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.
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From the moment you wake up, your day is filled with decisions. Shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, and the clothes that touch your skin -- everything you choose can make a difference. Here's the information you need to make choices that will get you through the day in the most healthy way.
SourceHealthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
Little, if any, scrubbing is needed to clean even the dirtiest pots when you use baking soda -- and it is nonabrasive and environmentally friendly.
Fill pot with 1 to 2 inches of water, and add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda simmer 15 minutes, then scrape tough spots on bottom with a wooden spoon, as needed.
SourceEveryday Food, April 2004
Make the most of a tight space with these easy tricks. Have galvanized metal cut to fit the back of the cabinet and inside the door. Adhere metal with caulk. (If your mirror has clips, loosen them, and slide the metal behind them.) Attach magnetized hooks, a notepad holder for brushes and combs, and spice canisters for hair elastics and barrettes. Group like items in votive holders and small acrylic boxes; double surface space with acrylic risers.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2006
Gutter strainers -- the wire cages that filter leaves and debris washed off the roof -- also make great orchid pots, providing the plants with excellent aeration and drainage.
Buy an inexpensive copper strainer at a hardware store. Using a pair of light pliers, bend the spindly legs of the strainer into decorative loops around the top (the loops also offer a way to hang the orchid if you like). Soak sphagnum moss (available at garden centers) in water, pack into the strainer, and then put in the orchid. Pack with more moss for a snug fit, and give it a hearty watering in the sink. Let the moss drain completely before placing the plant in a bowl.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2008
Storing baking sheets, cutting boards, and sturdy platters upright on kitchen shelves frees space and keeps you from having to lift a heavy stack when you need only one item. Create dividers for them using tension curtain rods. Buy rods to fit the space, and position pairs of them at intervals. Twist to tighten.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2006
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