more about: organizing

A Trick to Help Reduce Laundry

If you have a house full of kids (or houseguests!) use permanent markers to write everyone’s name on clothespins, then attach each clothespin to the appropriate towel.

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An Exclusive Invite to a New To-Do Service

This is one of my favorite someecards of all time: Sound a little too familiar? There may be a fun solution. I was invited to try out a great new service called TwoDo that allows you to assign to-dos to your partner (or yourself) via email and keeps track of outstanding tasks in an easy-to-use, multiplatform interface. There are a million to-do […]

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Collect Mini-Toiletries for the Guest Bathroom

Expecting house guests? No need to share your pricey shampoo with your mother-in-law. Instead, stock the guest bathroom with mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash you’ve collected from hotels and resorts.

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How to Fold a Flag

Fly your American flags high, because today–June 14–the country celebrates both Flag Day and the US Army’s 238th birthday. In honor of the holiday, learn how to fold the stars and the stripes into a traditional triangle when it’s not on display.

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How to Arrange the Refrigerator

If you arrange the refrigerator properly, you’ll not only be able to find everything, but you’re also less likely to waste food.

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Where to Store Rubber Gloves

No one wants to put on a pair of wet rubber gloves when it’s time to do the dishes or scrub the bathtub. So next time you peel off those bright yellow gloves hang them up inside a cabinet—open side down, which will prevent water from pooling in the fingertips. You can easily attach clothespins or binder clips to the […]

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How to Organize Tablecloths and Other Linens

If you have a well-stocked linen closet, use this trick to keep differently sized tablecloths and sheet sets organized. Next time you’re at the office supply store pick up a package of paper tags. Write the information about each piece on the tag (for tablecloths: the measurement and the shape; for sheet sets: the size bed it fits), then store […]

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A New Use for Mesh Citrus Bags

Last week I bought a dwarf Meyer lemon tree to live in my kitchen. I’ve wanted one for a long time, and I was so excited when it finally arrived. Yesterday, I bought the pot to plant it in. When I got home, I realized that the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot was too large for the […]

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Store Cleaning Supplies in a Shoe Organizer

If you’re a fan of Real Simple you know we love storing things other than shoes in a hanging shoe organizer. Those pockets are perfectly sized for so many things, including cleaning supplies! Here’s the trick for making it work in your utility closet, garage, basement or laundry room: you can actually cut a fabric shoe organizer in half to make it fit […]

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Smart Product: The Post-It Big Pad (aka Giant Sticky Notes)

For as much as I rely on digital technology (I am a web editor, after all) I still do some of my best brainstorming with a pen and piece of paper. So, Post-It must have been reading my mind to have just announced their new product, the “Big Pad.” It’s exactly what it sounds like—a giant Post-It note. Available in […]

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