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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 #16 Organized Home Challenge: Home Office Organization

Home Office Organization
In this week's Home Office Organization Challenge I'll give step by step instructions for getting this area of your home organized so you can get your household paperwork done.

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Decluttering Your Home {Series}: Be A Clutter Buster: What Items Are Clutter In Your Home

Be A Clutter Buster: What Items Are Clutter In Your Home
To be a clutter buster you've got to be able to identify which items in your home are truly clutter, and which are not. Here are five criteria and guidelines you can use to make this determination.

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Week #15 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Passwords, Plus Warranties & Manuals

How To Organize Passwords, Plus Warranties & Manuals
In this week's challenge there are step by step instructions for how to organize passwords, along with warranties and manuals for items in your home, so you can access this vital information when needed.

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Decluttering Your Home {Series}: Are You A Clutter Bug? Take The Quiz And Find Out

Are You A Clutter Bug? Take The Quiz And Find Out
Take this quiz to find out if you're a clutter bug, and if you are, what to do about it while still loving and accepting yourself.

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Top 7 Places To Donate Magazines

top 7 places to donate magazines
If you've got lots of magazines in your home, and want to get rid of them, but don't just want to chuck or recycle them, here are the top seven places to donate magazines you should consider.

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Week #14 Organized Home Challenge: Magazines & Newspapers

organizing magazines and newspapers challenge
Your challenge this week is organizing magazines, newspapers and catalogs in your home so they're not overtaking all your flat surfaces, and you can find what you want, when you want it. Here are the steps to take.

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Decluttering Your Home {Series}: Finding Your Path To Peace

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Here are tips for decluttering your home so you can find your path to peace in your home. Don't let clutter rob you of another second of joy, but instead learn how to conquer it one item at a time with this series.

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GoodBudget App Reviews: Formerly Known As EEBA

GoodBudget app
Here are a couple of reviews of the free GoodBudget app, formerly known as EEBA, that uses the concept of the envelope method for budgeting.

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Week #13 Organized Home Challenge: Filing System

organize files challenge
In this week's challenge we'll tackle how to organize files so you can find the paper and documents you need, when you need them, without having to spend all your time filing. Here are step by step instructions.

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April 2014 Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month {Plus Printable}

April declutter calendar
Here's the April 2014 declutter calendar with a daily 15 minute decluttering and organizing mission for each day of the month. I've also included a printable calendar, so make sure to get your copy today!

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How To Organize Gift Cards & Keep Track Of Balances

How To Organize Gift Cards & Keep Track Of Balances
Here are several ways to organize gift cards as well as easily keep track of outstanding balances on the card for later use.

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Utensil Crock Ideas: For Convenience & Saving Drawer Space

Utensil Crock Ideas
Here are several utensil crock ideas for your kitchen counters to help save drawer space and make cooking more convenient.

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Week #12 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Receipts & Tax Documents

organize tax documents and receipts challenge
In this week's challenge you'll learn the steps to create a personal tax organizer system, and to organize receipts, to make tax time as simple as possible.

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BillTracker App Review: For iPhone Only

BillTracker App Review
A couple of days ago I shared a printable bill organizer worksheet, and many of you said -- yes, I like the concept, but I want something electronic to do it, instead of using pencil and paper. I get that. I totally understand! Just recently a reader, Tamara, sent me in a review of the BillTracker app, which is currently available only for iPhone and costs $1.99, which does basically the same thing electronically. Does anyone else use this app for tracking due dates, or something else? I'd love to hear what you use and why.

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Organizing Bills Hall of Fame: Ideas & Solutions

organizing bills hall of fame
Here's a couple of ideas from readers for organizing bills during all steps of the process from collecting them before payment to filing them after payment.

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Simple Online Budget Software: PearBudget To Track Your Money

Simple Online Budget Software: PearBudget To Track Your Money
PearBudget is a really simple online budget software system, using the principle of the envelope system, to help you budget for the future and track where your money really went during the month.

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Free Printable Monthly Bill Organizer

printable monthly bill organizer
Use this free printable monthly bill organizer to keep track of when your bills are due, so you don't have any more late payments.

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How (& Why) To Create A Tickler File

how and why to create a tickler file
Here's how to create a tickler file, and why you might want to for use in your home, including examples of how it can keep you organized and from losing vital pieces of paper you need to reference later.

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Getting Rid Of Financial & Bill Clutter Hall Of Fame

getting rid of financial and bill clutter hall of fame
List of ideas for what types of financial and bill clutter to get rid of, plus hall of fame showing success stories to get inspired by what others have accomplished.

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Week #11 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Bills

organize bills challenge
This week's challenge is about how to organize bills, so you can pay them on time, find them if you need to reference them again, and finally learn how long to keep paid bills before tossing them.

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Home Message Board & Phone Message Center Hall Of Fame

home message board and phone message center hall of fame
Here are real life examples of a home message board and phone message center showing how readers share and keep track of messages and paperwork they need to tell to each other or reference.

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Paprika Recipe Manager App Reviews

Paprika recipe manager
Here are several reviews of the Paprika Recipe Manager app, which is a program designed to organize recipes as well as meal planning and making grocery lists.

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Mail Organization Hall Of Fame: How To Deal With Daily Mail

mail organization hall of fame
Here's the mail organization hall of fame sharing how readers have organized their incoming and outgoing mail to keep track of it in their homes.

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Getting Rid Of Filing & Paper Clutter Hall of Fame

getting rid of filing and paper clutter hall of fame
List of paper clutter items to consider getting rid of, plus hall of fame showing success stories to get inspired by what others have accomplished.

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Week #10 Organized Home Challenge: Home Mail Organizer Center

create a home mail organizer center challenge
This week's challenge is to create a home mail organizer center, which will help you keep track of incoming and outgoing mail, plus to develop certain routines and habits to keep on track with mail organization.

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Free Printable Address Book Pages: Get Your Contact Information Organized

Printable address book
Here are free printable address book pages that you can fill out to get your contact information organized.

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Week #9 Organized Home Challenge: Contact Information

organize contact information challenge
In this week's challenge you'll create a simple address book and organize the contact information you've collected for friends, family, businesses and emergencies so it is available when you need it. Here's the steps to take.

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Family Meal Planning Ebook: Plan It Don't Panic

Plan It, Don't Panic ebook
Eating together as a family is so important for many reasons. To make sure this is an enjoyable stress free time you need to employ some family meal planning strategies, and this ebook, Plan It, Don't Panic, can help.

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Free Printable Grocery List Form

printable grocery list
Here is a free printable grocery list form you can use to quickly check off the items you need, or the quantity required, each time you go to the store.

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Printable Weekly Dinner Menu With Premade Grocery List Sample

printable weekly dinner menu with premade grocery list
If you're stuck for what to make for dinner, here's a printable weekly dinner menu with premade grocery list sample, with recipes included, so you can plan a full week of meals with your family.

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How To Make A Grocery List: Hall Of Fame

how to make a grocery list hall of fame
In the Make a Grocery List hall of fame readers who've taken this week's organizing challenge share how they make a food shopping list each week that keeps them organized at home and while grocery shopping.

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How To Use Dropbox To Organize Your Home & Life

Dropbox
Here are ideas and suggestions from readers for how to use Dropbox to help organize your home and life.

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March 2014 Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month {Plus Printable}

March declutter calendar
Here's the March 2014 declutter calendar with a daily 15 minute decluttering and organizing mission for each day of the month. I've also included a printable calendar, so make sure to get your copy today!

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Printable Menu Planning Ideas Form

menu planning ideas form
Here's a free printable menu planning form where you can list your family's favorite dishes so when you're struggling with what to cook for the week you've got ideas.

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PepperPlate Review: For Recipes, Meal Planning & Making Grocery Lists

PepperPlate app
Here are a couple reviews of the free grocery list, meal planning and recipe organization app, PepperPlate, from readers sharing what they think of it.

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Weekly & Monthly Meal Planning Hall Of Fame

weekly and monthly meal planning hall of fame
In the Weekly Meal Planner Hall of Fame participants in the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge share various strategies for how they plan their family's meals from week to week, and these methods actually work.

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Printable Weekly Meal Planner Template

weekly meal planner template
Here's a free printable meal planner template that you can use to fill out your family's weekly meal plan, so everyone knows what's for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week in your home.

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ZipList Reviews: Free App For Meal Planning & Grocery Lists

ZipList app
Here are reviews of the ZipList app, which is a free digital way to meal plan, make your grocery list and organize recipes, shared by readers who've tried it out.

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Week #8 Organized Home Challenge: Healthy Meal Planning & Creating Grocery List

healthy meal planning challenge
Your challenge this week is to get in the habit of healthy meal planning, and creating a grocery shopping list so you don't forget anything at the store each time you go. Here are the steps to take.

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Evernote Reviews: How To Use It To Organize Your Home & Life

Evernote
There are lots of ways to use Evernote to help organize your home and life. In this Evernote review readers have shared how they use it daily for just these purposes.

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MealBoard Reviews: Why It's A Great Recipe & Grocery List App

mealboard app
Here are a couple of reviews of the MealBoard recipe, grocery list and meal planning app from readers sharing how it works for them.

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Grocery Price Book: Use It To Compare Grocery Prices In Your Area {Plus Free Printable}

how to compare grocery prices with a grocery price book
Use a grocery price book to compare grocery prices in your area, to know what the rock bottom sales price is and predict sales cycles. Also use this free printable template to create your own grocery price list.

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Coupon Categories & Subcategories For Organizing Coupons {Plus Free Printable}

coupon categories printable
If you clip coupons you can get overwhelmed with how to organize them. Use this master coupon categories sheet, with a printable version, to help you categorize and find your coupons more easily.

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Organizing Coupons Hall Of Fame: Readers Share How They Do It

organizing coupons hall of fame
There are lots of methods for organizing coupons, from binders, envelopes, folders, clipping versus filing inserts, etc. Here are some readers sharing their best tips for coupon organization, so you can make a decision how you want to do it too.

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How To Send Expired Coupons To Military Families Overseas

how to send expired coupons to military families overseas
Here's how to send expired coupons to military families overseas so they can use them and they don't go to waste.

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Week #7 Organized Home Challenge: Organizing Coupons

how to organize coupons
One of the most challenging parts of couponing is figuring out how to organize coupons so you can find them when you want them, with a minimum amount of effort. Read the steps for how to do it here.

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Using A Food Saver Vacuum Sealer To Organize Your Freezer

how to use food saver vacuum sealer to organize freezer
Here are tips for how to use a Food Saver vacuum sealer to organize your freezer, including methods used by long-time users of this product.

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Home Recycling Containers Hall Of Fame {Part 2}

home recycling containers hall of fame {part 2}
In part 2 of the Home Recycling Containers hall of fame even more readers share their pictures of what containers and spaces they use for keeping their recycling organized in their homes. Get some ideas of your own here.

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Home Recycling Bins Hall Of Fame {Part 1}

home recycling bin hall of fame {part 1}
Here's lots of ideas and pictures from readers sharing how they've placed home recycling bins and containers throughout their homes to help them make a system that works for their recycling efforts.

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