How to cultivate coziness at home by removing clutter

Lauren Andersen/Special to the Town Crier
The Danish word “hygge” means “coziness” and a “comfortable conviviality” that’s especially important in winter.

With the cold weather and rain we have been lucky enough to experience here in Los Altos these past few weeks, it has me longing for more time spent at home.

10 tips for creating dream closets

Amanda Kuzak/Special to the Town Crier
Professional organizer Amanda Kuzak recommends pulling all of your belongings out of your closet to assess in a new context which items you really wear.

After spending 15 years organizing closets, I’ve learned that no matter the square footage of a client’s closet or the size of his or her wardrobe, my top 10 tips for wardrobe bliss remain the same.

Planting the understory

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Fiesta Marigold monkeyflower is an eye-catching, compact, long-blooming small shrub that is attractive to pollinators and hummingbirds. It does well in part to full sun and is drought-tolerant, though it looks better with additional water if grown in a sunnier spot.

A common complaint of gardeners: “What can I plant under my tree?” It depends on the tree, but natives are especially good options under established landscape trees.

Consider four things when deciding whether you can plant under your tree: leaf drop, root competition, watering and shade.

Tips for keeping your home secure

A recent spate of home burglaries in Los Altos has left residents concerned about how to protect their homes. The Los Altos Police Department prepared the following list of ways to keep your home and belongings safe.

• Lock all doors at night and every time you leave.

Building a custom home away from home, right outside

Lauren Andersen/Special to the Town Crier
Celeste Randolph’s backyard studio houses her design business.

As my design business grew, it was becoming difficult to continue working efficiently from my garage and spare bedroom.

Bringing bugs to your garden

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Valley Violet ceanothus is among the most floriferous natives in early spring. All varieties of ceanothus are excellent habitat plants.

For gardeners – and anyone else concerned about the future of life on Earth – a recent article on the “insect apocalypse” is essential reading (New York Times Magazine, Nov. 27, 2018).

Researchers in Germany found that the number of insects is less than one-fifth of what it was 50 years ago. If you’re lucky enough to have lived that long, remember how many insects got plastered against your windshield on long car trips? Or how many bugs you couldn’t help but swallow on bike trips?

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