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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.

How To Find The Best Paper Shredder For Your Home: Criteria To Consider

Best Paper Shredder
Not all shredders are made equally. Here are the criteria you should consider when trying to find the best paper shredder for your use in your home.

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Create A File Index And Never Make Duplicate Files Again

Create A File Index
Here's a really simple way to never accidentally create duplicate files again -- make a file index.

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Suggested Home File Categories For Organized Filing System

Suggested Home File Categories
Setting up a home filing system to get your papers organized doesn't have to be difficult when you use these suggest home file categories. This list will help you make sure you've got all the files set up you'll need.

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Books On Organizing & Decluttering Reviews & Recommendations

Books On Organizing & Decluttering
I love to read books on organizing and decluttering, and have read lots of them. Here are reviews and recommendations of some of my favorites that you should read too.

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How To Get Rid of File Clutter

File Clutter
This mission is to get rid of file clutter in your filing cabinets and drawers, purging old files of paper clutter that you no longer need to keep. Here's how to do it, and then tips for keeping it free from clutter from now on.

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Home Filing Tips 101: Simple Ways To Make Filing Easier So You'll Do It

Home Filing Tips
Here's filing tips for your home filing system so that this chore becomes easier, and therefore you're more likely to do it regularly as needed.

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Week #20 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Files

Organize Files
In this week's challenge we'll tackle how to organize files so you can find the paper and documents you need, when you need them, without having to spend all your time filing. Here are step by step instructions.

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Declutter & Organize Your Closet With Adore Your Wardrobe eCourse

Organize Your Closet
The Adore Your Wardrobe ecourse will help you learn the rules of fashion that work for your unique body type and personality, so you can declutter your closet of everything that doesn't work, and organize your closet with only things you adore.

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Declutter Spring Decorations

Declutter Spring Decorations
This 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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Use A Stuffed Animal Zoo To Store Your Child's Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animal Zoo
The Stuffed Animal Zoo is a fun way to store your child's stuffed animals right in their bedroom or playroom, to keep these toys contained while also allowing your child to access the stuffies to play with when they want.

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Decluttering & Shredding Paper Piles

Shredding Paper Piles
Your mission is decluttering and shredding paper piles, 15 minutes at a time! Here's tips to help you take on your paper monster and defeat it.

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How Long To Keep Tax Records {Plus How To Organize Old Tax Returns In Your Home Filing System}

How Long To Keep Tax Records
Here's how to organize old tax returns in your home filing system, plus guidance on how long to keep tax records before you can declutter them from your files.

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Stamp Out Hunger & Declutter Your Pantry At The Same Time

Stamp Out Hunger
This bonus mission is to participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and help others and simultaneously declutter your pantry!

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How To Use A Receipt Organizer To Keep Paper Clutter At Bay

Receipt Organizer
Here's how to use a receipt organizer, and combine that with your weekly paperwork session, to keep receipt paper clutter at bay from now on.

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How To Read Kindle Books Without A Kindle

Read Kindle Books Without A Kindle
Don't let the lack of a Kindle reader keep you from getting a book you want. Here's how to read Kindle books even without owning a Kindle or when you don't have this device with you.

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How To Declutter & Organize Receipts

How To Declutter & Organize Receipts
Here's how to declutter and organize receipts to get rid of paper clutter and only keep the expense documents you need to keep. This mission includes guidelines for how long to keep receipts, plus lots of before and after photos from readers who've done this mission to inspire you to tackle your own receipt clutter.

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Week #19 Organized Home Challenge: Create Personal Tax Organizer System

Create 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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Command Center & Home Message Board Hall of Fame

Command Center
Here are real life examples of a home message board and command centers showing how readers share and keep track of messages and paperwork they need to tell to each other or reference.

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Create A Telephone & Home Message Center

Home Message Center
This 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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GoodBudget App Review

GoodBudget App
Here are a couple of reviews of the free GoodBudget app, formerly known as EEBA, that uses the concept of the envelope method for budgeting.

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How To Organize Bills Once They've Been Paid

Organize Bills
Once you've paid your bills, and you're left with the payment stubs, here's how to organize bills quickly and efficiently in the slim chance you'll need them later, before you shred the statements.

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BillTracker App Review

BillTracker App Review
For those who tend to forget the due dates for bills, and therefore consistently seem to be paying late fees, this app (or something similar) could be helpful because it has a couple of ways to set up due date reminders.

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

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 Paper With A Weekly Paperwork Session

Organizing Paper
The key to organizing paper in our home is to be consistent about dealing with the tasks the paper, and the information on that paper, presents to us. To do that you should use a weekly paperwork session. Here's how.

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Week #18 Organized Home Challenge: Bill Organization

Bill Organization
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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FAQs About The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Stop Junk Mail
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Ultimate Homameking Bundle that have been asked, so you can learn more about this great deal to help you organize and declutter your home and life.

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

Stop 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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How To Declutter & Get Rid Of Junk Mail

Get Rid Of Junk Mail
This mission is to declutter junk mail, plus I've provided tips for how to get rid of junk mail from now on so it doesn't re-accumulate.

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Set Up Home Paper Shredder Area

Tickler File
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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The 2017 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Over $2000 Worth Of Resources For Less Than $30

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle has over 100 resources to help you improve your home and life, including printables, eBooks and eCourses that is worth more than $2,000, but for over 97% off, but it's only available for a limited time.

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Create A Daily Routine For Organizing Paperwork

Routine For 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

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

Document Retention Schedule
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: Mail Organization

Mail Organization
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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May Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

May Declutter Calendar
Here's the May 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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Declutter & Recycle Phone Books

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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Trash Versus Shred Documents: Which To Choose When

Trash Versus Shred
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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Paprika Recipe Manager App Reviews & Opinions

Paprika Recipe Manager App Reviews
Here are several reviews of the Paprika Recipe Manager app, which is a program designed to organize recipes as well as meal planning and making grocery lists.

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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 around your home.

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PepperPlate App Review

PepperPlate App Review
Here are a couple reviews of the free grocery list, meal planning and recipe organization app, PepperPlate, from readers sharing what they think of it.

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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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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 {And Why} To Add An ICE App To Your Smart Phone

ICE App
Here is both why you should add an ICE app to your smart phone, that shows on the lock screen, and how to do it, as well as back up ways to provide information in the case of an emergency.

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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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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 Most 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

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

Fill Out And Update Address Book
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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Adore Your Wardrobe e-Course On Sale For Just A Few Days

The Adore Your Wardrobe ecourse will help you learn the rules of fashion that work for your unique body type and personality, so you can declutter your closet of everything that doesn't work, and organize your closet with only things you adore. Here's my review {on Home Storage Solutions 101}

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