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  1. Carry and Wash

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    A pair of canvas bags -- one for laundry, the other for dry cleaning -- eliminates sorting later and makes for easy transport. Clear luggage tags on each indicate the appropriate cleaning method. You can also insert your contact information to streamline drop-offs at the cleaner.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
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  2. Washing Bath Towels

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    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.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007
  3. Put Reminders by the Door

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    Eliminate stray notes and pieces of paper by writing important to-do tasks on an erasable board near the door. Adding a painted wooden picture frame upgrades the standard message board; below it, a "hot box" -- a mesh bin set off by a colorful painted square -- helps you remember cameras, cell phones, and any other small equipment you may need to take with you.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2003
  4. Family Organizer

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    Setting up a bin in the entryway for each member of the household is a good way to keep this busy space tidy. And with umbrellas, hats, and sunglasses near the door, leaving the house will no longer require last-minute searches. Use an existing wall-mounted coatrack to make this custom organizer. To start, drill a hole in the end of each of two 1-by-4-inch wooden rails to fit the coatrack pegs. Paint rails to match rack; let dry. Hang rails from pegs. Attach evenly spaced wire baskets using screw hooks.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
  5. Come to Light

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    Here's an illuminating way to point guests to the party: Put your house number in lights. Download our number templates, print, and cut out. Trace each digit onto the side of a cardboard gift box. Using a craft knife, cut out numbers. Tape vellum to interior of cut sides. Set boxes outside, placing a battery-operated push light inside each to illuminate the digits.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2007
  6. First Aid for Gardeners

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    The garden is just a slightly tamed wilderness with hazards all its own: It harbors insects that bite, thorns that scratch, and other potential nuisances that may require simple first aid. This basic kit includes alcohol for cleaning wounds, first-aid ointment, cotton balls, bandages, tweezers for thorns and splinters, insect repellent with sunscreen, and, finally, hand salve to soothe and soften your dry skin at the end of the day.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2000
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