Ten First Steps Toward A Lighter Lifestyle

Celebrate Earth Day--and lighten your footstep on our planet--with these ten first steps toward more-sustainable living, from LighterFootstep.com.

We liked the idea of slaying energy vampires: those small, silent electric devices that feed on a trickle of power even when not in use. Unplug them, or invest in a power strip with an on-off button to make it easy to stop the power from flowing when it's not needed:

Ten First Steps Toward Lighter Living

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Organize Finances With A Money Day

Finance blogger J.D. Roth has an intriguing concept for better financial organization: a Money Day.

Using a vacation day during the work-week (so that you'll be able to visit or call financial institututions), spend 8 hours doing all those put-it-off financial chores. On Money Day, you might set up money management software, close dormant accounts, or call credit card issuers to request lower interest rates.

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Yard Sale Shopping 101: Smart Tips!

Ah, springtime! With the first day of spring, we look forward to gentle breezes, warm sunshine ... and yard sales.

Here at OrganizedHome.com, we encourage holding a yard sale as a great way to cut clutter and score some cash.

Intoxicated by the season, though, it's time to share a buyer's guide. Brush up on your yard sale shopping strategies with these great tips from Curbly.com:

Yard Sale Shopping 101

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Organize Coupons With A Coupon Organizer

make a coupon organizerWith food prices on the rise, are you thinking about coupon clipping? Done right--and done organized--using coupons can add up to big savings at the supermarket.

The catch? You have to keep them organized.

Now there's help, with this how-to from TipNut.com. Whether you use the envelope system, or create a coupon binder to sort, store and organize coupons, try these ideas to get organized for supermarket savings:

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Spring Cleaning Checklists for a Clean House

Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming, especially if home maintenance has been allowed to slide throughout the year. Doing chores as a routine is easier, but how do you remember what needs doing--and when?

To keep the household running smoothly year-round, establish a home maintenance schedule. If you're an Excel user (version 97 or later), download this free home maintenance schedule template. From Microsoft.com:

Home Maintenance Schedule

While you're there, check out this dandy printable housecleaning checklist. Pretty and practical, it'll make chores fly:

Housecleaning Checklist (for Excel 2000 or later)

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Family Mailboxes: The Launch Pad Goes Luxe!

Here at Organized Home, we love the concept of the family launch pad: a dedicated space for each family member to hold and organize everything needed to leave the house for work, school or errands.

Blogger The Abundant Life has a new and pretty take on the concept: family mailboxes. Simple wall-mounted containers for each family member are given a decor-worthy twist with personalized photos--and are a great way to keep paperwork and reminders organized and ready for use.

We like the teamwork-friendly aspects; cleaning chore lists and phone messages find a home, while coloring pages and occasional treats make checking the mailbox fun!

Get Organized With Family Mailboxes

family mailboxes

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Declutter the Winter Fridge

She's been there, done that and worn the Santa hat: blogger Serious Eats juggles the overstuffed holiday refrigerator with this guide for a winter fridge declutter.

With produce storage suggestions and a bright-line guide to using the crisper, get great tips to make space in the seasonal kitchen:

Unclutter Your Winter Fridge

Once you've cut the clutter, organize the Great White Whale for the New Year ahead:

New Year In The Kitchen: Clean Out The Refrigerator

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