling

With the winter thaw comes the red-hot spring selling season. When it comes to properly preparing a property to sell, many experts argue that successful home staging is the key to the most lucrative sale in the shortest amount of time. Stumped as to where to begin to get your home sale ready? Here are seven expert home staging selling tips.

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Style at Home: A house isn’t a home without art on the walls

Just like adding jewelry to the perfect outfit, nothing pulls a room together like impeccably decorated walls. I've found that people are either very excited to buy art, or very intimidated. With so many different options, styles and aesthetics, it can be overwhelming to choose. After all, art is a true investment. While art speaks differently to everyone, I can offer a few tactics as to how to incorporate pieces into your decor seamlessly and effectively.

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Your official spring home walkthrough

With the change of seasons, it's time to open your windows and let that fresh spring breeze flow through your home. But it's also time to inspect your property for damage, maintenance issues and potential improvements. If you conduct a thorough home walkthrough, your spring tests and inspections will fly by – and you'll be on to enjoying the weather in no time.

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Plumber: New bar faucet features

Q: Dear Ed: I'm building a wet bar in my basement and would like a bar faucet with a lot of options so I can multitask when I am behind the bar. I also want to wash glasses at the bar. Do they make bar faucets with pullout spray heads?

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Ask Angie’s List: How can I save water around the house?

Water is one of the most important utilities in the home, and one of the easiest to overuse. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average home loses 10,000 gallons per year to leaks. The EPA has declared March 18-24 as Fix a Leak Week, but you can improve your home's water usage any time.

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Design Recipes: 10 ways to make the most of shelves

When most people think of shelves, perhaps kitchen and bathrooms come to mind, a ledge to merely temporarily place something in the course of a daily routine. Instead, consider using shelves and shelving as a decorative area to help add interest and pizzazz. From metal to colors and even shelving of various lengths, here are some tips for how to incorporate shelves into your existing decor.

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Style at Home: Practice self-care in style

Is it just me, or has everyone been battling a cold that feels like it has stretched on this entire winter? With spring (and hopefully spring weather) just around the corner, I knew I needed to do something to get myself through the home stretch of this snowy season. Self-care is something we often overlook as life gets busy, but it's important. To be at our best for our loved ones and ourselves, we need to treat ourselves occasionally, especially when we feel under the weather. Today I want to highlight some of my must-have pick-me-up items that are helping me get through a lingering cold and these last official weeks of winter.

How to prevent a home fire in the winter

Here's how you can maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.