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Time to replace these items?
By Jura Koncius
The Washington Post

Spring is here and now is a good time to take a critical eye to some of the often overlooked details inside your home. Decluttering is great, but some things you can’t just toss; you must get another to take its place. If something is looking shabby or worn, replacing it will give your home a lift.

Designer Lauren Liess shares her Virginia home with husband and business partner David, five children, three dogs and a gaggle of geese. Liess navigates a long to-do list between her family and her work (a decorating business and the HGTV show “Best House on the Block”).

In the midst of this, she tries to keep the volume of items in her house under control. We asked her which household items she was targeting for replacement. Here is her list. What’s on yours?

Bath towels
You might think towels last forever, but they really don’t. Liess prefers white towels, but her well water isn’t great for keeping them bright. Every once in a while, she has to weed out those that are looking dingy or frayed. “My towels last only a few years, and they need freshening up as they turn kind of gray,”

Bed pillows
It’s so easy to just forget about your pillows, Liess says. But they need to be examined at least every other year, because they get flattened and stained, especially with lots of kids in the house. She usually buys replacements filled with down or synthetic down at Bed Bath & Beyond. “I’m not keeping up with this one; I need to check on my guest pillows,” she says. After a quick look, she said that the style she has bought previously, the Wamsutta Dream Zone Synthetic Down Side Sleeper Pillow, has held up well and that she is going to order some more. And she’s going to replace a lot of pillow protectors at the same time.

Your doormat is the first welcome guests get when they arrive. A fresh mat is a good way to give your house some curb appeal, even on a dreary day. She has found Kempf Natural Coir Coco Doormat on Amazon, with its polished braided edge, to have a nice thickness. Although cheap coir mats tend to shed, she says, these do not.

Hand towels
Liess uses linen and cotton tea towels both in her kitchen and her powder room. She keeps a basket of them in her kitchen, usually solids or stripes in natural flax tones. “I replace the ones in the powder room about once a week,” she says, taking them out of the dryer while slightly damp, folding them in thirds and smoothing them down. She periodically goes through the basket and gets rid of stained or worn ones.