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You want a swoon-worthy, sophisticated pad, but you’re busy you know, living life and such. Don’t despair—there are dozens of high-impact, super-easy updates that can be pulled off in a single afternoon. From styling tricks to micro cleaning, here, 28 little home updates with major payoff.

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Stow the kitchen trash can

Fact: Even the fancy ones are still an eyesore.

RELATED: The 5 Dirtiest Things In Your Kitchen 

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Move coats to a closet

Your ever-expanding pegboard is about to take the wall down.

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Iron duvet covers and pillowcases

Crisp bedding is not a myth.

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Prune flowers and houseplants

Pick off brown leaves, toss dead blooms and trim living stems.

RELATED: How to Be A Crazy Plant Lady When You Have A Black Thumb

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And while you’re at it, freshen the water

Be gone, unsightly plant gunk.

Bowl

Fill a bowl with fresh fruits and veggies

Instant magazine polish.

oil

Pour your olive oil into a decanter

Classy. 

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And your booze

Ditto. 

pillows

Karate chop your pillows

Hi-ya!

coffeetable

Cut coffee table decor in half

Behold, the beauty of editing.

RELATED: 7 Easy Ways to Style A Coffee Table

chandelier

Dust chandeliers and ceiling fans

Because you know it’s been aeons.

RELATED: The Mess-Free Way to Clean a Ceiling Fan 

mail

Sort the mail pile

And find a home for everything.

cuttingboard

Oil the cutting boards and butcher block

Just like new.

Cords

Wipe down TV and computer screens

Later, smudges and dust.

laundry

Tuck away the hamper

Or invest in one with a lid.

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Un-decorate the refrigerator

Consider framing your kiddo’s art instead of magnetizing it haphazardly.

cords

Wrangle electrical cords

The battle of the ethernet.

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Corral clutter

Purse junk happens--that’s why God created catchalls.

RELATED: The 5 Secrets of People Who Don't Have Clutter

painting

Straighten paintings on their hooks

Ninety degrees, people.

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Adjust curtains on their rods

Fluff, fluff, ahh.

counter

Stow bathroom products

Clean and clear and under control.

Soap

Swap liquid for bar soap

Placed in a pretty dish.

books

Adjust books so that spines are straight in line

An architect’s dream.

RELATED: All the Glorious Ways You Can Arrange Your Bookshelves

mirror

Buff mirrors and glass surfaces

Buh-bye, streaks and scuffs.

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Replace melty, messy candlesticks

Hocus-pocus chic is not a thing.

Cupboards

De-grease your kitchen cabinets

Nothing a little sponge action can’t fix.

metal

Wipe metal focal points

Gleaming faucets and pots and pans, please.

towels

Hang towels properly

That’s right—fold 'em in half and hang evenly on a towel rack.

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