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Favorite Organizing Products and Decluttering Tips

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Home

I can be a little OCD around the house when it comes to keeping things organized and uncluttered. I even offer up my "de-junking" services for free to friends and relatives. Here are my fav organizing products and tips so you can get your home (and


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Mason Jars

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I love the look (and functionality) of old fashion mason jars to store just about anything - pasta, craft stuff, art supplies, buttons, coins, you name it!

Stephanie: The mason jar is the ultimate in old fashioned simplicity. I use them for everything! They will always be beauty to me. I love the black labels in the picture.

MillValleyMom: Even better than the mason jars is the use of the chalkboard labels! http://www.etsy.com/shop/bradensgracewallart

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Magnetic Primer + Spice Jars = Spice Organization

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I've been looking for a better way to organize my spices & found it on this blog. She found magnetic primer at Home Depot and combined that with magnetic spice jars from Bed Bath and Beyond. Beautiful!

Dianne: You can but two sizes of magnetic boards at IKEA and containers by the dozen pkg. - even with different colored lids of your choice - at Cost Plus World Market.

Krista: Dianne, so good to know! I love this idea for more than spices too. Would love to find a creative way to implement in my apartment.

Meg C: I have the magnetic tins from IKEA, and I love them! They were very affordable.

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Herbs and Garden Tools

If you don't have a garden or shed for this stuff, you can put up a curtain rod and hang your herbs and gardening tools in recycled paint cans.

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Store Sheets In Their Own Pillow Cases

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Love the simplicity and organization of this idea from this blogger.

Stephanie: Now that I have seen this, I feel stupid for never having thought of it! The linen closet it getting an overhaul this week.

Tina: simple, no cost and very clever; love things that re-use what you've already got

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Wine Rack As Towel Holder

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Love the idea of using beautiful wine racks for other purposes like holding towels.

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Kolo Photo Boxes

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Pretty colors, sturdy, well-made and perfect sizes for all types of photos and keepsakes.

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Semikolon Magazine Boxes

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These stylish magazine boxes come in lots of beautiful colors. Use to store magazines or anything else from papers to kids artwork to stationary to craft items.

Stephanie: Each of my children have one of these to stuff their daily school papers and pieces of art work. Slides onto our large IKEA book shelf and out of the way. Getting into the habit of putting it there has helped eliminate a lot of lost items.

Kelli Stack Sibbitt: I learned another great use idea for these on Pinterest. I now use the magazine storage boxes to hold my plastic wrap, aluminum foil, etc. They usually hold about 6 boxes of wrap. I store it under my sink and it frees an entire kitchen drawer.

Eden Godsoe: Kelli - What a great idea to use these for plastic wraps & other kitchen needs. Had not thought of that. May need to buy some for that!

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Organized Command Center

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I love this area! I have seen the photo on several different blogs and...more

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Perfectly suited for pre-back to school cleaning. The command center is so cute (and functional!)

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Daily System

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Clever and versatile, our modular Daily System is the ultimate...more

Love this Pottery Barn organization item. So great to keep organized around the kitchen, home office, anywhere. A Pottery Barn insider told me it's their #1 organization item.

Stephanie: While so many of us are turning to our smart phones to organize, I think this large visual is still a must have for a family. (especially one with younger children)

Krista: This is the ultimate.

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Indice Bookends

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These are great to help organize files, magazines, books and more. Love the different colors and heights. Made of powder-coated steel.

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Remote Caddy

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Use a nice basket or other container to collect up all your remotes. A simple but effective idea from Martha Stewart (of course!)

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Keys, Sunglasses and Phones Organized

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We currently have one big bowl where keys, sunglasses and other small things get tossed. I saw this idea on Better Homes & Gardens and must try.

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Anywheres Mini Magnetic Boards

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Turn any surface into an instant magnetic board with our fun and...more

Suggested by MillValleyMom

My kids' art projects can finally reside in their rightful home - on our stainless steel refrigerator!

Eden Godsoe: These look very cool. Thanks for sharing MillValleyMom!

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Curtain Rods To Hang Artwork

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This blog has some great ideas on how to hang (and thus organize) artwork including children's artwork. One idea was curtain rods or you can buy some cute products from Land of Nod and elsewhere.

Stephanie: This is really clever.

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Aluminum Ticket Holder

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A clean, modern way to hang kids' art, calendars, pictures!

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Land of Nod Modular Storage Bins

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Buy a bunch of these bins in different sizes and colors. You can label them for the different toys that belong in each one. Great quality and can be used beyond toys as well.

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Revolving Bookcase from PB Teens

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I am going to have to get one of these for one or both of my kids. It looks great and saves space.

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Garden Hanging Baskets for Toys & Books

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Unique idea from Centsational Girl blog to use garden hanging baskets mounted low in a kid’s room to corral toys and books. As she recommends - be sure to secure to your wall studs!

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Stacked Pottery Barn Cubbies

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I like the idea of buying 4 of these cubbies (each comes with 6 compartments) and stacking them to create an organization system that looks beautiful. I can imagine doing this in a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, you name it!

jess: this looks perfect for all my office supplies

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Organized Files

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There is no silver bullet to organized files though this blog post walks through some basics. Some of my pointers include buying all the same manila folders, using consistent labels and throwing away as much as possible (go digital!)

MillValleyMom: My favorite organizing secret is my super fast scanner! Everything gets scanned in my house - magazine articles, receipts, business cards, photos...

MillValleyMom: btw, it's the Fujitsu ScanSnap that I love! http://www.amazon.com/Fujitsu-ScanSnap-Instant-She...

Kristin: I agree with MillValleyMom, the ScanSnap is amazing and so worth the investment. I love mine and have no paper files.

Robin Grigsby: Get tips emailed to you!! Click Here!

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Larissa:

 Thanks for the great ideas to keep me occupied while on maternity leave!
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Jennifer Wright:

 Love organizing tips! Great list.
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Vicki C.:

 in so many ways....I see how I, too, can become better organized!! Thank you sooo much!!!! Vicki in Kentucky!
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Larissa:

 One of my favorite lists on Skinnyscoop, 13,923 views...wow!