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Maureen Feighan

The Detroit News

Tackling clutter in the New Year is a resolution for many.

Want to tackle clutter? Some tips for getting organized in 2016

If clearing up clutter is tops on your to-do list in 2016, you’re not alone. It’s a top resolution for many. But don’t set yourself up for failure. Set small, specific goals to stay on track. Below are some other tips from AllThingsMine CEO Kishore Kumar:

Start with the problem: Start thinking about what you need to organize first. A drawer? A filing cabinet? A pantry? Take note and look around for specific items that will help you with your organization problem.

Use spare time to organize: Even with just 10 spare minutes, you can organize something. Hang some hooks to put your keys or throw out junk mail.

Organize your chargers: You can save time and hassle by setting up a home charging station. Designate a drawer or basket.

There’s an app for it : If you are a smartphone user, find an app that helps you organize your thoughts, ideas and lists. By keeping all of your lists in one space you can better manage everything you need to do.

Rochester's Dillman & Upton will hold a free kitchen and bath clinic next month.

Rochester hardware store offers kitchen, bath clinic

Renovating a kitchen is a major undertaking – physically and financially. Houzz.com’s recent 2016 Kitchen report found that a third of all homeowners renovating their kitchens planned to spend between $25,000-50,000. For local homeowners considering a kitchen overhaul, Rochester’s Dillman & Upton will hold a free kitchen and bath clinic at 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Dillman & Upton’s specialists will talk about materials, installation, and more. “At the clinic we cover all the fun design stuff with the new trends and products, but we also tackle installation and what people can expect during and after the reconstruction,” says Rick Bozynski, Dillman & Upton’s Kitchen & Bath Department manager, in a press release. Seating is limited so reserve a seat at dillmanupton.com or call (248) 651-9411. Dillman & Upton is at 607 Woodward Street in Rochester.

Detroit Artisans is a new vintage design and decor shop in Ferndale. It’ll hold an open house on Saturday.

New Ferndale design, vintage shop hosts

open house

Joey Sturgill of Flat Rock has fond memories of looking for deals at yard sales with his Grandma Billie. For Billie, a mother of 10, bargain-shopping was a must. “She got all of us into it,” says Sturgill. “She was a heavy, heavy garage saler and we always looked forward to going out with her.” Now, Sturgill is taking his love of all things vintage and opening a store in Ferndale: Detroit Artisans. Co-owned by Sturgill’s sister, Jamie Huff, the store at 2141 Hilton is a design and work space filled with cool vintage pieces Sturgill has found everywhere from flea markets to dumpsters. “I love vintage,” says Sturgill. “I love the aesthetics of everything from mid-century to farm fresh to rusty.” Sturgill also is working with artists and designers to sell pieces made from reclaimed materials. Detroit Artisans, located at 2141 Hilton Road, will host an open house from 12-8 p.m. Saturday with Dago Joe’s food truck and live music. It’s open 12-7 p.m. Thursdays; 12-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 12-6 p.m. Sundays. Call (248) 206-7595.

Local feng shui expert Dennis Fairchild will speak Feb. 2 at Leon & Lulu about the Year of the Fire Monkey.

Local Chinese astrology

expert will speak Feb. 2

Dennis Fairchild, a local expert on Chinese astrology and feng shui, will speak Feb. 2 at Leon & Lulu about 2016 – the Year of the Fire Monkey – and what that means design-wise. The event, which starts at 6 p.m. and is part of Leon & Lulu’s Girls Night Out, is free and open to the public. In a Fire Monkey Year, Fairchild says people are driven and ambitious, so expect to see more people willing to take on risky projects or break protocol. The Chinese New Year officially starts Feb. 8. Leon & Lulu is at 96 W. 14 Mile in Clawson.

Pewabic Pottery’s newest exhibition explores the vessel.

New Pewabic exhibition

focuses on vessel

Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery will unveil its latest exhibition, “This is the living vessel: person. This is what matters. This is our universe,” with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight. The exhibition explores the vessel, the ceramic equivalent of a canvas for artists. The exhibition is curated by Anders Ruhwald, the artist-in-residence and head of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s ceramics department. It will include the works of seven artists and how they use a vessel as a personal expression. Pewabic is at 10125 E. Jefferson.

Art Van Furniture will use its delivery trucks to deliver bottled water to Flint.

Art Van uses trucks to

deliver bottled water to Flint

As all eyes stay fixed on Flint and its devastating water crisis, Art Van Furniture has pledged to use its delivery trucks to deliver bottled water to the troubled city and its residents. Art Van is accepting bottled water donations at all of its stores in Metro Detroit, Lansing and Flint, which it will deliver weekly to Flint as long as necessary. The bottled water, gathered as part of a collaborative effort with WDIV, will be warehoused and distributed to residents by Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee counties.