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Purse Purge
It's great to be prepared for an emergency, but your purse can't (or at least shouldn't) carry everything. It's time to empty your purse and re-evaluate what you're toting around. Return only the essentials first, and then carefully consider what else belongs. If you find something that you forgot was in there, don't put it back (chances are you wouldn't remember it when you needed it anyway).

Another idea is to put the non-essentials in a plastic bag. After a month, get rid of everything you haven't pulled out of the plastic bag; clearly it doesn't need to be carried with you all the time.

Purseket purse organizer pocketOf course once you've got your purse organized, it's important to maintain order. The Purseket purse organizer works wonders. The Purseket also makes it easy to transfer all of your essentials from one bag to another. Bonus!

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by Dave Ulacia

Have you ever noticed how differently you see your home when you're preparing for holiday guests? Your home may be very well organized, but when you look at it through the eyes of a potential houseguest, you suddenly see things that look just a little off.

You see your fridge buried in your children's creations, the unkempt stack of papers on the back of the counter, or loose items on the bookshelf that suddenly seem out-of-place. Strange how that is, isn't it? After all, each of those things is right where it belongs.

Honestly, if you did nothing about them, chances are good that no one else will ever see them-and if they did, they'd be glad to see that you're human after all. But the trouble is, now that you've seen them, they're probably going to eat at you for a while.

Kangaroom Mail Sorter OrganizerLuckily the solution is simple. Containment. Let's start with that stack of unkempt papers on the counter. You know that they're current financial items that you need to keep out until they're completed. There's a medical bill for your daughter, a credit card statement that you need to double check, and a few other unopened pieces of mail. A simple basket or a mail organizer on the counter will hold them nicely, and remove that cluttered feel.

Your fridge should always be a place to show off your little cherubs' creations, but sometimes it tends to get a little overtaken. If you aren't ready to take them down yet, you may be interested in a magnetic white board or a magnetic tabletop display board for those special pieces. You may even find a magnetic board that also accepts thumbtacks. Spreading the masterpieces around creates a sense of rhythm to your decorating and it eases the burden on your refrigerator. While you're at it, you may consider updating your magnets to something a little stronger and more decorative.

CorX Magnetic Dry Erase Combo by Board DudesTackTile Board Small by Design IdeasMagnetic Tabletop Galvanized Dry Erase Board by O.R.E. Originals

As for the things on your bookshelf that look just a little out of place-consider using a few bookends to keep the books more upright. Our eyes are trained to see vertical lines when we look at a bookshelf, and bookends are a great way to make that happen. You may also consider using small baskets to contain smaller items in a more decorative manner. And if you notice any odd-looking larger items in your room that really need to stay where they are, you can find some really beautiful baskets for those as well.

http://store.franklinplanner.com/store/category/prod810110/US-Design-Ideas-Accessories/Skyline-Bookends-Set-of-2-by-Design-Ideas?skuId=41643Cabo StorageNest by Design IdeasWater Hyacinth Storage Basket by Design Ideas

As much as we'd like to, most of us can't live in a room that looks like the rooms in the fancy decorating magazines. We have to live-and living creates it's own chaos. Some things just have to be out in the open. But as long as they're out there, we might as well make them fit the look of the room as much as possible. These few suggestions will help soften that lived-in look in your home. If you have any other suggestions, we'd love to hear them.

Thanks, and happy organizing. 

 

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"A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood." -Leo Rosten

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Shred it Now
Keep a paper shredder where you open your mail. That way, sensitive mail can be shredded immediately instead of going into a pile that may end up sitting and growing for quite some time before the trek to the shredder is made.

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"I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything." -Dan Millman

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Compatible Containers
Each storage area of your home or office should be fitted with one general brand or type of containers, especially if any stacking is needed. Keeping to one brand ensures compatibility and a "cohesive" feel to your space. 

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"Everyone procrastinates. The difference between high performers and low performers is largely determined by what they choose to procrastinate on. Since you must procrastinate anyway, decide today to procrastinate on low-value activities." -Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!

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Complete Can Coverage
You should really consider having a garbage can in every room. You're much more likely to throw something away if it's convenient to do so. You probably already have the common areas covered: in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room. Maybe you even have trash cans in the bedrooms...

waste basket by Design IdeasBut think about every room in the house, and you'll probably find one or two missing. Think about how you use that room, and if it makes sense to add a trash can, go for it. Don't worry that a waste can will make the room look trashy; on the contrary, a well-placed wastebasket can be part of the balanced décor in every room. 

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"After you have made up your mind just what you are going to do, is a good time to do it." -Josh Billings

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"Oh yeah, I was going to..."
You're flipping through a magazine and see the best idea for a table centerpiece. You decide that it's just too cute to pass up, and commit to doing it "sometime." That sometime never comes because once the magazine goes in the recycle pile, the idea goes with it.

cute file folders by Carolina PadThis can happen with thoughts and intents of things you want and need to do. So for those kinds of things you can't pin to your online board on Pinterest, create a physical file where you can quickly stick recipes you want to try, gift ideas (for yourself and others), and pictures of projects you'd like to do. Review the file every month to remind yourself of your fun activities, and reward yourself by setting aside some time to do one of them.

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