Make the most of your cupboard real estate by adding another level of storage for glassware. Cut a piece of nonskid shelf liner (available at home-supply stores) to line a serving tray and a cupboard shelf; this will help glasses stay put and protect the rims. Place glasses used less frequently upside down on the shelf, set tray on top, and arrange everyday glasses upside down on tray.
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If you love playing polo or riding horses, keep your leather boots and saddles clean and beautiful with these simple steps.
1. Wash with water and a sponge to remove sweat. Let dry.
2. Polish with cordovan color shoe polish.
1. Clean with water and glycerin soap after riding to keep leather supple and shiny.
2. Apply cerasoline to saddle with soft cloth once or twice a month.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, January 2010
A refreshing spritz of fragrant water is a great way to keep cool in summer. To create sprays, simply fill mist bottles with water and a few strips of julienned cucumber or sprigs of lavender and mint. Label bottles (labels from chroniclebooks.com), and set them on a tray at your next backyard barbecue.
Bonus: Cucumber is known for its hydrating properties, and lavender and mint are reputed insect repellents.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2009
Return from vacation to find your plants thriving, not barely surviving. Create care instructions for your house sitters. Print a note for each plant (including watering guidelines). Then stick the instructions to wooden plant markers (or chopsticks). If you want to take the extra step of laminating, your notes -- and probably your plants -- will last a lot longer.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2010
A corkboard is handy for posting reminders, but it's often difficult to find a suitable spot for one on the wall. Instead, cut one to fit inside a door or a cabinet panel. Measure the dimensions of the space. With a straightedge and a box cutter, trim a piece of sheet cork (available in many hues at home-supply stores) to those dimensions. Affix cork to surface with nails.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 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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