Day Twenty-Seven: 40 Bags in 40 Days – Maximizing Vertical Space

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It is day twenty-seven of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.  I have been so impressed with all of the wonderful before and after pictures I have seen.  Keep your updates coming to kristin@livablesolutions.com.  You are all doing such interesting projects.

Over the years many homeowners have complained to me “We just don’t have enough space.”  But, as I start to walk through their home, I quickly see that they are not maximizing usable storage. Without spending much money or ...

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Day Ten: 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Is it really a good deal?

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Hello,

We are nearing the end of the second week of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.  Are you still feeling motivated?  What are you most excited about accomplishing?

It is psychologically difficult to decide whether to give away an item that was a good deal, but never used. It is hard to resist a deal.  But what if all those deals become clutter in your home rather than a useful expenditure?  Yes, you may have saved money, but the value ...

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How to Use up Extra Halloween Candy

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Did you end up with too much candy in your house after Halloween?  Are you afraid you are going to eat it all? One of my friends was asking me what we do with all of our candy afterwards and I thought it would be a great post to share. Here are some ideas for how to use it up or get rid of it quickly

Bring it to a Halloween Candy buy back event

In my hometown a local Dentist sponsors ...

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The Organizer Becomes a Mom

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On January 6. 2013 I became a mom to Andrew.  Everyone said my world would change, but of course I could never have predicted the exciting moments and challenges that would come until I experienced them myself.  Now I understand first hand how so many families felt when they called me for help organizing their lives, creating balance between their work life and home life, and why many were just desperate for any advice that might be ...

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Getting Your Finances Organized

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The slower economy has forced everyone to make different choices. Most of you should have filed your taxes by now, and for some that can be a harsh reality check. I have witnessed my clients at all economic levels having a greater awareness of what they are spending and scaling back. Never has there been a more important time to implement a budget that can help you really understand what you are spending on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

While ...

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5 Creative Ways to Use A Binder

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Binders are one of the most useful organization tools for paperwork gathering and sorting, however, some hesitate to use them because hole-punching can be a difficult step to get the paper to its final home.  The benefits of using a binder can be great if you are looking for an alternative storage method to organizing papers into a file or want to create a customized workbook for keeping up with projects, school paperwork or more.

Cleaning the Basement

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My basement is a bombing zone. Now that the attic is cleaned, this week let’s work on our basements. Last week Kristin said the basement consisted of our past. This requires skill to dig our way out from under. The strategy behind my basement is to cut the room into sections and begin cleaning out one section at a time. Once that section is clean then I can move to a different. I just can’t imagine what people in ...

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Clearing Clutter: Questions that can help you determine what to toss

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Not sure which items to keep and which to toss?
Follow these simple rules.

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Do I love this item?
2. Have I used this item in the past year?
3. Would it be difficult to replace it if needed in the future?
4. Will I need it on a definite date in the future?
5. Do I need to keep it for tax or legal purposes?

If your answer is No, decide whether to toss, donate or sell ...

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