Best uses for your extra hour
Setting the clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday and “falling back” for the return to Standard Time means an extra hour to tackle household chores. The cleaning experts at The Maids have come up with a list of timely chores to keep you organized ahead of the holiday rush. Use your extra hour to get started. Here are a few of the chores.http://nando.com/96
See the entire list of chores at http://nando.com/m0.
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Extend the life of your sponges with this tip from the Budget Savvy Diva. Simply mix 1/4 cup of salt and 1 quart of water and leave the sponge in it overnight. Check out a bevy of household tips at http://nando.com/l-.
Best for recycling
Fall is a great time to have a yard sale to clear away junk and pocket some extra cash. But what if you’ve got large appliances or furniture to get rid of and no buyer bites?
You could always donate them to a worthy charity. Or, if you’re in Raleigh and can’t find anyone to take them, you can arrange a special collections curbside pickup of appliances, carpeting and furniture for a $50 fee.
Check out this and other disposal and recycling tips at http://nando.com/m1.
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Best antiques appraisal
Got an antique that you’re longing to have appraised and critiqued? Here’s your change. Ken Farmer, an expert featured on “Antiques Roadshow,” and his appraisal team will be at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8.
For $10, you can get one item appraised (maximum of three items per person). Tickets are available in advance.
Info: 919-460-4963 or friendsofpagewalker.org
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