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Old 08-26-2004, 12:30 PM
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My favorite cabinet-organizing tip is:
Store items at or near "point of use."
That means that certain things may not be stored together just because they are similar....for example, I have 2 drawers in my kitchen for gadgets.
One drawer is near my mixer and it has measuring spoons, vegetable peelers, other baking-related tools. The other one is near the stove and it has pancake turners, tongs, and other cooking-related tools. Even though they are all gadgets, it's more efficient for me to keep them near where I use them.
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:36 PM
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Great Tip Barbszy!

One tip I do, is I keep my spices in a drawer next to my stove. I buy my spices in large jars, for I use alot of herbs, and salt free stuff.Things like nutmeg, I buy tiny containers for I don't use that much.

Also, I have a drawer just for booklets for the appliances..they are all in one spot, so if I need to check out the bread machine..I know exactly where the book is.lol

I have alot of drawers in my kitchen, I keep all my sauce pans in one drawer with the lids on them...and in my drawer under the stove there are only 2 frying pans, and a pizza pan. so nice to know where everything is...lol

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Old 08-27-2004, 05:10 PM
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i need ideas on my kids bedrooms
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Old 08-27-2004, 05:52 PM
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Emma1, why not post your questions about organizing the kids' bedrooms here:

http://www.familycorner.com/forums/f...e=&forumid=393

We have a whole section on organizing, sorted out by different rooms in the house

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What type of tips? I will mention a few..

1. To organize toys, think "contain, corral and control."

Use plastic shoebox containers for smaller toys (Barbie clothes, Happy Meal give-aways).

Larger lidded bins for blocks, trucks and cars, light-weight cardboard records boxes for stuffed animals.

Use specialty organizers to corral magazines and comic books, video games, or CDs and cassette tapes.


2. Make it easier to put something away than it is to get it out.

Store picture books as a flip-file, standing upright in a plastic dishpan. The child flips through the books, makes his selection, and tosses the book in the front of the dishpan when he's done.


3. Sort, store and simplify.

Begin with clothing: sort it out! Store out-of-season or outgrown clothing elsewhere.

Finally, simplify! Does your son really wear all 27 T-shirts crowding his drawer?

Remove the extras so the remainder can stay neat and orderly in the available space.

A toy library is the answer to over-abundant toys. Using a large lidded plastic storage container, large box or even plastic garbage bag, to serve as a "toy library."


Older kids can utilize higher closet shelves to "store" some of their belongings.
Clear plastic shoebox storage containers hold little pieces and identify the contents.


EMMA 1 Does this help you at all?


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Old 09-06-2004, 11:20 AM
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Trash Cans for Sorting Clothing

To make laundry sorting easier and faster I have a
blue 10 gallon
trash can for blue jeans, a white one for whites, and
a green one
for everything else. It wasn't hard training my
"guys" to use them either .


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Janet--I never thought about using trash cans for that!!
I recently replaced our old Rubbermaid hampers, ranging in age from 13 to 9....they were getting sort of "ratty." But they were still usable. SO I moved them to the basement. The white one is for whites, I have a light colored one for lightweight colored clothes, and a dark one for heavyweight colored clothes.
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Sounds like you have a great plan going there too...it really cuts down on the sorting time too.

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The system is working great except for ONE glitch...
The kids are treating the basement as their Personal Changing Room they will take something they want out of the dryer or the clean laundry baskets, change into it and put their dirty things into the hampers (USUALLY...sometimes the dirty things are on the floor )
One of these days someone is going to get embarrassed when they are caught naked in the basement That should cure them!
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Barbszy, My guys would always take off their socks at night while watching tv, and throw them wherever..tables, floor, in the cushions, and one day I found them on my kitchen table...that was it...I promptly ran them under the faucet, and then threw them in the freezer...soon they were starting to miss socks...and our standing joke here is "look in the freezer" when something is lost...for it can be anywhere...well you should of seen there suprprised looks to find their frozen socks in there..lol

Guess what? No more socks laying around. lol

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