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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 #47 Organized Home Challenge: Create A Personal Home Inventory

Create A Personal Home Inventory
Your challenge this week is to create a personal home inventory to be able to present to an insurance company if the need ever arose. Here are the steps you should take.

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Declutter Dresser Top: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Dresser Top
Today's mission is to declutter your dresser top, clearing off clutter to have a visible flat surface. Here's pictures from readers who've taken this challenge for inspiration.

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Week #46 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Toys & Games Challenge

Declutter & Organize Toys and Games
Your challenge this week is to organize toys and games so your kids can actually find and play with their toys, and you don't trip over anything. Here are the steps for how to do it.

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Gift Wrap Organization Ideas: Hall Of Fame

Gift Wrap Organization Ideas
Here are ideas from readers for how they've tackled the challenge of gift wrap organization in their homes to save themselves time and money when wrapping their gifts and keeping their supplies in order.

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Kids Dress Up Clothes Storage & Organization Ideas

Kids Dress Up Clothes Storage
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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ZipList Reviews: Free App For Meal Planning & Grocery Lists {Now Closed}

ZipList Closed
Here are reviews of the ZipList app, which is a free digital way to meal plan, make your grocery list and organize recipes, shared by readers who've tried it out. Unfortunately it has closed, as of December 10, 2014.

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Week #45 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Kids' Bedroom

Declutter & Organize Kids' Bedroom
We're doing the kids' bedroom organizing challenge this week, to help our kids use and enjoy their rooms to their fullest. Here's the steps for how to do it.

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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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Halloween Candy Buy Back & Other Ways To Use & Get Rid Of Leftover Candy

Halloween Candy Buy Back
Here's lots of ways to declutter leftover Halloween candy, including the Halloween Candy Buy Back program and even more ideas.

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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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Week #44 Organized Home Challenge: Declutter & Organize Kids' Closets

Declutter & 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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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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Declutter Magazines: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Magazines
Today's 15 minute mission is to declutter magazines, plus I explore the topic of how many is too many.

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November Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

November Declutter Calendar
Here's the November 2014 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 #43 Organized Home Challenge: Cosmetics & Makeup Organization Challenge

Makeup Organization
This week's challenge is cosmetics and makeup organization, to get yourself looking good without having to search for everything you need constantly.

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Declutter Dining Room Table: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Dining Room Table
In this 15 minute mission you will declutter the dining room table. Here's instructions and inspirational photos from other readers to help you get it done.

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Week #42 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Shoes & Boots

Shoe Organization
This week, in the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, we're focused on decluttering and organizing shoes and other footwear for everyone in your family. Do you have a pile of shoes are 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 2014!

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Storage For Stuffed Animals: Ideas That Work

Storage For Stuffed Animals
Here are lots of ideas for storage for stuffed animals implemented by real people, so you know these ideas work!

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Week #41 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Jewelry & Other Accessories

Jewelry Organization
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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Attic Storage Solutions & Safety Tips

Attic Storage Solutions & Safety Tips
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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Printable Attic Storage Inventory Form

Printable 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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Printable Garage Storage Inventory Form

Printable Garage Storage Inventory Form
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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Week #40 Organized Home Challenge: Attic Organizing Tips For This Long-Term Storage Area

Attic Organization
In this week's challenge we're tackling attic organizing, to declutter and bring to order this long-term storage area in your home.

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Week #39 Organized Home Challenge: Garage Organization

Garage Organization
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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Top 13 Places To Donate Used Books

Donate Used Books
When you're ready to donate used books as part of the decluttering process, here's the top 13 places to consider, with suggestions for textbooks, kids books, novels, and more.

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October Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

October Declutter Calendar
Here's the October 2014 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 To Organize & Store Fabric By Filing It: Simple, Cheap, & It Works!

How To Organize & Store Fabric
Here's how to store fabric by filing it. So simple, fast and gets a great result to organize your fabric stash.

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Prescription Drug Disposal Guide & How To Dispose Of OTC Medication

Drug Disposal
For both health and safety reasons, as well as environmental, you should follow these guidelines for prescription drug disposal and disposing of over the counter medication.

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Christmas Planning Made Easy With These Recommended Resources

Christmas Planning
Christmas planning doesn't have to be overwhelming, but instead should be fun. I've listed several recommended resources (including a free one) to help you get everything done and enjoy the process.

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Week #38 Organized Home Challenge: Bedroom Organization Challenge: How To Make It A Haven

Bedroom Organization
This week's challenge is all about bedroom organization, and getting the room functioning as an inviting place to take refuge from the world. Here are step by step instructions.

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Week #37 Organized Home Challenge: Outgrown & Seasonal Clothing Storage Challenge

Outgrown & Seasonal Clothing
In this week's challenge we'll focus on clothing storage, especially related to both kids outgrown clothes and the seasonal switch of garments twice a year.

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Charging Station Organizer Ideas For Phones & Other Electronics

Charging Station Organizer
Creating a charging station organizer for your family's portable electronics, like smart phones, tablets, GPS devices, and more is a great way to not lose cords, remember to actually charge your devices regularly, and not misplace them somewhere in the house when you randomly set them down since they have a designated home once you come in the door. Here are criteria you should consider when making or purchasing one for your home, plus a hall of fame from readers who've put one to use in their own homes.

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Dish Soap Apron Or Dress: Cute Way To Brighten Up Your Sink Area

Dish Soap Apron
A simple but cute way to brighten up your sink area is to add a dish soap apron or dress to your soap bottle. Here's some ideas for them.

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Week #36 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Closet In Your Master Bedroom

Master Closet
In this week's Organize Closet Challenge we'll tackle the master bedroom closet, using these step by step instructions.

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Shelf Life Of Makeup & Cosmetics: Expiration Dates

Shelf Life Of Makeup & Cosmetics
Have you cleared out your old cosmetics and toiletries lately? This is important to do for health reasons because makeup can harbor a lot of bacteria that can cause eye infections, acne, and rashes, among other things. But it can be hard to remember when to throw things out, so I've provided some helpful hints as well as created a free printable cheat sheet for you that lists the most common products and how long they last, after they've been opened. Get your free copy of the cheat sheet today!

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Week #35 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Linen Closet Or Cabinet

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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September Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

September declutter calendar
Here's the September 2014 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 #34 Organized Home Challenge: Create A Homework Area & Home Launching Pad For School Day Success

Homework Area
This week 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, this challenge is for you. In addition, for those who do have kids in school, we're also making a homework area to make sure after school learning can occur in the best possible environment. So are you ready? Let's get organized together in 2014!

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How To Sew A Bag: Free Online Classes From Craftsy

How To Sew A Bag
With a blog name of Home Storage Solutions 101 it's no wonder we talk about, you guessed it, storage solutions, a lot. One of the simplest types of ways to store and organize items are bags, but who says you have to buy them? Why not make your own?

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Save Money On Groceries With The Couponing Course Grocery University

Save Money On Groceries
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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How To Rematch Missing & Lost Socks With A Sock Basket: {15 Minute Mission}

How To Rematch Missing & Lost Socks
Here's how to deal with missing and lost socks in your home, from how to collect them to when to throw them out.

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

How To Fold T-Shirts
Here's a simple trick to organize your messy t-shirt drawer, fast! Plus, it allows you to fit more t-shirts in the drawer and find the one you want to wear more easily. Win-win-win!

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Week #33 Organized Home Challenge: Basement Organization

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 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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Week #32 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas Challenge

Organize Garden Storage Supplies
Your challenge this week is to declutter and organize the outdoor storage and garden storage areas in and around your home. Here are step by step instructions.

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Week #31 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Pet Supplies

Organize Pet Supplies
In this week's challenge we'll organize pet supplies, including pet food, treats, toys, paperwork and information and more. Here are step by step instructions. Here are step by step instructions.

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August Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

August Declutter Calendar
Here's the August 2014 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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Declutter Potholders & Oven Mitts {15 Minute Mission}

Declutter Potholders & Oven Mitts
Here's a fifteen minute decluttering mission, to declutter potholders and oven mitts from your kitchen.

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Week #30 Organized Home Challenge: Car Organization Challenge

Car Organization
Your challenge this week is car organization, including the seats, visor, trunk, glove compartment and more. Here are step by step instructions for how to do it.

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