When you need first-aid supplies most, you're usually not in the best frame of mind to search for them. A well-stocked first-aid kit keeps the items you need easy to find. Bandages, adhesive tape, gauze, and scissors are useful. To clean wounds, keep hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol (and cotton balls or swabs to apply it) on hand as well as antibiotic ointment (check expiration date). A first-aid kit is also a good place to store pain relievers.
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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
Linen-wrapped Homasote fiberboard panels are mounted to the front of each closet door. A similar panel also rests on the back wall of a bureau-height shelf. They can serve as bulletin boards for notes, dry-cleaning receipts, and mementos.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
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
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.
SourceOrganizing Good Things 2004
Sometimes small houseplants get lost among larger ones. Elevating smaller plants increases their visibility. And placing your pots at different levels will add a new dimension to the display. Simply turn a few small flowerpots upside down, and stack plants in pots of the same size on top. Intermingle these plants with larger ones. Use pots of the same material -- terra-cotta, for example -- to create a uniform look. (Place plants on a waterproof tray or drain before setting them in the desired location, so water leakage won't damage your surfaces.)
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2009
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