Around the house
* Iron linen tablecloth quickly. Arrange thick terry cloth towels on top of table; spread cloth over towels and spray lightly with water. Smooth out fabric and let sit for a few minutes. Iron top of cloth; deep wrinkles from the overhanging portions of the tablecloth will disappear from the moisture.
* Avoid penciling walls when hanging pictures. After measuring, mark spot where nail should be hammered with a wet fingertip or cloth.
* Remove small tarnish spots from brass. Dip a lemon rind in table salt and dab onto stain.
* Keep a "file" of frozen leftovers. Freeze wrapped leftover food on flat surface of freezer compartment. A dish-drying rack placed in freezer will hold frozen packages securely in slots. The rack can be pulled out to remove individual packages as needed.
* Avoid skid marks on baseboards caused by vacuuming. Glue a strip of felt along the bottom edge of vacuum cleaner.
* Recycle envelopes of bills, letters and junk mail. Envelopes can be used to hold lunch money, coupons, stamps or other small items.
In the garden
* Perk up fading Christmas poinsettias. Bare stems of plants are camouflaged when plants are grouped together in front of a mirror.