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Stephanie Booth

Portland, OR, United States

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  • The Kitchn

Recent articles by Stephanie:

7 Wood Paneling Makeover Ideas: Groovy in a Whole New Way

If your home has wood paneling, you've probably pondered a wood paneling makeover to move past those "Brady Bunch" vibes. → Read More

How Much Will a Smart Thermostat Really Save on Energy Costs?

How much will you really save if you install a smart thermostat? Here are some ballpark savings and how to maximize them. → Read More

5 Disgusting Ways Your Cat's Litter Box Could Make You Sick—or Worse

The worst part of owning a cat arguably is cleaning out the litter box. And it's not just a messy task. Litter boxes are full of some scary health risks. → Read More

Knock on Wood: 8 Surprising Things Attracting Termites to Your Home

Whether you live in an old log cabin or a brand-new stucco house, termites can find their way inside. And you might be inviting them in without knowing it. → Read More

Open the Door: What the Contents of Your Refrigerator Reveal About You

What's inside your refrigerator says a lot about you, experts say—even perhaps the parts of your life that you try to hide. → Read More

7 Crazy Things in Your Outdoor Space That Can Freak Out Potential Buyers

In your hustle to get your home show-ready, don't forget about the outdoor space. Not only will buyers check it out, but what they find could make them run. → Read More

Are You Killing the Mood? 8 Things in Your Bedroom That Freak Out Potential Buyers

Your bedroom might be your private sanctuary, but it’s completely public when your home is on the market. Hide these cringeworthy items before a showing. → Read More

You're Vacuuming Wrong: 8 Mistakes That Are Making Your House Dirtier

Vacuuming isn't just a mindless task you do while listening to a podcast. In fact, if you vacuum wrong, you could actually cause more harm than good. → Read More

5 Nonlazy Reasons to Skip Remodeling Before You Sell

There actually are some good reasons—meaning reasons other than sheer laziness—to not bother renovating before you sell. → Read More

Forget the Iron Throne! Bend a Knee to One of These 10 Crazy Toilets

Terrific toilets? If you want to step up your lavatory game, we recommend a further flush into these 10 outrageous potties. No toilet paper required! → Read More

6 Gross Things You Never Knew About Your Septic System

Just for fun, we asked septic service pros to share their most fascinating insights about how septic systems work and the craziest things discovered inside. → Read More

5 Things to Know So Your Septic System Won't Destroy Your Yard—and Everybody Else's

You don't have to be a septic system expert, but a little knowledge can go a long way toward preventing issues. We talked with the pros to dig up the dirt. → Read More

6 Things Attracting Rats to Your Home (Some of Them Will Surprise You)

Nobody wants rats in or around their house. But are you unwittingly presenting your home as a rat Airbnb? Here's what's bringing them to your door. → Read More

6 Septic System Horror Stories That'll Scare the Crap Out of You—and How to Prevent Them

A lot can go wrong if your septic system isn't properly maintained. In case you need convincing, check out these real-life scary stories from septic pros. → Read More

6 Telltale Signs Your Septic System Is in Trouble (and You Need to Call in the Pros)

With proper upkeep, your septic system can last up to 30 years. But being that it's underground, you might wonder: How do you tell if there's a problem? → Read More

6 Things in Your Bathrooms That Are Freaking Out Potential Buyers

We lifted the lid on some of the weirdest things buyers found in the bathroom during a home showing—some of which actually killed the sale. → Read More

Trash Talk: 6 Things You Should Never Put in the Garbage Disposal

Most of us think a garbage disposal is a sort of black magic blender that can chew up anything you put in it. Surprise! It can't. → Read More

Have a Pet Chicken, Llama, or Tarantula? Exotic-Pet Sitters Have You Covered

With the holiday season in full swing, many of us will leave home. And if you have exotic pets, a whole new niche of pet sitters has you covered. → Read More

The 5 Stages of Grief You'll Feel If You Try to Buy a New Couch

I need a new couch. I want a new couch. Yet instead of an exciting shopping excursion, buying a sofa has dragged me through months of agony. Here's why. → Read More

How to Build a Sauna at Home: A No-Sweat Guide

Come winter, many may wonder how to build a sauna right at home. Here's everything you need to know, including where to put it and how much it will cost. → Read More