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  1. 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
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  2. Dust Jackets

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    Twenty-inch cloth napkins (or same-size squares of fabric) become protective covers for coats and vests that don't need to be stored in garment bags. Each is pierced in the center and reinforced with a grommet to slide over a hanger.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  3. A Better Stake

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    After pruning trees and shrubs in the yard, save the trimmed branches to support returning perennials, such as lilies. They'll be free and plentiful, not to mention more natural looking than metal or plastic spikes. Look for branches with lots of little twigs, and stake three to five of them around each plant. As the plant grows, its foliage will gradually wind around the network of twigs.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2006
  4. Towel Tune-Up

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    Are your towels holding less water than they used to? It may be that your choice of washing detergent contains fabric softener, which has residues that cling to individual fibers, rendering towels less absorbent. The next time you clean a load, add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle; it will remove the residue and restore towels' soaking power. In the future, avoid detergents with fabric softener when washing towels.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2006
  5. Good Thing

    How to Protect Berry Bushes from Birds

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    Whether they're from the North or South, birds love Alabama's state fruit, blackberries. If they're enjoying yours before you get the chance, set up this low-tech line of defense: Drive bamboo stakes into the ground around the perimeter of the berry patch. Perch flowerpots on top, and cover with bird netting, which you can find at garden centers.

    How High?
    Use bamboo stakes that are taller than the berry bushes and you, so you can move around underneath the netting. Make sure the netting drapes all the way to the ground.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2010
  6. Kill Weeds with Boiling Water

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    Pour boiling water on weeds growing between pavers of a pathway. Keep the kettle close to the ground to avoid splashing yourself -- or any nearby plants you want to keep.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2009
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