April 1
April 1

Garden Cleanup

Early spring, just before active growth starts, is ideal for many pruning tasks. Remove dead, damaged and diseased wood from any tree or shrub and all suckers at the base. Garden cleanup can continue, as long as the soil is not too soggy.


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April 5
April 5

Happy Easter! 13 Photos

HGTV Magazine asked some of our favorite experts to dress up a plain ceramic Easter egg.

See What They Came Up With.

April 9
April 9

Deep Clean Your Grout

Remove main stains on the surface of grout with sandpaper. To do this, fold the sandpaper into a crease, and work it back and forth along the grout line. If sandpaper doesn't work, you may have better results with a pencil eraser.


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April 13

Vacuum Everything

Use vacuum attachments or the floor nozzle on the walls, furniture and baseboards. Empty the canister or bag for maximum effectiveness. Then throw everything — plastic toys, shower caddies, even sturdy knick-knacks — into the dishwasher for a once-a-year cleaning.

More: The Best Cleaning Tools for the Job

April 20
April 20

Summer Sheets Swap

Replace your heavy winter linens with spring and summer bedding. Air out your comforters, quilts and duvets, then have everything cleaned for storage until fall.


More: Organize Your Linen Closet Like a Pro

April 24
April 24

Open Up the Attic 26 Photos

To keep air moving through your home at this time of year, open the ridge vent now. If you don't have one, keep your gable vents open all year long.


More: An Attic Becomes a Boy's Bedroom

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April 28

Monthly Task

Wash your windows and screens. For a quick fix when you run out of store-bought window cleaner, mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with two quarts of water. Dip a clean rag in the solution and wipe down the windows. Wipe them dry with wadded up newspaper. Brush screens to remove dust and debris.

More: Cleaning Tips for the Whole House

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