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Labels on appliances - take them off! You've bought it no one else cares if you have a 5 Star appliance with special wool wash sequence and automated ironing slave included. What is it with photographers who photograph appliances with their stickers on. Take them off they are not protecting anything they just look ugly.
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I am naturally a very messy person. However, after losing everything in a fire as a teen and working in housekeeping for a 5 star hotel for years, I developed a minimalist style. This means that I can tidy up in no time at all. My home usually looks like these photos. Note that a yearly declutter is an absolute requirement; I am constantly getting rid of stuff. the biggest key is to only bring in quality items that have both 'form and function ', oh and stop giving each other materialistic gifts through the year.
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What a clever, realistic, useful article! Congratulations to you Jaana - this is one of the best things I've read on Houzz in the years I've been dipping in and out. I'm 'storing' it straight away! (Thank goodness that only occupies electronic space).

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