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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 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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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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How To Declutter Small Appliances: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Small Appliances
Today's mission is to declutter small appliances from your kitchen. Here's criteria to consider when determining what to keep versus to get rid of, plus before and after photos from readers who've already done this mission.

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Ideas For Displaying & Organizing Cookbooks

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 Declutter Cookbooks: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Cookbooks
Today's mission is to declutter cookbooks and cooking magazines. Here's criteria to help you decide what to keep versus get rid of, plus lots of before and after photos to get you inspired to tackle your cookbook clutter.

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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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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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Donate Household Items To Charity: Do's & Don'ts Plus Ideas Of Where To Give

Donate Household Items
When decluttering your home you can donate household items to charity. Here are the do's and don'ts to make sure you do it right to help yourself and others at the same time, plus ideas of where to give various items.

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Online Meal Planner Review: Plan To Eat

Online Meal Planner
Plan to Eat is an online meal planner resource you can use to handle all the portions of planning your meals, from recipe organization, creating your grocery shopping list, and, of course, planning your menu for the week.

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How To Organize Recipes: Real Life Ideas

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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How To Declutter Recipes: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Recipes
Here are step by step instructions for how to declutter recipes, including both paper recipes and a short discussion of digital recipe clutter as well, plus lots of inspirational before and after photos from those who've already done this mission.

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

Organize Recipes
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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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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Printable Freezer Inventory Form For Use In Your Home

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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Freezer Storage Times Chart: How Long Frozen Food Stays Good

Freezer Storage Times
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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How To Organize Your Freezer: Real Life Ideas & Solutions

Organize Your Freezer
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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How To Declutter Your Freezer: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Your Freezer
Today's mission is to declutter your freezer, or freezers, getting rid of old food that is past its prime and to make it easier to organize what you've got left, so you'll be able to not waste food in the future.

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7 Strategies For Clearing Clutter When Don't Know Where To Start

7 Strategies For Clearing Clutter
If you're feeling overwhelmed about where to start clearing clutter, here are 7 strategies you can use to begin today!

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

Declutter Refrigerator
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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Real Life Refrigerator Organization & Storage Ideas

Refrigerator Organization
Here are tips and ideas for refrigerator organization from readers, with before and after pictures, when they took the challenge to clean out and organize their fridge.

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Refrigerator Storage Chart & Guidelines: Where To Place Your Food In Your Fridge

Refrigerator Storage Chart
Find out where you should be placing various types of food in your fridge with this refrigerator storage chart and guidelines.

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Running List For Storing & Eating Leftovers

Eating Leftovers
Here's a simple way to make sure everyone knows what's available for eating leftovers from your fridge, including a free printable running list.

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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

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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Top 10 Types Of Items You Can Declutter Fast

Declutter Fast
If you need to declutter fast here is a list of 10 no brainer items you should make sure leave your home as soon as possible that will help you on your way.

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Week #4 Organized Home Challenge: Organizing Refrigerator And Freezer Challenge

Organizing Refrigerator
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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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 Water Bottles, Travel Mugs & Plastic Cups: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Water Bottles
Today's mission is to declutter water bottles, travel mugs and plastic cups. Here's instructions for which cups and bottles to get rid of, plus before and after pictures from readers who've done this mission to get you inspired.

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How To Declutter Your Home: A Simple Formula

Printable Pantry List
Here's a simple formula for how to declutter your home that anyone can use to find success. Come learn the steps to take to find your home's path to peace here.

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Free Printable Pantry List: Keep An Inventory And Stay Organized

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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Pantry Organizing And Storage Ideas: Hall Of Fame

Pantry Organizing
In the second part of the Pantry Organizing Challenge Hall of Fame even more readers show off their great ideas and hard work for pantry food storage areas, and how they got everything looking so good and made their food storage areas so functional.

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Organizing Your Spices: Ideas & Solutions

Organizing Your Spices
If you're wondering about organizing your spices check out these before and after pictures from readers who've done it to get ideas for what you can do as well in this organization hall of fame.

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How To Declutter Pantry & Food Cupboards: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Pantry
Here's tips and step by step instructions for how to declutter your pantry or food cupboards without getting overwhelmed or making a huger mess during the process.

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February Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

February Declutter Calendar
Here's the February 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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How Long Do Spices Last? When You Should Declutter Them

Declutter Spices
When decluttering spices you may wonder, how long do spices last? Here's practical tips and information to know what to keep and what to toss.

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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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Canned Food Shelf Life, Safety & Storage Tips

Canned Food Shelf Life
We all have some cans of food in our pantry or refrigerator. Make sure you know these canned food shelf life, safety and storage tips so you always have quality food to serve your family.

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Bakeware Organizer & Storage Ideas

Bakeware Organizer
Here are several real life bakeware organizer and storage ideas you can use in your kitchen to organize baking sheets, muffin tins, and baking dishes in your kitchen.

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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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Printable Pantry Food Storage Chart: Shelf Life Of Food

Pantry Food Storage Chart
Here's a free printable pantry food storage chart listing the shelf life of common food items kept in your pantry or cupboard, to make sure you're eating your food in the time period you should.

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List Of Items Needed For Food Pantry Donations

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 #3 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Pantry, Spices & Food Storage Areas

How To Organize Pantry
Here are step by step instructions for how to organize pantry, spices, and other food storage areas so you can easily find what you need, and keep things fresh and safe from pests.

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How To Declutter Kitchen Cabinets: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Kitchen Cabinets
Here's step by step instructions for how to declutter kitchen cabinets so you get the task done, but don't make a huger mess while in the process, and don't get overwhelmed by trying to take on too much at once.

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Eat From The Pantry & Freezer Challenge

Eat From The Pantry
Let's take the next two weeks to do an Eat From The Pantry & Freezer Challenge, where you try to empty some of your shelves, eliminate food waste and save money on groceries.

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Organizing Pots And Pans Ideas & Solutions

Organizing Pots
I've collected lots of ideas and pictures showing how readers went about organizing pots and pans, as well as the lids, in their kitchen to give you ideas for your own kitchen.

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Under Kitchen Sink Cabinet Organization: Ideas You Can Use

Sink Cabinet Organization
See before and after pictures from readers who have taken the under kitchen sink cabinet organization challenge and cleared out the clutter. Get ideas for how they did it and what you can do in your home too.

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How To Declutter Under Your Kitchen Sink Cabinet: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Under Your Kitchen Sink
Today's mission is to declutter under your kitchen sink. Here's tips for how to do it, plus lots of before and after photos from others who've done it to get you motivated and inspired.plastics cabinet, cupboard or drawer.

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How To Declutter Pots And Pans & Other Cookware: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Pots
Today's mission is to declutter pots and pans, and other cookware. Here's 6 questions to ask yourself when doing this mission, plus before and after photos from readers who've done it to get you inspired.

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