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31 Days of Organized Living: The Perils of Storing Pumpkins Indoors

With Halloween just a week away, pumpkins are cropping up on every doorstep. Carved or uncarved, they make a festive decoration throughout the entire fall season. Pumpkins and gourds, along with being a great way to add a bit of fall cheer to your house and yard, are also a source of food for a… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: The Perils of Storing Pumpkins Indoors

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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 Organized Living: Batch Cooking for the Freezer

The most useful kitchen appliance, in my opinion, is the freezer. My favorite appliance is a deep freezer, and I have had three in my twenty-one years of marriage. The first one we got from my parents, and we gave it to our neighbor because we wanted a bigger one. They still have it, as… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Batch Cooking for the Freezer

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31 Days of Organized Living: Traveling With Food Allergies or a Restricted Diet

For many people, vacation is a time for rest and relaxation; hotel rooms, dining out, and visiting local sights and attractions. For others, vacation can be a struggle. Food allergies and restricted diets can prove challenging, especially when traveling to new cities. With enough research and prior planning, you can usually find somewhere safe to… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Traveling With Food Allergies or a Restricted Diet

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31 Days of Organized Living: Create a Beverage Station

J.S. Farynski said, “Visitors should behave in such a way that the host and hostess feel at home.” Take a minute and think about how you behave the first time someone comes to visit your home. Do you bring them a glass of water, or show them where you keep the glasses and tell them… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Create a Beverage Station

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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: Sort Holiday Decor by Person

If you look past the Halloween decor around early-mid October, you will start to notice stores pulling out holiday decor. They sneak it in around the fringe edges of the seasonal department, usually starting with lights and outside decorations; things no one is typically paying attention to. The next department that begins to implement holiday items… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Sort Holiday Decor by Person

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31 Days of Organized Living: Store Nuts and Seeds in Dark Containers

Most product packaging is not designed for people like me, who like to stock up or plan ahead. It is designed for people who like to consume an item and then purchase it again when they need it. If that is you, that’s quite okay. We are all wired differently and that is what makes… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Store Nuts and Seeds in Dark Containers