Getting Organized


March 21, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Spring is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation and renewal -- and, lest we forget, reorganization. For those thinking of getting that closet, pantry or garage shipshape, Mill's Pride makes a complete line of affordable home-organization products. Ready-to-assemble storage cabinets, bookcases and closet organizers can be mixed and matched to create any design combination.

Closet organizers include hanging rods, multiple shelving, drawers, corner units, shoe stackers and more, all for reach-in or walk-in closets. Laundry rooms, garages, pantries and children's bedrooms can easily get organized with help from open shelving pieces, wardrobe cabinets and stackers. Bookcases come in varying heights and offer adjustable shelves.

Pictured are a walk-in closet, above (all products shown total $563); pantry, top right (all products shown $442); and garage work space, right (all products shown $405).

Mill's Pride products are available at Home Depot stores. For more information, visit www.millspride. com or call 800-441-0337.

Sprucing up for spring

Want to spruce up the home for spring? Home and Garden Television lifestyle expert Susie Coelho, host of the forthcoming special The Look for Spring, airing at 5 p.m. Saturday on HGTV, offers several spring decorating tips:

Change things around. Rearrange the furniture, re-hang some pictures and move accessories around. For the bedroom, try floating the bed in the middle of the room, butted up against the dresser.

For the breakfast room, set out a Tuscan-themed tablecloth and fill a bowl with fresh fruit. Create new place settings with colorful napkins, plates and glassware.

Paint just one wall in a room. Complement it with pillows, candles, towels or a new clock in the same color palette.

If you like neutral colors, bring in accessories of assorted textures -- a nubby rug or rough organic vase -- in the same tone for variety.

Here's to putting on airs

Rejoice, it's officially spring. Time to freshen up. Try one of the two new Air Wick Air Fresheners, which plug directly into an electrical outlet and deliver delightful scented oil aromas throughout the home for up to 60 days. The Relaxation Scented Oil features a combination of lavender and chamomile, while the Revitalization Scented Oil features a blend of eucalyptus and citrus.

A fragrance adjuster allows the user to set intensity level.

The air fresheners sell for $4.49, and fragrance refills sell for $2.99 at drug stores, grocery stores and mass retailers.

Visit or call 800-456-9477.


Learn about marbling, graining and other faux-finishing techniques for walls and furniture (right) at a faux painting workshop with instructor Linda Carter, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll Mansion, 800 E. Lombard St. Wear old clothes and bring questions and a bagged lunch. $25. Call 410-605-2964.

The exhibit The Art of Collaboration: Silk Screen Prints From Lou Stovall's Studio closes Saturday at Harmony Hall Regional Center, Main Art Gallery, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. Free. Call 301-203-6070 for hours.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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