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Tackle the indoor tasks you’ve been putting off as cooler temperatures set in and you spend more time inside. Get your home in tip-top shape with these easy tips and fall in love with it all over again.

1. Top-to-bottom cleaning. Cleaning is like a choreographed dance — knowing the proper steps and what order to do them in will ensure speed and success. Start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Crumbs will inevitably fall from kitchen counters and dust will fly from fixtures, so clean your floors last so you don’t have to redo them. In the kitchen, circle around the sink, starting at the right side of your stove and then move clockwise around the room. Stoves can be the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending there prevents the spread of grease and dirt.

Finally, when it’s time to sweep, hold the broom with one hand on top of the handle and the other in the middle. Having a proper grip on the broom will make each stroke more effective. Ensure you don’t miss any dirt by sweeping from the outside in. Pulling dirt to the centre of the room will make for easier pick up.

2. Get creative in the kitchen. Since we spend so much of our time in the kitchen, even the smallest updates produce a big change. Eliminate clutter by creating a home for items that live out in the open, like dish towels. Make a tidy workspace at the sink by installing a towel bar or ring. If your kitchen’s in need of a cosmetic update, try a DIY project, like installing an adhesive tile backsplash or a new faucet with coordinating hardware. When selecting a faucet, choose one with style and function.

3. Colour your world. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to update the look of a room. For the first time, Pantone selected two colours of the year — Serenity and Rose Quartz. The light pastels complement each other and make for a calm and soothing design aesthetic. Meanwhile, Benjamin Moore chose Simply White. Keeping with the trend of light colours, this white hue is the perfect blank canvas to showcase your décor.

Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com