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Editor Marisa Kashino took your questions about our new expanded home coverage

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Marisa Kashino, editor of The Washington Post’s The Home You Own, answered your questions about our new vertical on Thursday. The new service-oriented line of coverage launched this month. Articles will empower readers to make smart decisions about the way they live in their spaces and tackle questions big, small and existential about maintaining a home — including cleaning, furnishing, gardening, and the ways those things intersect with the environment, our finances, our mental health and our relationships.

Kashino joined The Post from Washingtonian, where, as senior editor, she managed the magazine’s real estate and home design coverage and wrote features. Her favorite home topics include midcentury modern architecture, hunting for vintage furniture, and houseplants. Here are some of the questions she answered:

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern time, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. She and weekly guests — whether it’s Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, Jasmine Roth of HGTV, Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage or TikTok’s Folding Lady, Sophie Liard — answer your decorating, decluttering, design, entertaining and home-keeping questions. For more than 20 years, our Q&A has hosted conversations about how to make your home comfortable, stylish, organized and fun.

Recent Q&As have covered whether it’s okay to replace a tub with a stand-alone shower, how to keep mice out of your house, what to do with a collection of costume jewelry and how to use the steam settings on your washer and dryer.

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.