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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

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31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Frequently Used Items Within Reach

Go to the place you spend the most time doing creative work in. This could be your office, your kitchen, a nook you’ve carved out for yourself in the living room; where ever you go to do the thing that makes your heart sing. Are you there yet? Good. Now sit or stand in the… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Frequently Used Items Within Reach

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31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Your Cookbooks Accessible

The experts will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but dinner is the meal that more people devote the most time and energy into preparing. It is also the one meal that many families sit down and enjoy together, so it makes sense that it should get the most… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Your Cookbooks Accessible

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31 Days of Organized Living: Maximize Space With a Storage Ottoman

Furniture that serves only a decorative purpose has its place, but it’s typically not in the most used rooms of your house. Enter the storage ottoman. For many years ottomans got a bad rap and were used mostly as college decor and foot stools in basement rooms or teenage bedrooms. Those days are long gone… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Maximize Space With a Storage Ottoman

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31 Days of Organized Living: Store Snacks on the Counter

  There is something nostalgic about the idea of rummaging through a cupboard for a snack at the end of a long day. It brings back memories of television shows like The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, and Leave It To Beaver. Now that I’ve aged myself and my fondness for old-fashioned television shows, I… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Store Snacks on the Counter

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31 Days of Organized Living: Control the Clutter With Trays

Gone is the era of trays being used exclusively as serving pieces. While trays are perfectly useful for serving beverages or snacks, or for toting dishes and food to an outdoor table for dining, they can be used for a multitude of organizational purposes as well. The great thing about trays is that they allow you… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Control the Clutter With Trays

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31 Days of Organized Living: Organize by Color

There are a lot of “camps” surrounding how you should organizing everything from clothes to books to crafting materials, and I don’t believe that any one is better than the other. I’m going to share with you my favorite way to organize, which may not be your favorite way, but that’s OK. It also may… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Organize by Color

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31 Days of Organized Living: Ditch the Package

  Storing items like markers or crayons or colored pencils (or even knives or knitting needles or screwdrivers) in their original package can have its advantages. You know when an item in the set goes missing, it makes the collection easier to transport, and you don’t have to worry about keeping them clean. However it… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Ditch the Package