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  1. Vacation Outfit Bags


    For easy dressing on a family trip, pack a child's suitcase full of ready-to go getups. Put outfits in separate resealable plastic bags; use stickers to label with day or type of outfit (such as "for rain" or "for special occasion").

    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 13 2004
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  2. Washing Bath Towels


    For best results, launder bath towels every three to four days using the following guidelines:

    - Non-chlorine bleach can be used safely on white towels when they start to look a bit dingy, but avoid chlorine bleach, which eats up towels.

    - Do not use fabric softener, which actually stiffens towels.

    - Wash white towels on the hottest setting.

    - When drying towels, use one scent-free dryer sheet.

    The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007
  3. At a Glance


    Windowed boxes (on the left) covered in tweed make it possible to find a specific sweater in an instant. Magnetic catch-and-pull tabs ensure that the lids close tightly.

    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. Pantry Dividers


    Storing baking sheets, cutting boards, and sturdy platters upright on kitchen shelves frees space and keeps you from having to lift a heavy stack when you need only one item. Create dividers for them using tension curtain rods. Buy rods to fit the space, and position pairs of them at intervals. Twist to tighten.

    Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
  5. Winter Tulip Arrangement


    The holidays may be over, but with this arrangement you can extend the season's charms -- and its fragrant greenery. Just snip some branches off the Christmas tree before it heads to the compost heap, and place them in a vase. To offset the fir's stiffness, add cedar and seeded eucalyptus. Finally, the luxurious touch: a few dozen white tulips from your florist. Voila: a fresh display to welcome the New Year.

    A tall, egg-shaped vase such as this ceramic one supports the weak-stemmed tulips and emphasizes the arrangement's loose, natural feel. Verso vase, in Sage,

    Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
  6. Scented Sachets


    "With these fabric squares, it could not be easier to make cute sachets," crafts editor Blake Ramsey says of the hand-printed Charm Pack 5-inch fabric squares ($9.50 for 42, To start, sew two squares together (because the edges come pinked, there's no need to trim), leaving a 1 1/2-inch opening on one side and a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Fill with moth-repelling lavender buds ($9.50 for 3/4 lb.,, and finish sewing the last side. Place in a drawer to keep linens fresh or under a pillow for sweet dreams.

    Martha Stewart Living, April
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