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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 #34 Organized Home Challenge: Kids' Bedroom Organizing

Organize Kids' Closets
We're already on week #34 of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge! Can you believe how quickly the year is moving along? This week we're focused on organizing our kids' bedrooms. Everyone in your home deserves a functional and enjoyable space to call their own in your home, and even if you've got several kids in a room, this space is often the bedroom for your kids. Let's work (with your kids if they're old enough) on decluttering and organizing these rooms this week. And what to do if you don't have a kids room to organize? You're not off the hook. Instead work on your own bedroom again this week. Get instructions for this challenge here.

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Week #33 Organized Home Challenge: Declutter & Organize Kids' Closets

Organize Kids' Closets
Your challenge this week is to take steps toward decluttering and organizing closet space for your kids' clothes and possessions. Here's the steps for how to do it.

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6 Questions To Ask When You Declutter Kids' Art & School Papers

Declutter Kids' Art
Here's 6 questions to ask yourself when you declutter kids' art and school papers so you know what to keep versus get rid of, without feeling guilt or facing indecision.

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Top 10 Back To School Ideas For Keeping Kids & Home Organized

Back To School Ideas
Here are my top 10 back to school ideas for keeping yourself, your kids and your home organized during this transition from summer to fall, and throughout the school year.

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Free Printable Back To School Supplies List: What To Stock At Home

 School Supplies List
The school gives you a back to school supplies list for what your kids need at school, but here's the free printable list for what you need at home for your kids' daily homework and school projects.

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How To Declutter Backpack & Deal With School Papers Daily

Declutter Backpack
It's time to declutter you child's school backpack. Here's simple instructions, plus tips for making this a habit, and how to deal with the daily accumulation of school papers.

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Week #32 Organized Home Challenge: Create A Homework Area & Home Launching Pad

Homework Area
It's a new week, and that means a new organizing challenge in the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. In Week #32 we're embracing back to school, and taking steps to make sure mornings are not as hectic in your home with a morning launch pad. So whether you have school age children or not, if you've got somewhere you've got to get in the mornings, or you just need to get started on things in your home in the morning, this challenge is for you.In addition, for those who do have kids in school, we're also making a homework area, and organizing school papers, to make sure after school learning can occur in the best possible environment. So are you ready? Let's get organized together in 2016!

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Kids Dress Up Clothes Storage & Organization Ideas

Kids Dress Up Clothes
Here are quite a few kids dress up clothes storage ideas you can use for your children's costumes and play clothes.

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August Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

August Declutter Calendar
It's a new month, August, which for many of us also feels like the beginning of a new year, a school year that is. That means it's the perfect time to declutter our homes. I've got the August 2016 declutter calendar ready for you, listing daily 15 minute missions that you can do to get your whole home decluttered over the course of the year. There's even a free printable calendar you can use to help you remember what to do each day as part of the ‪‎Declutter365‬ missions.

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Garage & Yard Sales Strategies To Get Rid Of Clutter & Make Cash

Garage & Yard Sales Strategies
Here are tips, ideas and strategies for garage and yard sales, to get rid of your clutter and make some cash in the process.

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Week #31 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Shoes & Boots

Organize Shoes
It's a new week, which means it is time for a new challenge in the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. In Week #31 we're focused on decluttering and organizing shoes and other footwear for everyone in your family. Do you have a pile of shoes at your door that makes the whole entryway messy? Do you or your kids have to search for a long while to find the right pair of shoes, making you late in leaving the house? Not anymore after this week's challenge! Let's get organized together in 2016!

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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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Clutter Control Tips & Strategies

Clutter Control
Even after decluttering your home you've got to keep on top of stuff or it'll overrun you. Here are clutter control tips and strategies you can use starting today.

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How To Organize Tank Tops & Camis

Organize T-Shirts
Here's ideas for how to organize tank tops and camis in either a closet or drawers so they don't get wrinkled and you can find the one you want easily.

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How To Fold T-Shirts: Simple Trick For Organizing Your Shirt Drawer

Fold T-Shirts
Here's a simple trick for how to fold t-shirts and store them in your drawers so they stay neat and organized.

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Five Rules For Reducing Clutter In Your Home

Reducing Clutter
Here are five rules, or strategies, for reducing clutter in your home slowly, but surely, without you really noticing it.

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Week #30 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Jewelry & Other Accessories

Organize Jewelry
In this week's challenge we're going to organize jewelry and other accessories so we can find what items we need each day, and properly care for the items we own.

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Top 10 Types Of Items You Can Declutter Fast

Declutter Fast
Do you need a kickstart to get your decluttering efforts into high gear? If so, here's the top 10 types of items you can declutter fast from your home. Start here and get the jump start you need to keep going.

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

Clearing Clutter
Sometimes you know you need to clear the clutter, but you don't know where to start, which means you are at a standstill. Here are 7 strategies to help you identify where to start so you can begin today. Which of these strategies do you use successfully?

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Declutter Dresser Top: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Dresser Top
Today's decluttering mission is to declutter the top of your dresser, and this is one that can really transform your bedroom. It's surprising how having flat surfaces, like your dresser top, clear of clutter, can make the room feel more relaxing and even cleaner, even without actually cleaning more. For many of us our dressers are a magnet for the stuff we just lay down, that doesn't have a designated home, as we get ready for bed in the evenings. Reclaim this space today with this quick mission! Plus I've gathered lots of before and after pictures from readers who've already taken this challenge to get you inspired! (And don't worry today about the dresser drawers -- just clear off the top of your dresser. The drawers are tomorrow!)

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How To Declutter Your Nightstand Or Bedside Table

Declutter Your Nightstand
Today's decluttering mission is to declutter your nightstand or bedside table. Because it is a flat surface it can quickly get cluttered with all types of things. In this article I've got instructions for how to do this mission, plus several before and/or after pictures from readers to give you inspiration when you're tackling this cluttered area.

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How To Declutter Your Home: A Simple Formula

How To Declutter
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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Week #29 Organized Home Challenge: Master Bedroom Organization

Master Bedroom Organization
It's a new week, so it's time for a new challenge in the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. During Week #29 we're tackling our master bedrooms. It seems like whenever we get the urge to organize or declutter we hit the visible areas of the house first, where guests can see things. There's merit in that, of course, but what about where we spend a lot of our time, like our own bedrooms? I think we deserve a nice place to be as well. So this week, let's focus on getting our bedrooms in order (we'll do the kids' bedrooms another week) and make this room a haven we can go into and relax from the stress of the world. Let's get organized together in 2016!

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How To Declutter Socks: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Socks
Today's mission is to declutter socks, to make more room in your sock drawer and get rid of ones that are too small, have no mate or are holey!

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Is Clutter Organization Possible? Is There A Better Way?

Is Clutter Organization Possible?
I get asked all the time -- how can I organize all my clutter? My answer -- you can't. Organizing clutter is a dead end. To get anywhere you've just got to toss it. Check out my article with why I think this is true, and a better way to approach your clutter problem.

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What To Do When Your Loved One Is A Clutterer And Is Messy

Clutterer
What do you do when it isn't you that is cluttering the house, but instead it is a family member? I get asked that extremely tough question frequently. I'm definitely not saying I've got all the answers. I know I don't, but here's my article with my thoughts on this topic.

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9 Questions To Ask When You Declutter Clothes

Declutter Clothes
Do you feel like you have too many clothes, but don't know which ones to part with versus to keep? If so, here's 9 questions to ask yourself when working through the task of decluttering clothes to help make the process easier.

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7 Ways Getting Rid Of Clothing Clutter Is Awesome

Clothing Clutter
Today's decluttering mission is to declutter clothes you don't like, don't fit or aren't in style. This is just the first of our clothes decluttering missions, and it is designed to give you some momentum by letting you get rid of the stuff you know you should get rid of without any thoughts, or doubts, or indecision. To get you inspired in this brand new article I've rounded up photos from readers who've already decluttered clothes, showing their great results, plus listed 7 ways that getting rid of your clothing clutter is awesome.

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Clutter Busters: 6 Emotions Chaining You To Clutter & How To Break Free

Clutter Busters
Is it hard for you to get rid of your clutter because of the way you feel about the items? This is a very common issue. In this article I've identified 6 emotions and feelings that can hinder you from getting rid of clutter in your home, such as sentimental value, received the item as a gift, and more, plus tips for breaking free of these feelings.

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Week #28 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Closet In Your Master Bedroom

Organize Closet
It's a brand new week, which means it's time for another organizing challenge in the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. In Week #28 we begin to tackle the master bedroom closet. This can be a daunting task for some, but I've broken it down into manageable chunks starting this week, with the big picture, and even more weeks coming to get your closet and all your clothes decluttered and organized. Let's get organized together in 2016!

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Be A Clutter Buster: 5 Guidelines To Identify Clutter In Your Home

Clutter Buster
Do you feel like you're drowning in stuff in your home, but don't know what to get rid of? This is common, because clutter can be insidious and hard to identify. It can be obvious, yes, like trash, but it can also be the most expensive of antiques, for example. Here are 5 guidelines you can think about to get your mind wrapped around what is clutter, so you can begin to identify it and remove it from your home.

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Declutter Broken Objects & Create Area To Hold Broken Stuff For Mending

Declutter Broken Objects
Today's decluttering mission is to declutter broken objects around your home that you will never fix (and be realistic about that assessment). In addition, the second part of the mission is to create an area to hold your broken stuff before you fix it, which you should get in the habit of doing regularly, to keep this type of clutter from re-accumulating in the future. This brand new article helps give guidance for both these tasks.

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How To Declutter Rugs & Floor Mats

Declutter Rugs
Today's decluttering mission is to declutter rugs and floor mats. Obviously the idea isn't to declutter them all, but since we often forget to declutter items at our feet it is necessary periodically to take stock and make sure we both want and use all of these rugs. In addition to some quick tips for which rugs to declutter this article also provides tips to make the rugs you do keep safer for your family and guests, with less slipping or potential tripping.

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Are You A Clutter Bug? Take The Quiz And Find Out

Clutter Bug
Are you a clutter bug? Sometimes the first step in fixing a problem, like a cluttered home, is identifying the cause. Take this 10 question quiz and find out if you're a clutter bug, and if you are, get guidance on what you can do about it.

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How To Declutter Pillows: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Pillows
Today's decluttering mission, for July 8th, is to declutter pillows, including both pillows for your bed and decorative pillows. In this brand new article I've provided tips and instructions for how to declutter both these types of pillows, my personal opinions about whether decorative pillows are clutter, and discussion about what to do with pillows that you decide to get rid of.

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

Decluttering
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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How To Declutter Towels & Wash Cloths

Declutter Towels
How to declutter towels and wash cloths, including guidelines and factors to consider when deciding how many to keep, and also ideas for what to do with old towels, including repurposing them, and places to donate them.

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Week #27 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Linen Closet Or Cabinet

Organize Linen Closet
In this week's challenge we're going to organize linen closet or cabinet shelves, drawers, and chests. Here are step by step instructions for how to do it.

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Hair Appliance Holder Ideas & Solutions

Hair Appliance Holder Ideas
Here are quite a few hair appliance holder ideas and solutions for common tools including your hair dryer, curling iron and flat iron.

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Nail Polish Storage Ideas & Organization Solutions

Nail Polish Storage
Here are quite a few nail polish storage and organization ideas whether you've got just a few bottles or a huge collection, and whether you want to display them or keep them hidden away.

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Toothbrush Replacement: How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Toothbrush Replacement
Today's decluttering mission is all about toothbrush replacement, where I've provided guidelines for how often to change your toothbrush plus ideas for what do with them between and after replacements.

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Shelf Life Of Makeup & Cosmetics: Expiration Dates

Shelf Life Of Makeup
Did you know that makeup has expiration dates? The shelf life of makeup and cosmetics is not indefinite, so here's how long you can keep these items.

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Week #26 Organized Home Challenge: Makeup And Cosmetics Organization

 Makeup And Cosmetics Organization
This week, in the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, we're tackling cosmetics and makeup organization. Really this challenge encompasses beauty products of all types, from lotions and creams, nail supplies, makeup of all varieties, hair styling products, and more. After you've done this challenge you can get the jumble of stuff off your bathroom counters and spend more time doing your beauty routines than hunting for what you need! Let's get organized together in 2016!

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Bath Toy Storage & Organization Ideas

Store Bath Toys
Here are quite a few bath toy storage and organization ideas you can use to corral these little toys between baths while also let them drain and dry between uses.

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Declutter Bath Toys: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Bath Toys
Today's fifteen minute mission is to declutter bath toys. Here's guidelines for which ones to toss to get it done!

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How To Declutter Bathroom Cabinets & Closet Shelves

Declutter Bathroom Cabinets
Today's mission is to declutter your bathroom cabinets and closet shelves. Here's tips for how to do it, plus lots of before and after photos from other readers who've done the mission to get you inspired.

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Bathroom Drawer Organizer Ideas & Solutions

Bathroom Drawer Organizer
Lots of bathroom drawer organizer ideas and solutions to keep these drawers clutter free and convenient for finding what you need.

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How To Declutter Bathroom Drawers

Declutter Bathroom Drawers
Today's mission is to declutter your bathroom drawers. Here's quick tips for how to do it, plus lots of before and after photos from readers who've already done the mission to get you inspired and ready to tackle your own drawers.

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July Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

July Declutter Calendar
How are you doing on your goal to get organized and your home decluttered? Those that have been doing the daily Declutter 365 missions have seen great progress, and you can too! I've now got the free printable July 2016 declutter calendar ready and up on the site. Get your copy today to see the daily 15 minute mission and begin to get your home organized and decluttered!As you can see in July we'll finish working on the last bit of the bathroom, and then transition into decluttering clothing, closets and bedrooms.

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