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Clear Up Cluttered Kitchen Countertops

October 21, 2014 1:32 am

While homebuyers seek ample kitchen counter space when searching for a home, surface area tends to fill up quickly as homeowners settle in to their new digs. Reclaim your countertops in time for the holidays with these clutter-busting tricks.

Designate an area for paper.
Adopt a storage solution for mail or loose papers, such as a kitchen desk, tray or basket. Set up your paper station away from cook tops, sinks and other food preparation areas where they can get damaged.

Reserve counters for essentials only. Keep counters clear by stowing away appliances and tools your family does not use on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to store items that have not been used in over a month.

Arrange items according to function. Group items similarly to stay organized and avoid cluttering other areas of your kitchen. For instance, keep your coffee maker, coffee, cups and filters confined to one section of your countertop.

Cut down on food storage containers. To remove Tupperware from countertops, reduce the amount you own to only those that fit within each other. This will make them easier to store, freeing up even more space on your kitchen counter.

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Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

October 21, 2014 1:32 am

Consumers have leveraged the changing of the clocks to remember important but infrequent tasks like replacing smoke alarm batteries. AAA suggests motorists also use this event, taking place at 2:00 a.m. on November 2, as a reminder to check their vehicle for winter readiness.

"The end of daylight savings time means that winter weather is on the way, which can be rough on your car," says AAA's director of Automotive Engineering, Greg Brannon. "This is a good time to have vehicle systems checked and perform important maintenance to ensure your car is in peak condition."

Harsh winter conditions make your vehicle work harder, particularly the charging and starting system, headlights, tires and windshield wipers. AAA recommends that motorists:
  • Clean any corrosion from battery posts and cable connections and wash all surfaces with battery terminal cleaner or a solution of baking soda and water. Have the battery checked by a professional to ensure it is strong enough to face cold weather.
  • Have any engine drivability problems corrected at a good repair shop. Symptoms like hard starts, rough idling, stalling or diminished power could signal a problem that would be exacerbated by cold weather.
  • Replace worn windshield-wiper blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase one-piece beam-type or rubber-clad "winter" blades to fight snow and ice build-up. Use cold-weather windshield washer solvent and carry an ice-scraper.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs and replace burned out bulbs. Clean road grime or clouding from all lenses.
  • Have your mechanic check the exhaust system for leaks and look for any holes in the trunk and floorboards.
  • Examine tires for tread depth, uneven wearing and cupping. Check tire pressures once a month when tires are cold before driving for any distance. In extreme climates, a set of winter snow tires may be a wise investment.
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