Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into a nice-looking umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with glossy oil-based enamel paint. In addition to providing color, the paint will help disguise any rust caused by dripping umbrellas. Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket (available at garden centers) with painters' tape; prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket. Let dry 24 hours before removing tape.
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In summer, the mere mention of chores can evoke reactions usually reserved for dentist appointments and haircuts. To make tasks less tedious for everyone, print them on strips of paper, color-coding to distinguish "grown-up jobs" from "kid jobs." On chore day, have everyone draw and complete a job.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 1 2001
Organization and a few helpful tricks can make your move more manageable, ensuring your belongings will travel safely and easily from one home to the next.
Download and print our exclusive moving to-do list for quick reference.
Print our moving box labels on self-adhesive paper to keep all of your packed belongings in order.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2008
These oak-veneer cubbies are the ideal dimensions (about 10 inches square and 14 inches deep) for holding folded sweaters and pressed shirts. Painted and labeled wooden boxes are used inside the cubbies to corral garment- and shoe-care items and toiletries.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
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
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
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