Top 10 Reader Home Organizing Tips

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Top 10 Reader Tips

I’ve been asked several times: “What are the top tips for home organizing that were submitted by readers?”

Good question!

It took some time to scour the website for the tips, but at long last, here they are!

Whether or not a tip was a “Top 10” was rather subjective as not all tips submitted had comments or votes. For now, the “Top 10” is my list of tips I thought were the best.

In the future, however, I plan to watch the tips that come in and check the comments and ratings by other viewers to determine whether a tip makes it to the “Top 10” list. The updated lists (seen on this page) will be updated on a quarterly basis.

If you want to see new tips – submit them!

I can’t update the page unless I get new tips.

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Another good question!

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It’s also quite easy to submit a photo. I always rank tips that have photos attached more highly as other readers can more easily see what’s being referred to.

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At long last, here are the:

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Top 10 Readers Home Organizing Tips!

Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #1 – Door Storage

“I love the hanging clear shoe organizers! I have one on the inside of every door in my house. One is in the entryway for hats, gloves and scarves, another in the garage for nails, screwdrivers and smaller items and one in the bathroom for trial-size items. I use one in the kitchen for spices and small bags and another in the linen closet for washcloths and pillowcases. And of course, one in my closet for shoes – how clever!”

Submitted by: Christine Frazer

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #2 – T Is For Toaster

“Use an A-Z accordion file for storing instruction booklets for appliances and electronics. Staple the receipt to the inside of the booklet and file it under the letter of the alphabet it fits. Example: toaster goes under T and not under the brand name. This system makes it possible for anyone in the household to find instruction booklets without having to ask or search the entire house since they’re all stored in one location.”

Submitted by: Beth Butler

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #3 – Race to the Finish

“Before the kids go to bed, have a 10-minute race to see who can pick up the most stuff.”

Submitted by: Susan Ramsay

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #4 – Project Central

“Use photo storage boxes to sort and store buttons, threads, elastic and trips. Use plastic sweater-size storage boxes to keep all items of a project together, such as fabric, pattern, thread, drawings and ideas, then name the project and label the box.”

Submitted by: Marsha Coble-Karman

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #5 – Box It Up

“Use plastic school pencil boxes with lids to organize your medicine cabinet. Sort all medicines by type and put them in the boxes. Then label the side of the box and store on a shelf in the cabinet. I use the same types of boxes to keep my junk drawer organized as well.”

Submitted by: Holly Robinson

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #6 – It’s in the Bag

“Store plastic grocery bags in an empty tissue box.”

Submitted by: Marsha J. Robinson

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #7 – Clothes by Occasion

“I organize clothes by the four uses I have for them: formal, work, casual and sport. I keep all clothes for those different categories in different parts of my closet. From there, I organize by clothes by color and style (for example, short- and long-sleeved shirts or pants and skirts) so that it’s easier to create outfits and think of different options.”

Submitted by: Kelli Smith Orrela

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tips #8 – Seasonal Shoes

“I store out-of-season shoes in shoe boxes in the top of my closet. I write a description of the summer shoe on one end of the box for storage during winter. I use the same box for my winter shoes and write the description on the other end.”

Submitted by: Diane Walton

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #9 – Dual-Purpose Dresser

“I use my daughter’s dresser to organize her toys. I hang most of her clothes in the closet then use the top two drawers for pjs and undergarments. The last three drawers, which are easy for her to reach and open, store her toys. One drawer is for Barbies and accessories, another for baby dolls and accessories and the third for small objects like Legos. Each drawer keeps like toys together so we both know where a specific toy is, along with its accessories. It also helps her keep her room neat and makes cleanup easier for her.”

Submitted by: Trish Bosso

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Top 10 Reader Organizing Tip #10 – The Easy Way to Donate

“I keep a cardboard box in my laundry room for clothes that need to go to the thrift store. When I sort the laundry I toss in the clothes my kids have outgrown. When it’s full, I simply put the box in the car and drop it off at a local shelter or thrift store.”

Submitted by: Lisa Christianson

I hope you enjoyed these tips from readers.

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