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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 #22 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Passwords, Plus Warranties & Manuals

Organize Passwords
In this week's challenge there are step by step instructions for how to organize passwords, along with warranties and manuals for items in your home, so you can access this vital information when needed.

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Declutter & Stop Catalogs: 15 Minute Mission

Stop Catalogs
Today's mission is to declutter and stop catalogs to get rid of this major source of paper clutter in your home.

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Newspaper Recycling & Decluttering: 15 Minute Mission

Newspaper Recycling
Today's mission is newspaper recycling and decluttering, plus taking a good look at whether you need to continue to take the newspaper at all or it is just creating clutter in your home.

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Top 7 Places To Donate Magazines When Decluttering Your Home

Donate Magazines
If you've got lots of magazines in your home, and want to get rid of them, but don't just want to chuck or recycle them, here are the top seven places to donate magazines you should consider.

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How To 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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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 #21 Organized Home Challenge: Organizing Magazines, Newspapers & Catalogs In Your Home

Organizing Magazines
Your challenge this week is organizing magazines, newspapers and catalogs in your home so they're not overtaking all your flat surfaces, and you can find what you want, when you want it. Here are the steps to take.

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June Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

June Declutter Calendar
Here's the June 2016 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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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

File Clutter
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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How To Get Rid Of File Clutter: 15 Minute Mission

File Clutter
Today's 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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Week #20 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Files In Your Home

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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Decluttering & Shredding Paper Piles: 15 Minute Mission

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 To Declutter & Get Rid Of Junk Mail

Junk Mail
Today's 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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How Long To Keep Tax Records: Plus How To Organize Old Tax Returns In Your Home Filing System

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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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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Stamp Out Hunger & Declutter Your Pantry At The Same Time

Stamp Out Hunger
Today's 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 Declutter & Organize Receipts

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 A Personal Tax Organizer System & Organize Receipts

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

Organize Bills
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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Getting Rid Of Financial & Bill Clutter Hall Of Fame

Bill Clutter
List of ideas for what types of financial and bill clutter to get rid of, plus hall of fame showing success stories to get inspired by what others have accomplished.

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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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Organizing Paper With A Weekly Paperwork Session

Weekly Paperwork Session
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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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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Week #18 Organized Home Challenge: How To Organize Bills

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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Create A Telephone & Home Message Center

Home Message Center
Today's 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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How To Stop Junk Mail: Instructions To Opt Out And Eliminate It

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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Set Up Home Paper Shredder Area: Plus Tips For Keeping Up With Shredding Pile

Shredder Area
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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Create A Daily Routine For Organizing Paperwork: To Keep Paper Clutter At Bay

 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: How To Deal With Daily Mail

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: Plus Printable Cheatsheet

Home Document Retention
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: Create A Home Mail Organizer Center To Keep Track Of Your Mail

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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Declutter & Recycle Phone Books: 15 Minute Mission

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

Trash Versus Shred Documents
Here's tips for organizing business cards you collect from service and repair people for around your home.

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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
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 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 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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May Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month

May Declutter Calendar
Here's the May 2016 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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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 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: Get Your Contact Information Organized

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: Both Paper & Digital

Organize Contact Information
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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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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Week #16 Organized Home Challenge: How To Create A Simple Address Book And Organize Contact Information

Organize Contact Information
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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Printable Attic Storage Inventory Form

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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Declutter Storage Containers & Storage Boxes: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Storage Containers
Today's mission is to declutter storage containers and storage boxes, including empty bins that no longer are storing clutter after doing other of these Declutter 365 missions.

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Declutter Storage Room Or Storage Closet: 15 Minute Mission

Declutter Storage Room
Today's mission is to declutter your storage room, storage closet, or whatever other storage areas you've got in your home. Here's thoughts about how much of this is postponed decisions, plus inspirational before and after photos from readers who've already done this mission.

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