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Wondering how to begin decluttering your home? Here’s how to tackle the toughest areas of your house. Take a mental inventory of what you see and write down how the room makes you feel. Then, close your eyes and imagine what you want your new space to look like. Write down how the new vision makes you feel, and place this in a prominent spot as a reminder of what’s to come. If you stick to the process, you will reach your goals. Here’s how to tackle the toughest areas of your house.

If you’re wondering how to paint kitchen cabinets, you’ve come to the right place. Giving your cabinets a makeover can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen, whether you’re opting for a clean white paint or a more adventurous dark or colorful hue.

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Our take: Cuisinart has made a name for itself by manufacturing high-quality, reliable kitchen appliances for decades. And the brand applies the same principles of craftsmanship, durability and practicality to its kitchen knives.

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Our take: Precise German engineering shines in every kitchen knife made by Wüsthof. With this brand’s name stamped on your knife blade, you know you’re using the best-quality materials and design. Of course, this comes with a slightly steeper price tag, and often the knives are not dishwasher-safe.

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Thanks to the allure of growing your own food, edible plants will continue to grow in popularity as people continue to spend time at home, said Bloomscape plant expert Joyce Mast. Many herbs, including common culinary herbs such as basil and oregano, can be grown on a kitchen windowsill, as long as you have about four to six hours of sunlight. Some hybrids are designed to be grown indoors in your kitchen or on a sunny windowsill.

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Q: Tim, I’m about to embark on a kitchen remodeling adventure and don’t want to get shipwrecked on the island of kitchen mistakes. I’ve never had an island in my kitchen, and I don’t have lots of space. Can you help me decide if one will work? What, in your opinion, is the smallest island you can have in a kitchen? What about appliances and electricity in the island? What happens if you get a stone top and want to change it later? How would you get the stone top off? —Mary Chris F., Cincinnati

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You don’t have to be a gourmet cook to appreciate the convenience of a hands-free kitchen faucet. The touch technology let’s you just tap anywhere on the spout or handle with your hand, wrist or forearm and the flow of water starts or stops. For those of us who are hygiene conscious, it’s a safe way to prevent cross contamination in the kitchen especially when preparing chicken or meat and you want to wash your hands without touching other surfaces.

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Q: Tim, my husband and I really need your help. Our 10-year-old multi-speed kitchen exhaust fan drips greasy water back down onto the stove. Three of the highest fan speeds no longer work. The lights in the hood have also stopped working.

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Perhaps you have a large bedroom and dream of an elaborate window seat. Maybe a well-placed breakfast nook could breathe new life into your kitchen.

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