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A Place for Everything
by Monica Resinger

So, you've made the decision to get organized, you've sorted through your 
belongings and you now have only items that you love and are usable. This may 
be for one small area of your home, a few areas, a drawer or two, or the whole 
house. However much you have done, it is an accomplishment no matter how big or 
small, so congratulations!

A very important aspect of being and staying organized is to have a place for 
everything. If you don't have a place for everything, then it all starts piling 
up again and pretty soon you're keeping everything because it's hard to tell 
what's what and what's where. Here's the scenario: You don't have a home for 
anything and whenever the mail comes in or you go shopping, you just put the 
items wherever you find room. Pretty soon, you have a mess! Believe me, I know; 
I've been through it. 

I urge you to put some thought into making a home for every single type of item 
that you keep; this is so important! If you bring something new and different 
home and you don't have a place for it, make a place for it immediately or as 
soon as possible. If you don't have room, you'd better get sorting again. Here 
are a few suggestions on how and where to store some common items found around 
the house.

In the office:
Paperwork: A filing cabinet is a huge lifesaver when it comes to organizing 
your paperwork. I made files for every type of paper I had lying around, from 
movie reviews to our house papers and this has made my life a lot easier. I put 
these files in alphabetical order in my filing cabinet and now everything is 
put away, but even more thrilling is the fact that I can actually find a piece 
of paper in about five seconds! This is a huge improvement for me when before, 
I wouldn't even know where to begin searching for a piece of paper let alone 
have success in finding it.

Magazines: Cereal boxes are very handy for keeping magazines neat. To make a 
magazine holder out of a cereal box, cut off the top inch or so of the box, 
then, starting at one side of the top and cutting at a downwards angle, cut 
down half to one third the height of the box. Do this on the other side also 
and you will then have a magazine holder. At this point, you can decorate the 
holder by pasting pretty magazine pictures on it or painting it, then adding 
lace or ribbon. You can also put magazines in big wide wicker baskets.

Coupons: I have found envelopes very handy for storing coupons. Just label them 
the way you'd like them labeled (alphabetically or by type of food) and put 
your clipped coupons in them. The envelopes can be stored in a recipe or card 
file box of appropriate size.

In the closet:
Blankets: Laundry baskets make excellent holders for blankets that sometimes 
fit awkwardly on shelves.

Shoes: An over-the-door shoe hanger is a great way to get shoes off the floor.

Travel bags, purses and totes: Plastic storage bins are very handy for storing 

In the craft room:
Crafting items: See-through plastic storage bins are a very good container for 
this because you can see where your items are and thus find things quickly. 

In the living room:
Remote controls: A great way to store these is in small wicker or wire baskets.

Odds and ends: We use a wooden chest as a coffee table and it's handy because 
it doubles as storage. We keep some of our collectibles in there along with 
craft pattern books and other odds and ends. Another idea for this is to put a 
wooden or glass circle on top of a new garbage can. You would then drape a 
decorative tablecloth over the top of the circle. The garbage container can 
then be used to store your odds and ends and you would also have a decorative 
table for fresh flower arrangements or knick-knacks.

In the bathroom:
Miscellaneous items: Wicker baskets are great for storing a lot of items in the 
bathroom. You can put all your hair styling aids in a large one, washrags in 
another and cosmetics in another.

Medicines: For the medicine cabinet, I bought short, plastic drawer organizers 
that fit the shelves just right. I have one for headache medicines, one for 
cold medicines, one for owies (band-aids, ointment, etc.), one for stomach 
medicines, etc. This not only makes it easier to find items, but it also makes 
it easier to wipe the shelves when they become dirty.

Toilet Paper: I crocheted a toilet paper holder to hang right above the toilet, 
so when someone runs out of toilet paper, there should be a roll in the holder 
for easy retrieval. You may be able to find one of these at a craft bazaar.

In the Bedrooms:
Miscellaneous items: Under the bed storage organizers are great for storing 
seasonal clothes, Christmas wrapping supplies, gifts to give, books, and other 

Kids Toys: The see-through plastic bins are great for toys because the kids can 
see what goes where. You can also mark the bin with a picture or word.

Crayons: Save baby wipe containers or coffee cans to store crayons in. If using 
a coffee can be sure there are no sharp edges to cut the children.

Once you have accomplished making a place for everything, you only need to 
train yourself and family members to put things away in the appropriate places.

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