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Want to give a dated thrift store painting a modern upgrade? Just add letting like @pine.and.birch did. You can even use peel and stick letters so there’s no painting required.

TikTok creator @alexamaketiktoks is probably used to jokes about her name, but she leaned into it with this easy DIY Amazon Alexa costume. You’ll need blue string lights, but you can pick up the rest of the items to make this costume at a craft store. Bonus points if you name is also Alexa.

It’s almost impossible to choose a paint color from the tiny swatches home improvement stores carry, but you also don’t want the mess of actually painting multiple test patches. TikTok user @newbuild_newlyweds found the perfect solution—oversized swatches made from real paint that you can order for delivery.

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Some kitchens have outdated hardware — if they have any. A trip to a home improvement store can offer contemporary and timeless options for your drawers and cabinets. Trendy finishes include brass or matte and flat black finishes and square pull bars.

These on-the-go fold and store silicone straws that @lindsayroggenbuck found come with a convenient carrying case so you’ll never forget to throw one in your purse and backpack. They even have kids’ sizes.

If your garage has turned into the glorified dumping ground for anything that doesn’t fit in your house or that you’re just not quite ready to get rid of, it’s time to get a garbage bag and a donations box and tackle the task. Your garage is a great place to store cars, bikes, lawn tractors and garden tools — but it isn’t the place for broken-down tools, electronics or that hideous lime-green paint that you’re never going to use again. Here’s some help identifying the items that need to go, and a list of the most common garage offenders.

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Bring that old chair you’ve been meaning to reupholster for years, or those old and outdated holiday decorations, to the thrift store or a donation center. If you can’t imagine placing them back inside your house anytime soon, you should say goodbye to those pieces.

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“Toss out balls if they don’t hold air anymore,” says Gordon. Same goes for broken tennis rackets, skis, helmets and more. If one of your kids no longer plays a sport, donate the used gear to a thrift store that accepts sports equipment.

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