Consider this your fall reminder to schedule a visit from a chimney sweep, if you haven’t already. As temperatures drop, you’ll be tempted to light up the fireplace, and you’ll want it checked for any animal intrusion, creosote buildup or mortar that needs repairing.

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Flat paint will show fewer defects in a surface than glossier paint, experts say. When refinishing a piece of furniture or a wall that has seen better days, try to stay with a finish that’s less light-reflective.

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Old newspapers can be used to clean glass and chrome. They leave behind less lint than paper towels and can be used with both a misting of water or glass cleaner.

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If you like to saute with butter, be sure to add a bit of oil to the pan as well. Butter burns more quickly at higher temperatures, but the oil will stabilize it and give you more time to cook. Plus the combo is tasty for vegetables.

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Love your pod coffee maker but hate the waste? Almost every brand has some sort of reusable filter that you can purchase. They are cost-efficient and much better for the environment. As a bonus, just add those used coffee grounds to your compost pile or sprinkle them in your garden.

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You can re-wrap a scratching post with sisal rope fairly easily. The rope usually costs only a couple of dollars, and you can use a drop of hot glue to get started and another at the end. Your cat (and your couch) will thank you.

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Add a few tablespoons of milk to water that you use to cook cauliflower. It will help it retain its whiteness.

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