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Three ways to make your homelife shine
1. Get a green spring-cleaning.
Sparkle Queen (773-832-4895; sparklequeen.com) offers top-to-bottom housecleaning using all-natural, nontoxic products. The "Super Sparkle" service is the ultimate home-keeping indulgence: For $75 an hour (for the first and usually dirtiest visit), in addition to all the standard tasks, a team of two will do the chores you wish would simply go away, such as cleaning the insides of cabinets and the refrigerator, washing trash cans, and mopping under the beds. On second thought, why wait until spring?
2. Hang your artwork—finally.
Dann Witczak and Natasha Spencer, the husband-and-wife team behind The Art of Installation (773-752-0477; theartofinstallation.com), understand why it can take years for people to display their artwork, a big issue being the fear of pounding nails into walls. Witczak, a former chief preparator for a museum, and Spencer, a visual artist by training, can do it all—from helping you cull the showcase-worthy gems from an overwhelming collection of family photos or art, to grouping, framing, and installing the winners.
3. Streamline your electronics.
Gawk all you like, but when the time comes to buy, turn to The Little Guys Home Electronics (18305 S. Halsted St., Glenwood; 708-754-8844, thelittleguys.com), a full-service tech emporium in the south suburbs. The business excels in putting together the right combination of equipment to satisfy a household with diverging tastes—for example, an HDTV sports fan, a Nintendo player, a TiVo addict, and a penny pincher. The Little Guys can deliver and install, too.