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Collecting clutter in a drop zone

As you enter your home, are you prone to dropping keys or hanging up a jacket in the same location every day? This is the perfect opportunity to set up an official drop zone and stop clutter in its tracks. Even in the smallest spaces, a series of hooks can serve as a place to hang purses, tote bags, coats, umbrella, and the dog leash. A side table or wall-mounted shelf can act as a home for your cell phone, mail, keys and a pad of paper for notes and shopping lists.

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QUICK TIP: Cookbook embellishments to help you stay organized

Are there loose papers falling out of your cookbook? Do you have dog-eared pages tracking your favorite recipes? Bake up some organization by adding a large top entry envelope to collect pictures, tear-outs, and other papers. Also, glue a ribbon along the spine edge of the inside back cover. The long part of the ribbon should come out of the top of the cookbook so that you can pull it down and place it between pages and have it dangle out at the bottom.

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Out with the old – Check expiration dates to help declutter your make-up!

Beauty products are like any other household possession... you're most likely using 20% of it 80% of the time.  Have you ever wondered if that bottle of bath oil collecting dust on the counter is still effective? Here are some expiration dates that will get you motivated to de-clutter your bathroom vanity and the top of your dresser.

Bar soap - 18 months to 3 years

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Green organizing - Donating cans of paint

“Where can I donate an open can of paint?” This is a question we hear all the time when helping clients clear out garages and basements during an organizing session. There’s the usual list of resources like Craigslist and Freecycle, but I recently discovered a new one dedicated to sharing and selling items left over from home improvement projects called DiggersList.

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Clutter free holiday gift ideas

Here are some "clutter free" holiday gift ideas to consider this year:

Experiences – Sometimes the things that people enjoy the most are not really things. Tickets to a play, concert, sporting event make fun gifts. Also, booking an activity like a cooking class or pottery-making can be ideal for a hobbyist. Gift certificates for pampering like facials, massages and manicures are also things the recipients will likely use and appreciate.