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Vacuum out your heat ducts right now

This past spring (or the winter that would not quit here in Minnesota) we noticed that our heat seemed to not be working so well. My head immediately jumped to how to find a furnace repair person and how much that would cost. My wife suggested we try vacuuming out the ducts. A bit of internet research has shown that apparently you're supposed to do this on a regular basis, but I had never thought to do it before. So now you know!

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Use lingerie bags for washing delicates AND sweaters

I hate washing things by hand. In addition to sweaters, I think that other delicate clothing/unmentionables last longer if you wash them by hand. My first victory was moving somewhere with a washing machine that has a delicate cycle. But I was still doing multiple loads of delicate laundry since bra hooks and knit sweaters do not mix! The next victory was what I like to call a "baskets moment" or in my case, a "bags moment." For people who apparently live under rocks like I do…

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New home, old cat smell, HALP!

So my husband and I bought a house! But one thing that I noticed in this glorious house is that right when you walk into the kitchen there is this smell. We're not sure where it's coming from, but it's definitely of the feline species. However, we don't own any cats. So here's the question: How do you remove this smell, especially when you can't pinpoint the exact location that it's coming from?

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How I learned to stop lamenting my life without convenient washers

It's been years since I've lived in a place with a dishwasher or laundry machines. Sometimes it's frustrating to find many well-meaning cleaning and organization tips or checklists offered up online that assume I have these easily available for my personal use. It's taken me a while to figure out how to better manage my washer-less life rather than just lament it. Here are some things that I've found work for me…