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  1. Made for Hanging

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    Homemade hangers preserve the shape of tall boots and maximize space. They're created by replacing the knobs on cedar boot trees with large cup hooks, which are screwed into the tops. The trees and boots then hang from a cafe-curtain rod.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
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  2. Sliding Storage

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    Normally used in kitchens, a pull-out pantry becomes a shoe closet when the shelves are installed at an angle; professional assistance is recommended for this project. Nonskid shelf liners prevent pairs from sliding when the unit moves.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  3. Sized to Fit

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    These oak-veneer cubbies are the ideal dimensions (about 10 inches square and 14 inches deep) for holding folded sweaters and pressed shirts. Painted and labeled wooden boxes are used inside the cubbies to corral garment- and shoe-care items and toiletries.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. Garden-Variety Gift

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    A flowerpot filled with garden supplies, such as a spade, shears, seeds, and gloves, makes a good gift for any friend with a green thumb. As a bonus, attach a gift tag made from decorative paper embedded with wildflower seeds; the recipient can plant it after reading your note. On the tag's front, draw a hint of what's to come.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. DIY Floor Cleaner

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    Use a damp -- not saturated -- sponge mop to wash with warm water. If your wood floor is really dirty, try a solution of 1/8 cup plant-based liquid soap and 1/8 cup distilled white vinegar to 1 gallon water (some people like to add 10 drops essential oil for fragrance). For ceramic and stone floors (including marble), use warm water and a pH-neutral all-purpose cleaner.

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    Wood floors will need only infrequent cleaning if you vacuum them regularly with the appropriate soft nozzle head and wipe up spills and tracked-in dirt promptly. Remove your shoes at the door, and ask guests to do the same.

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    Healthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
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