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Open shelving — that is, shelves that hold your collection out in the open instead of hiding it behind cabinet doors — is a SUPER popular look right now in home design, but it can be difficult to pull off. The tendency is for people to cram too much stuff on the shelves, which turns […]

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While doing a kitchen organizing job out in Beaverton last week, I got asked about storing bags, particularly the bags that come home from stores like paper bags and plastic bags. I get asked about this a lot actually, so here’s a picture of how I store them in my house: Yep, that’s my 1990s […]

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Here is how I keep track of To Do’s, appts

by respaced on September 24, 2015

I get asked a lot about how I keep track of my schedule, to-do’s and calendar. What system should I use? is a question just about all of my clients ask. The first thing I tell them is, you don’t have to go digital! Digital is just one option out of many. I personally prefer […]

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You know what is a gigantic waste of time and money? Organizing things you may never use or look at again. Examples include: Getting an expensive filing cabinet for documents you may never look at again Buying expensive shelving to hold box after box of memorabilia out in the garage Spending the time organizing hundreds […]

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School is out for the summer, which means it’s time for my annual post on “how to organize kids’ schoolwork.” (Scroll to the bottom of this post to see what we did with the vast majority of my son’s schoolwork this year!) How to Organize Kids’ Schoolwork 1. When your children get home, ask them […]

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Must-have items for getting your family organized

by respaced on January 28, 2015

Probably 65 percent of my clientele for my organizing business are families, which means I often find myself recommending the same storage products over and over. So I thought you might find it useful to know which products are essential for just about every family to get organized: *Totes for sentimental items: You know all […]

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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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I’ll bet you have experienced this dilemma: You have things that need to be put away upstairs in your house, but you don’t want to take the time to walk upstairs. So instead you stack those things on the stairs, promising yourself you will put them away at the end of the day. But sooomehoooow…. […]

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Organize your nightstand using adorable tins

by respaced on April 22, 2014

My nightstand has been a clutter magnet for years, probably because it is tucked into the back corner of my bedroom, and I only see it for a couple of hours every morning and night. The rest of the day, it’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But then I came across a cute organizing solution and decided to […]

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How organizers around the USA organize Legos

by respaced on 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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