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Do I Keep this Outfit?

Sometimes an outfit stays in my closet for a long time because I can't decide if I still like it or not, so I have adopted a new method. Now, if I can't decide I wear the item(s) at the next available opportunity, and ask myself how I feel wearing it. If I don't love the way I feel , it goes straight in my donate box.

- Submitted by JOYFULROAD 8/20/2012 in Organization | 3 Comments

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One Bag In, One Bag Out!

i have a large family, and things always pile up, to the point where we are overrun with things. now, for every bag of items i bring INTO my house, one bag of equal size of items has to go out that same week. this is the RULE. this includes clothing, food, toys, even electronics! outgoing items can be donated to charity or given to family/friends. this helps us keep our home clutter free, make room for new things and to share with others.

- Submitted by MRSBAILEY921 8/10/2012 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Shoe organizers are for more than shoes!

i purchased hanging shoe organizers with clear pockets (the vinyl kind) and hung them on my children's closet doors. in addition to keeping shoes in there, the pockets are perfect for socks, stockings, hats, scarves and gloves, belts, and even small toys. the clear pockets allow me to see what my children have available for use and allows them to learn organization as well!

- Submitted by MRSBAILEY921 8/10/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments

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Carry Less

when I go to work out I carry my water bottle in an insulated carrier,and put my fitness card,and phone in the side pocket,and clip my keys to the key ring

- Submitted by SUGARJET 8/10/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments

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key keeper

I put a key ring on the strap of the purse I always use. Unless my keys are in my hand or the ignition of my car, they are on that ring. I never have to search through my purse to find them now!

- Submitted by AJDOVER1 8/10/2012 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Evernote to the Rescue

I have a notebook in Evernote with a separate note for each restaurant I visit and what the best options are for my diet plan in each. I don't write down the "best options" that I wouldn't like either - just what I'd actually order. With my smart phone, I have that custom reference to keep me on track.

- Submitted by ARAMIS5 8/3/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments

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Food Storage

When I bring groceries home, I organize my pantry in categories of the food type; soups, canned veggies, ready mixes, pastas, rices, beans, Mexican...it's easy to then go to the closet and pull what I need rather than search the entire cabinet moving things around. I also do the same in my refrigerator.

- Submitted by IAMMCB57 7/29/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments

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shopping for food

To stop any temptations when I 'food shop' . I never shop when Im hungry, I make sure I have some veggie or nut snack on hand just to take the hunger pang away before shopping. I avoid the lanes where all the biscuits, cakes, crisps and choclates are located !

- Submitted by SPANISHANNIE 7/8/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments

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NOT NEEDED- DIAPER HOLDER

I had a grandson born in 2011, who lived with me. We would stack his diapers in a diaper holder/bag (Ones with the hanger inside) We no longer use the diaper stacking bag, so I hung it up in the laundry room, turned out to be a great place to store outgrown clothing that I took out of the dryer. Didn't realize this until we had a garage sale and I had the bag full of clothing items and all matching pieces were in the bag as well. Turned out, I didn't want to sell the diaper holder/bag. emoticon

- Submitted by CMAZE8 7/3/2012 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Easy Peasy Organize

SAVE clear plastic jars... esp the big ones from BJ's and other warehouse stores. Use for storage. We have various size jars with adhesive tape, pet supplies, pens, small toys, xtra spices, batteries, play jewelry in EVERY room of the house. Dust free, water & pest resistant, easy to find and look nice when lined up together on a shelf. Eliminate furniture, gain floor space. Win Win. Ask friends who work at day care, church etc to save containers. Easy peasy when its time to move or declutter.

- Submitted by JACEYLEE 7/2/2012 in Organization | 2 Comments
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