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Changing Seasons: Clothes Closet Declutter

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on April 12, 2018

It's the time of the season: Spring is here, and Summer is around the corner.

Are you ready to dress for warmer weather?

A closet clean-out clears the decks for the new season and gives even the most frazzled home manager a feeling of accomplishment.

Whether in the children's closets or in your own, follow these principles for efficient, organized clothing storage.

Declutter 101: How To Cut Clutter At Home

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Here at OrganizedHome.Com, we hear the cry every week: "Help! I'm drowning in clutter and don't know where to begin!"

Whether it's due to poor habits, a packrat spouse, or an advanced case of affluenza, too many home managers struggle under the burden of household clutter.

Clutter can clog the smooth workings of any home, imposing heavy costs on the household.

Garage Sale Tips: Clear Clutter With A Yard Sale

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on April 9, 2018

Garage sale, tag sale, yard sale--whatever you call it, the garage or yard sale is part and parcel of the American way of life.

On sunny weekend mornings, slow-moving cars ("I brake for yard sales!") circle suburban neighborhoods as their occupants hunt baby toys and panini makers, auto parts and cocktail shakers.

If you're in active declutter mode, the next stop is your house!

Printables:  seasonal_yard_sale_checklist.pdf seasonal_yard_sale_sign_ahead_arrow.pdf seasonal_yard_sale_sign_right_arrow.pdf seasonal_yard_sale_sign_left_arrow.pdf

Spring Cleaning Chore Checklist

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 26, 2018

March winds blow, telling us that Spring is here!

Warming breezes scour the last of winter from house and garden. Spring rain awakens the earth and calls forth new life.

Meet the rising sap with a new broom. Spring clean indoors and out to prepare home and hearth for the return of warm weather.

Our Spring cleaning chore checklist will help you take care of important seasonal chores and welcome Spring to an organized home.

Five Tips For Spring Cleaning With Kids

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 24, 2018

Spring cleaning is on the horizon, and you could use some help. It's time to try a team approach to seasonal cleaning.

Many hands make light work ... so how do you get the kids to pitch in when it's time to spring-clean the house?

Try these five tips to involve children with housecleaning chores.

Speed Cleaning Tips From Professional Cleaners

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 22, 2018

Paid cleaning help can be a wonderful short-cut to a clean and organized home--if the household budget can stand the cost.

But what do you do if the Prize Patrol bypassed your door this year?

Take a speed-cleaning lesson from the pros!

Paid cleaning services are masters of the art of speedy, efficient cleaning. Watch professional cleaners at work: they don't waste time, cut corners or dawdle over the job--and they know how to clean fast, clean right.

Spring Forward: Safety Checklist for Time Change Sunday

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 11, 2018

Ready to Spring forward? Time Change Sunday is on the way!

On Sunday, March 11, Daylight Savings Time will begin in most of the United States.

Setting the clock forward means it's time for a seasonal safety check!

As you circle the house, setting clocks ahead, make time for this short safety checklist. It'll see you into Spring from a safe--and organized--home.

Printables:  First Aid Kit Checklist Emergency Information

Leprechaun Poop: St. Patricks Day Gag Gift

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   March 5, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Faith and begorrah! What's the greenest gag gift for St.Patrick's Day? Leprechaun Poop!

Inexpensive and easy to make, Leprechaun Poop is a great gift for workplace friends, neighbors or youth groups.

To make Leprechaun Poop, place a handful of Lucky Charms brand cereal, green jelly beans or candy mints in a small zipper food storage bag.

Seal the bag and add a printable gift tag or add a hand-written tag using the poem below.

Resolutions Rescue: Clean Out The Refrigerator

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Posted by Cynthia Ewer on January 22, 2018

Standing in line at the supermarket check stand, nobody can deny that we're on the dreary downside of a new year.

Tabloid headlines scream the weight-loss secrets of the stars, while traditional women's magazines sing siren songs of money-saving, belly-busting, speed-cleaning tips and techniques.

We ourselves? All those resolutions that looked so basic, so easy, so noble through the champagne haze of New Year's Eve have lost their rosy glow viewed in the stark light of a morning cup of coffee.

Printables:  Freezer Inventory Shopping List

Seasonal Storage Tip: Make a Holiday Stragglers Box

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   January 19, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Christmas has come and gone ... or has it?

Lights are stored, the tree is down, and holiday decor rests in boxes in the storage area, waiting for next year.

Then you turn the corner and spot an overlooked Santa, shining on top of the piano.

In the refrigerator, the holiday butter dish hides the last remnants of a stick of butter. Holiday linens, napkins and kitchen towels pop up in the laundry area this week, next week and the week after.

Organized Christmas? Easy Tips to Get Ready For Next Year

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   January 18, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

Christmas is here ... but you're not ready? The e-mails in my inbox tell the story: "I wish I'd found this site earlier!"

During this time of year, I hear from scores of readers who came looking for holiday help at the height of the celebration-and faced with the reality of Christmas chaos.

Stumbling over our site, they see that it's possible to be organized--and joyous--during the holidays. They just wish they'd found us in time!

So say you're starting now, to think about next year. What's the secret to a stress-free season? Plan ahead!

Post-Holiday Debriefing: Get Organized for Next Christmas

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   January 18, 2018 by Cynthia Ewer

It's over for another year!

Wild and woolly or sane and sedate, we've passed through the holiday season and into a new year. Breath caught, it's time to debrief.

You know debriefing, right? The astronauts do it, spies do it, pilots do it: a measured after-the fact evaluation of the mission or flight.

Smart holiday planners should do it, too--because taking time now to note what worked, what didn't will be a road map to a more organized Christmas next year.

New Year, New You: Tips to Keep New Year's Resolutions

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It's the magic night: a new decade dawns at midnight! 

Along with the balloons and streamers come the New Years' Resolutions--it's as much a part of the celebration as the noisemakers! Will you resolve to get organized, lose weight, bring order to your home? 

This year, resolve to keep those resolutions, not just make them! Try these tips from sister site Organized Christmas to make New Years' Resolutions a vehicle for real personal change: 

New Year, New You: Keeping New Years' Resolutions

Don't miss the free printable New Years' Resolutions tracker:  

New Years' Resolutions Tracker

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