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Clear the Clutter Before the Holidays

'Tis the season to get organized! Whether you’re hosting a family get-together or simply need to plan for all the toys, clothing and gifts your family will receive, there’s no better way to relieve the stress of the holiday season than by getting your home organized.

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Usin' Lazy Susans changed my life

Never underestimate the value of a turntable, also known as the Lazy Susan, especially for little things. It may seem like you are losing space by leaving those little empty(!) triangular corners you get whenever you put a round thing in a square or rectangular space…but what you gain is access. Especially on high shelves where getting to that thing at the back means getting out a step stool first. Keep your shelves close together, leaving just enough head room for the tallest item, and organize your space to keep smalls with smalls, talls with talls for maximum efficiency. While not everything is better on a turntable, large round bowls for example, things like coffee mugs, creamers, small jars, oils and vinegars--these really make the best use of a turntable. And nowadays they come in all sizes. Don't forget the bathroom, too. Garage, workshop, under the sink…so many places for usin' Susan's.

Loko from Rancho Mirage, CA
The garage is part of the house, too!

Garages aren't just for cars, washers and dryers. Cabinets and shelves in the garage can be perfect for storing appliances not used every day, large pots or other kitchen items, and everything else that isn't needed every day. Things you buy in bulk can be stored there, too. If they're attractive cabinets and shelves, the garage can be a showplace in your home.

Starborne from Miami, FL
organizing file folders

Instead of arbitrarily assigning different subject names to 1/3 cut folders, follow this system instead: for every subject beginning with the letter A use left-cut folders, B, use middle cut folders, C right cut folders, D left cut, E middle cut, and so on. That way if at a later time you want to create a new folder for an item beginning with the letter C you know to use a right-cut folder. Your system could be adjusted for 1/5 cut folders using the same principle. Example of 1/3 cut folder subjects starting with the letter: A B C D E F G H I J K L, etc. then, within any designated letter, file subjects alphabetically; for example, A Apples, Apricots, etc. and so forth.

Missjoaniecuss from Brookeville, MD

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Don't forget the walls

I set up a closet office a few years ago and found wall pockets let me take advantage of every inch. The magnetic ones are double duty. I also swapped out the light fixture for decorative one. My husband added a wall mount task light since the closet... read more
I set up a closet office a few years ago and found wall pockets let me take advantage of every inch. The magnetic ones are double duty. I also swapped out the light fixture for decorative one. My husband added a wall mount task light since the closet fixture was 60 max.
Autumnmoon from Clifton
Referenced Products: Fabric Wall-Mount Magazine Organizer by reisenthel®  | Magnetic Wall Pocket
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This is a great tip that will change the rest of your life. No really, its pretty incredible.
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