Around the house* Before painting a room, glue a paper...

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October 13, 1990|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Before painting a room, glue a paper plate underneath each can of unopened paint. This will catch spills which would normally run onto newspapers that have been used to protect floors, but ultimately wind up stuck to the cans.

* Loosen stubborn windows. Try running a pizza cutter between window and jamb to cut through dried paint.

* Store an excess of coffee beans in an airtight container in your freezer. Beans will stay fresh up to three months and may be ground frozen; beans can be stored in refrigerator for about three to four weeks.

* Make pancakes in a jiffy. Put all ingredients into a cleaned milk carton and then shake. The batter pours out easily into the skillet and leaves no mixing bowls to clean.

* Use a small, empty plastic squeeze bottle as a bellows to blow dust from niches and corners.

* Dust louvered doors, pleated lamp shades and mini-blinds with new, unused paintbrushes.

In the garden

* Plant bulbs in well-drained soil. Most varieties prefer a sunny location or part shade. Follow directions that come with the bulbs as to planting time, depth and spacing.

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