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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.

Get The Conquer Your Clutter Bundle

Clutter Bundle
The Conquer Your Clutter bundle is a collection of 38 resources that can help you both declutter and organize your home and life. Find out more about the bundle here.

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Weekly Meal Planner Hall Of Fame

Meal Planner
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 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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Printable Weekly Meal Planner Template

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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Printable Weekly Menu Planner Template

Menu Planner Template
Here's a free printable weekly menu planner template which allows you to plan your family's meals for the week, plus write the grocery list all on the same form.

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March Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

March Declutter Calendar
Here's the March 2017 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 #8 Organized Home Challenge: Healthy Meal Planning

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

How To 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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How To Never Run Out Of Household Items & Grocery Staples {Without Stockpiling}

Never Run Out Of Household Items
No one wants to reach for more toilet paper or the next bottle of shampoo to find you've not purchased one. Here's how to never run out of household items and grocery staples without having to create a stockpile.

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Stockpile Organization & Storage Tips

Stockpile Organization
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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Ideas & Solutions For Organizing Coupons

Organizing Coupons
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

Send Expired Coupons
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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Declutter Expired Coupons

Declutter 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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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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Week #7 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Coupons

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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How To Declutter Kitchen Drawers

Declutter Kitchen Drawers
Here's how to declutter kitchen drawers so that you don't make a huge mess, get rid of stuff you don't need, and make your kitchen much more functional.

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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

Declutter Water Bottles
This 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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Declutter Plastic Cutlery & Take Out Supplies

Declutter Plastic Cutlery
This mission is to declutter plastic cutlery and silverware and other take out supplies to keep only a reasonable amount.

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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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DIY Plastic Bag Holder Ideas Using Upcycled Containers

DIY Plastic Bag Holder
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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Declutter & Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags

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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Place Small Home Recycle Bins In Key Locations

Place Small Home Recycle Bins
In this 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 For Home Recycling Bin And Containers: Where To Place Them

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

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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How To Declutter Coffee Mugs

Declutter Coffee Mugs
This 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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How To Declutter Dishes

Declutter Dishes
This mission is to declutter dishes. Here's how to do it, including considerations to make when deciding how many to keep, plus pictures from readers showing the results when they did this mission.

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Essential Gadgets & Small Kitchen Appliances List

Small Kitchen Appliances List
Here's my essential gadgets and small kitchen appliances list. Do you agree or disagree with what I consider essential?

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Declutter Small Appliances

Declutter Small Appliances
This 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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How To Declutter Cookbooks

Declutter Cookbooks
This 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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How To Organize Recipes

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 Recipe Binders & Boxes

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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Online Meal Planner Review Plan To Eat

Plan To Eat
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 Declutter Recipes

Organize 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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Place Trash Bins Throughout House

Place Trash Bins
This mission is to place trash bins throughout the house so it is convenient for you to throw away trash when you need to, and not accumulate clutter instead.

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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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Tips & Ideas For 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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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

Organize Recipes
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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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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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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Freezer Storage Times Chart

Declutter Your Freezer
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 Declutter Your Freezer

Declutter Your Freezer
This 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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Declutter Refrigerator Front & Top

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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Refrigerator Storage Chart & Guidelines

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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