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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 Clean Your Desk Clutter & Make It A Habit

How To Clean Your Desk Clutter
This declutter mission is to clean your desk of clutter, and then to begin the process of making it a habit to clear off your desk top regularly.

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Organizing Your Home Office Hall of Fame

Organizing Your Home Office Hall of Fame
We tackled organizing your home office as part of the Organized Home Challenge, and lots of readers have sent in photos of their results, which is what I'm showcasing below.

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How To Declutter Desk Drawers In Your Home Office

How To Declutter Desk Drawers
This mission is to declutter your home office desk drawers, removing whatever type of clutter you may have in them.

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Free Printable Home Office Supplies List

Free Printable Home Office Supplies List
Here's a free printable home office supplies list you can use to make sure you've properly stocked your home office and have all the essential supplies available when you need them.

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Declutter Home Office Supplies

Declutter Home Office Supplies
This mission is to declutter home office supplies. This is all the stuff like paper clips, rubber bands, clips, post it notes, staples, notepads, and computer supplies like printer cartridges, etc.

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Declutter Pens And Pencils

Declutter Pens And Pencils
This decluttering mission is to declutter pencils and pens.

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Week #23 Organized Home Challenge Home Office Organization

Home Office Organization
In this week's Home Office Organization Challenge I give step by step instructions for getting this area of your home organized so you can get your household paperwork done efficiently, and without the need to search everywhere for what you need.

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Free Printable Summer Decluttering Checklist

Free Printable Summer Decluttering Checklist
Here is a free printable summer decluttering checklist that you can use to get rid of clutter around your home when summer begins.

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5 Tips For Planning Your Summer Routine With Your Kids

5 Tips For Planning Your Summer Routine With Your Kids
Here are 5 tips to help you make a good summer routine with your kids, so both they and you have an enjoyable summer holiday from school.

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How To Organize Warranties & Manuals

Organize Warranties & Manuals
This mission is to organize warranties and user manuals that you've got in your home, so when you have a question about how a piece of equipment works, or need to diagnose an issue with an appliance, or something breaks down and needs to be fixed by the manufacturer you can find the right documents and information.

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How To Declutter Manuals And Warranties

How To Declutter Manuals And Warranties
This mission is to declutter user and owner's manuals that you don't need anymore, as well as warranty documents that have expired and are no longer needed.

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Password Organizer Ideas: Paper & Electronic {Hall of Fame}

Password Organizer Ideas
A password organizer of some sort is essential these days, to help you keep track of the myriad of passwords that you have set up for websites, online accounts and more.

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Printable Password Organizer Form

Printable Password Organizer Form
Use this free printable password organizer form to keep track of the passwords and usernames for websites and other business accounts, so you can remember how to access your information when needed.

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How To Opt Out & Stop Telemarketing Calls

How To Opt Out & Stop Telemarketing Calls
This Declutter 365 mission is to opt out and stop telemarketing calls, at least to the extent possible, so you don't have to deal with so many unwanted and annoying marketing calls from now on.

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Week #22 Organized Home Challenge Organize Passwords, Warranties & Manuals

Organize Passwords, Warranties & Manuals
In this week's challenge we're going to organize passwords for websites and businesses we've joined, along with organizing warranties and manuals for items in your home, so you can access all this vital information when needed.

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How To Declutter & Clear Off A Flat Surface {And Keep It That Way}

How To Declutter & Clear Off A Flat Surface
This mission is to declutter a flat surface in your home that seems to accumulate clutter, quickly.

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How To Be A Clutter Buster 5 Guidelines To Identify Clutter In Your Home

How To Be A Clutter Buster
To be a clutter buster you've got to be able to identify which items in your home are truly clutter, and which are not.

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Five Rules For Reducing Clutter In Your Home

Five Rules For Reducing Clutter
Here are five rules, or strategies, for reducing clutter in your home slowly, but surely, without you really noticing it.

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How To Declutter Memorabilia & Keepsakes

Declutter Memorabilia & Keepsakes
This mission is to declutter memorabilia and keepsakes from your home, but don't panic when you read this, I don't think you should get rid of all of these things.

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7 Uses For Newspapers Around Your Home

Uses For Newspapers Around Your Home
Here is a list of 7 uses for newspapers around your home, with ways you can repurpose and reuse these items when decluttering or otherwise getting rid of old papers.

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Newspaper Recycling & Decluttering

Newspaper Recycling & Decluttering
This 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

Top 7 Places To 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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Declutter Magazines

Declutter Magazines
This decluttering mission is to declutter magazines.

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Declutter & Stop Catalogs

Declutter & Stop Catalogs
This mission is to stop catalogs that you don't want to receive anymore, and declutter excess of these catalogs as well so you aren't overwhelmed by them.

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Week #21 Organized Home Challenge Organizing Magazines, Newspapers & Catalogs

Organizing Magazines, Newspapers & Catalogs
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.

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Create A File Index And Never Make Duplicate Files Again

Create A File Index
This 15 minute mission is to create a file index. This really is something that shouldn't take you very long, but it will save you lots of headaches and time creating and maintaining your home filing system.

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How To Create A Vital Records File

How To Create A Vital Records File
Here are instructions for how to create a vital records file, including what documents to include in it, and then a discussion of the pros and cons of three ways to keep important documents like these safe.

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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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How {And Why} To Declutter Files From File Cabinet Annually

How {And Why} To Declutter Files From File Cabinet Annually
This mission, as part of the Declutter 365 missions, is to declutter files from your file cabinet, and make it an annual occurrence.

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

Home Filing Tips 101
Here are 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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How To Get Rid of File Clutter

How To Get Rid of File Clutter
This mission is to get rid of file clutter from your home filing system, because you know not everything you once filed in there is actually worth keeping, right?

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Week #20 Organized Home Challenge How To Organize Files In Your Home

How To Organize Files In Your Home
In this week's challenge we'll tackle how to organize files in your home so you can find the paper and documents you need, when you need them, without having to spend all your time filing.

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Declutter Spring Decorations

Declutter Spring Decorations
This mission is to declutter spring decorations, of whatever variety you have, from Easter or spring wreaths, table decorations, door decor, centerpieces, or other knick knacks.

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Products To Organize & Improve Your Home & Life

Products To Organize & Improve Your Home
The Organizer Store, here at Home Storage Solutions 101, is your source for my hand selected and reviewed products to help you organize and improve your home and life, plus an easy way to find my own products that I've created for you, to help you declutter and organize as well.

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How To Create A Tax Organizer For This Year's Tax Documents

How To Create A Tax Organizer
This Declutter 365 mission is to create a tax organizer for the current year's tax documents, so all your paperwork is organized and ready when it's time to do your taxes.

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Tips For Getting Rid Of Filing & Paper Clutter

Tips For Getting Rid Of Filing & Paper Clutter
Here is a checklist of paper clutter items to consider getting rid of, plus a round up of Declutter 365 missions and articles to help you accomplish these tasks.

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Guidelines For Keeping Tax Records In One Filing Location {Plus When To Discard Old Returns}

Guidelines For Keeping Tax Records
This mission is to keep tax records in one filing location, plus to declutter extremely old tax returns that you don't need to keep anymore.

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GoodBudget App Review

GoodBudget App Review
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 Use A Receipt Organizer To Keep Paper Clutter At Bay

How To Use A Receipt Organizer
This mission is to create or begin to use a receipt organizer as part of your daily life, to keep receipt paper clutter at bay from now on.

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How To Declutter & Organize Receipts

How To Declutter & Organize Receipts
This mission is to declutter old receipts, and then organize the receipts you keep after decluttering.

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Week #19 Organized Home Challenge Create Personal Tax Organizer System & Organize Receipts

Create Personal Tax Organizer System
In this week's challenge you'll take 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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Where To Order Checks To Save Money & For Convenience

Where To Order Checks To Save Money
Here is where to order checks for personal use or business, and how it saves you money and is really easy to order online.

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How {And Why} To Use Paper Shredding Services When Decluttering Lots Of Paper

Paper Shredding Services
When you've got a lot of paper to declutter from your home here's why you should use document or paper shredding services instead of trying to shred it all yourself.

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How To Organize Bills Once They've Been Paid

How To Organize Bills
This mission is to organize your paid bill stubs or statements. There are some times when you might, for a while, hold onto these statements, so here's how to organize bills quickly and efficiently for the slim chance you'll need them later, before you shred the statements.

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BillTracker App Review

BillTracker App Review
This app is a great way to see what bills are due, add recurring bills, and post payments made on your accounts.

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Free Printable Monthly Bill Organizer

Free 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 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. This article will explain both how, and why.

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Switch To Online Bill Payment To Reduce Bill Paper Clutter

Switch To Online Bill Payment
This mission, as part of the Declutter 365 missions, is to switch to online bill payment for your regularly reoccurring bills, so that you can reduce the amount of bill paper clutter coming into your home, and the paper organization tasks necessary related to these bills.

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Week #18 Organized Home Challenge How To Organize Bills

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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