Category: Home Organization

 

This question is so simple – but it really says it all when it comes to cutting down on the clutter in your home (or office, for that matter).  So often, we keep items for reasons other than practicality.  Maybe it was a gift, or a hand-me-down from someone special to you, maybe it’s useful life isn’t over yet – even though you no longer use it.  Maybe there was a time in your life that you went without, and now you relish in having excess.

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source: Better Homes and Gardens

Kitchen pantries come in all shapes and sizes, but there are some pretty standard ideas for organizing them; regardless of their dimensions. (more…)

No matter how big our home is, there is still a need for accessible, convenient, sensible storage solutions.  Believe it or not, my favorite organizing tool is the humble over-the-door pocket organizer  – you know, that thing that was originally intended as shoe storage.

They come in clear vinyl, canvas, white with colored trim – all sorts of colors, materials and price points.  This one is from Lowes and costs $15, but the vinyl versions are less than $10.   (more…)

We all have a convenient spot where we stash stuff that otherwise doesn’t have a home, or where we put clutter when we’re quickly tidying up.  For this homeowner, it was a built in credenza in her family room.

 

Whenever she had an item she knew she wanted to keep, but wasn’t sure what to do with, she stuck it in there.  When company was coming over and the family room was a mess, she stuffed what she could in the credenza – and in many cases, she then forgot about it.  It had gotten to the point where she avoided opening the doors at all costs. (more…)

You know how the rest goes, …..and everything in it’s place.  The first printed citation of this epigram is said to have been in December of 1827, by Charles A. Goodrich, who said, “Have a place for every thing, and keep every thing in its proper place”.

 

Fast forward 189 years…..having a place for everything and keeping everything in it’s proper place is essentially a 12 word definition for being organized. Easy peasy, right? (more…)

As we all get ready for an influx of new technology items this holiday season, I thought it timely to let you know about two large U.S. retailers who will recycle your outdated, non-working or no longer needed office and home technology items – in most cases free of charge. (more…)

I just loved this antiqued (but new) POST box as soon as I saw it!  I had been looking for some discreet storage in a small 1/2 bath with a pedestal sink. There are no shelves or cabinets in the room and I didn’t want to stack storage boxes on the floor.So, I had to start thinking outside of the box – so to speak.  My husband thinks it’s a bit odd to have a mailbox in the 1/2 bath but honestly, I love it in the space!  It’s a whimsical and unique solution to my storage problem and one that adds fun and personality to the space.
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You know what that means….your mom was right, again!  Honestly, the single most effective tool to keep your bedroom organized is to make your bed first thing when made-bedyou wake up in the morning.  It’s that simple!  Since the bed typically takes up the most space in the room, if it’s put together, the room has the overall appearance of being put together.  It’s so motivating to leave the room knowing that you’ve already got one item accomplished for the day!  Give it a try – I think you’ll agree that it really gets the day off to a great start. (more…)