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      Organizing: Summer Organizing Tips - Martha Stewart

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      Outdoor Drying Rail: on the deck by the pool, shaker peg rail, pegs can be used to dry wet items such as bathing suits & towels.

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      outdoor beach house storage

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      Outdoor Beach Drying Rail - martha stewart

    • Ali Bresnahan

      Outdoor Beach Drying Rail ~ Give a Shaker peg rail, typically used indoors for coats, a summertime purpose. The pegs can be used to hang and dry sandy items such as beach chairs and flippers.

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