8 Easy Organization Tips

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8 Easy Organization Tips
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The longer you live in your house or apartment, the more stuff you will probably collect, and the more cluttered or crowded it will feel -- unless you have the organizing gene. For those rare few, that "where did I put that" moment almost never happens. For everyone else, knowing a few tricks lets you bring home the adage "a place for everything and everything in its place."

Book It
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Book It

Sure, bookshelves allow you to store a large book collection and add warmth and character to your room. But they also make a good home for stacks of keeper magazines; photograph and special event albums; or special collections, such as shells, antique glass and unusual baskets. Dedicate a shelf or two to one group of like items so you can find them immediately rather than searching from shelf to shelf. If the bookcase is near a small desk, use the nearest shelves to store reference books and desk necessities, such as pencils, pens, paper, staplers and notepads.

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Decorative Baskets
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Decorative Baskets

Baskets work in every house, whether it is contemporary, traditional, casual or formal. They are a decorative way to store a range of items, such as firewood, shells, fresh fruit or crayons. Regardless of your style, these charming and inexpensive containers hold a huge variety of items neatly and efficiently.

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Food Storage
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Food Storage

Just about everyone longs for more kitchen storage space. One key solution: Use containers to store food staples, such as cereal, pasta, sugar, flour, coffee and tea. These range from the utilitarian variety to classy-looking ones made of glass, tin or ceramic. The pretty ones get bonus points for taking up your kitchen decor a notch. If you don't have much counter space, place the containers on a small etagere or baker's rack. You'll get double bang for the buck here: Add a few plants and baskets and your shelves will look like a magazine cover.

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Entertainment Centers
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Entertainment Centers

An entertainment center works magic with all the necessary items that accompany a TV these days. Remotes, DVD players, movies and video game consoles can add up to major clutter if not housed well. Add a few decor items, and the entertainment center becomes a focal point that is pulling serious storage duty.

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Closet Structure
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Closet Structure

The closet is a major location of clutter and disarray. All right, mess. With shoes, handbags, shirts, pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, hats, ties and daily use, it's no wonder. Say goodbye to all that with built-in drawers, shelves at various levels, double-hung rods, hooks for hats, tie bars and cubbies for shoes. You can have this done professionally or find the necessary pieces to transform your closet at a home improvement store. You and your clothes will be much happier.

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File Cabinets
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File Cabinets

Before computers, most homes had big desks with drawers deep enough to hold household files for all the papers, warranties and instruction manuals that must be saved. Storage issues are easily and affordably fixed with a few simple files and a file cabinet.

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Foyer Options
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Foyer Options

Your foyer is the first place guests will see, so keeping it organized can really set the tone for visitors. Keep the items you use most handy with a small table, simple shelving or decorative rack to fit your style.

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Inspired Design
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Inspired Design

Get creative with your furniture choices. Many contemporary designers create pieces that are as stylish as they are functional. Look for decorative items intended to make a bold design statement while still keeping your items on full display. Sometimes the best way to hide something is by stylishly keeping it in plain sight.

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