There never seem to be enough hours in a day. Or at least, there never seem to be enough hours in a weekday. Take advantage of your Saturday and Sunday to make up for lost time during the week by tackling a list of fun and useful to-dos. With the help of these five organizational, culinary, and general DIY projects, get ready for a weekend that's as much about productivity as it is about easing the stress after a long, hard week.
Make Some Fruit Jam
If cleaning out your fridge is on your to-do list for the weekend, then you know you might run into the all too common conundrum of determining whether or not a quickly ripening box of raspberries or strawberries will make it another day or two before you have time to finish it off. When that's the case, change things up a bit by grabbing any fruit that you're unsure about finishing and whipping up a mean fruit preserve with it. Wehther you go for a straightforward jam, like plain plum or strawberry, or you opt for something a little more out-of-the-ordinary, like peach-plum, you're sure to fall in love with the flavor of (and the super simple process of making) your own jams. Plus, this will save you the trouble of tossing questionables, and will give you something totally fresh to do with fruit that is, well, less than fresh.
[LEARN: See how to make your own jam at home with this customizable recipe.]
Clean Your Plants
If you're generally pretty pressed for time during the week, chances are that squeezing in a good wipe down of your houseplants isn't too high up on your Wednesday or Thursday evening plans. But with a little more free time on the weekends, it's the perfect time to tackle the overlooked chore of cleaning your houseplants. After all, not only does maintaining and making sure to clean your plants make them look brighter and prettier in your home, but it also improves their overall health by making it possible for them to release oxygen and clean the air more effectively, and by preventing harmful pests from attacking.
[WATCH: Get all of Martha's tips on cleaning plants properly at home.]
Organize Your Jewelry Drawer
Sometimes one of the most valuable things that you can do when you've got an hour or two free is organize smaller elements in your room that might be making things look cluttered even when larger items are in order. A few decorative bowls are all that you need to create this easy jewelry "organizer," which essentially consists of a bowl-lined drawer where you can separate necklaces, earrings, and bracelets from one another. This is the perfect way to keep things from getting tangled up, as they frequently do when you toss them into a jewelry box, and it keeps all of your pieces neat and out of sight until you need them.
[STORE: Organize and store your jewelry with this simple how-to.]
Shorten Your Shower Curtain
If some sort of bathroom makeover is on your list but you just haven't managed to get around to it because you're not quite ready to bite off quite that much yet, then start with a single element of the bathroom that has a major effect on aesthetic: your shower curtain. It may not seem like a major change, but hemming a long shower curtain can work wonders when it comes to making your powder room look more pulled together and neat. Plus, it will minimize the build up of dust and moisture, which is an issue that longer curtains are more susceptible too.
[TRIM: See how to shorten shower curtains for a clean look in your bathroom.]
Make a Waterproof Coat for Your Pup
You've likely whipped out the outerwear already for this season, so why not take this weekend to make sure that your pooch is as protected against the elements this winter as you? This waterproof coat is perfect for keeping your dog warm ing the winter – especially on wet days – and is perfectly customizable, from the fit to the style and color. And even if you're not particularly well-versed in sewing and making garments, this project is the perfect starter thanks to its simple, small-scale design and easy step-by-step instructions.
[MAKE: Create simple waterproof coats for your pup with this simple how-to.]