Keep laundry supplies tidy and out of sight with built-in shelves and a curtain that can be pulled across them when the laundry is done. Mothballs and cedar chips are stored in canning jars, and little bars of soap are kept in airtight containers. Towels for drying hand-washables are stacked on one shelf. Special stain remedies are kept together in a galvanized metal box; detergent is in a large plastic container with a scoop for easy measuring.
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Eliminate stray notes and pieces of paper by writing important to-do tasks on an erasable board near the door. Adding a painted wooden picture frame upgrades the standard message board; below it, a "hot box" -- a mesh bin set off by a colorful painted square -- helps you remember cameras, cell phones, and any other small equipment you may need to take with you.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2003
Purses are stuffed with acid-free tissue paper so they maintain their shape when not in use. The bags are kept in flannel sacks (top right of closet) to protect them from light and dust.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
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.
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.
SourceHealthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
Keep newspaper "logs" on hand and you'll always have kindling. To make rolling easier, wet newspaper, one section at a time, under a faucet. Spread the section on a flat surface. (Use a garbage bag to protect the surface from ink.) Tightly roll the paper into a log, and secure with twine. Prop the tube against a wall (protect it, too); let dry overnight.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2008
Although a duvet cover does an admirable job of protecting a comforter from stains, it is notorious for being a shifty character. Keep it and your comforter neatly in place by turning the cover inside out and sewing two pieces of five-inch-long fabric tape to all four corners. Then tie the fabric tape around each corner of the comforter, and sleep tight.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2011
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