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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 #8 Organized Home Challenge: Healthy Meal Planning

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.

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Declutter Valentine's Day Stuff

Declutter Valentine's Day Stuff
This mission is to declutter Valentine's Day stuff. This is the perfect time to do this, since it has been around a week since this holiday.

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How To Organize Gift Cards & Loyalty Cards

Organize Gift Cards
Below I've compiled tips from readers about how to store and organize gift cards and loyalty cards, and to keep track of the balances left on them.

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How To Never Run Out Of Household Items & Grocery Staples {Without Stockpiling}

Household Items
No one wants to reach for more toilet paper or the next bottle of shampoo to find you don't have one of these supplies available for immediate use. Here's how to never run out of household items and grocery staples without having to create a stockpile, and it will even work if your family doesn't tell you when they've almost used all of something!

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Stockpile Organization & Storage Tips

Stockpile Organization
Below I've gathered my and other readers best stockpile organization and storage tips, plus photo ideas of how you can keep the items you've purchased at their rock bottom prices organized and easily found, so you'll actually use them.

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How To Declutter Your Stockpile From Couponing

Declutter Your Stockpile
This mission is to declutter your stockpile from couponing, making sure the items are used or donated before they expire, so you get the full value of the work you've done in clipping coupons for them.

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Printable Grocery Price Book

Grocery Price Book
A grocery price book is used to compare grocery prices in your area, to know what the rock bottom sales price is and predict sales cycles.

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Ideas And Suggestions For Organizing Coupons

Organizing Coupons
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
Here are some master coupon categories, and subcategories, to help you organize your coupons if you clip them. Using these categories to help you file your coupons can keep you from getting overwhelmed and more easily put your fingers on the coupon you need, when you need it.

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How To Send Expired Coupons To Military Families Overseas

Send Expired Coupons To Military Families Overseas
Have you ever heard that you can send expired coupons to military families overseas, for use in their commissaries? Well you can, and here's how to do it.

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Declutter Expired Coupons

Declutter Expired Coupons
This mission is to declutter expired coupons. Here's my article on not only what to do with those expired coupons you declutter today, in this 15 minute mission, but also how to avoid having expired coupons that you've got to deal with in the future.

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Save Money On Groceries With The Couponing Course Grocery University

Couponing Course 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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Week #7 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Coupons

Organize Coupons
This week's challenge is to organize coupons you've got stashed all over your home, in your purse, and waiting to be clipped.

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Treasures & Surprises Found When Clearing Out Clutter

Clearing Out Clutter
Sometimes when you declutter you get surprised, in a good way, with what you find. Here are quite a few tales from those who found treasures while clearing out clutter from their homes as part of the Declutter 365 missions.

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How To Declutter Kitchen Drawers

Declutter Kitchen Drawers
This mission is to declutter kitchen drawers, or specifically any drawer we haven't already dealt with as part of the Declutter 365 missions.

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Water Bottle Storage & Organization Ideas

Water Bottle Storage
I've gathered several water bottle storage and organization ideas provided by readers, showing practical real world ways they keep these bottles from getting so out of control.

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Declutter Water Bottles, Travel Mugs & Plastic Cups

Declutter Water Bottles
This mission is to declutter water bottles, travel mugs and plastic cups. Here's instructions for which cups and bottles to get rid of, plus before and after pictures from readers who've done this mission to get you inspired.

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Declutter Plastic Cutlery & Take Out Supplies

Declutter 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

Plastic Bag Holder Ideas
I've collected 6 different DIY plastic bag holder ideas below, showing how you can contain your plastic shopping bags easily without having to buy anything.

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How To Declutter Reusable Shopping Bags & Grocery Totes

Declutter Reusable Shopping
This mission is to declutter reusable shopping bags and grocery totes from your home, at least to the extent you've got an excess supply.

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Declutter & Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags

Declutter & Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags
This mission is to declutter and recycle plastic grocery bags, as well as winnow it down to a more reasonable amount of paper bags and even reusable grocery bags if you have too many.

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Place Trash Bins Throughout House

Place Trash Bins
This mission is to place trash bins throughout the house so it is convenient for you to throw away trash when you need to, and not accumulate clutter instead.

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Home Recycling Containers Hall of Fame

Home Recycling Containers
Here readers share their pictures of what containers and spaces they use for keeping their recycling organized in their homes. Get some ideas of your own here.

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Place Small Home Recycle Bins In Key Locations To Encourage Recycling

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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Kitchen Garbage Cans: Pros & Cons Of Varieties

Kitchen Garbage Cans
The choice of kitchen garbage cans in your home is important since you and your family will use it everyday, over and over. Here's things to consider before purchasing one, plus my tips for the type to never ever buy.

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Home Recycling Bin And Containers

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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Rubbermaid Kitchen Recycling Bin Review: Hidden Recycler

Kitchen Recycling Bin
I recently installed a small kitchen recycling bin from Rubbermaid, called the hidden recycler, behind my kitchen cabinet door, and love the convenience of it. Here's my review of the product.

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Week #6 Organized Home Challenge: Trash And Home Recycling Center

Home Recycling Center
This week's challenge is to create a home recycling center that is attractive and functional, so it's easier for your family to go green, and recycle more of the waste created.

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Garage & Yard Sales Strategies & Tips

Yard Sales Strategies
Garage and yard sales are a good way to both get rid of clutter and make some cash at the same time, when done right.

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Declutter Coffee Mugs & Other Cups

Declutter Coffee Mugs
This 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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Organizing Recipes Using Pinterest

How To Declutter Dishes
If you want to go paperless in the kitchen why not try organizing recipes with Pinterest? Here's how to do it.

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How To Declutter Dishes

How To Declutter Dishes
This mission is to declutter dishes. Here's how to do it, including considerations to make when deciding how many to keep, plus pictures from readers showing the results when they did this mission.

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Electronic Recipe Organizers

Electronic Recipe Organizers
There are many types of electronic recipe organizer software programs available. Here are some reviews of products from readers who took the organize recipes challenge, who share their tips for organizing recipes on the computer.

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Essential Gadgets & Small Kitchen Appliances List

Small Kitchen Appliances List
Here's my essential gadgets and small kitchen appliances list. Do you agree or disagree with what I consider essential?

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Declutter Small Appliances

Declutter Small Appliances
This mission is to declutter small appliances from your kitchen. Here's criteria to consider when determining what to keep versus to get rid of, plus before and after photos from readers who've already done this mission.

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How To Fold Kitchen Towels: Best Way For Organization & Storage

Fold Kitchen Towels
Here's a simple tip for how to fold kitchen towels and dish cloths to make it easy to keep these items organized and neatly stored, either in a drawer, cabinet, or even on your kitchen counter.

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Tips & Ideas For Organizing Cookbooks

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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How To Declutter Cookbooks

Declutter Cookbooks
This mission is to declutter cookbooks and cooking magazines. Here's criteria to help you decide what to keep versus get rid of, plus lots of before and after photos to get you inspired to tackle your cookbook clutter.

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How To Organize Recipes: Ideas From Readers

Organize Recipes
If you're wondering how to organize recipes in your home, check out these recipe organizing systems from readers who used binders, cards and other methods to get their family favorite cookbooks and recipes in order.

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Suggested Recipe Categories For Organizing

Suggested Recipe Categories
Here are suggested recipe categories you can use to help organize your recipe collection in either a binder or within a card box, plus printable table of contents for your binder.

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Donate Household Items To Charity Do's & Don'ts

Donate Household Items To Charity
When decluttering your home you can donate household items to charity as one of the methods for getting items out of your home.

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How To Use A Food Saver Vacuum Sealer To Organize Your Freezer

Food Saver Vacuum Sealer
A Food Saver Vacuum Sealer, if you aren't aware, is a machine that allows you to suck all the air out of the containers, typically bags, that you store food in, typically for the freezer.

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How To Declutter Recipes

Declutter Recipes
This mission is to declutter recipes, starting with loose recipes and cards, and those in recipe binders, and eventually expanding into decluttering even electronic and digital recipe clutter.

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Online Meal Planner Review Plan To Eat

Online Meal Planner
Plan to Eat is an online meal planner resource you can use to handle all the portions of planning your meals, from recipe organization, creating your grocery shopping list, and, of course, planning your menu for the week.

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Clutter Control Tips And 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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Week #5 Organized Home Challenge: Organize Recipes And Cookbooks

Organize Recipes
This week's challenge is to organize recipes and cookbooks in your home so they are easy to find, and serve their intended purpose of helping you cook food in your kitchen.

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5 Food Storage Safety Tips For Your Home

Food Storage Safety Tips
We eat and serve food daily in our homes, so make sure you're following these 5 food storage safety tips so the food you serve and eat is at its freshest and healthiest.

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Decluttering And Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets: Ideas & Tips

Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets
This mission is to declutter the top of your kitchen cabinets (and if you have time and energy, dust up there as well).

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Organizing A Chest Freezer: Ideas & Solutions

Organizing A Chest Freezer
Organizing a chest freezer is not always easy to do, but if you don't do it you'll soon begin to have to dig down in the abyss for your frozen items and it can get very frustrating.

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