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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.

Printable Monthly Bill Organizer To Make Sure You Pay Bills On Time

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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Week #18 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Bills

Organize Bills
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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Create A Telephone & Home Message Center

Home Message Center
Today's mission is to create a telephone and home message center so everyone in your family can pass messages they've received or need to communicate easily. Here's how and why to do it, plus examples from readers of their own message centers.

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How To Stop Junk Mail: Instructions To Opt Out And Eliminate It

Junk Mail
If you're wondering how to stop junk mail, here are some simple to follow instructions for many common types, so you can opt out and eliminate as much of it as possible, for free.

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Set Up Home Paper Shredder Area: Plus Tips For Keeping Up With Shredding Pile

Shredder Area
Today's mission is to set up a home paper shredder area for discarded paperwork, to catch up on your shredding pile if it is getting too large, plus I've provided tips for how to keep the pile from getting too large in the future.

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How (& Why) To Create A Tickler File

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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Create A Daily Routine For Organizing Paperwork: To Keep Paper Clutter At Bay

 Organizing Paperwork
Paper comes into your house daily, so here's how to create a daily routine for organizing paperwork to deal with it, so you can keep paper clutter at bay, and instead feel in control of the paper monster.

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

Mail Organization
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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How Long Should You Keep Papers? Home Document Retention Schedule: Plus Printable Cheatsheet

Home Document Retention
No one wants paper clutter, but you also want to feel comfortable with the papers you get rid of. Here's how long you should keep papers of all varieties, including a printable home document retention schedule cheatsheet.

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Week #17 Organized Home Challenge: Create A Home Mail Organizer Center To Keep Track Of Your Mail

Mail Organizer Center
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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Declutter & Recycle Phone Books: 15 Minute Mission

Recycle Phone Books
Your mission is to declutter and recycle phone books. Here's how to do it, plus how to opt out of receiving more of these in the future if you don't want them.

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Tips For Organizing Business Cards For Home Reference

Trash Versus Shred Documents
Here's tips for organizing business cards you collect from service and repair people for around your home.

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Trash Versus Shred Documents: Which To Choose When

Trash Versus Shred Documents
Here are the criteria you need to know when choosing to trash or shred documents when getting rid of paper piles.

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What To Do Before Your Wallet Is Lost Or Stolen

Wallet Is Lost
After your wallet is stolen or lost is not the time to realize you don't have the information you need to deal with the aftermath. So here's what to do now, beforehand.

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How To Declutter Your Piles Of Paper

Declutter Your Piles Of Paper
Here are instructions for how to declutter your piles of paper, plus 4 questions to ask when you get stuck with whether to keep or toss.

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Free Printable Emergency Contact List Form

Emergency Contact List
Here's a free printable emergency contact list form you can fill out and place in a visible location for everyone to reference as needed.

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May Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

May Declutter Calendar
Here's the May 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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The Only Strategy That Works For Organizing Paper Clutter

Organizing Paper Clutter
There's only one strategy that works for organizing paper clutter, and it is quite simple, at least in theory.

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Free Printable Important Contact List Template

Contact List Template
Even if you keep all contacts electronically you should keep at least this important contact list template in print, just in case!

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Free Printable Address Book Pages: Get Your Contact Information Organized

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

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Ideas For How To Organize Contact Information: Both Paper & Digital

Organize Contact Information
Here's real life ideas for how to organize contact information, both in paper and digitally, and shown from readers who've completed the Contact Information Organization Challenge, to get themselves ready for everyday tasks and emergency situations.

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Paper Organization {Series}: Take Control Of Your Paper Piles

Paper Organization
In the Paper Organization Series I provide tips for decluttering your paper piles and then organizing what's left behind so you are in control again of the paper monster.

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Week #16 Organized Home Challenge: How To Create A Simple Address Book And Organize Contact Information

Organize Contact Information
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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Printable Attic Storage Inventory Form

Attic Storage Inventory Form
Use this free printable attic storage inventory form to keep track of what you've got stored in this area of your home, for both short and long-term storage.

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Declutter Storage Containers & Storage Boxes: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Storage Containers
Today's mission is to declutter storage containers and storage boxes, including empty bins that no longer are storing clutter after doing other of these Declutter 365 missions.

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Declutter Storage Room Or Storage Closet: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Storage Room
Today's mission is to declutter your storage room, storage closet, or whatever other storage areas you've got in your home. Here's thoughts about how much of this is postponed decisions, plus inspirational before and after photos from readers who've already done this mission.

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Attic Storage Solutions & Safety Tips

Attic Storage
Here are some tips and ideas to consider when determining the types of attic storage solutions to employ, which keep in mind both practical and safety concerns with storing items in this area of your home.

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Week #15 Organized Home Challenge: Attic Organizing Tips For This Long-Term Storage Area

Attic Organizing
In this week's challenge we're tackling attic organizing, to declutter and bring to order this long-term storage area in your home. Here's step by step instructions for how to do it.

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Printable Garage Storage Inventory Form

Declutter Fitness Equipment
Use this free printable garage storage inventory form to keep track of what you've got stored in this area of your home, for both short and long-term storage.

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Declutter Fitness Equipment & Sports Gear: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Fitness Equipment
Today's mission is to declutter fitness equipment and sports gear from your home. Here are instructions for how to do it, plus suggestions of places to sell and donate this gear and exercise equipment to get it out of your home.

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Bicycle Donation & Decluttering {Including Ideas Of Where To Donate}

Bicycle Donation & Decluttering
Today's mission is about bicycle donation and decluttering. Here's how to decide what to keep and what to give away, plus ideas for where you can donate bikes that will really appreciate and use what you consider clutter.

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Declutter Car Care Products {Plus Tips For Proper Disposal}

Declutter Car Care Products
Today's mission is to declutter car care products and auto supplies, so here's tips for how to do it, plus instructions for how to properly and safely dispose of automotive fluids and car maintenance products.

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How To Declutter Your Garage

Declutter Garage
Here's how to declutter your garage, with step by step instructions, to keep the process from feeling overwhelming, and also to make sure you don't make a bigger mess during the process. In addition, there's lots of photos from readers who've already done this mission to get you inspired to tackle your own garage clutter.

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Week #14 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Your Garage

Organize Your Garage
In this week's challenge we'll organize your garage to make it fulfill all the functions you want for this space. Here are step by step instructions for how to do it.

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Declutter Spring Decorations: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Spring Decorations
Today's mission is to declutter spring decorations. Here's tips for what to get rid of and keep, plus how doing this mission each time a new season rolls around will get all your seasonal decor decluttered and organized by the end of the year.

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Printable Basement Storage Inventory Form

Basement Storage Inventory Form
Use this free printable basement storage inventory form to keep track of what you've got stored in this area of your home, for both short and long-term storage.

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Basic Home Tool Kit List: Make Sure You Have The Essentials

Tool Kit List
Home repairs and basic improvements need to get done, so when the need arises uses this basic home tool kit list, including this free printable, to make sure you've got the essentials to do the job right.

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Decluttering Tools: 15 Minute Mission

Decluttering Tools
Here's tips for decluttering tools, including what to keep versus what to get rid of, plus photos from readers who've done this mission to get you inspired by their results.

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How To Declutter & Organize Hardware: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter & Organize Hardware
Here's how to declutter and organize hardware in your home for minor repairs and small DIY projects.

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Get Rid Of Storage Areas & Garage Clutter Hall Of Fame

Garage Clutter
List of storage area and garage 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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How To Declutter Your Basement {Without Making A Huger Mess In The Process}

Declutter Your Basement
How to declutter your basement without feeling overwhelmed, and without making a huger mess during the process. Also includes inspirational before and after photos from readers who've already done this mission.

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Week #13 Organized Home Challenge: Basement Organization With Step By Step Instructions

Basement Organization
This week's challenge is basement organization. We'll tackle how to declutter, properly store, and organize everything down there that you access frequently or infrequently.

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Declutter Vases & Flower Pots: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Vases
Today's mission is to declutter vases and flower pots. Here's ideas for where to donate or repurpose them to get the clutter out of your home.

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How To Declutter & Clean Your Crawlspace

Clean Your Crawlspace
Here's simple steps for how to declutter and clean your crawlspace, plus discussion of the pros and (mostly) cons of storing items in this area of your home.

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Free Realistic Printable To Do List

To Do List
The key to true productivity is conquering your to do's, so here's a free printable to do list to help you get it all done.

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Create An Evening Routine To Make Tomorrow Better

Evening Routine
How, and why, to create an evening routine for yourself that will prepare you for a better tomorrow. Includes a free printable chart you can use to fill out your routine.

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Free Printable Morning Routine Chart {Plus How To Use It}

Morning Routine Chart
Here's a free printable morning routine chart you can fill out for yourself and each household member to help mornings run smoother and with less stress in your home each day.

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April Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

April Declutter Calendar
Here's the April 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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Week #12 Organized Home Challenge: How To Make Yourself A Morning Routine & Evening Routine

Morning Routine
Here's how to make yourself a morning routine and evening routine, that will help you stay organized and keep life under control.

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