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Welcome to the Home Storage Solutions Blog update page, which provides you with the latest updates and articles from this site, so you can always know "what's new" from me, Taylor.

This is where you can find the latest ideas, tips and the best products available to get your home organized and to help you find a place for everything in your home that matters.

Week #49 Organized Home Challenge: Christmas Decoration Storage & Organization

Christmas Decoration Storage
Your challenge this week is to work on Christmas decoration storage and organization so you can safely store, and then find and display the items you love and get rid of the rest. Here are the steps to take.

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How To Declutter Your Music Collection: CDs, Cassettes, Records & More

Declutter Your Music Collection
This mission is to declutter your music collection, in whatever format it takes, including CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, digital music files and more. Here's how, plus ideas for what to do with decluttered items.

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Week #48 Organized Home Challenge: CD and DVD Storage and Organization

CD and DVD Storage
During this week of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge we're dealing with CD and DVD storage and organization. Here are step by step instructions for these items in your home.

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Purse & Handbag Storage Ideas & Solutions

Purse & Handbag Storage
Here are lots of purse and handbag storage ideas and solutions, for all sizes and varieties of purse collections, to keep them neat and organized in your closet or bedroom.

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5 Food Storage Safety Tips For Your Home

5 Food Storage Safety Tips
We eat and serve food daily in our homes, so make sure you're following these 5 food storage safety tips so the food you serve and eat is at its freshest and healthiest.

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How To Declutter Wallet & Keep It That Way

Declutter Your Wallet
This mission is to declutter your wallet. Here's how to do it, items you should not keep in your wallet, plus tips for making this task a regular habit.

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How To Declutter Your Purse & Keep It That Way

Declutter Your Purse
Today's mission is to declutter your purse. Here's instructions for how to do it, how to make it a habit, and a list of essential purse contents to make sure you keep what you should in there.

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December Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

December Declutter Calendar
Here's the December 2016 declutter calendar with a daily 15 minute decluttering and organizing mission for each day of the month. Also includes a printable calendar.

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Declutter Key Ring & Loose Keys Around Your Home

Declutter Key Ring
This mission is to declutter your key ring and loose keys you've got around your home. Here's the steps to take.

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Week #47 Organized Home Challenge: Organizing Purses, Handbags & Wallets

Organizing Purses
Join the Organizing Purses, Handbags, and Wallets Challenge and get instructions for clearing clutter so you can find what you want, when you need it.

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Declutter Musical Instruments

Declutter Musical Instruments
Today's mission is to declutter musical instruments. I've got ideas for letting go of these sometimes sentimental items, as well as suggestions for what to do with them once you decide to get rid of them.

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Liquor Storage Ideas & Solutions

Liquor Storage Ideas
Here are quite a few liquor storage ideas and solutions you can use for the hard spirits and alcohol stored in your home.

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Medication Organizer Ideas & Storage Solutions

Medication Organizer Ideas
Here are quite a few medication organizer ideas and storage solutions for organizing first aid and medical supplies in your home.

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First Aid Kit Contents List: What You Really Need

First Aid Kit Contents List
Here is a printable first aid kit contents list that you can post in your home to make sure you've got all the necessary supplies at home for when you need them.

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Prescription Drug Disposal Guide & How To Dispose Of OTC Medication

Prescription Drug Disposal Guide
For both health and safety reasons, as well as environmental, you should follow these guidelines for prescription drug disposal and disposing of over the counter medication.

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Week #46 Organized Home Challenge: Create A Medicine Organizer & First Aid Kit Center

A Medicine Organizer & First Aid Kit Center
This week's challenge is to create a medicine organizer and first aid kit center in your home, to make sure you have the right supplies for your family when they need them.

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Fire Extinguisher Placement Guidelines For Your Home

Fire Extinguisher Placement Guidelines
Use these fire extinguisher placement guidelines to make sure you have this vital equipment in the right places in your home if you need it.

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Car Emergency Kit List {With Printable}

3 Day Emergency Supply List
Here's a list of everything you should have in your car emergency kit, with a free printable checklist.

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Free Printable 3 Day Emergency Supply List

3 Day Emergency Supply List
Here's a free printable emergency supply list, with a checklist of items necessary for an emergency preparedness kit for three days.

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List Of Items Needed For Food Pantry Donations

Food Pantry Donations
Here's a list of the most needed items for food pantry donations, including both food and non-food items.

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Week #45 Organized Home Challenge: Create An Emergency Preparedness Kit

Emergency Preparedness Kit
In this week's challenge we'll make an emergency preparedness kit to make sure our family is secure in the case of a disaster or other emergency.

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How To Read Kindle Books Without A Kindle

Read Kindle Books Without A Kindle
Don't let the lack of a Kindle reader keep you from getting a book you want. Here's how to read Kindle books even without owning a Kindle or when you don't have this device with you.

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Top 10 Places To Sell Books For Cash

Sell Books For Cash
Here are the top 10 places to sell books for cash, while decluttering or just to make a little extra for something you want or need.

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Top 13 Places To Donate Used Books

Donate Used Books
When you're ready to donate used books as part of the decluttering process, here's the top 13 places to consider, with suggestions for textbooks, kids books, novels, and more.

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How To Get Rid Of Book Clutter

Book Clutter
Here's how to get rid of your book clutter, including five questions to ask yourself when you declutter books.

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Week #44 Organized Home Challenge: Book Organization

Book Organization
In the Organize Books Challenge we'll declutter and organize the reading material in our homes, including library books, using these step by step instructions.

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6 Questions To Ask When You Declutter Kids' Art & School Papers

Declutter Kids' Art
Here's 6 questions to ask yourself when you declutter kids' art and school papers so you know what to keep versus get rid of, without feeling guilt or facing indecision.

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How To Declutter Craft Room Or Crafting Area

Declutter Craft Room
Here's how to declutter your craft room, with both instructions and pictures from other readers who've taken on this challenge for inspiration.

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How To Declutter Unfinished Craft Projects

Declutter Unfinished Craft Projects
Today's mission is to declutter abandoned and unfinished craft projects. Here's tips for dealing with the emotions holding you back, plus ideas for what to do with items you decide to get rid of.

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Week #43 Organized Home Challenge: Craft Organization

Craft Organization
Your challenge this week is craft organization, including both of all your supplies and the room or area where you do your crafting. Here are step by step instructions.

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10 Mason Jar Gift Ideas For Your Kitchen

10 Mason Jar Gift Ideas
Here's a round up of 10 beautiful, useful and fun Mason Jar gift ideas for your kitchen. This is a must see for the Mason Jar lovers in your life.

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How To Declutter Digital Photos

Declutter Digital Photos
This mission is to declutter digital photos from your computer, smart phone and digital camera. Your goal is to keep the best and delete the rest! Here's how to do it.

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November Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

November Declutter Calendar
Here's the November 2016 declutter calendar with a daily 15 minute decluttering and organizing mission for each day of the month. Also includes a free printable calendar.

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5 Rules For Storing Pictures & Photos To Preserve Your Family's Memories

Storing Pictures
Photos preserve our family's memories, so make sure you're storing pictures and photos properly, following these 5 rules, to keep them preserved for future generations.

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52 Weeks To An Organized Home: 2017 Plan

2017 Plan
Several people have asked if I'm leading the missions again next year. The answer is yes, and behind the scenes I'm busy getting everything ready for 2017.As part of that I've settled on the 2017 schedule for the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, and I've created a one page printable cheat sheet you can have to see what the plan is. This challenge roughly corresponds with the Declutter 365 missions as well, so while we focus on organizing the kitchen, for example, we'll also focus on decluttering it.Here's the newly released challenges for 2017. Get the free printable list of exactly what we're doing next year, plus if you haven't already, please sign up for the free emails so each week's challenge will come directly into your email inbox on Monday mornings. Let's get organized together in 2017!

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3 Questions To Choose Best Photo Album For Your Family Memories

Choose Best Photo Album
Not all photograph albums are created equal. Here's 3 questions to ask yourself when choosing the best photo album for your family's memories that will display them well, and preserve the photos for future generations.

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Week #42 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Photos

How To Organize Photos
This week's challenge is to organize photos, including both physical and ditigal ones, as well as negatives, photo albums and wall photos so you can find and preserve your special memories.

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Declutter Pool Toys & Supplies

Declutter Candles
Today's mission is to declutter pool toys and supplies. Here's the types of equipment and toys you should make sure to look through to winnow it down to what you really want and need.

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Declutter Candles

Declutter Candles
Today's mission is to declutter candles, so here's criteria to help you decide what to keep versus get rid of, plus an idea for repurposing old candle jars.

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Storing Silver Items Properly

Storage For China
If you're like me you may have gotten some silver pieces as gifts, such as a wedding, and then had no idea how to really care for them. Did you know that improper storage of silver can, at best, cause severe tarnishing that is time consuming to remove, and at worst, can even permanently damage these precious pieces? This mission is to learn the basics of proper storage and care for silver, and then make sure you're storing your silver items optimally from now on. And oh yeah, to actually take the time every now and then to use the nice things in your home, be they silver or anything else. What is the point of owning nice things, after all, if you don't use them?

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Storage For China, Glassware & Crystal

Storage For China
This mission focuses on really nice things we have in our home that perhaps we don't use as often as we should -- our china, crystal, glassware and silver. This mission will help you declutter and organize what you have, so you can use it more frequently, and also will teach you some important rules about properly storing these items to keep them safe and clean between uses.

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Declutter Tablecloths, Napkins & Placemats

Declutter Tablecloths
Today's mission is to declutter tablecloths, napkins and placemats so you have a more reasonable amount of table linens that you actually use regularly and enjoy.

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Declutter Dining Room Table

Declutter Dining Room Table
In this 15 minute mission you will declutter the dining room table. Here's instructions and inspirational photos from other readers to help you get it done.

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Week #41 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Dining Room

Organize Dining Room
It's a new week, so in Week #41 of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge we're organizing our dining room, as well as tackling organization of other items used for entertaining guests, and refocusing on keeping our kitchen table clutter free. So whether you have a dining room or not you'll find something to do in this week's challenge. Plus having a place for your family to eat meals together each day is very important not only for organizing your home, but also for the benefits eating family meals together can provide. Here are step by step instructions for this organizational task.

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Remote Control Organizer Ideas & Solutions

Remote Control Organizer
Here are quite a few remote control organizer ideas and solutions so you always know where your remotes are from now on, and don't have to hunt for them all the time.

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Clean & Declutter Under Couch & Between Couch Cushions

Declutter Under Couch
This mission is to clean and declutter under the couch and in between couch cushions. Tell me what you find when you do it!

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Get Rid Of Hallway Clutter

Remote Control Organizer
This mission is to declutter your hallways. In this article I've provided tips for how to see the clutter in this area, and a possible storage solution for this narrow space if you need it.

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How To Declutter Your Living Room

Declutter Your Living Room
Today's mission is to declutter your living room. Here's instructions for how to do it, plus inspirational before and afters to get you motivated.

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Week #40 Organized Home Challenge: Organizing Living Room

Organizing Living Room
This week's challenge is all about organizing living room and family room areas of your home, with these step by step instructions.

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