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Things in your living room you should toss right now
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Things in your living room you should toss right now

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Does any room get quite as cluttered as the living room?

This much-used, much-loved multipurpose room seems to have a clutter problem that’s in a class of its own. Somehow the discarded socks, abandoned toys, half-read books, crumpled magazines, forgotten phone chargers and more collect in this shared space, and cleaning it all up seems like a never-ending chore.

Preventing the living room from becoming a drop zone is its own challenge, but the problem can be made to feel less pressing if the items that actually belong in the living room are already organized. If there is less in the room already, those mysterious add-ons that always seem to pile up won’t seem so overwhelming.

Toss these unnecessary things for a living room that feels decluttered, at least some of the time:

The do’s and don’ts of affordable family room upgrades:

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Reader comment: My husband and I sold a vacant lot in Texas this past year without any agents being involved. We have followed the market closely. We agreed on a price, filled out the documents and closed in an attorney’s office for a total cost of $250. We also purchased our present home in 2007 without a real estate agent.

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Q: Tim, can you solve a conundrum for me? My bathroom was remodeled about two months ago, and the vanity has a granite top with a china undermount sink. Yesterday I noticed a long crack in the sink that extends up from the drain hole. The contractor claims I did it by dropping something. I didn’t. He won’t repair it. What can be done? How might it have happened? I feel I need a new sink, but I can’t figure out how to install one because when I lay on my back and look up I don’t see any clips holding the sink to the underside of the stone. I’m so angry at the contractor. Help! —Paula H., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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