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How organizers around the USA organize Legos

January 30, 2014

I get asked about organizing Legos a lot. A LOT. My previous blog posts with tips for organizing Legos are in the top 5 most popular blog posts I have ever written (the other most popular blog posts I wrote were about organizing stuffed animals). So I decided rather than doing a Google search to […]

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Clever, cheap DIY way for keeping cooking utensils off the counter

January 28, 2014

I love this clever DIY reuse idea! In case it’s not immediately obvious, this person has mounted an old rake head to the wall to hang her cooking utensils within arm’s reach. Much better than the utensils-in-the-crock-on-the-counter routine that so many of use (have you ever looked inside that crock? It holds a nasty accumulation […]

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5 tricks to make your house look more organized that won’t cost you a dime

January 21, 2014

If you look through home magazines or the most recent The Container Store catalog, you might get the impression that getting organized will cost you a lot of money. If you buy a bunch of their products, it certainly will! But there are at least 5 things you can do TODAY that will make your […]

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How to organize those boxes of photos

January 8, 2014

Long ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, many of us had cameras with removable film, which we took to a store to be developed. Afterward, we ended up with a package of printed photos. If we were super-diligent, we immediately plopped those photos into an album. But if we were like, say, 75 percent […]

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The best and worst shelves to buy at the big box stores

January 2, 2014

In January, all of the big box stores put their organizing and storage-related products on sale. It can be a great time to buy, but it can be overwhelming  to figure out what is best for your space. Today, I will explain some basic shelving options to you and tell you how to use each […]

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Where are you going to put all your new gifts? Here’s a plan

December 30, 2013

If you are like a lot of people in these first few days after Christmas, you have a lot of new stuff lying around — stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere, stuff you don’t know what to do with, stuff you don’t really want but feel obligated to keep. Are you a little stressed thinking about […]

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See what a difference 20 seconds can make in your home

December 19, 2013

This time of year we are all so busy, which means we tend to stop taking the time to do a little bit of clean-up each day. We fall into bed way past our normal bedtime, too tired to clear off the table, do the dishes and tell the kids to put their toys away. […]

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Freaking out about how much you have to do before Christmas?

December 16, 2013

One of the most stressful things about the holidays is getting everything DONE! There are so many tasks to be done, errands to run, things to remember — how does a mere mortal manage to get it all done, especially when Christmas is less than 10 days away? Here is the secret to Getting Crap […]

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How to organize mittens, hats, gloves for winter

December 10, 2013

It’s super cold here in Portland, Oregon, which means we have been whipping out the mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. The microscopic bits of snow we have had means we must bundle up completely lest we succumb to hypothermia while walking to the coffee stand down the block. So how to organize all of this […]

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My top secret organizing project: The final reveal!

December 6, 2013

As you may remember on Tuesday, I posted about the Top Secret Organizing Project I was doing as a Christmas surprise for someone. While this person was away on vacation, I came in and spent about 30 hours reorganizing their home office. This meant sorting through all of their craft supplies, papers, files, office supplies, […]

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