Place charcoal in a perforated plastic bag and stash the bag your fridge or drawers to banish odors.
Ratchet down the thermostat by 3 degrees F—guests hate sweating over their holiday cocktails. — The Holiday-Ready House
Elevate a hot-water tank on paver bricks to prevent the pilot light from going out and the tank from getting rust damage if the basement is flooded. — 10 Uses for Bricks
At the nursery, look for the biggest bulbs of your chosen variety—they’ll give you the largest blooms. — Plant Bulbs Now for Future Blooms
Open shelves and exposed beams add a sense of loftiness in a smaller kitchen. — Inspiring Home Spruce-Ups on a Shoestring Budget
Use slim cans that require frequent emptying, to keep odors at bay and prevent back strain from hefting too-big bags. — The Right way to Handle Kitchen Waste
Stick adhesive felt pads to the front and sides of an upright vacuum so that it can glide against baseboards without scuffing the finish. — Reader Tips That Save Time and Money
For gravel patios, Roger Cook suggests adding landscape fabric between the packed base and gravel on top, so materials don’t intermingle. — Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio
The fleshy leaves of succulents hoard water for times of drought.
Whitewash interior exposed brick: Brush on a tinted latex stain, wipe, and repeat until you achieve the desired look. — DIY Upgrades for Under $100