Line the bottom of shoe storage containers with tongue-and-groove cedar planks. The aromatic wood helps neutralize any odors and helps maintain a fresh-smelling closet.
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These stately pedestals, made to fit over a chimney's flue, help prevent drafts and add a distinctive note to rooftops. Though pricey, they also make a grand spot to prop up plants. Choose antique or new pots -- find the latter at masonry yards -- and place a plastic pot liner inside each. (For fit, you may need to trim top of liner, then cut down the side and overlap edges.) We filled ours with purple cordylines, silver tradescantia, and rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor).
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2006
Use bungee cords to keep items from tumbling off freestanding shelves. The cords are especially helpful in high-traffic areas, such as the garage, where shelves might get jostled. Hook a cord across the front of a shelf, or use an extra-long one to wrap around the sides as well. If the cord isn't taut, wrap slack around the leg, then hook the cord to itself.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2006
Rectangular baking sheets make perfect receptacles for wet shoes and boots. The pans move easily in and out of cubbyholes, taking their contents out of the way. Once the shoes are dry, the pans can be washed and replaced.
SourceOrganizing Good Things 2005
If you need to create a new garden bed but prefer not to resort to chemicals, try this technique. Lay stacks of 4 to 6 sheets of newsprint side by side on the grass, overlapping edges, to mark the desired shape of the bed. Soak paper with a hose, and cover with 2 inches of mulch. You can plant directly in the prepared area, using a trowel to pierce the layers.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
Make the most of the space you have, including the wall. In this one-car garage, rubber-coated hooks hold a coiled hose and ladder; bungee cords stretched between studs create still more storage. A shovel is kept on a wall shelf. Another idea: Hang bikes by their frames on ladder hooks on the wall, and use the space behind the door for storing flat items, like folding chairs.
SourceOrganizing Good Things 2004, June 2006/2007
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