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How to organize those boxes of photos

by respaced on 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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I’m so excited about this product that I have to devote a whole post to it! You know how at the end of each school year, you end up with STACKS of artwork and schoolwork that your children made? And you know how it’s always so difficult to figure out how to store everything, especially […]

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How to organize boxes and boxes of photos

by respaced on October 16, 2013

One of the questions I get asked most often is how to organize boxes of printed photos. Many of us have shoeboxes stuffed in the backs of closets overflowing with decades-worth of photos. Sorting through all of that can feel so overwhelming and tedious! Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy way to organize boxes of […]

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So let’s say you are one of those people who likes to have multiple projects going on at once. And as a result, you have a bazillion pieces of papers, scribbles on sticky notes and ripped-out magazine articles to accompany each project. And let’s also say you are a highly visual person who is deathly […]

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Okay, all you chronic magazine-article-ripper-outers, I know you are tired of having torn out pages of magazines sitting on your counters and collecting dust in massive paper piles. You read the magazines, you want to save the articles because you want to go back and read them again or because you want to try out […]

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On Friday, I listed the 5 easiest places to organize in your home. That list is designed to help people ease into organizing if organization doesn’t come naturally to them. Today’s list tackles the 5 hardest-to-organize places in your home. The point of this list is to steer you away from starting with these difficult […]

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Every home I have been in as a professional organizer has a pile of papers on the kitchen counter. Some may also have piles on the dining room table or hallway table, but they all have the pile on the kitchen counter. Even in my own home, this is the first place that piles start […]

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5 organizing tasks that are a waste of time

by respaced on July 23, 2012

Some people (I’m talking to you, Martha Stewart!) go overboard when it comes to organizing. That is, they waste time organizing things that don’t have to be perfectly compartamentalized, sorted and arranged. Here are five organizing tasks you can ignore: 1. Putting all of the non-perishable food in the pantry into their own separate glass […]

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School is out today in Portland, Oregon. That means kids all over the city are cleaning out their desks and bringing home stacks of papers. It’s enough to overwhelm even the most organized parent! So what can you do? Here’s the how-to for dealing with all of those school papers as well as some options […]

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You want to know the trick to keeping your house organized on a day-to-day basis? It comes down to two actions you must take: First, make sure every item — and I mean every item — in your house has a home. Make sure everyone in the family knows where these “homes” are. Label them […]

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