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How To Organize Sporting Goods Without Taking Over A Closet

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 2:14 PM

Who knows, you might just be a bit more active if you can actually find the athletic gear you want:

1. Hang mesh bags from hooks to hold tennis, golf and baseballs. Mount wire baskets on a wall for soccer balls, basketballs and volleyballs.

2. Store long items such...

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How To Organize Your Kids' Stuffed Animals So They Stop Taking Over

(19) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 8:17 AM

If your young stuffed animal aficionado has made it clear that population control is out of the question, try the following strategies for keeping furry friends corralled.

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Flickr photo by Jess1820

Toy hammock. Hang it in a corner...

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7 Ways To Keep Wine At Its Best

(5) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 10:28 AM

Nigel Carr, former CEO of Oriel Wines, offers the following advice to ensure proper preservation of wine:

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Flickr photo by stevendepolo

1. Store wine away from direct light, which can damage or prematurely age your wine. Surprisingly, ultraviolet light...

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How To Clean: The Best Way To Store Your Bed Linens

(8) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Keep a maximum of three sets of sheets per bed. This way, you can have one on the bed, one in the laundry and one in the linen closet. If space is really tight, reduce the number to two sets -- one to use and one to wash. To store...

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How To Clean: The Best Way To Store Bakeware In The Kitchen

(29) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 8:29 AM

You've probably noticed that pie pans, muffins tins, and other bakeware don't nest well -- and that no one likes taking everything out of the cabinet to get to the cookie sheet at the bottom of the pile. The solution is to stack bakeware vertically, outfitting a cabinet with partitions....

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How To Clean: 7 Ways To Organize Your Bookshelf

(25) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 8:59 AM

While each person has their own way of organizing a bookshelf, there are some quick ways to make sure it doesn't look too cluttered. Here are seven tips for keeping bookshelves looking orderly.

1. Invest in quality bookcases, especially if current ones are sagging.

2. Pull spines forward to...

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Spring Cleaning: The Best Way To Store Table Linens

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 8:40 AM

Unlike bedsheets, long linen tablecloths should not be folded into tight bundles and stored on shelves. Instead fold them lengthwise and hang over two wooden hangers on a closet rod or a hook on the back of the linen closet door. Protect the linen from the wood by draping a...

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Spring Cleaning: Stop Paper Clutter In 3 Steps

(14) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 8:50 AM

Create this three-tiered system to keep papers organized and moving across your desk.

1. In-box. This is a place to capture miscellaneous documents that have not yet been organized, including mail to read, invitations to respond to, forms to fill out, etc. Evaluate the contents of your in-box each...

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Organization Ideas: Why You Should Look At Your Glove Compartment

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 8:38 AM

If your glove compartment is home to fast-food ketchup packets, service receipts, expired proofs of insurance, or other detritus, clean it out and restock it with the following items:

Registration and proof of insurance (but not the title, which should be kept in a safe place at home)

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Spring Cleaning: Creating An Organized Office That Works As A Guest Room

(5) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 8:30 AM

With thoughtful design, an office and a guest bedroom can peacefully coexist. When designing such a room, minimalism is key, as you'll want to able to stow work away when guests are using the room and also provide space for them to unpack their belongings. A computer armoire with file...

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Spring Cleaning: How To Sell, Swap Or Donate Old, Unwanted Books

(65) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 8:43 AM

For some people, books are like trophies -- a statement of achievement and a reflection of one's intellect, education, travels, and interests. A true bibliophile may find it emotionally difficult to get rid of books. If it's time to weed shelves, consider these options.

Give books away. Give a book...

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Spring Cleaning: Toy Storage So Easy, A Kid Could Do It

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 8:51 AM

If your family room looks more like the set of 'Romper Room', then you need to create storage solutions for toys, games, and crafts.

Large toys. Use a wide and fairly shallow container. Kids should be able to reach for a toy on the bottom without too much trouble....

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Spring Cleaning: The Right Way To Store Paint

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 9:20 AM

The key to storing paint for future use is to keep air out of the can. Use these strategies:

Clean the lid. Getting paint off the lip of the can creates an airtight seal.

Layer. Place a piece of plastic wrap between the can and lid to ensure a...

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Spring Cleaning: Bad Reasons To Keep Clothes

(8) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 8:51 AM

Don't succumb to garment guilt. See if you recognize any of the following poor reasons to keep something:

1. "I might want to wear it again someday." If you haven't worn something in a year (unless it's black tie), then it's dead weight in your closet.

2. "I'm going...

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Spring Cleaning: The Right Way To Store Winter Clothes

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 8:28 AM

For many, closet space is a luxury. So, now that the temperature is warmer and you won't be needing your winter wear, clean them, pack them and put them in a less commonly used area. Keep reading to see how to properly store your off-season clothing.

Always clean coats...

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Spring Cleaning: Organize Your Freezer Once, Never Do It Again

(83) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Don't let frozen food spoil and go to waste. Enjoy your leftovers before it expires while keeping your freezer neat and organized. How do we do that? Containment, coding and labeling are key.

-Store leftovers in square, stackable clear plastic containers. Label each leftover container with the contents and...

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Spring Cleaning: Taking Closet Inventory

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Editing your closet seasonally is a great way to regularly cull your wardrobe. This is the time to take a look at what you didn't wear and figure out what items you are missing. Take advantage of end-of-season sales to fill in any gaps in your wardrobe.


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How To Be Organized: Storing Delicates

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 8:51 AM

Although hanging your freshly dry-cleaned clothing back in the closet may seem like the natural thing to do, maintain their quality and maximize wearability by taking a few extra steps when storing them.

Flickr photo by stevendepolo

Delicate fabrics such as linen, silk, taffeta, and...

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How To Shop At Warehouse Clubs Like Costco, Sam's Club

(190) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 8:59 AM

Sometimes, shopping at warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club can be overwhelming. With aisle upon aisle of bulk items and products, it's easy to lose track of time and buy things you don't necessarily need. Instead, make your shopping experience easier and more efficient with...

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How To Be Organized: Managing Plastic Bags

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 7:45 AM

Most people squirrel away more plastic bags than they will ever use. A better approach than stuffing them under the sink is to choose a receptacle for the bags and never keep more than can fit in that container. Many stores now offer recycling drops for plastic bags -- take...

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