Swing into Spring: Five Easy Ways to Welcome Warm Weather

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Blooming bulbs and Spring breezes signal that warmer weather is on the way.

Sure, many of us will do an all-out session of Spring cleaning, but even small, simple jobs can bring the season's freshness inside.

Shake the winter doldrums out of your organized home with these five easy ideas to swing into Spring.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Cut Down On Toy Clutter

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 66

One big obstacle to organizing children's rooms? Too many toys!

Whether it's fast food freebies, mushrooming collections or over-buying by doting grandparents (Guilty!), it's easy for children's toys to pile up well beyond their play value. How do you pull the plug on toy excess?

Try these tips to identify toy keepers, turf surplus toys, and rotate the family's toy collection to cut down on toy clutter.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Elements of an Organized Life

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 61

What does it mean to be organized?

While the answer is different for every person and every household, there are four core elements of an organized life. Knowing the Core Four--and where you fall in relation to each element--is essential to craft a get-organized plan that will work for you.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll meet the Core Four. Where will you focus your get-organized energies?   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Solve A Problem, Make A Start

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 60

When it's time to get organized, a single success multiplies motivation.

Fixing a problem that frustrates you releases welcome energy--and it gives you concrete proof that change is possible. Over time, that purposeful start points the way to real change.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, give yourself a double gift: tackle and solve one small, nagging problem on the home front.

Making a start is the first step to winning the race!   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Consider Where The Shoe Pinches

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 59

You say you want to get organized, but what does that mean, exactly?

There are as many paths to an organized home as there are households, because the meaning of "organized" is personal to each family.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, it's time to consider where the shoe pinches. Knowing what isn't working is the first step to creating a personalized path to the organized life of your dreams.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Progress Check

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 58

With more than half of the New Year Cleaning Challenge completed, it's time to make a progress check.

Today, step back for a few minutes and celebrate all the changes you've made this year. Give yourself a big pat on the back for every area, large or small, that has been cleaned, decluttered and organized as you've followed along with the plan.

Next, assess your progress. Did you start strongly but found that life intervened with your plans? This is the week to refresh your motivation and renew the assault against dirt and disorder.

Fallen off the rails entirely? Hey! It happens! Review the factors that tripped you up, and remind yourself that one of the strongest indicators of successful self-change are trying, trying, and trying again.

Most of all, enjoy your home. It's the tapestry frame on which you weave your life ... so make it warm, welcoming and wonderful!

Cleaning Challenge: Check and Organize Bedding

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 55

It's the perfect end to a busy day: sinking into smooth, soft bed linens for a restful night's sleep.

As we near the end of Master Bedroom Week, it's time to assess the state of the bedding. Is it lush and comfortable, or bumpy and worn?   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Declutter the Clothes Closet

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 54

Spring is on the way (even if Winter is still raging in your area!); will you be ready to dress for warmer weather?

During Master Bedroom week, it's time to clean out the clothes closet, but many of us dread the chore.

Take heart! Today's assignment shares some easy ways to cut clutter in the clothes closet, and organize the survivors, too.   Read More >>

Changing Seasons: Clothes Closet Declutter

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It's the time of the season: Spring is on the horizon, and Summer is around the corner.

Are you ready to dress for warmer weather?

A closet clean-out clears the decks for the new season and gives even the most frazzled home manager a feeling of accomplishment.

Whether in the children's closets or in your own, follow these principles for efficient, organized clothing storage.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Below-The-Bed Storage Solutions

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 53

The average bedroom has more stuff than space. If you're short on storage options, how do you keep belongings organized?

Tap the space under the bed! The area below the mattress and box springs is a natural for additional storage in the master bedroom.

To make the most of this hidden storage solution, try these ideas to make good use of below-the-bed real estate in your organized home.   Read More >>