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Organizing User’s Manuals

By |2021-04-03T13:39:07-05:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

When you purchase items such as vehicles, appliances, garden equipment or any type of electronics, they come with user’s manuals. Some come in paper form, while others can be accessed online.  These manuals are very important to understand the operation and maintenance associated with the purchased product. Quick and easy access is a must when you need information about the item.  There are different schools of thought on how to organize user’s manuals. As with anything in life, what works for one doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for everyone.  Think about the different options listed here, and decide which [...]

Greeting Cards – Storage & Organizing Tips

By |2021-03-17T17:19:00-05:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Do you keep a supply of greeting cards on hand to be ready for occasions that pop up? Do you have a pile or two of greeting cards that you received from others that you just can’t bear to discard? If you answered yes to either of these two questions, this article may be of some help. These issues fall into two categories – supplies and memories. Solutions to both of these categories is all about storage and organization.  How you store them is just as important as how you organize them in in their containers. I often see piles [...]

The Importance of Keeping Your Things Visible

By |2021-03-13T10:57:56-06:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Keeping your things visible doesn’t necessarily mean to store everything you own out in plain view, although that’s one way to do it if you have the space. It just means that you are able to see all of your belongings at a glance so you know what you own. How you organize your belongings factors into the visibility concept. If you aren’t keeping your things visible, how do you know where an item lives so you can find it? How do know where to put your things back where they belong? How do you know what items you even [...]

Determining Categories Can be Challenging

By |2020-12-09T10:52:11-06:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

The first step in the organizing process is to sort items into broad categories that make sense to you. A category contains like items. This can be challenging for some, for various reasons.  Everyone is different, so the key to get started on this first step depends on your individual way of thinking. You may be overwhelmed by the amount of your clutter, and that doesn’t help. If you have ADHD, you may overthink this task by being too specific, then become overwhelmed and just stop.  The state of overwhelm can sometimes cause paralysis in making decisions. If that happens, [...]

How to Create an Organized Makeup Storage Solution

By |2020-11-27T16:00:04-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , |

In many cases, putting on makeup is part of a morning routine.  This task may be included in a list of activities designed to ease you into your day.  A morning routine keeps things on track, and the tasks become habit. Habits are actually a form of automation which makes life much easier. In order to make this particular routine task flow for you, consider where you apply makeup and create a solution in that space.  The most common space is probably a bathroom. Second may be a vanity, either in the bathroom or another room such as a bedroom. [...]

Storage Furniture Works Great in Small Spaces

By |2020-11-17T13:41:09-06:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Storage furniture is not just for small spaces, but it does work well if that is your situation. You may be asking what I mean by that term. Just like containers, there are a lot of pieces of furniture that would fall into the storage category. The obvious pieces of storage furniture are bookcases, cabinets, armoires, dressers, desks, etc. There are also not so obvious pieces such as storage ottoman’s, benches and beds with built-in drawer’s underneath that do double duty. These pieces of furniture double as storage so you get more bang for your buck and save space at [...]

How Cardboard Boxes Easily Become Clutter

By |2020-11-17T13:41:11-06:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Cardboard boxes are great tools for temporary storage. Notice how I used the word ‘temporary’? They are not designed for long-term storage for obvious reasons. At some point over time, their stability comes into question due to the environment in which they live. Cardboard boxes have other temporary uses as well.  They work great for moving your things from one home to another, or when you are downsizing to take donations of home goods to a local charity. Most don’t really like to buy cardboard boxes for the temporary uses as described above. That’s understandable, so when the need arises, [...]

4 Reasons Why Attic Storage is Not a Good Idea

By |2020-11-17T13:41:11-06:00August 19th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

There are many companies that provide attic storage solutions.  Most of what I’ve seen in these solutions look like good ideas in terms of storage and organization. Installing these solutions, and then accessing the items, may make you rethink the solution. As with anything in life, there are pros and cons with attic storage.  In my experience, there are not many pros that I could find if I decided to actually make a list. Most of my clients that use attic storage, put items up there and then forgot about them.  Many years later, when they’re in their golden years [...]

3 Options For Storing Photos

By |2020-11-17T13:41:13-06:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , , , , |

Taking photos is a wonderful way to capture memories, and we’ve been doing it for centuries. The history of photography goes way back, beginning in the 4th century b.c., according to this timeline on ThoughtCo.com.  Taking photos has certainly evolved over time, and become commonplace in our society, which created a need for solutions, or options for storing photos. Several months ago I wrote an article called Organizing Printed Photos, which touched on storage. In the early stages of photography, not many people had cameras, so storing photos was not really an issue. When a photo was taken, most likely [...]

6 Easy to Access Storage Solutions

By |2020-11-17T13:41:14-06:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Containment is part of the organizing process. Containers make good storage solutions, but is it always easy to access the contents? This is a question that needs to be considered based on the type of storage solution.  The criteria for storage may be different for each organizing solution, but ease of access should be a top priority. As mentioned in previous posts, containment, or containers come in all shapes and sizes. Every box, bin, basket, shelf, drawer, rack, cabinet, pantry, closet and room in your house is a container, as well as your house itself. How we organize these containers [...]

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