Around the house* Clean lampshade. Dab a thoroughly wrung...

CHECKLIST

December 05, 1992|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Clean lampshade. Dab a thoroughly wrung wet cloth into a drop of liquid soap. Lightly pat or rub off soiled areas of shade with cloth.

* Prevent stains on tablecloths and napkins. Spray linens with fabric protector the day before using. Be sure to test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous spot.

* Make holiday evergreen or floral arrangements. A piece of floral oasis purchased in the flower department of your grocery story can hold the stems in place. Keep evergreens fresh with a daily spritz of water from a plastic spray container.

* Wrap large gifts with paper holiday tablecloths. The cloths are economical and can be used to wrap other gifts as well.

* Control kitchen clutter. Remove everything from counter top that isn't used often. Old cookbooks, half-empty containers and seldom-used spices can take up lots of room. With a clear counter top, there is more space in which to work and there are fewer things to clean.

* Stack freshly laundered linens beneath the ones already stored. This will allow towels and sheets to get even use.

In the garden

* Trim an outside tree with balls of suet and bird seed. Select a tree close to your kitchen window where you can watch the birds enjoy their feast.

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