Category Archives: Organizing

Handy Tips for Storing Holiday Items

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Every holiday, many of us find ourselves digging through miscellaneous boxes and bins trying to find ornaments, decorations, special holiday-oriented items, and holiday paraphernalia, often including the Christmas tree.

8 Tips for a Stress-Less Holiday to Make

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I think GPS systems are the greatest. (Global Position System) I know a few people who definitely need them.

Back to School Organization

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Soon our homes will be filled with the sounds of “Mom, where is my homework?” As moms everywhere get geared up to battle the Back to School stress and vow once again to be more organized This year, let me offer some preventative medicine and time saving tips.

How to Keep Your Child’s Room Organized

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Every mother wants the best for her child. Besides ensuring that the child has all basic needs, a mother will also want her child to be comfortable and happy in his environment. One of the things you can do to make your child’s life better is to get his room organized. Kids can be messy, but you can teach them a few lessons on being organized by setting their rooms right and letting them handle a few chores to get it done the right way.

Clutter Command

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Clutter equals stress, plain and simple.

Messy rooms, disorganized closets, and jumbled junk drawers add unneeded hassle to our already hectic days. I can’t think when things are cluttered! So I’ve learned a few tricks to control the clutter. I sort and toss the stuff I don’t need or want, and I keep the necessities of life tucked away, out of site but easily accessible.

Clothes Hangers – Or How to Pamper Your Clothes

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Just a basic coat hanger sufficiently performs the function of keeping clothes off the floor, if you take the effort to put your clothes on a hanger. However, that move really is step one. I say this from the viewpoint of a parent – mother of three. We worked for a long time to make this first step a habit.

Organize Your Family: Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Organizing Project

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As our children grow and mature, they take on little personalities of their own. In our household, we have one child, my daughter, who has recently turned four. Over time, she has begun to develop her own “organizing persona” and during that process has developed definite opinions of how her room should be organized. Needless to say, those opinions do not always match my own.

Nesting: How to Get Rid of Unnecessary Clutter

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Nesting- what is it?

There’s a little ritual called nesting. Especially if you’re a first time mom, those last few weeks of waiting for some sign of labor can be arduous. You’ve got to find something to put all that anticipatory energy toward and what better way than creating a perfect space–prepared, clean and ready for baby to come home to.

Simple Home Organizing Tips

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Learn fast simple ways to keep your life organized and running along smoothly. Being organized gives you the time to truly enjoy your life and not be weighed down by stuff!

Chic Storage Ideas to Corral Clutter

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With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it’s easy to add stylish storage to corral extra items. Get organized and keep your home clutter-free with a few smart tips.

Tips to Store and Organize Your Family’s Summer Clothes for the Winter

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Once the colder months have come, you will want to store and organize your family’s summer clothes for the winter. Taking the time to do this task properly will free up precious closet and drawer space that will be needed for sweaters, jackets, and all other warmer pieces. This is an excellent opportunity to go through everyone’s clothing and do a good job of sorting out what is needed or not. It will also give you a head start on your spring cleaning, as the hard work will already be finished.

7 Days to A Cleaner More Organized Home – Part 6 – Rest and Recover

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The idea behind these seven days was to bring back some order to your home. You tackled an area of your home each day. These were quick cleanings, not deep cleaning. To make this program work after you’ve finished cleaning a room you should keep up the order in your home by putting things away each day. Start off the morning with a clean slate.

7 Days to A Cleaner More Organized Home – Part 5 – Odds and Ends

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The idea behind these seven days is to bring back some order to your home. You will tackle an area of your home each day. These are quick cleanings, not deep cleaning. To make this program work you should keep up the order in your home by putting things away each day. Start off the morning with a clean slate.

7 Days to A Cleaner More Organized Home – Part 4 – The Bedrooms

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The idea behind these seven days is to bring back some order to your home. You will tackle an area of your home each day. These are quick cleanings, not deep cleaning. To make this program work you should keep up the order in your home by putting things away each day. Start off the morning with a clean slate.

7 Days to A Cleaner More Organized Home – Part 3 – The Bathrooms

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Part 3 on a week long (or short) session of cleaning each room in your home and bringing back some order. We re in the bathrooms today. You need your heavy duty tools for this. Disinfectant, gloves and some cleanser.

7 Days to a Cleaner More Organized Home – Part 2 – Living Room and Dining Room

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The idea behind these seven days is to bring back some order to your home. You will tackle an area of your home each day. These are quick cleanings, not deep cleaning. To make this program work you should keep up the order in your home by putting things away each day. Start off your morning with a clean slate.

7 Days to a Cleaner More Organized Home – Part 1

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The idea behind these seven days is to bring back some order to your home. You will tackle an area or room of your home each day. These are quick surface cleanings, not deep cleaning. To make this program work you should keep up the order in your home by putting things away and doing the daily duties such as washing dishes, laundry and making beds each day. Start off your morning with a clean slate.

Laundry Room Organization in 7 Steps

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If your home is like many others, clothes are one of the biggest sources of clutter and disorganization. Not only are they bulging out of the closets, but they are also lying in piles to be either put away or taken to the laundry room. As I write this, I have two baskets of clean clothes waiting for me to bring upstairs, fold, and put away. And are there rumpled clothes in your dryer that you didn’t take out in time, and now they need ironed or fluffed again?

Clutter Control – Emotions and Language That Stop You From Getting Rid of Clutter

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There is a common vocabulary used by people who are living with clutter. These words and phrases give clues to the effects of clutter on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

A lot can be learned about the person living with clutter by listening to what they have to say when they describe their current cluttered life and their usuccesful efforts in getting rid of clutter. The interpretation of the language of clutter is as follows:

How to Get Organized at Home When Taking Care of the Elderly With Dementia

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Here are some ideas for how to get organized at home to keep the environment safe and your home life comfortable if you are taking care of the elderly with a dementia. You probably already know that small changes in daily life can create unpredictable consequences, so try to set things up so that the elderly person can function as independently as possible and proceed routinely through daily tasks. This will make life easier for you and your loved one too.

Tips to Organize your Kitchen Storage with Canning and Jar Labels

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Create a functional and spacious kitchen space with effective kitchen storage solutions. Canning labels, jar labels and cord tags are a great way to mark and organize kitchen items. Here are some helpful tips on how to organize your kitchen storage using cans and jars with labels.

Things We Never Throw Away

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It’s interesting the types of objects we collect and never seem to throw away. I’m not talking about sentimental things like photographs, just the general brik a brak we are more inclined to keep instead of discarding. With me, its cigar boxes and coffee cans. I’ve used them to store everything from nails and other hardware, to tickets, baseball cards, and other trinkets. I think of them as handy storage units and, as such, hate to throw them away, even if I have an ample supply of them. Most of the time I’ll ask friends and colleagues if they want them, but most decline. Inevitably, it is with deep regret that I finally decide to throw them in the garbage. What a waste.

There are other miscellaneous items we do not like to dispose of:

Household Hints

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A collection of tips to clean and organize your home.

Removing Clutter to Find the Inner Beauty of Your Home

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Over the course of your life you tend to collect numerous possessions. Some of these are cherished memories, others are functional necessities, while still others are inspirational pieces that can make your heart sing and your soul soar. However, the majority of the things that you own are probably nothing more than clutter useless knick knacks and frivolous purchases which seemed like a good idea at the time. 

Using Embroidery Floss Caddies To Get Organized

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Are you tired of having a bunch of little things rolling around in your drawers? If so, I have a simple storage solution for you.

3 Simple Filing Guidelines

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One of the most basic ways to find papers when you need them is to retrieve them from an effective filing system. A good filing system will allow you to find what you’re looking for in 10 seconds or less.

Bathroom Organizing Ideas

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If you’re short on space in the bathroom, there are a number of ways you can optimize the space you do have to work with. Here are some ideas that have worked great for our family:

Greeting Card Organizer

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While making my weekly rounds of yard sales with my mom and daughter, I ran across the neatest little album that was sold by Hallmark many years ago–it is an organizer for greeting cards!

10 Functional & Creative uses for School Artwork

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“What to do when the fridge just won’t hold anymore!”

What do you do when the fridge just won’t hold anymore? No, I’m not talking about food, I’m referring to Artwork! You know, those cherished pictures every child brings home, insists it’s their favorite and on the fridge it goes! Can you just throw them away when the child is not looking? Not in my family. My dear mother has saved my kindergarten artwork in a box for over 25 years! So how does a mother keep her home organized and still display and enjoy her children’s artistic efforts? First get them off the fridge or out of the box and try some of these creative idea’s.

Getting Your Sewing Room Organized

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Needlework is one of the most cost effective and fun hobbies a person can have. The person creating the needlework focuses on a pastime that is both creative and relaxing at the same time.

Sir Terence Conran on Sorting Clothing

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Can’t find your clothes? Sir Terence Conran, author of ‘Storage – Get Organized’, helps you sort and store your clothing.

7 Tips For Organizing Pet Supplies

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Tips on organizing for pets:

• Keep all pet supplies handy. In a basket keep all supplies together, brushes, combs, flea collars or powders, soap, leashes, or extra toys. You may find it more handy to keep a brush near where you actually brush your pet, or keep soap under the sink where you bathe your pet. I have used several different brushes and my all time favorite is a rubber brush. They are made for cats and dogs. They last ‘forever’ and really do the job on getting off the cat or dog hair. And it is gentle so they enjoy being brushed.

Fall Organizing Projects

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Fall is a time of new beginnings…the beginning of the school year, the beginning of the fourth business quarter and changing weather. Fall can be a good time to start new organizing projects, too.

Top 10 Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

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“I know it’s in here somewhere!” Does this sound like you when you’re trying to find something in your kitchen cabinets? If you find yourself on bended knee with a flashlight, or perched on a rickety chair to locate a favorite pie pan or a certain spice, it may be time to get organized. Thankfully, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can have everything within reach — and sight — without worrying about keeling over on the kitchen floor. Here are Julie Morgenstern’s top 10 tips for organizing your kitchen:

Time Saving Tips for Easy Organizing

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My aunt had successfully reared three children, helped her husband on their small farm, and at age 50 decided to go back to school and get her nursing degree.

Rotating Seasonal Clothing

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Seasons are changing and it is time to think about putting away your summer or winter clothing—depending on where you live—and getting out the clothes that have been stored away.

Getting Rid of Junk Mail

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Reasons to get rid of junk mail:

• Save time spent sorting it out

• Keep clutter off your counters

• Reduce the amount of paper you have to recycle

• Saves wear and tear on your shredder

7 Easy Steps for Organized Holiday Storage

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find your decorations, costumes, cards and wrapping paper in just seconds and put them away just as quickly after the holiday? You can with a plan! Use these steps below for organizing holiday storage and you’ll spend less time on this mundane task and more time celebrating. And don’t wait until the holidays, or worse, after the holidays, to read these tips. That’s too late. Plan ahead. Start now. Start here…

Four Easy Steps to An Organized Closet

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The National Association of Professional Organizers has dedicated January to clean out those closets, but don’t wait for January — now is the time. Exciting this task is not, but by devoting a couple of afternoons this month you can reduce unnecessary search time and you may even find some extra storage in the process.

Downsizing for Seniors

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Downsizing can be a tough process for anyone, but especially for seniors who find themselves with large homes and no longer have children at home to fill up the rooms.

Clutter’s Side Effects: How the State of Your Home Affects Your Life

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Each area of your home has a symbolic meaning with which you resonate on a subconscious level. Clutter and untidiness within each of these areas causes constriction and inertia in the corresponding aspects of your life.

9 Simple Strategies for Home Organization

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Home organization means being able to find your stuff when you need it, not after an hour or more of searching. But home organization doesn’t necessarily mean you’re neat or clean. It doesn’t even mean you’re not a pack rat.  Home organization just means everything has a place and you know where that place is in your home.

Are Your Heirlooms Ready for the Next Generation?

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I inherited 9 pieces of lovely china plates my mother had hand painted when she was a young woman. What a treasure these are to me.

8 Tips to Keeping your Kitchen Organized

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As I went out to feed the birds today I sunk up to my knees in snow as I made my way to the bird feeder. And more snow is expected for the end of this week. I know this kind of weather makes some people have cabin fever. Do you get cabin fever?

Secrets of The Organized

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1. Never stop picking up.

Try picking up during TV commercials or while you are waiting for something to boil on the stove. You will be amazed how much you can get done in five minutes.

Have the entire family spend five minutes picking up the family room or living room before they go to bed. Set a timer for young kids so they don’t get overwhelmed.

10 Easy Ways to Get Organized

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Clear the clutter? 10 easy ways to get organized

. Hang up your keys. (Preferably by the door.)

. Find a place for your purse, coat, gloves and other frequently used items and always keep them there.

. Make your bed each day as soon as you crawl out of it.

Clutter Free Eating Space

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Whether you eat at your dining room table, your kitchen table or a bar you need to be able to find it to eat there. Is your space having an identity crisis? Is it a collector of things? Things like the mail, receipts, school work, newspapers, magazines, telephone messages, work papers, scrapbooking supplies, groceries, keys, coats, jackets, collections, scarves, gloves, groceries and the list goes on and on. No wonder these areas have an identity crisis.

Okay so you want to reclaim your eating space, here are some solutions to finding your table again and keeping it clutter free.

Clever and Inexpensive Craft Storage Ideas

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As a crafter, you surely have plenty of bits and bobs all over the place. Of course there are very nice craft storage units available that can be bought, but most of them are quite expensive, especially if you have a lot to store. Here are a few clever and inexpensive ideas:

Home Filing Made Simple

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One of the questions most frequently asked of a professional organizer is “How do I deal with the papers that need to be filed in my home?”

Use a Dresser to Organize Your Garage!

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It seems like organizing your garage can be a never ending task. Lots of companies make millions of dollars selling all kinds of storage systems to try to make your garage just a little bit more organized.