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How Do You Organize Gift Wrap?

Today Crate & Barrel is launching a new brand of organizing, cleaning, and laundry products. My favorite? The gift wrap organizer. If you, like many, don’t have a spare closet to take over, this simple cart would do the trick. What I love most is the perfectly sized space for rolls of wrapping paper and the ribbon tension rods–it just may in fact […]

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Write a More Effective To-Do List on Monday

Start your week off right next week by using the 1-3-5 rule of to-do lists from Fast Company. Start by only planning out what you can realistically accomplish, which is where the rule comes in. Here’s what most people can realistically tackle in a day: 1 big mission 3 medium tasks 5 small things Put those on you list and […]

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Use This Moving Trick for More Organized Storage

If you’re looking for a clever way to store items in your home when you’ve run out of closet space but don’t want display everything on open shelving. Steal this trick from when you’re moving. Organize your belongings into sleek containers like these boxes from Ikea. Then add numbers on the outside. The final trick? Make a list of what […]

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Home Office Decorating Mistakes via Apartment Therapy

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to spruce up my home office. I’ve managed to find a desk, chair, and lamp that I love. The other big items—storage space, rug, wall coverings—are next on my list. I was doing some research this past weekend and found this post from our friends at apartmenttherapy.com titled, 5 Mistakes Everyone Makes […]

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Don’t Store Your White and Whole Wheat Flours in the Same Place

If you like to bake with whole wheat flour on occasion, think twice before you store it on the shelf with your container of all-purpose flour. Why? Because whole wheat flour should actually be stored in the refrigerator. Seal it in a zippered plastic bag, and when stored in the fridge it will last up to six times as long […]

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Keep Towels Organized When You Have Houseguests

If you’re hosting several houseguests in the next few weeks, use this trick to keep everyone’s towels organized in the bathroom. Write each person’s name on a clothespin (or write it on a piece of washi tape and put it on the clothespin), and then have them clip it to their towel. That way you’ll avoid any mixups, especially if […]

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Help a Reader Out! How Do You Store Your Contact Lenses?

Yesterday, reader Ashley tweeted with a question about how to organize contacts. I got all excited thinking about the different digital tools, address books, and apps she could use until we tweeted back and forth and I realized she meant contact lenses. Can you tell I  just wear glasses? So since I clearly can’t organize my own contact lenses to help […]

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How Do You Organize Receipts?

Over the weekend, not only did I prepare and e-file my taxes, I also started a massive clean out project of all of the paper clutter that has been living in my apartment (and the apartments before this one!). I used to be a meticulous receipt saver and organizer. Matching them up with my bank statements and filing them away […]

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How to Store Perfume to Make it Last Longer

If you rotate your fragrances by season like you do your wardrobe, resist the urge to display all your bottles on your vanity year round. Exposure to light and heat can make your perfumes spoil more quickly. (You’ll know it’s time to get rid of them when they start to have an odd smell underneath the actual fragrance.) Instead, when […]

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How to Organize Extra Buttons

Last week on Facebook, Lisa wrote in asking how she could organize all the extra buttons that come with her clothes. I have this same problem, or I did until I came up with this organizing solution. I spent the last couple of days rounding up all of those extra button packets. (Can you tell what my favorite store is/where […]

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