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For easier spring cleaning, fill a bucket with basics that need to be toted from room to room: all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, hopsacking, and terry-cloth towels in washcloth and hand-towel sizes. Between tasks, hang rubber gloves over the rim to dry.
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Wooden shutters can be just as functional and good-looking indoors as out. Their louvers are a perfect (not to mention plentiful) spot to tuck invitations, display artwork, or hang a message pad.
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Knowing how to tackle a spot or spill is the first step toward removing it. To create a handy reference for treating the most stubborn stains, color-print our stain-removal chart, slide it into a clear plastic sleeve (available at office-supply stores), and place it in a clamp hanger. Suspend the hanger from a hook in your laundry area. The next time you find yourself facing a stained garment, just look up and follow the instructions.
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Broom Closet Organizer
Hooks and clips keep mops and brooms tidy and tools at hand. If you've ever reached for the feather duster and had everything in the closet come tumbling out, try this: Screw hooks and spring-loaded clips inside and use them to hold brooms, a dustpan, mop, and duster. Do the same with tools on the door and you won't have to get out the toolbox for quick repairs. Store cleaning supplies in a bucket to transport them easily from room to room.
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Take storage to new levels with shelves below a row of jackets.
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Here's a new job for photo protectors: Use them to keep recipe cards organized and free of spills and spatters in the kitchen.
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Turn your bulletin board into a convenient spot for more than just messages.
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Rather than clutter a single hook with several sets of keys, make a custom board that gives each set its own clearly labeled space.
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These quick and easy tasks keep your home tidy day after day.
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Window Screen Labels
Prevent confusion the next time you make the seasonal switch from storm windows to screens. Use a label maker to identify which room and specific frame a screen or storm window fits, or write the information on a strip of painters' tape with a permanent marker. Stick the labels to a top corner of each screen or window.
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