Infographic: Ditch the clutter with this space-saving encyclopedia

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It’s easy to get attached to the things in our lives, but clutter wastes more than just space. We spend nearly 2 years out of our lives dealing with clutter and 40% of cleaning time is spent dealing with stuff we don’t need or use. This infographic will set you on the path to clean, clutter-free home. Use the handy flowcharts to determine what to keep and what to ditch, and then use the storage tips to get your keeper pile in shape.

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Urban beekeeping is safer thanks to Francesco Faccin's sweet Honey Factory

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In an effort to preserve the ancient art of beekeeping and safely bring it to a new, urban audience, industrial designer Francesco Faccin has created the Honey Factory. The metal and wood parallelogram structure features a prominent chimney that forms a focal point for the piece of micro architecture, while protecting the bees from harm. A viewing window towards the base of the structure, meanwhile, provides a close-up view of the hives and beekeeping in action for budding apiarists of all ages.

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Lumibaby is a mini-LED that turns on with a squeeze to the tummy

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Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

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3 of the world's top polluting countries make major commitments to clean energy

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Three of the world’s top source of greenhouse gases – the United States, Brazil, and China – all announced new goals on Tuesday that represent a serious commitment to clean energy and the health of our environment. Each of the three nations has announced it will implement efforts to reduce, or at least slow the growth of, greenhouse gas emissions, utilize more renewable energy sources, and protect natural resources like forests. Ramping up climate change initiatives isn’t likely to halt environmental destruction, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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We're giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are now many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress, one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75. Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life.

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Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the deadline to 7/8/2015 11:59PM EST. We want to give our loyal readers, their friends, and their family members the opportunity to win this organic cotton mattress and have a better night’s sleep!

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Eat and drink at these fun floating bars and restaurants this summer

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London's first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

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London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for their equipment. This week, the city’s first subterranean farm is nearing completion of ‘phase one’ of production, putting the producers just a few weeks away from delivering the first harvest of pea shoots, radishes, and celery to commercial customers.

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MAD Architects unveil green-walled garden homes for Beverly Hills

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MAD Architects unveiled their first residential project in Beverly Hills and it looks like a luscious green hillside in the center of the city. Topped with clustered glass villas, 8600 Wilshire includes 18 residential units blended with commercial spaces on the main level. The project combines private gardens, townhouse architecture and condominiums, wrapped in a water-efficient “living wall” containing drought-tolerant succulents and vines.

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These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

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A sprawling dragon with a mane of plants reaches through a Parisian art venue

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Volkswagen is working on a 186-mile range electric car

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In the next few years electric cars are set to finally take a big jump forward with the arrival of several models that will have a driving range around 200 miles – much longer than today’s models. Chevy and Nissan have already announced plans to introduce new longer range electric cars and now Volkswagen has announced that it is also working on new battery technology.

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Edith Macefield's 'Up' house may be razed, as new owners say it would cost too much to save

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Back in April, an incredible little house in Seattle went up for auction. Now, Edith Macefield’s 600-square-foot Ballard bungalow may be destroyed, as the auction winners realize how costly it would be to bring the house back up to code. Macefield became the poster child of homeowners fighting corporate developers when she refused offers of up to $1 million, forcing the real estate development company to build a shopping mall around her tiny abode. Prior to the auction, the investment management company that owns the property toyed with plans to raze the house, but decided instead to make a last ditch effort to find a new buyer to restore it.

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Gorgeous cantilevering green-roofed home soars over Beverly Hills

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Exquisite copper-plated Ecumenical Art Chapel ages with the trees in Finland

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Could the world's first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to a neighborhood near you?

Could the world's first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to a…

One company seeks to close the gap on the one thing you can’t do in New York City: swim in the river. +POOL is looking at a number of locations to install a floating, water-filtering…

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Testicle-eating fish return to New Jersey

Testicle-eating fish return to New Jersey

"The return of the testicle-eating fish" sounds more like a b-movie that should never happen, let alone an actual news item. But, alas, another of those slightly freaky looking fish…

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DELVA Landscape Architects created a community oasis for the city of Utrecht

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Dutch firm DELVA Landscape Architects designed a shared green oasis for the city of Utrecht surrounded by rows of mansions and brick architecture. Their proposal for the area entitled…

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The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing

The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing

The Great Wall of China is one of the most awe-inspiring manmade structures in the world. Paradoxically, people are noticing that it is showing signs of decay and collapse at the hand…

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Norwegian students build a contemporary wooden sauna on the sea

Norwegian students build a contemporary wooden sauna on the sea

The student project gets its name from its ribbon-like design that looks like three connected wooden bands individually rising to form three gabled shapes on one end, and stepping down…

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