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In the quest to find ever more space in our homes, we often neglect to think VERTICAL. Beyond installing more shelves and bookcases, look around and see if some of your furniture may be able to be tipped on its side to give it a fresh new look. This is what I did here with […]

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The flat surface clutter cure

by respaced on September 12, 2014

Sick of everyone in your family using the kitchen counter (or any flat surface) as a dumping ground? Try putting a handy-dandy little sign there to break this habit: Need it bigger so it can’t be ignored? Try this: I know it seems so silly, but when I use this with clients’ families, it WORKS […]

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Sometimes you just need a few organizing tips to kick start your organizing project. I made a list below of many of the tips I tell my clients.  Kitchen 1. Store kitchen utensils and equipment near where they get used in the kitchen. For example, store your pots and pans near the stove. Store your […]

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Open shelving: So popular in all of the home magazines right now, but so difficult to pull off. (For those new to the term, “open shelving” is shelving that is not covered up by cabinet or cupboard doors. If it had doors on it, we would call it “closed shelving.”) The tendency is for people […]

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Organizing Idea of the week: bookshelves

by respaced on July 31, 2013

Organizing large bookshelves can be so tricky. The temptation is to stuff the shelves with all of our books and tchotkes, because we so badly need the storage. But this often results in a cluttered, messy look, especially if your bookshelves are this large. This bookshelf above has the perfect ratio of books to knick-knacks. […]

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Just a few days ago, I blogged about all the different ways you could organize your front entry way. But I failed to include THIS amazing idea! This crafty person took a pallet, painted it white and screwed it into her wall. Now she can hang whatever she wants off of it with hooks available […]

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Organizing idea of the week: DIY cubby unit

by respaced on June 19, 2013

Do you have an older home that has no hall closet but opens instead directly into your living room? Not much fun to trip over piles of shoes when you come home, is it? That’s why this might be a great DIY solution for you. Three bookcases have been painted and screwed together to form […]

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5 tips for keeping clutter out of your house

by respaced on May 17, 2013

  It’s hard to find the energy/time/interest to organize. So when that inspiration to organize finally hits and you are able to clean out that black hole in your home, you probably feel ecstatic! Yay! Time to post a brag picture to Pinterest! But how often have you kicked clutter to the curb only to […]

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It’s March, which in my mind means it is springtime! I don’t know about you, but my house starts to feel a little blah inside after winter. So here are some tips to perk up your space. I hope you find them helpful. And please post any additional tips you have for refreshing you home […]

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11 of my favorite organizing tips

by respaced on March 1, 2013

There are entire sections of book stores devoted to books chock-full of organizing tips. But who has time to read all of those? Let me boil them down for you: 1. Before you buy any storage products or start pitching your stuff, you need to decide how you want your space to function. What activities […]

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