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Have you ever been house cleaning and discovered a scratch in a piece of wood furniture while you were dusting? While you can take it to a professional or buy commercial repair kits, you can also repair the scratch with things you already have at home.

You've probably seen picture walls before: a clean, arranged design of frames with either photographs or paintings as a larger wall element. Of course, when you don't exactly have the budget for art, a gallery wall can seem a little out of the realm of imagination.

Apartment Therapy writer Lindsey Tella faced exactly that dilemma. Here are some tips on how she got started despite her budget being lower than what she needed for what she wanted:

House cleaning seems fairly straightforward, but there are a few mistakes people make when cleaning that make them end up working harder or not getting the results they want. Whether it's a stain on the carpet or the sticky residue on the counter, it's a lesson most often learned by experience.

Hopefully, some of these tips will keep you from making these three common mistakes!

The kitchen is one of the rooms you want cleaner than most of the others, but it can be a chore. There's always food around and plenty of tools and things you use—even if you use maid services, you're going to have to clean the kitchen sometimes, and it's great to have a few tricks to make it easier!

Martha Stewart has plenty of tips and tricks for keeping the kitchen clean, and here are our three favorites!

Everyone—especially kids—love to picnic. Eating outside when the weather is nice is a great way to get fresh air and spend time together with family and friends.

If you want to skip sitting on the ground but love the idea of eating outside together, creating a dining area in your yard is the perfect solution! With all of the choices available, not only can you find something completely functional, but also stylish and comfortable. Bonus? It doesn't take much house cleaning to keep this dining room clean!

When it comes to spring cleaning, it's most often seen as a way to clean things that normally get overlooked. Spring cleaning is a great motivator for getting to those tasks you've been putting off!

The biggest mistake people make when spring cleaning is trying to do it all at once. While an all-day or all-weekend cleaning spree can be effective, sometimes you just don't have time for that. 

Ah, the closet! As the warmer months move in, it'll be time to put away the winter clothes and pull out your summer wardrobe. It's tempting to just throw all of the winter clothes into a box, but if you take a little bit of extra time to really sort through your clothes, both your summer and winter wardrobes will be all the better for it!

Fashion expert Clinton Kelly recently spoke to Lucky Magazine, giving his advice for making a big difference in your closet. Here are a few of his ideas:

Do you like lists? For a lot of people, lists mean organization, and it's a comfort to know that there is a list in place. Even if you aren't a huge fan of lists, having one for cleaning is a good idea when you want a clean house without stress.

Fresh plants are a great addition to a house. Not only do they liven up a room, add something fresh, and bring the feeling of spring a little early, they also freshen the air! If you pick the right kind of plants, it doesn't take much work to care for them, either. Herbs and cacti are both extremely easy to grow: some water, sunlight, and occasional house cleaning (just spray the leaves off in the sink to remove dust!) will keep your plants healthy and looking great. Apartment therapy has a few suggestions for potting, and here are some great tips for your indoor garden:

It's fun to get creative with decorating and designing, but sometimes it's time consuming, expensive, and not nearly as easy as you think it's going to be! Isn't it nice when there's a project so simple and straightforward and beautiful that you can really enjoy doing it?

That's why we've found three of our favorite DIY projects anyone can do with just a little bit of time and effort. 

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