Household Hints and Tips

Bring order to your household with handy hints and timely tips to do everything faster and better.

Whether you need to clean house, cut clutter or get organized, these daily tips will help clean up life on the home front.

Best Day to Grocery Shop? Hump Day!

While many of us hit the supermarket on the weekend--or when we've run out of milk--the National Supermarket Association recommends Wednesday as the best day to shop. Fewer shoppers and stocked shelves speed you out the door on Hump Day.

Soften Brown Sugar? Be a Heel!

When brown sugar loses moisture, it turns hard. Solution? Tuck the heel of a loaf of bread into the same container. In a few days, moisture from the bread will migrate into the sugar, softening it again. Toss the bread and bake some cookies!

Kitchen Cleaning Secret: Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner is designed for floors, but does double-duty in the kitchen, too. After vacuuming floors, use the extension wand to suck up crumbs from refrigerator bins and shelves, remove grit from the corner of drawers and cabinets, or clear fuzz from the refrigerator's condenser coils.

Respect Clutter-Cutting Decisions

Attacking clutter, the hard part is making the decision to part with an item! Don't undercut your efforts with second-guessing. Use black plastic garbage bags or lidded boxes to hold de-cluttered items for sale or donation ... and once the item's in the bag? No peeking!

Behind Closed Doors: Organizing Bonanza

The inside of cabinet doors is an often-overlooked location to keep important information close at hand but out of sight. Post calendars, often-used recipes, or emergency information there for quick access. Use non-damaging mounting options, like 3M's Command™ hanging strips, to tap the space without marring the finish.

Hanging Artwork? A Designer's Rule of Thumb

Professional interior designers observe that most of us hang our art just a bit too high. To solve the problem, use the "three inch rule": Decide where to hang your artwork, then lower that point by three inches. This rule of thumb (so to speak!) brings art into the best viewing zone for an organized home!

Smart Storage for Seasonal Cookware

Store infrequently-used kitchen items--such as a canning kettle, turkey platter or bread machine--outside the kitchen. Devote a single area in basement, garage or attic to outsource kitchen storage, so you'll know where to go to find needed items. Keep a working kitchen lean and organized!

Shower House Plants With Love

To clean dusty house plants with ease, tie a plastic bag up and over the pot, securing it tightly around the base of the plant. Place the plant in the shower, and allow water to run over leaves for a few minutes. Allow to air-dry, remove the bag and admire your shining plant!