Cleanliness isn't merely a virtue in the busiest room in your house: A clean kitchen is essential to the health and safety of your family. To make the task of kitchen cleaning simple, corral your supplies in a bin or bucket stored in a cupboard under or near the sink. To protect the floor of the cupboard, line it with parchment paper or rubber matting that can be replaced or cleaned as necessary.
The first step (ahem) in making your shoes look their best and last longer is cleaning and conditioning them before you put them away. You can find all of the supplies in our Shoe-Care Kit checklist at shoe repair shops, variety stores, and large pharmacies. To learn more about caring for your shoes, watch Martha's shoe-care video how-to.
There's nothing more frustrating than starting a handyman project only to discover you're missing the right tool -- and those last-minute trips to the hardware store slow things down and take the wind out of your best intentions. It doesn't take much to assemble a well-stocked toolbox for numerous household repairs. You'll thank yourself later.
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