General tips for organizing and de-cluttering all aspects of your home and life

Organization: General Organizational Tips

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11 Shortcuts to Organize your Life and Save Money This Year


Are you resolving to finally get organized in the new year? Or to start saving a little money? You can make it happen. And it doesn't have to be hard. Here are a few shortcuts to organize your life and save money.

When Empty Nesters Reorganize and Declutter Their Home

Gary Foreman

For years, your refrigerator was covered with pictures and closets were full of Legos, Beany Babies, and too small children's clothes. But now it's time for the empty nesters to reorganize and declutter their home. Here is some help to find the best way to organize your empty nest home.

Keep Your Treasures Out of the Attic


You know that ragtime opening to the popular PBS television program "Antiques Roadshow," which depicts all those family heirlooms collecting dust in the attic? Here's a tip from your home insurance agent: Don't do that. Especially in winter.

6 ways to organize your home in the new year


Top on everyone's list in the new year: Get organized. Here are six tips from pros who know how to make organization easy and beautiful without spending a fortune.

Inexpensive Closet Organization

TDS Reader Contributors

"My walk-in closet is a mess! The clothes rod is so crammed that I can't find anything. Even my favorite outfits seem to disappear! And, since we have limited storage, some boxes of non-related stuff find their way in. Help! Is there any way to inexpensively organize my closet?"

6 Cheap Home Organizing Ideas

Alison Wood

It's exciting when we get an overwhelming desire to get rid of clutter and organize our home, but buying organizational helps for your home can be very expensive. It doesn't have to happen that way. With a little of creativity, you can organize your home on the cheap. Check out these creative ideas to get you started creating a clean and organized home.

Reduce. Reuse. Leave Some Space Empty.

Live Like a Mensch

Several years ago, I remember watching one of those ubiquitous organization/cleaning shows that you'll see on TLC and other channels of that ilk. The family that the professional organizer was helping had a problem with kid stuff in particular. When the mother worried that getting rid of so many of her children's toys would be devastating for them, the organizer assured her that it never went that way. "The first thing a child does when we clean out his room of all the stuff is start dancing through the middle of it," he said. For whatever reason that piece of information really stuck with me.

5 Ways to Live in Small Spaces

Natalie Zarrelli

Living in a tiny space can be difficult. However, a small living space can be easily and cheaply used to your advantage. The more creative you are, the easier it is to enjoy your time in a tiny living space.

7 Ways to Cash in on Spring Cleaning


If you think spring cleaning just means elbow grease and throwing out junk, you might be sending cash to the landfill. With a little bit of legwork, the common stuff we all purge while spring cleaning can fatten your wallet and strengthen your bottom line. Here's some expert advice on how to make money from your spring cleaning.

Organize and Save

Loralee Leavitt

Whether you're organizing your papers, your clothes, your pantry, or anything else in your house, you'll be glad you did. You'll know what you have and what you need. Most importantly, if you invest a little time to set up your storage system, you'll end up saving yourself hours later on. And, as they say, time is money.

10 Easy Ways to Get Organized

Jill Cooper

Tired of living in a mess? Organization is key to a happy and productive life. Here are some easy ways to help you get organized.

The Container Theory of Life

Anne Heerdt

Your home feels so good when things fit where they belong and you can find them. Your space and stuff is functional. Try this. Open one drawer, cupboard, or purse that is overflowing and difficult to close. Clean it out of everything you don't need or does not belong. Then shut the drawer, close the door or pick up the purse. Imagine if your whole house felt like that!

Simple Organization

My Story - contributed by Anonymous

Here is a list of simple tasks to do on a daily or weekly basis to keep your life organized, such as keeping a running grocery list, planning a menu, deciding what to wear the night before, and preparing lunches the night before.

10-Minute Tasks

Nancy Twigg

Many parents use the excuse that they are too busy to make any extra effort to live frugally. But even those of us who are the busiest can find an extra ten minutes here and there if we look hard enough for it. Here are five quickie tasks you can do anytime that will help your family save money.

An Organized Home

Debbie Williams

One of the key rules in organizing and decorating is to utilize vertical space. Often, we place furniture around the room with nothing above it, forming a nice horizontal line. There is a ton of unclaimed storage and visually appealing space right above the furniture line!

Handbag Chaos

TDS Reader Contributors

TDS readers share their tips on organizing and de-cluttering their handbags.

Organizing A to Z

Maria Gracia

Organizing really can be as easy as A-B-C. Here are 26 organizing ideas--one for each letter of the alphabet.

Can't Afford to Get Organized!

Karen Jogerst

Is getting organized affordable? Absolutely! All it takes is one small container of creativity coupled with the permission you give yourself to manage your home in a way that makes sense to you! Besides, getting organized is always cheaper than having to get one of Junior's Legos surgically removed from the bottom of his father's foot!

7 Ways to Get Organized on a Budget

Maria Gracia

Getting organized does not have to be an expensive task. You may think that you have to go out and purchase all sorts of organizing baskets, bins, holders and cabinets. But, the truth is, organizing is a process, not a product. It takes skill, application and motivation. And yes, tools certainly help--but there are many frugal ways of getting and staying organized, without breaking the bank.

The Benefits of Organization

Doris Dobkins

There are many areas to focus on when getting organized. Your time needs to be organized. So does your money, your home, your family your kitchen cupboards and your mail, just to name a few. It can seem overwhelming at times, but getting organized will do wonders. Try it and see!

Frugality & Being Organized

Nita Jackson

Frugality and being organized are often not seen as compatible. There are times when this true. I used to balk at the idea of spending money to be organized. But for what little I have spent on office-type organizing things, the benefits have far out weighed the cost. However, if your organizing is not functioning to help you be more efficient you may need to spend a little to make it work. Ask yourself this question about your organizing system: "Is it controlling you or are you controlling it?"

How to Organize for Creativity!

Kathleen Wilson

Try to fit in a little re-organizing each day, and you'll be recognizing that creative decor you lost in the clutter again soon.

Steps to a More Organized Home

TDS Reader Contributors

"My resolution is to become more organized in my home and shopping. The problem is I have so much "stuff" I don't know where to begin. I can't find things, go out and buy it only to discover it was behind something. I would appreciate any and all tips and suggestions on where to begin and how to enlist the help of my children."

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