Keep laundry supplies tidy and out of sight with built-in shelves and a curtain that can be pulled across them when the laundry is done. Mothballs and cedar chips are stored in canning jars, and little bars of soap are kept in airtight containers. Towels for drying hand-washables are stacked on one shelf. Special stain remedies are kept together in a galvanized metal box; detergent is in a large plastic container with a scoop for easy measuring.
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Fragrant floral teas find a handsome home in glass canisters, where their soft hues are on full display.
Simply fill your favorite jars with colorful varieties of loose tea petals -- we like chamomile, violet, red rose, jasmine, jasmine-scented flowering, and plum berry teas -- and arrange together for a striking counter adornment.
It's not only an attractive display, but also a convenient reminder of the varieties you have on hand.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128
Steel utility boxes from the hardware store make sleek, modern pots. Choose a range of shapes and sizes. Turn so that the side with holes is at the bottom, and plant with low-growing succulents, such as Echeveria 'Black Prince' (left) and Sempervivum; top with gravel. (We used no. 2 grade grit.) For an exotic centerpiece, arrange several in a tray filled with grit.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2006
Ceramic watercolor palettes provide perfect slots for sorting and separating earrings and other jewelry -- with no tangles.
Available at art-supply stores (fineartstore.com), they make delightful displays on dressers when filled with colorful gems. They're also small enough to tuck in a drawer.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2010
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2006
Keep newspaper "logs" on hand and you'll always have kindling. To make rolling easier, wet newspaper, one section at a time, under a faucet. Spread the section on a flat surface. (Use a garbage bag to protect the surface from ink.) Tightly roll the paper into a log, and secure with twine. Prop the tube against a wall (protect it, too); let dry overnight.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2008
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