An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life

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Conduct one Pinterest search, and you’ll quickly discover: there is no shortage of cleaning hacks out there. Of course, some of them more reasonable than others. I once read a tip suggesting that instead of dusting my window blinds, I should wash them all at once in the bathtub. Brimming with misplaced cleaning confidence that only a long Pinterest session can inflict, this seemed like a brilliant idea. The inevitable and unfortunate results? Continue Reading

Roundup: 9 Creative Ways to Tame Mail & Bill Paying Clutter

created at: 03/06/2012Although paper mail certainly has dwindled with e-mail, online bill pay, and digital magazine subscriptions, it still has a way of piling up. (BTW, does anything look good in a pile? I mean, just the word: pile. Ick.)  Here are some creative DIY projects that will finally tame the mail beast and put the pile where it belongs–out of existence.

First up to bat is Noodlehead’s darling mail organizer:

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Follow this jump for the entire tutorial. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Magnetic Organization Center

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As wonderfully functional as scotch tape is, it just doesn’t do it for me in the aesthetic department.  It didn’t do much for Landee either, so she came up with her own solution to displaying calendars and child art.   Isn’t sheet metal the most convenient thing ever?  Well, I’m sure there are other things more useful than sheet metal, but for organization purposes it gets 5 stars from me.  Landee of Landee See Landee Do attached a large piece to the wall and went magnet crazy on everything to get the organized life she wanted. Continue Reading

Curbly At Home: Capree’s Cluttered Corner


created at: 03/14/2011This month, along with great tips for Spring Cleaning and organization, we’re showing you some of Curbly’s own cluttered corners or jam-packed junk drawers.  Excited for some behind-the-scenes dirt?  Read on!     

Our kitchen has this little built-in desk area, something that I’m sure was intended to be useful but now serves only as a dumping ground (as you can see).  It’s littered with packages to be mailed, catalogues, bills, birthday presents (my birthday was over three weeks ago), coupons, random junk, a hammer (?), and on and on.  Continue Reading

High Voltage Hallway Makeover

Facing this kind of mess when you come and go would be enough to make you stay away, right? Hallways are like the overworked stepchild of the house; not being a destination room, they tend to suffer from neglect.  Cat, author of TheGoldenTouch blog, took charge, decluttered, organized and gave this sliver of her client’s space a jolt of electric personality.

Form Follows Function.

Read the full post here and be sure to check out Cat’s bedroom photos for which she won a Domino Magazine decorating contest. Continue Reading

Common Sense Storage

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The title of the new print from Creative Publishing may have the word ‘common’ in it, but there is nothing common about the contents of Common Sense Storage. Filled with images of luscious interiors, the book is a cornucopia of inspiration, that just happens to solve all of our storage problems as well.

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   Organized into seven geographical sections, the book covers every room in the home and then some. For instance, not all of us have libraries or wine cellars, but they’re covered just in case. Continue Reading

10 lies you tell yourself about clutter

After reading Green Daily’s lies we tell ourselves about clutter, I realize I have been less than honest with my flotsam and jetsam. By no means am I a pack rat. However, I do have stashes here and there that really could be pared down considerably. My craft supplies, for instance. Some of that stuff I haven’t used in years, but in the back of my mind I just KNOW that as soon as I give it away or throw it out, I’ll need it. Continue Reading

How to Reclaim Your Garage!

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It’s easy to lose your garage over the summer. Not the garage itself, but the storage space inside it, which becomes lost to gardening equipment, toys, and summer building projects. Our friends at Closets by Design sent along some great tips to reclaim that garage space. 

1.                   Reclaim the garage floor – The trick is to use the space on the garage walls to your advantage.  Toys such as golf clubs, tennis rackets and skates can be stored along the walls, while bikes can be hung on hooks from the ceiling.  Continue Reading

How to Declutter an Entire Room in a Single Sweep.

According to Zen Habits, the trick to successfully decluttering a room is finding a large area to serve as a working and organizing space. Then, you can:

“2. Start on one side of the room and work to the other.

3. Do one drawer or shelf or spot on the floor at a time.

4. Pull everything out of the drawer or shelf (or section of floor
or what have you), and pile it in the working space. Continue Reading