October is the perfect time to organize and maintain your home in preparation for the holiday season. Take it one day at a time with our help.
In fall and winter, plants may get only half as much light as in peak growth times. Give them the brightest locations you can indoors, and rotate at every watering for even growth. Though cooler spots are better than hot, dry locations, keep them away from drafts.
It's time to clean and refill outdoor birdseed feeders. Bring feeders inside and use a few drops of dishwashing soap per gallon of hot water and rinse thoroughly before drying and refilling. If your birdfeeder is a permanent outside fixture, give it a good spray with the hose.
Got people coming over to watch a big game? Prepare plenty of seating, using cushions and blankets for overflow seating on the floor. Make it easy on yourself with a one-pot meal like chili, chicken pot pie or cheese dip. Serve dessert like cookies or brownies, and ask guests to supply the drinks.
When it's done right, there's nothing crisper than a black and white room. A fairly fool-proof way to create this look is choosing either white or black as a base, then adding the other as an accent. Add a second accent color in small quantities for a pop of color.