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If You Love Marie Kondo, Swedish Death Cleaning May Be for You — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

My husband and I are avid antique shoppers and like to joke that when we die (hopefully many, many decades from now!), we're setting our neighbors up for one of the best estate sales of all time. Who wouldn't want a primitive jelly cabinet with a slightly busted corner? Or a six-pack of canned, expired emergency water?

Of course, we say that in the same breath we take to complain about eventually having to clean our parents' houses when they pass. It's a little morbid, we know, but we're not so much focused on their deaths as we are talking about just how much stuff they have managed to stuff into their suburban New Jersey homes.

Why am I telling you this? Because I just stumbled upon an upcoming book that gave me pause: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter.


It’s Not Your Fault! Parents Aren’t (Always) to Blame for Picky Eaters — Parenting News

Hang around with parents long enough and you'll hear plenty of stories about picky eating. A father who was determined to serve nothing at home but organic, in-season produce is now watching for signs of scurvy in an otherwise healthy toddler and hoping the "orange" in goldfish crackers has vitamin C. (So sorry, it doesn't.)

A mother who's an award-winning vegan chef by day struggles with a 3-year-old at home who can't be convinced that there are acceptable foods other than one very specific brand of non-organic chicken fingers, and whose only current source of vegetables is ketchup, on the side. And if that ketchup touches the chicken finger before the 3-year-old is ready? The entire meal is ruined.


10 Easy Weeknight Dinners to Make in Your Dutch Oven — Recipes from The Kitchn

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A Dutch oven is a real workhorse in the kitchen — it can boil water for pasta, slow-cook a pot roast, and do just about anything in between. That's why I find myself reaching for it multiple times a week to get dinner on the table. These 10 recipes prove just how useful it can be, even on the busiest nights of the week.


5 Things That Make a Small Kitchen Look Bigger — Small Space Kitchens

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Whether you live in a small apartment, an older (pre-island fetish) home, or just an average house, you probably wish your kitchen was a little bit bigger. Or at least wish it looked bigger, right? We can't help you increase the square footage, but we can help with the second part of that.

Here are five things that'll make your kitchen seem bigger than it really is.


Our 5 Favorite Pantry Labels to Download for Free — Pantry Perfect

There's nothing more fun to look at (and, okay, drool over) than a well-organized pantry moment. Neatly stacked shelves, uniform jars, impeccable baskets — sign us up. There's one other thing all the lust-worthy pantries have, too: personalized labels on every single jar and canister.

Even if your pantry isn't totally Pinterest-ready, you can get it one step closer with some super-pretty labels. Not great at Photoshop and have terrible handwriting? Don't worry — we've rounded up five of the cutest pantry labels you can download for free and print at home. Getting closer to your dream pantry is only one click away.


6 Reasons to Be Proud of Your Ridiculously Small Kitchen — Small-Space Kitchens

While we all might fantasize about having a sprawling kitchen, à la our favorite Nancy Meyers movies, reality is often a lot, um, smaller. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you can either curse the cooking gods for your misfortune or make the best of it.

I mean, some professional chefs can pull off culinary magnificence in small New York kitchens. So you can come close. Or at the very least, love your tiny kitchen a little more. Here are some good reasons you should not only love but also feel fiercely proud of your tiny-as-a-postage-stamp space.


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