February 5

Indoor To-Do List

Countdown to spring: Before the outdoor season calls for your attention, make a list of indoor projects that still need focus. Try to tick off the top priorities this next month.

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February 11

Sprout Seeds

February 13

Handmade Valentine Idea

If you don't have a valentine for your sweetheart yet, you can easily make your own. Cut out a paper heart, draw a lipstick heart on the mirror or simply write a quick note to your beloved today. Trust us, they'll love it.

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February 17

Floor-Cleaning Tips

To keep your floors in good condition for years to come, clean all wood floors, tile and linoleum every week. For shiny hardwood, fill a bucket with boiling water and two teabags. After 3 to 5 minutes use a soft cloth, dampened only, to mop.

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February 24

Vacuum, Wash, Dust, Rest

Spend 90 minutes cleaning today for a fresh house all week. Open a window, and throw your sheets and towels in the wash. Vacuum and dust all surfaces, then wipe down sinks, counters, toilets and tubs. Replace kitchen towels and sponges. Put on fresh bedding, spritz a little air freshener — and enjoy the rest of the day.

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February 28

Outdoor Tool Tune-Up

If the mower, blower and other power tools didn't get a tune-up and sharpening last fall, take them in for service now. Don't wait until you need them on a weekly basis — or the shop is mobbed by everyone else's tools later in the spring.

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