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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After pruning trees and shrubs in the yard, save the trimmed branches to support returning perennials, such as lilies. They'll be free and plentiful, not to mention more natural looking than metal or plastic spikes. Look for branches with lots of little twigs, and stake three to five of them around each plant. As the plant grows, its foliage will gradually wind around the network of twigs.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2006
Sometimes the perfect thread for a sewing project comes on a spool that's imperfectly sized for your sewing machine. The solution: Place the spool in a heavy mug, and position it on your work surface directly underneath the spool pin. Take hold of the thread end, and hook it over the spool pin before threading it into the machine as usual (the thread should form a 90-degree angle); the thread will unravel smoothly as you work.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
If your upholstery has an unpleasant odor, fluff it up and air it out, or have it professionally cleaned (ask for a "chemical-free" treatment).
Before allowing pets on your furniture, cover it with towels. Change and wash the towels frequently.
SourceHealthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
Ceramic watercolor palettes provide perfect slots for sorting and separating earrings and other jewelry -- with no tangles.
Available at art-supply stores (fineartstore.com), they make delightful displays on dressers when filled with colorful gems. They're also small enough to tuck in a drawer.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2010
Short shower curtains look tidy and tailored, and they don't trap dust and moisture. To create the look in your bathroom, cut a fabric curtain 2 inches longer than the desired length, then fold and sew a 2-inch hem. Leave the plastic liner hanging full-length in the tub to contain water from the shower.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 2006
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