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My file cabinet, hand's down! (Although I like your idea, GOOSIEMOON! I'll have to try that sometime!)

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Someone who will come over and help me make the tough decisions when I'm organizing.
(for free lunch, of course)

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A shredder.



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Banker's boxes. The double sided ones last forever. The best thing about them is that when you have to move, a great deal of your stuff is already packed and labeled! And they stack about 6 high no problem.



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Mine is the file cabinet. I have two drawers of folders sorted in the usual ABC.. order. But The most useful file is one drawer, which is a tickler file, with folders numbered 1-31 and months labeled January - December. If May 15, 2014 is the current date, The first folder is May then folders 15-31 follow, then June, then folders 1-14. So in general the folder for the current day and month is up front then folders appropriate for the next 30 or so days. So if I have a doctors appointment coming up on June 10 and there is an important document regarding that appointment it would be filed in folder number 10.
Right now it would be filed in the June folder since it is more than thirty days off, but I have papers for an important meeting on February 11 in folder # 11. To night I will have moved folder 25 from the front of the numbered folders to behind folder 24 and have inspected folder number 26 for any Sunday documents and my Excel workbook for any Sunday tasks.

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I would have to say the trash and recycling cans. Tossing out the useless mail as it arrives saves us all kinds of time.

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A notebook, a pen and a garbage bag. Any note that is important goes in the notebook and the paper tossed. Anything I come across that I don't need automatically goes in the garbage..

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Oh and my smartphone, I have a to do list, a shopping list, a notepad fr books I want to read, and recently I have started photographing my list from the whiteboard on the fridge and taking it to the store. I feel so... Tekkie, haha!

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What an awesome thread! For me, it is the sharpie pen. I use it to write on ziplock and freezer bags, and plastic food containers, and glass jars that I store stuff in, I write cooking essentials or the jar too, and on the lids of recylcable containers I use in the fridge. Although it is supposedly permanent, on these surfaces it wipes off with a wet cloth, so I can reuse the containers.
I use microfiber cloths (enjo)for cleaning, plus I have only vinegar, baking soda, and Castile soap as cleaning products, plus a spray bottle of water, and my favorite smelling polish, used very rarely, so storing cleaning products is really efficient. I keep a little of each in each bathroom in reused water bottles for the squirt factor, each labelled of course with a sharpie. I find if I have a set in each room, it takes me just a second to swish and swipe, polish dry with a microfiber cloth, and voila, sparkling!
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I'm with Brenda. I can't live without my planner and I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my rubbermaid closet organizer system.

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Having second thoughts about the Evernote system. I fear that the only way to continue accessing my electronic documents after one year is to pay a subscription to Evernote for the rest of my life -- I am not comfortable with that. Does anyone here know about Evernote? Have any thoughts about this?

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I just discoved Evernote for my MAC IPad and IPhone. I am planning to use it to organize both my work projects, notes and to-dos along with that huge pile of papers on my home desk. I believe Evernote will allow me to clip web pages - collect recipes, take pictures of or scan paper documents and have them all tagged and orgainzed in one place. I am very nervous about this new system, but feel I need to try something. This will give me one place to find all of my paper, web, thought stuff!!

Has anyone else used Evernote?? Any tips?

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I just dug out my label maker and I am trying to make it work.

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Hands down, my favorite organizing tool is my Dymo Label Writer. The tape is kind of pricey, especially if you want fancy colors and not just the standard white tape, but to me it is worth it because it lets me organize everything in a snap. I love having everything clearly labeled - it makes it so much easier to find everything and makes me happy that everything is in its place. I know that's weird, but I feel a lot calmer when things are organized. I'm not talking about crazy, scary, freaky level-organized, but just knowing that I can find what I need in under 30 minutes!

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That's a great idea about the bankers boxes.

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I second the vote for Banker's Boxes. These are exactly the correct size to hold file folders. Letter files fit one way and legal the other. They are wonderful for storing old files like previous years taxes. They also work fine for your regular filing. Just put them somewhere convenient and label them well.

Because they are strong and stack easily they can help organize all types of things. I take some clear plastic and tape it on both sides and the bottom of the plastic to the box on the side that will be exposed. Then I take a piece of paper or cardstock and cut it to fit with 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch to peek out the top. On this paper I list what is in the bag. This can be easily removed to be modified or totally replaced.

I like these boxes to do major organization. The lids will fit on the bottom of the box of you place open boxes around the room with labels on the side, then you start putting things into them like:

pictures
cross stitch projects
sewing projects
any other craft projects
books you want to keep but not out on shelves
mementos like cards you receive and want to keep
clothing you want to keep but not have in closet
papers like recipes and articles
magazines

Then when you have time you can organize each box more efficiently.

These boxes fit well on top shelves in closets, on storage units, stack well in closets and I once stacked them behind the sofa 2 deep.

These are inexpensive and I have a few that are at least 15 years old and still doing their job.

Also if you need to protect the stuff inside from moisture (think storage space is in basement, etc.) you can line the box with a plastic trash bag and then seal the bag before you put the lid on.


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me too

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Zip lock bags. I sort things into Zip lock bags.

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Thanks for explaining the Elfa system. I am going to go and look at it on the Containerstore website.

I just used the space bag once and it is still up in my daughters attic. Maybe you got a diffective bag.

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Haven't heard back from anyone about those space bags...I have not had success with them staying vacuumed - air seeps back in within minutes of sealing up. What is the secret to use them successfully??? HELP????!!!!!!

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An Elfa system is a system of shelves and drawers that you put together yourself. You put a track at the top of the wall, then hang standards from the track (think frames that carpenter's put up behind dry wall - only metal) and then everything hangs from there. It is customizable. So you can get different width and different depth drawers.

I moved from a house with great closets to one with tiny little closets. With the Elfa systems, I have been able to fit everything in much smaller spaces.

If you go to www.thecontainerstore.com you will see lots of Elfa system applications.

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What is an Elfa system?

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Mine is my Elfa system in my closet. My closet looks beautiful. I know where everything is. And I no longer need a chest or dresser in my bedroom. My husband and I share a smallish walk in closet and it was essential for us to plan it. Everything for each of us fits in this baby!

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My foodsaver. It was the best money I've ever spent because the food stays so fresh for so long and I am not throwing out food like I used to. I've been known to forget I had cooked chicken or tomatoes from the garden only to find it in the back of the freezer a year later. With the food saver bags, it's still tasty with no freezer burn. I also bought the canisters so I can store leftovers vacuum sealed and I can get away with having them in the fridge for a week or more.

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Love this thread.

Several of you mentioned spacebags. I have tried them 2 different times and cannot get the air to stay out. So, I vacuum out the air and within an hour, the air has seeped back in (yes I put the cap on).

Any advice from those who use them successfully???

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Somedays, just the very old plain wastepaper basket. emoticon

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I absolutely love all the ideas everyone has given me on this thread! I can't wait to put some to use this upcoming month!

I have a few that I can't live without:

*Label Maker: My filing cabinet is completely organized, all storage containers have labels facing me marked with the contents of each package so I don't have to dig in them. My linen closet even has labels on the shelves so we don't toss all of our cleaning supplies in randomly

*IKEA storage boxes: They are very stylish, and we have boxes nicely stacked on our bookshelves that hold DVDs, video games, cds, notebooks (when not in school). They all match and since I have 3 different sizes in different areas (all same color), it helps the room make sense.

Thank you all for the ideas!




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My favorite organizing tool right now is my new scanner called "Neat Desk". It is super fast and creates searchable PDF files. I'm getting rid of boxes and boxes of old papers and files. The best thing I've spent money on in years.

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There is an improvement on the "space bags" - they are available in a format that when the air is sucked out, you can gently shape it into a cubic square. Then there is a fabric cubic the plastic bag goes into. I have 3 of them at the top of my closet with out-of-season clothes. Tremendous about of space saved. emoticon

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*Wearpurple - i just remembered another website i read recently, they used rubbermaid storage containers like you use the banker boxes and they would photograph the contents of the box, label the box and either save online or print and affix to the box so you can remember the contents of the box. Just another hint.

I like rememberthemilk.com for my todo lists, and use evernote.com for saving parts of websites or articles. I use the firefox explorer so the quick clip to evernote button is easy.

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I see many of my favorites here - ziplock bags, plastic shoe boxes, labelmaker, etc. My newest favorite, however, is "banker's boxes," cheap cardboard storage boxes with lids. I buy them at the office supply store. My storage areas are SO much neater now that all the boxes are uniform in size, and they stack much easier. I number the boxes and keep a list on the computer of what's in each one, so it's easy to find stuff. I have A LOT of stuff, and this has helped me tremendously.

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I like to have a box always ready to put donations for the thrift store. Then I don't hesitate with getting rid of things.

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I use Zip Lock bags regular or freezer. I know that they're SUPPOSE to be thrown away when your done. But I use them to store left overs. If I keep food too long in the fridge, I can just throw them away (food and bag) mostly though I reheat the meal and wash the bags(with dawn of course).
I also use the bags to store all my gravy packets or left over pastas (uncooked). Pens, small knick knacks.
I also teach so I place colors in a bag with childrens names on them so that they dont fight.

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***Willpower (don't buy it in the first place unless absolutely necessary)

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*Trash can (for obvious reasons)
*Recycling bin (stuff is leaving but not to landfill)
*Cardboard box (to take things to charity)
*Old 3-ring binders (to hold 3-hole punched scratch paper from partially used spiral notebooks, graphing paper, favorite articles from magazines, recipes, etc.)

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I use my google calender which sends reminders to my cell phone! I have lists of notes for myself written on my cell phone. "Remember the Milk" is a great way to keep track of your to-do list on line. It also links in with your calender if you would like! I highly recommend it!

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I use sparkpeople and todoist.com to sort out tasks. At home, I save glass jars from sauces, pickles and jelly to store bulk foods like nuts, rice, quinoa and seeds. It saves money, and I can buy just as much as I'll use before it goes bad. I also buy chicken, cook it and portion out 3 ounce bags to freeze. I can't think of any actual organizational tools that I use though.

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I just thought of something else. Those shelves (mine are wire) that you use to store another level of dishes above one set in the cupboard in the kitchen - I use those in other cupboards as well and have put food bags above other food stuffs, as well as cans. (Not sure if I have described these properly - brain is foggy today - LOL). Actually, come to think of it, some of those shelves HANG from the shelf above it. I have also used dishpans bought from our local dollarstore to separate the sheet sets by room and extra pillow covers for the pillows in the living room, etc in my bathroom linen closet. I put a label on the front. Now if the kids want to get a new pillowcase, they know which ones are theirs, and they don't haul everything down on the floor looking for it. I also have 2 collapsible boxes in my living room (where we spend a lot of time), that I can put anything belonging to the kids in when I am cleaning up. Then I can get them to each take a box and put things away, and if I get the question, "Mom, where is my...?", I just tell them to check the box first.
Hope these ideas help!

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great ideas here...I hope to use some of them for my organization. Thanks all.

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OneNote, a program that comes packaged with Microsoft Office - you can capture screen clips on the web, copy and paste from a lot of other programs, - it's like having a binder on the computer. I have even started scanning sheets of info from my daughters' school that I need to keep, but not do anything else with except HAVE that info! I have just started using it, but I think it's going to reduce my paper clutter!

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I use lid-less, beat up, or stained Glad containers in my junk drawer to separate batteries, rubber bands, and other things. They also work well in the bathroom.

Kitty litter trays make good boxes to sort kid's toys or to corral books.

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Mine is actually a scratch pad so I can make notes of errands and duties I have for the next day then throw it out when it's done or I make the list for the following day. Along with a notebook for things I want or need - it all goes on the same list. I have a divided notebook (Big Little Notebook size) but could easily use paperclips. That's my planner. Nothing fancy and cheaper than most I could buy.

Otherwise, it's boxes the same size so they stack (seasonal or things I don't use daily like videos) and zipper bags of all sizes to sort even better and keep things clean.

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containers-i use a special size for batteries,small srews tools in my hallway closet

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Space bag - putting the comforter away for the summer and excess bedding for guests. Also we will live in our holiday trailer for a few weeks, may need warm clothes so it they won't take much space.

People use them for travel too, get lots of stuff in a smaller bag.

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I love the spacebags! I put comforters away for the summer, t-shirt waiting to be made into quilt squares, Halloween costumes pieces....if it can fit in and flatten out, I put it in. Just don't lose the cap that goes over the suction hole! Love them!

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I was wondering about those spacebags, too. Let me know how you get on with them.

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Just got some space bags and over the door towel ladder.

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Okay, KoolBreeze, inquiring minds want to know...How do you organize with those containers? What's your system?

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having a container and place for everything

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I'm loving using baskets of all shapes and sizes to sort and store shelves everywhere. I'm storing cleaning things in one place, instead of on each floor, thus freeing up storage space!

I've definitely been guilty of buying another product/item in the past, only to realise that I didn't need it, so it is helping me to store those duplicates together. It has helped with my shopping bill, because I'm using up things I'd forgotten I had, and I now know exactly what I have. I feel much more oganised, too.

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I'm actually new to this 'organizing'. I've been a mild pack rat who uses everything I have. Trouble is...I like to have it all at arms length, it wouldn't be so bad if it was organized. I'm just fed up with myself and want to change my bad habits to good ones. I will be looking for hints and seem to have found some so far.

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I started this thread, and it has become one I keep track of most. I am loving all the ideas here! I'm not an organizer so I'm going to steal lots of the ideas posted! Keep them coming!

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A desk dedicated for school supplies, homework, and projects. Love having one central location for common supplies.

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My planner. I cant function without it. I also like rubbermaid shelving - it is easy to install and has lots of great options like drawers, pant hanger, etc. Having one installed in my master closet right now and am loving it!

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The huge tupperware containers and my label maker. I have all my stuff stored in them. One with baby girl clothes, one with baby boy clothes, one with christmas decorations...

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Net zip bag (for lingerie laundry) to hold like things together when I travel. One bags for undies and socks, one bag for misc, one bags for rolled up shirts.

Zip lock bags for jewellery when I travel.

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I'm trying to edge more into the Tech Age....I have a Palm Phone that has great features on it...it's compatible with computer too. I have To Do lists in there and the Calendar feature reminds me of places to go and tasks to complete with a pleasant ring tone!

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Oh yes! I forgot about those over-the-door shoe holders. We do use them for shoes, but I have one in my boys' room for their Webkinz and one in the bathroom for toiletries.

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My labelmaker is awesome. I like the wire stand-alone shelving units too, I have them in my Laundry room, Utility room, boys bedrooms, and polebarn. When space is limited, I like those plastic shoe organizers that can hang on the back of a door. I've talked about these a few times on these threads. I have one of these in my closet, my pantry (to hold cleaning supplies) and in my camper to hold toiletries. I'm trying to convince my husband that he needs one of these in the polebarn to organize some "odds & ends" that he has in a box. So far he's not biting. :)

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Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
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Eight foot shelves from the "Container Store!"
I have a small kitchen with limited storage space. These shelves, located adjacent to the kitchen in the back hall, allow me to keep small appliances, canned goods, large juice bottles, wine-making supplies, extra paper towels and toilet paper, and my son's hand tools -- all where we can see and access them, and away from the counter space in the kitchen.

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Mine has to be the "sock cop." They are these little plastic clips, that clip pairs of socks together. I always hated putting away socks because I hated the time involved in matching them. I also hate the fact that there's always a loner sock. A friend of mine introduced me to sock cops. Clip the pairs of socks together, throw them in the drawer. Take your socks off, clip them together, throw them in the dirty laundry basket. They stay on in the washer and dryer. Put socks away. Yes, once in a while a sock escapes its handcuffs, but that loner is easy to find. I've just about got my boys trained to always clip their sock. Putting away sock laundry takes a lot less time, and we lose fewer socks.

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