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10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

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From House to Home 9/5/07

  • If you've redecorated your kitchen, consider buying a chef's apron and embroidering your monogram or moniker on the front to match the color of the walls. You might want to add new dishtowels to match the wall color as well.
  • Gel, a form of polyurethane, is a hot new furniture statement that takes the place of padding. The user just melts into the gel-like surface that comes in the shape of chairs and chaises in a variety of candy colors.
  • To add an accent of sunshine to your new kitchen, fill a wrought iron bowl with ceramic lemons.

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Top Ten Organizing Resolutions for the New Year

Now that the New Year is here, I have been thinking about some of the things I want to accomplish this year. The more I thought about it, the more I decided that my biggest opportunity is just accomplishing more things in the year 2000. I don't want to have a list of another 10 things to do if I haven't accomplished the last list!

Here are my top ten organization resolutions.

Learning to let go of perfection as a goal