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31 Days of Organization: Progress Not Perfection

We’re all looking for the perfect system to organize our stuff. The one solution that will solve all our problems and lead us down the path to homemaker happiness. Want to know the secret? There isn’t one. No single method or storage system or “guaranteed solution” is going to work for everyone, or even the… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: Progress Not Perfection

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31 Days of Organization: Store it Out in the Open

What do you do when you have sparse kitchen storage and a pantry that is full to the brim? You get creative with your storage solutions. As I have mentioned in previous posts in this series, sometimes creative organization means thinking outside the box. Think about the items you use most often in your cooking… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: Store it Out in the Open

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31 Days of Organization: Don’t Rush the Process

We all have THOSE problem areas in our house.  Rooms that don’t work the way we want them too. Areas piled high with stuff. Closets full of extra things instead of clothes or coats. Pantries that contain everything from food to cleaning supplies to extra packages of paper towels. It’s easy to catch the organization… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: Don’t Rush the Process

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31 Days of Organization: Work With What You Have

Have you ever flipped through a magazine or visited a blog and found yourself wishing that you could have the perfect kitchen or garden or whatever the thing is that you were admiring on the screen/page? I know I have. I also know that in this age of social media and online connectedness it is… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: Work With What You Have

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31 Days of Organization: Create Zones That Suit Your Needs In Spite of the Rooms They Are In

Decorating magazines and Pinterest will have you believe that every item in a room should fit the theme of, or fall into, the exact purpose of that room. Real life isn’t so neat and tidy, however, and sometimes you need to create zones within rooms to allow your home to work for you. Maybe it’s… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: Create Zones That Suit Your Needs In Spite of the Rooms They Are In

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31 Days of Organization: Store Your Cleaning Supplies Where You Use Them

Fifteen years ago when we bought our house, I purchased one of those  Rubbermaid cleaning totes. You know, the ones with a handle –  that come with a promise of how much easier your cleaning will be when you can transport your supplies from place to place? For fourteen years I lugged cleaning products I… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: Store Your Cleaning Supplies Where You Use Them

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31 Days of Organized Living: Alphabetize Your Music Collection

Music has come a long way in the last forty-two years. From vinyl records, to 8-tracks, to  cassettes, to compact discs (CDs), to mp3s. Some of us have quite a large library of CDs, because even if you upload them all to your computer, there is always the fear of “What happens if my computer… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Alphabetize Your Music Collection

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31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Your Tools At The Ready

This may seem like a variation on a few other posts I’ve done so far this month, but this principal can be applied to so many areas of organizing your life. When a chef is getting ready to cook a meal, they gather all the ingredients they will need together first. Then they chop, prep,… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Your Tools At The Ready

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31 Days of Organized Living: Organize Like Items Together

Have you ever walked through the grocery store and felt frustrated with how they organize the items? All the breakfast cereal is together in one place, but if you want waffles and syrup you have to travel to a whole different section of the store? You can buy pasta and tomatoes in the same isle,… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Organize Like Items Together

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31 Days of Organized Living: Create a Portable Gift Wrapping Station

Chances are you don’t have an area of your house that you can devote to one of those “Pinterest perfect” gift wrapping stations. You know the ones I’m talking about; it usually contains rolls of  wrapping paper and spools of ribbon hung above a table full of wrapping supplies and gift bags. That’s okay, neither do… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Create a Portable Gift Wrapping Station