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A Guest Post to get You Questioning Your Spaces

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Guys, it’s already the end of September!  Can you believe it?!  This year is flying by and once we hit mid-October the holiday season is basically upon us (YAY!) which means POOF!  2017 is almost done!  If reading that sparks some inner turmoil because of the organizing projects you haven’t started yet, take a deep breath and calm down.  This guest post from Laura at orgjunkie.com can help with that dilemma and hopefully will spur you on to get control over some of the clutter in your life.

Now Laura is an organized person with an organizing blog, but even she has areas to work on.  In her post Rearranging Kitchen Cupboards and Making Hard Choices she lets her readers in to one area where she needed to develop a better system – her kitchen.  More specifically, her cookbooks (ooh hitting a nerve with anyone?).  She writes:

“It was time to say goodbye because now that I eat Paleo I never use them anymore. So there they sat, looking pretty but never seeing the light of day. I also now needed that space for other things. It wasn’t easy to let them go, it’s funny what we get attached to because of the significance they represent. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom and these cookbooks were a major part of that huge transition in my life.”

If you can relate completely to her statement, or if you have your own “cookbooks” that may need to be removed from your house, click the title of the blog post in the paragraph above to see Laura’s advice, along with some questions you can ask yourself so you can focus in on what exactly you want for each space in your house.

So what are the “cookbooks” in your home?  What do you need to get rid of to create more space?  Let me know in the comments below!

5 Simple Tips to Organize Your Child’s Closet

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It’s the last week of the month and that means I get to highlight another organizing blog/blogger and one I love to showcase is Morgan from Morganize with Me.  She always has great advice and simple, easy-to-follow tips that everyone can do.

This month I wanted to feature her post on keeping her kids clothes organized for all those parents who have kiddos in their home.  With the new school year starting things are probably a bit chaotic around the house right now but even if they’re not chaotic this is a great article.

If you don’t have young kids at home I’d still recommend you check out this article.  These tips could come in handy for a friend or family member, or you can apply the tips to your own closet (well, 3 of the 5 you can).

So, check out 5 Tips for Organizing Kids Clothes and today, try to apply just 1 of the tips.  I guarantee doing just 1 of them will make a difference.

Do you have small kids and love this post?  Or do you have another way to keep your kids clothes organized?  Let me know in the comments below!

A Guest Post to Remind You About What’s Really Important in Life

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Today’s guest post is from Laura at orgjunkie.com.  Summer is in full swing here in Nashville and with it comes the pressure to do, do, do; keep busy, busy, busy; take advantage of the slower schedule by cramming it full of camps and lessons for the kids, more training for your work, adding on side jobs and taking more on your plate, always going somewhere so you don’t feel lazy or judged by other people who are habitually always on the go no matter what time of year it is.

Laura wrote a post of reflection after her daughter headed off to college and I thought it might be a timely post, especially for those at home parents with school age children in the midst of summer vacation; those pining away for the day they send their kids (of any age) off to school again so they can have some peace and quiet.

If you need a reminder of what’s important in life, then take just a minute or 2 to read Laura’s post, “Slow Down and Enjoy the Journey“.  Don’t let the rest of the summer rush by without enjoying each day and the people in it.

Do you agree with this post?  Or you do have a different opinion?  Let me know in the comments below!

A Guest Post to Get You Ready to Travel

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Today’s guest post is from Kristin at Everyday Organizing. She and her family were gearing up for a vacation and she had a realization as she was getting ready:

“…I realized my system for travel toiletries needed an overhaul.  I like the idea of having a travel toiletry bag that is always packed and ready to go at a moments notice. You know, for all those times that my husband and I have a whimsical, spur-of-the-moment, getaway. (Ha!). But seriously, I don’t like having to start at square one every time we head out of town, so I  began by making a list of all the toiletries I wanted to keep permanently stashed in my travel bag. This may vary person to person, but here is what I chose to include:…”

Curious what items she mentions? Click here to see the full list.

Do you like this idea? Would you replace any of the items she mentioned? Or would you add to her list? Comment below and let me know!

8 Spring Cleaning Tips

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And now it’s the final week of the month which means I take a break and let another blogger/organizer take over.  This month I’m letting Laura from Orgunkie.com teach you guys a handy tip as we make way for spring.

In her post “Make Way for Spring: Clear the Clutter from Your Closet” the first tip mentioned is:

Schedule closet cleanout time.
“It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to unclutter and organize atypical bedroom closet– but you don’t have to do it all at once! Plan to spend 15 minutes a day. Set a timer on your phone and work quickly.”

That sounds doable, right? The other 7 tips given are doable as well, so check the post out and then give them a try.

Did you like the 8 steps given?  Do you have another step you would add?  Comment and let me know.

Tackling the space under the sink bathroom sink

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Today’s organizing tip is another blog post from Kristin at Everyday Organizing.

This one is similar to the previous post I featured of her’s (A Simple DIY for Under the Kitchen Sink) and some of you may have already read it because she referenced it in her post. For those of you who haven’t read it, here it is: Making the Most of Under the Bathroom Sink.

Hopefully many of you out there thought “Oooh that sounds interesting” because anything tucked away behind cupboard doors is often the last place we think about organizing. If this is you then this post is for you! Kristin has a couple of cool ideas in her post, both for under the sink and on the backs of the cupboard doors. Simple solutions that will help relieve stress and frustration during your crazy mornings.

If you like this idea but want to try something else, check out these past links from Eating an Elephant:
– What’s Behind the Door… Bathroom Edition
– An Idea Specifically for Ladies
– One Way to Make Cleaning a Little Easier
– Tension Rods… Who Knew?

Like this idea? Please let me know in the comments below!
Have a different idea? Let me know that too!

7 Steps to an organized pantry

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Today is kind of the inception of guest posts. It’s a guest post featuring a guest post. The original is from Kristin at The Gold Project but it was featured on Orgjunkie.com and that’s where I saw it. It’s a great post featuring one area everyone seems to need help with – the pantry.

Kristin writes, “One of my big summer projects was to organize my pantry. This was actually one of my big projects last summer too, but I didn’t have a good system in place. It ended up looking really nice after the whole overhaul, but within a month, it was back to being a complete mess.”

If you can relate to the statement above or are looking for inspiration for your pantry then click Top 7 Pantry Organization Tips to find out how to get your pantry organized for the long term!

If you have any great tips for organizing, leave a comment below, or just let me know what you think of Kristin’s tips!

Simple and easy spice storage

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Spice storage…. Have I hit this topic before? I feel like I have…. Just checked and I haven’t! Crazy! Must have just looked up a bunch of ideas. Anyways, I ran across this handy blog (Domestic Imperfection) and Ashley (the blogger) had an awesome idea for her spices in her newly renovated pantry. The idea is in the midst of the post about her entire pantry, but if you scroll down partway (past the plastic containers and cans) you’ll see the picture of her spices and what she did with them. I have to admit, it’s a pretty good idea. I also have to admit that I’m not going to tell you what it is.

So head over to The Less Mess Project: Pantry Reveal to see what she did! Then leave a comment letting me know what you think, or if you have a great idea for your spices!

A simple DIY for under the kitchen sink

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I thought I’d give you a break from my tips and throw out another guest tip for you all. Here’s another guest post from Kristin at Everyday Organizing.

If you’d like to update the space under the sink in your kitchen, or even if you don’t want to but are curious about what it could look like, then check out Kristin’s blog post “Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink”.

If Kristin’s idea doesn’t work for you, then you can also check out this earlier post from Eating an Elephant about one use for tension rods.

Do you have a great way to organize under your kitchen sink? Share it in the comments below!

Guest Posts and dollar stores

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I realized I haven’t done a guest post in a while, and since this has been a crazy week without any internet, I figured now would be a great time to do a guest post. Laura from Orgjunkie.com is always one of my go-tos. Today’s tip is for the more frugal person reading this.

In this post, Laura writes about some of her dollar store finds. And this can apply to any dollar store (The Dollar Store, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, etc) so don’t be turned off if you don’t have one of these specific stores in your town.

I’m sure you’re already thinking “yeah but what about the products?” Well, to quote Laura, “They aren’t super fancy but they are functional and if you want to get organized on a budget, this is the place for you!”

So click Top Dollar Store Organizing Products to read about Laura’s finds and see if any can help you out. They might be exactly what you’re looking for.


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