How to Declutter rooms in just 15 Minutes

Last-minute visit from the in-laws or surprise house guests for the weekend? We know you’ve been meaning to put away that pile of laundry all week, but now it’s crunch time and you are running around like a crazy person trying to get the house in shape. There’s no insta-miracle for a spotlessly clean house, but there are a few tricks you can use to minimize the clutter culprits in each room in as little as 15 minutes. When time is limited, the trick is to be strategic about how you do your chores. But first, put on some music. We promise it will make the cleaning feel a little less awful and a little more fun.

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1. The Kitchen: If you do only one thing here, let it be the dishes. Make short work of it by plugging up the kitchen sink, filling it halfway up with hot, soapy water and allowing the dishes to soak while you take five minutes to put other stuff away. Whether it’s bags of baking supplies or piles of snack food, gather up all the kitchen clutter and use bins and baskets to organize similar items. For extra organization, you could even label your containers so you know where to put what next time you get groceries. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

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2. The Dining Room: All too often, the dining room becomes a dumping place for everyone’s projects, homework, etc. If paper is the problem, set up a sorting system to organize kids’ papers and the mail. If your dining room doubles as an office or homework station, have a cabinet close by where you can hide all the desk supplies. (via Domaine Home)

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3. The Living Room: Start by fluffing and straightening the cushions and any throw blankets. Tidy the coffee tables by corralling remote controls, straightening piles of books or magazines and tossing out any junk mail. If you’re cleaning for the whole family, set up a “lost and found” system in the living room. Create a basket for each family member, and as you clean, toss all their items into their baskets for them to empty once a week. (via The Glitter Guide)

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4. The Bathroom: Most of your hustle will need to be here, because guests always need the bathroom. Take the first four minutes to wipe the tub, toilet and sink, then spend one minute to wipe your mirrors, straighten towels and empty the waste basket. Use those final two minutes to grab your vacuum and go to town on stray hairs. (via Lonny)

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5. The Bedroom: First things first: Make your bed. Even if you do nothing else, making the bed is the one thing that will make the space look much, much tidier than it actually is. And it’ll really take just a minute! Then try aDIY jewelry organization system to instantly clean up the top of the dresser or vanity. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

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6. The Laundry Room: This is the one room in the house that seems to be a collection place for all sorts of odds and ends. Set up jars inside a pretty tray to collect clothes pins, mending supplies, things you find in pockets and any other random items. (via Brit + Co)

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7. The Office: We all have that one part of our home office that just drives us crazy. If it’s your main desk drawer, grab a few drawer dividers or trays to organize all those little items. If you have too many piles of paper, try and do as much sorting as you can in 10 to 15 minutes. (via My Domaine)

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8. The Entryway: A couple little boxes or a basket near the door is the perfect place to hide important things like sunglasses, keys, etc. This will make them easy to grab as you are walking out the door but won’t clutter up the foyer. If shoes are piling up, organize them in a stylish tray that also helps keep mud and dirt off your floor. (via Lonny)

What are your tricks for last-minute house cleaning? Share your organization hacks with us in the comments below!

2015’s Biggest Kitchen Decor Trends

Gone are the days when kitchens were purely functional rooms. Now, we cook in them, we eat in them and we hang out with our friends in them. And since this is where you spend a lot of your time, there should be a good amount of design thoughtfulness that goes into it. Sure, function is still important, but creating a comfortable space for visiting and socializing is just as important. From unique lighting to textured surfaces and metallic details, this season’s kitchen trends are all about comfort and style, and we’re totally obsessed.

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1. Copper Accents: Copper is still going strong in the design world, and we’re not complaining. Whether your kitchen is modern and minimal or country chic, copper adds just the right amount of warmth and glam. Go bold with copper pendant lighting or just pick up some copper pots to display on your open shelves. (via A House in the Hills)

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2. Green Cabinets: We love a colorful kitchen, but lately there has been an increase in sage, olive and mint colors. Green brings a modern and vibrant vibe to any space and makes the kitchen feel a little bit country but totally sophisticated. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

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3. Accent Furniture: The kitchen is really the heart of the home, and you should encourage people to spend time together by bringing in comfortable seating. Guests can lounge in a cushy breakfast nook and keep you company while you finish prepping dinner. (via Lonny)

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4. Color Pop: We’re always on board with a good pop of color. From painting the bar stools to adding bright dishware, color is the best way to add more personality and style to your kitchen. (via Hally’s)

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5. Unique Lighting: Whether you want to go for a glamorous crystalchandelier or a quirky metal pendant, lighting is a great way to update your kitchen without doing too much work. (via Raya Todorova)

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6. Rustic Textures: Rough wood texture is a fun way to add visual interest to your kitchen, especially when paired with marble countertops and metallic accents. Plus you don’t have to redo your whole kitchen to get the look! Just add some open shelving with wood boards to bring in some natural texture. (via Molly Barnard Grant Design)

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7. Marble Everything: From countertops to vases and everything in between, you can’t go wrong with marble. With its sleek and dramatic look, marble can be paired with dark cabinets for a stunning modern look or light cabinets to keep things cool and fresh. (via Fancy!)

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8. User-Friendly Open Shelving: True, open shelving is nothing new, but it is still super practical, pretty and functional. Add open shelves to your kitchen to make your space feel inviting and lived in all at the same time. (via Esther Jostmeijer)

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9. Geometric Shapes: Geometric shapes are still totally in, and we say the more unique, the better. Add some geometric patterns with cool light fixtures or a tiled backsplash. (via Style Blueprint)

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10. Tile It Up: Fairly easy to install and available in all kinds of colors and styles, the backsplash is a great place to start when it comes to adding color or depth to your kitchen. (via Lonny)

What are your favorite kitchen trends this season? Tell us what you’re loving in the comments below!