Window boxes filled with vibrant flowers are a welcome sign of spring. But when it rains, the soil in them often spatters, dirtying windows and sills. To prevent the muddy splashes, spread river stones (available at garden centers) in a layer over the tops of the flower beds. The stones will act as a barrier while keeping the soil moist for the blooming plants.
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Open storage cubes, available at organizing stores, rein in piles of folded shirts and sweaters and keep them from toppling over. The movable cubbies also provide support for the stacks on either side.
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
Paperwhites are a favorite for the season -- until they grow too tall and flop to one side. To rein them in, root the bulbs in gravel with a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol and 10 parts water. They'll stop growing at about two-thirds their usual height.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2007
Where's an extra button when you need one? Find sewing supplies fast in this three-ring-binder repair kit. Add zipper pouches and a felt needle holder (use spray starch to make felt sturdier).
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2011
Trim a plant tag at its base, place it photo-side up on a shipping tag, and staple it near one end so you can easily read the flip side. Group the tags on key rings, and make notes about where you sited the plants in the garden or pots.
Shipping tags (similar to shown), 5 3/4 inches by 2 7/8 inches, $29.37 for 1,000, by Avery; officeworld.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2011
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