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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.

How To Make A Grocery List That Works

Grocery List
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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Menu Board Ideas So Your Family Knows What's For Dinner

Menu Board Ideas
Here's quite a few menu board ideas so you can display your meal plan and your family will know what's for dinner and other meals without having to ask you.

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Printable Menu Planning Ideas Form

Printable 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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Weekly Meal Planner Hall of Fame: Ways To Plan Family Meals

Weekly Meal Planner 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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Tardis DVD Storage Ideas For Doctor Who Fans

Tardis DVD Storage
Here are a couple of ideas from readers for Tardis DVD Storage. If you're a Doctor Who fan these are a must see!

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Printable Weekly Meal Planner Template

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

Healthy Meal Planning
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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Declutter Valentine's Day Stuff: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Valentine's Day Stuff
Today's mission is to declutter Valentine's Day stuff, and put away anything Valentine related that you aren't decluttering.

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How To Organize Gift Cards & Loyalty Cards & Keep Track Of Balances

Organize Gift Cards
Here are several ways to organize gift cards and loyalty cards as well as easily keep track of outstanding balances on the card for later use.

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Save Money On Groceries With The Couponing Course Grocery University

Grocery University
One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to use coupons, but many people go about it all wrong. The audio course from Grocery University is a great quick way to learn how to get results and lower your grocery bill each week with or without coupons.

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Stockpile Organization & Storage Tips

Stockpile Organization & Storage Tips
Here are tips and tricks for stockpile organization and storage so your stockpile is useful, and doesn't become clutter that you'll later have to throw out.

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Grocery Price Book: Use It To Compare Grocery Prices In Your Area

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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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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Coupon Categories And Subcategories For Organizing Coupons

Coupon Categories
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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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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How To Avoid Accumulating Expired Coupons

Avoid Accumulating Expired Coupons
If you're always finding expired coupons you didn't use find out how to avoid wasting these coupons in the future plus what to do with the ones that have already expired.

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Week #7 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Coupons So You Can Find And Use Them When You Want

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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Declutter Coffee Mugs: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Coffee Mugs
Today's mission is to declutter coffee mugs and other cups. See what others have accomplished with this mission and do it yourself today!

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Kitchen Garbage Cans: Pros & Cons Of The Varieties

Kitchen Garbage Cans
The choice of kitchen garbage cans in your home is important since you use it everyday. Here's what to consider, plus the type to never ever buy.

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Place Home Recycle Bins In Key Locations: 15 Minute Mission

Place Home Recycle Bins
In today's mission we're going to place small home recycle bins in key locations in your home to remove an obstacle for you to encourage recycling by making it even more convenient.

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Ideas To Repurpose & Upcycle Used Baby Cribs

Ideas To Repurpose & Upcycle Used Baby Cribs
Here are quite a few ideas to repurpose and upcycle used baby cribs into furniture or organizing solutions your whole family can enjoy.

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Ideas For Home Recycling Bin And Containers: Where To Place Them

Ideas For Home Recycling Bin
Here's lots of ideas and pictures from readers sharing how they've placed home recycling bin and containers throughout their homes to help them make a system that works for their recycling efforts.

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Week #6 Organized Home Challenge: Create A Home Recycling Center To Make It Easy To Go Green

 Create A Home Recycling Center
Creating a home recycling center that is attractive and functional makes it easier to go green, and recycle more of the waste you create. Here are step by step instructions for how to do it.

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Declutter Plastic Cutlery & Take Out Supplies: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Plastic Cutlery & Take Out Supplies
Today's mission is to declutter plastic cutlery and silverware and other take out supplies to keep only a reasonable amount.

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DIY Plastic Bag Holder Ideas Using Upcycled Containers

DIY Plastic Bag Holder Idea
Here are four different DIY plastic bag holder ideas you can use for your grocery bags, using things you most likely already have in your house right now.

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How To Declutter & Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter & Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags
Get rid of the excess plastic shopping bags in your home, but don't put them in the trash. Instead, here's where and how to recycle plastic grocery bags.

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Essential Gadgets & Small Kitchen Appliances List

Essential Gadgets
Here's my essential gadgets and small kitchen appliances list. Do you agree or disagree with what I consider essential?

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Displaying & Organizing Cookbooks Hall Of Fame

Displaying & Organizing Cookbooks
In the Organizing Cookbooks hall of fame you can see how readers stored these books in and out of their kitchen to make the most of the space available.

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How To Organize Recipes: Hall Of Fame

How To Organize Recipes
If you're wondering how to organize recipes in your home, check out these recipe organizing systems from readers who used binders, cards and other methods to get their family favorite cookbooks and recipes in order.

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Suggested Recipe Categories For Organizing Binders & Boxes

Suggested Recipe Categories
Here are suggested recipe categories you can use to help organize your recipe collection in either a binder or within a card box, plus printable table of contents for your binder.

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Electronic Recipe Organizer Recommendations From Readers

Electronic Recipe Organizer
There are many types of electronic recipe organizer software programs available. Here are some reviews of products from readers who took the organize recipes challenge, who share their tips for organizing recipes on the computer.

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Organizing Recipes Using Pinterest: Tips & Tricks

Organizing Recipes Using Pinterest
If you want to go paperless in the kitchen why not try organizing recipes with Pinterest? Here's how to do it.

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Week #5 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Recipes And Cookbooks For Use In Your Kitchen

How To Organize Recipes And Cookbooks
This week's challenge is to organize recipes and cookbooks in your home so they are easy to find, and serve their intended purpose of helping you cook food in your kitchen. Here are step by step instructions.

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Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets: Ideas & Tips

Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets
Here are ideas, tips and pros and cons to consider when decorating above kitchen cabinets.

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Declutter Refrigerator Front & Top To Make A Huge Difference In Your Kitchen

Declutter Refrigerator Front & Top
A simple and easy task is to declutter your refrigerator top and front. While it may not take too long it makes a huge impact on the look of your whole kitchen, as can be seen from these before and after pictures.

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Organizing A Chest Freezer: Ideas & Solutions

Organizing A Chest Freezer
Here are practical ideas for organizing a chest freezer from readers who tackled this organizational challenge and shared their before and after pictures.

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Organize Freezer Challenge: Hall Of Fame

Organize Freezer Challenge
In the Organize Freezer Hall of Fame I've shared before and after pictures and ideas from readers who have taken this organizing challenge.

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Freezer Storage Times Chart: How Long Frozen Food Stays Good

Freezer Storage Times Chart
This chart provides common freezer storage times, so you know how long your frozen food will taste its best. Plus, there's a free printable cheat sheet showing the freezer storage guidelines too.

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Printable Freezer Inventory Form For Use In Your Home

Printable Freezer Inventory Form
This free printable freezer inventory form can be used in your home to keep track of both what you have to eat, and when you should use it by, to take full advantage of your freezer as a food storage asset.

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Food Storage Guidelines: How Long Food Stays Goods To Eat

Food Storage Guidelines
Ever wondered if something in your home is still good to eat? Check out these food storage guidelines chart for common expiration dates (plus get a free printable) with common expiration dates for items in your fridge.

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How To Ensure Your Family Eat Leftovers So They Don't Go To Waste: 15 Minute Mission

How To Ensure Your Family Eat Leftovers
Here's a quick declutter mission for inside your refrigerator, plus tips for how to eat leftovers instead of letting them go to waste.

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Free Printable Pantry List: Keep An Inventory And Stay Organized

Free Printable Pantry List
Here is a free printable pantry list to help you keep an inventory of what food you've got in stock. Using it will help you get organized, plan meals and use and eat what you've already got in your home.

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Week #4 Organized Home Challenge: Organizing Refrigerator And Freezer

Organizing Refrigerator And Freezer
The challenge this week is organizing refrigerator and freezer food areas in your home. Here are step by step instructions for how to do it.

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February Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

February Declutter Calendar
Here's the February 2015 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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Organizing & Storing Spices: Ideas & Solutions For Your Kitchen

Organizing & Storing Spices
Get ideas for organizing and storing spices in your kitchen cabinets, drawers and pantry from other readers who have shared their before and after pictures when they organized their own spices.

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Water Bottle Storage & Organization Ideas

Water Bottle Storage
Here are ideas for water bottle storage and organization that are practical and work for real people.

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Declutter Bakeware: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Bakeware
Today's mission is to declutter bakeware, such as baking sheets and pans. Here's how to do it, plus pictures from readers who've already tackled this mission.

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Can Storage Ideas & Solutions: How To Organize Canned Food

Can Storage
Here are lots of can storage ideas and solutions shared by readers who tackled the pantry organization challenge and used lots of different methods for organizing their canned food.

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Declutter Food Storage Containers: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Food Storage Containers
Here's how to declutter your food storage containers, along with inspirational before and after pictures to get you motivated to winnow down your plastics cabinet, cupboard or drawer.

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