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
Remove aggressive vines, which hold moisture against walls and wreak havoc on wood clapboards, slowing their ability to dry out after a rain and causing rot. — 12 Easy DIY Fall Fix-Ups
In the fall, when bird-breeding season ends, clean out birdhouses to attract newcomers. — Birdhouse Basics
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
In the master bath, place double sinks 36 inches apart or more, measured drain to drain, so that you’ll have elbow room. — Read This Before You Redo a Bath
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
Dry-scrub crud from grates, burners, and inside surfaces with a nonscratch sponge or a nylon brush, then wash surfaces with dish soap and water.
Whitewash interior exposed brick: Brush on a tinted latex stain, wipe, and repeat until you achieve the desired look. — DIY Upgrades for Under $100