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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 #12 Organized Home Challenge: Create A Personal Tax Organizer System & Organize Receipts

Create A Personal Tax Organizer System
In this week's challenge you'll learn the steps to create a personal tax organizer system, and to organize receipts, to make tax time as simple as possible.

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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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Organizing Bills Hall Of Fame: Ideas & Solutions

Organizing Bills Hall Of Fame
Here's a couple of ideas from readers for organizing bills during all steps of the process from collecting them before payment to filing them after payment.

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Week #11 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Bills So They're Paid On Time And Easy To Find

How To 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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Home Message Board & Phone Message Center Hall of Fame

Message Board & Phone Message Center
Here are real life examples of a home message board and phone message center showing how readers share and keep track of messages and paperwork they need to tell to each other or reference.

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Declutter & Recycle Phone Books (15 Minute Mission)

Declutter & 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

Organizing Business Cards
Here's tips for organizing business cards you collect from service and repair people for around your home.

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

Mail Organization Hall of Fame
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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Week #10 Organized Home Challenge: Create A Home Mail Organizer Center To Keep Track Of Your Mail

Create A Home 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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How (& Why) To Create A Tickler File

How (& Why) To Create A 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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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 Or Stolen
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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Free Printable Emergency Contact List Form

Emergency Contact List Form
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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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 Important Contact List Template

Important 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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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 Address Book Pages: Get Your Contact Information Organized

Free Printable 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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Week #9 Organized Home Challenge: How To Create A Simple Address Book And Organize Contact Information

Address Book
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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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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Free Printable Grocery Shopping List Template

Free Printable Grocery Shopping List
Here's a free printable blank grocery shopping list template that you can fill out over the course of the week for your shopping trip.

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Printable Errands & Shopping List Template

Printable Errands & Shopping List
Here's a free printable errands and shopping list template you can use to keep track of what you've got to do on errands and shopping day each week.

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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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