My Top 10 Favorite Organizing Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2014

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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging. I’ll be publishing this 10-post series during the 4 weeks after his birth (read all the posts here).

I hope you enjoy reading (or re-reading) these posts as much as I’ll be enjoying the extra snuggles, books, smiles, and naps with Nora and Simon!

This blog originally started out as an organizing blog — so it’s no surprise that I have TONS of posts about organization. It was pretty difficult to narrow it down to my top 10, so there are a few extra links sprinkled in there!

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Here are my Top 10 Favorite Organizing posts — in no particular order. 

1. How We Handle Clothes Clutter:

Clothes clutter is the #1 thing I’m asked about on a very regular basis. And if you have a question about clothes clutter, this post should cover it. I talk about our clothing, kids clothing, out-of-season clothing, clothing storage, accessories, etc. etc. There are also links to many of my other clothes clutter tips within this post.

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2. How I Organize Our Photos + Our Digital Photo Albums:

Photo storage and organization is another huge issue for so many people — and I can totally relate, because I was right there in that overwhelmed boat just a few years ago. This post talks about how I finally got our photos organized once and for all, and the digital photo album system I’ve been using faithfully for the past 5+ years! 

Related post = Digital Photo Album FAQ’s (a follow-up post answering lots of photo organization questions)

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3. Why I Almost NEVER Buy Storage Containers:

I LOVE storage containers — but for the most part, I resist buying them because I know that I can almost always find a suitable storage container around my house for free.

If you’re addicted to pretty storage bins and containers, read this post — it might just change your perspective!

Related post = Organization Should be Practical, Not Always Pretty

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4. How We Pared Down Our Paper Clutter:

Got paper clutter? This post goes into detail about how we’ve MAJORLY pared down our paper clutter over the years — it also links to many other paper purging resources.

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5. 10 Excuses We Make to Keep Our Clutter:

This post could potentially be my MOST favorite organizing post ever published on my blog — I LOVE it! There are so many good points within this post — and I honestly don’t think anyone (myself included) can say they’ve never made any of these 10 excuses.

If you’ve been struggling to purge lately, this post might offer some encouragement!

Related post = To Sell or Donate: that is the question

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6. How We Store and Organize Our Important Documents:

After Nora was born, I had a mini panic attack, wondering “what if something happened to me and/or to Dave?” so I set to work organizing ALL our important documents, information, passwords, login information, etc. etc. It’s all in one nice neat binder — our close family members know where to find it and how to utilize the information if it’s ever necessary.

Oh, and there’s a free printable document you can download to help you get started organizing your own important documents!

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7. Love it, Use It, or Lose It – My Guidelines for Purging:

Have you ever wondered: “what would Andrea say about this?” If so, then read this post! It basically walks you through how I decide if we should keep something or let it go — and of course, it’s NOT a super complex algorithm :)

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8. How I Organize Our Kitchen Drawers:

When we renovated our kitchen two summers ago, I was determined to incorporate as many drawers as possible (our old kitchen only had a couple TINY drawers). I was so thankful that we were able to include TEN large drawers into our new kitchen — and yes, I had SO much fun organizing them!

Related posts:

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9. How We Store and Organize Our Toys:

Nora’s new play room was probably one of my favorite projects from the past few months. I really enjoyed figuring out the best place to store everything — and of course, having ALL our toys in one place.

Related posts:

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10. How I Declutter My Email with Gmail Filters:

Email is a such a huge form of clutter for most people — and even though we can’t SEE it sitting out, it’s still there. For me, Gmail filters have been the absolute BEST and easiest way I’ve found to keep my inbox clutter-free and keep my email super organized.

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So that’s my list…

Which organizing posts are your favorites?

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8 comments

  1. Stel

    03/17/2014

    This is how I came upon your blog! I was searching for something to do with organizing, I think it was when coming up with ideas for our master bedroom (that used to be a small kitchen) closet (that used to be a funny-shaped pantry…) and chanced upon one of your posts, tio do with clothes or your master bed closet :-)
    Thanks for all the tips so far!

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  2. stephanie

    03/17/2014

    #6 is my favorite. We passed it along in our Dave Ramsey class. His Legacy class does something very similar.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Stephanie!

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  3. Natalia

    03/17/2014

    I love ALL your posts, but I am very excited RIGHT NOW about #2 – Digital Photo Albums. I just finished my 2013 photo book last night and ordered it and it feels so wonderful! I can hardly wait to see it printed. Thank you for inspiring me!
    And yes – I ask myself many times: “What would Andrea do/say about…”
    My next big project is trimming down the paper clutter. I’ve been doing better in the last few years at not keeping everything, but I need to go back and purge, purge, purge. I’m re-reading your posts to keep me motivated and on-track.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay for finishing up your photo books — doesn’t it feel great! I’m excited for you to get them in the mail too!

    And good luck with the paper clutter :)

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  4. Julia

    03/17/2014

    These are all great! As I was walking down memory lane I got to thinking. . . . . have we ever seen inside of your fridge? I know you had a ton of helpful posts with the kitchen renovation, as well as posts about the deep freezer in the basement, but don’t remember the fridge. For some reason I struggle with fridge and freezer maintenance.

    My husband and I are finally moving to a new home next month after a temporary situation and I cannot WAIT to get everything set up. Your posts are helping me brainstorm.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I did show the inside of our old fridge and I’ve shown the inside of our deep freezer — but I don’t think I’ve shown the inside of our new fridge. That is a good idea for a future post — thanks!

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  5. Heart and Haven

    03/17/2014

    One of my favorites was about your organized “non-designer” pantry! Although, I love to look at inspirational drool-worthy ideas from pinterest, etc….when it comes down to practicality of some of these behind-the-door spaces, I’d rather have a simple, organized space that I can do on a real budget (ie. free or close to it! ha)

    Looking back over my pantry I re-organized 3 years ago: http://heartandhaven.com/2011/05/25/pantry-organized/
    I have to say that it still looks pretty much the same as it did then! The organization system really has worked well, woohoo!

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