Tips on Organizing Your Baby’s Nursery

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If you’re organizing a nursery for the first time, chances are you might be overwhelmed by the massive number of storage and organizing options on the market. You may feel the urge to collect everything under the sun to finish your baby’s nursery, but you’d be surprised to find out how little you may actually need.

To help set new and expecting parents in the right direction, we corralled a few smart tips from one of the Big Apple’s best organizing experts, Amelia Meena of Appleshine. Her favorite piece of advice? Start with the basics!

Read more: 8 Ideas for a More Organized Baby Nursery via Today

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When you’re at the end of your pregnancy, it’s normal to feel – huge. You pee a lot, can’t move around, can’t sleep – you can’t believe how big you’ve become! But when you hold your newborn in your arms, you’re surprised at how tiny he is. Just look at those itty bitty fingers and toes!

And then you realize that no matter how tiny your baby is, he sure has a lot of things! From diapering to feeding to clothes and toys, babies need a lot of stuff. And you need to find a place and a system to organize them! What’s more, babies grow very fast, and you find yourself constantly replacing clothes and toys. As a result, organizing your baby’s nursery can seem like a never-ending process! But the fact is that keeping everything in its right place has many benefits:

Read more: 15 Tips to Organize a Baby Nursery via My Little Moppet

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Baby-size stuff can make a pretty big mess, pretty fast. And having lots of clutter around will just add stress to your new-mom life. (You really don’t need that!) The secret to a neat nursery is coming up with an organizational system now that you’ll actually maintain later. We asked two designers (who are moms, of course) — Sherri Blum of Jack and Jill Interiors, and Sarah Coombs of Sarah Coombs Design — for their best tips for creating and keeping order.

Read more: 6 Expert Tips on Organizing Your Nursery via The Bump

 

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How to Organize Your Beauty Products

Step 1: Take Stock Of Your Collection

Whether your cosmetics collection is large or small, keeping it organized and accessible can be a challenge. Fortunately, you’ll find plenty of options for storing makeup either on your countertop or in a drawer. Even better? You can create a custom makeup storage solution based on your collection.

Read more: How To Organize Your Makeup via The Container Store

With clear drawers, you always know where everything is.

Admit it: your makeup storage is kind of horrific. Use these easy tricks to help your lipsticks find a proper home at last.

Read more: 14 Incredibly Simple Ways To Organize Your Makeup via Buzz Feed

Beauty editors, influencers, and bloggers are fortunate enough to get their hands on tons of products. It sounds amazing, but it can be overwhelming to keep everything in order. Some, like myself, are still figuring out the best way to keep everything organized (a lot of my products, unfortunately, just sit in bags for weeks at a time). But there are others who are on top of it and have a proper place for every eyeshadow, lipstick, and hairbrush. SELF talked to 10 of the most organized beauty experts around to see exactly how they keep their stuff in order. Scroll through these pictures to see all the ways these ladies keep their makeup organized, including the must-have tools they use to keep their collection in order.

Read more: 8 Makeup Organization Hacks Beauty Bloggers Use Every Day via Self

 

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How to Organize Your Computer and Digital Documents

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Keeping your electronic documents organized can be quite a chore in today’s “wired” world.

In addition to storing documents locally on desktops, laptops or mobile devices more and more businesses are using the cloud for basic business applications and file storage. (See Why Cloud Computing Is Ideal for Small Businesses and 5 Disadvantages of Cloud Computing.)

Read more: 10 File Management Tips to Keep Your Electronic Files Organized via The Balance Small Business

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It’s frustrating when you can’t find that file, isn’t it? When you’ve searched every folder imaginable on your computer, and somehow it got lost….or worse, deleted. Now, there are excellent search tools for Windows that allow you to find your files, but they only work if you know the name of the file. And you don’t want to open up a program to find every file and folder that you need. It’s just nice to have things neat and easy to access whenever you need them.

I’ve put together a list of 9 things you can do to manage computer files and get the most out of your computer. Because that’s its purpose – to be more useful, not less useful. But computers are often more complicated in some ways when they’re not set up and used properly, which is essentially counterproductive.

Read more: Creating Order From Chaos: 9 Great Ideas for Managing Your Computer Files via Make Use Of

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If you’re one to work away from home and like things accessible while mobile, you’ve already changed to an email client like Gmail, and are on your way to creating a completely online office.

Filing and organizing paper documents is a chore and takes up space so you may be digitizing them already via your scanner. This way any documents you receive online don’t have to be printed off; although you’ll probably keep hard copies of all your important documents somewhere.

Put these together and you’re looking for a way to organize your documents online. Here’s three ways and how they differ.

Read more: Organize Your Documents Online via Life Hack

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Tips for Organizing Holiday Decorations

Perhaps it’s a bit early to start thinking about putting away all those beautiful decorations that you’ve probably just put into place. But with a little preparation and the gathering of a few key items over the course of the next few weeks, you can save yourself a lot of extra work next year. Here are some easy ways to detangle, declutter, condense, and protect all your holiday decor.

Read more: So Clever! 10 Smart Tips for Storing & Organizing Christmas Decorations via Apartment Therapy

While it’s always a sad day taking down the Christmas decorations, I have to admit starting the new year with a clean and de-cluttered garage was tugging at my organization-loving heart. For several reasons. But a huge reason being this mound of recycling I continually walked by going to and from the car…

Yikes! How exactly did that develop? I hosted my entire family of 25+ people for Christmas Eve…that’s how!

Additionally, while decorating the tree and house, I noticed quite a few things I hadn’t used in a few years. Instead of donating in spurts, I decided to wait until the end of the season to take a good, hard look at everything. Some bins had also seen better days with the various moves around the country. So when the season came to an end, I was looking forward to getting rid of the recycling, donations AND getting totally re-organized.

Read more: ORGANIZED CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS via Simply Organized

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After unpacking my decorations this year and realizing just how unorganized I was (and how much I re-bought only to realize I already owned something), I promised myself that I wouldn’t let things get so bad again – and that I’d actually take time to research and organize everything properly after the holidays. I had mentioned possibly doing a post on decoration organization a couple months ago, and it seemed like y’all had the same problem because lots of people said they wanted to see a post. So here we are! Lisel and I went pretty crazy with not only decorating but ALSO getting storage ideas in advance. Because I didn’t want this year to end up like the rest – a hot mess of boxing up decorations. Here’s how I’ll be stepping up my organization game this year and some ideas for you:

Read more: How to Organize Your Christmas Decorations via Bright on the Day

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Home Organization for the Minimalist

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So, you’re ready to begin designing the magazine-worthy minimalist bedroom of your dreams… but you’re not quite sure where to begin. Or, you’re concerned that, in order to cultivate a minimalist-inspired modern bedroom feel, you’re going to have to spend a small fortune.

The truth is, though, creating a minimalist bedroom doesn’t have to be expensive, or time-consuming, or look like something out of Dwell magazine. Through some careful organizing and strategizing (and possibly looking to a Pinterest board or two for inspiration), you can create a simpler ambiance and aesthetic in your bedroom in no time at all – without spending buckets of cash!

Here are our top ten tips for creating a minimalist bedroom.

Read more: 10 Tips for Creating a Minimalist Bedroom via Compact Appliance

Your bedroom should feel like a personal sanctuary, so it’s not surprising many of us like to keep ours simple and clutter-free. And while minimalist-style bedrooms can sometimes come across as cold and empty, we rounded up 25 pared down rooms that still appear quite warm and inviting.

Read more: 25 Totally Not Boring Minimalist Bedrooms via Apartment Therapy

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Minimal bedrooms are really a hidden beauty. Not many people go for the style because of it’s blatant simplicity, but there is actually more to them than meets the eye. The perfect minimal bedroom follows a set of rules to achieve a look that’s relaxing and free. It’s very surprising what a lack of stuff can make you feel inside. Follow these 11 tips to make your bedroom the best minimal bedroom it can be.

Read more: 11 Tips to Styling Your Minimal Bedroom via Home Dit

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Keep Your Bag Collection Neat and Tidy

Handbags and purses have become more than just daily accessories. Nowadays, they are more of fashion collectibles and status symbols. Women’s bag acquisitions in particular—from purses and clutches to totes and backpacks—grow in quantity with each passing month! But as we accumulate more bags, these end up as added clutter in our homes.

Storing your bags in an orderly manner will not only clean up your home, but will also help maintain the bags’ appearance and structure. Here are some handy bag organizers that can help you protect and store your beautiful investments:

Read more: How To Organize And Store Your Bags via Real Living

Even though we can only carry one bag at a time, most of us girls have a collection of bags that is big enough to last us for years. And because handbags are one of the few fashion accessories that are a smart investment and retain their value, it is super important that you store your babies correctly. In this tutorial we’ll show you the proper way to organize your beloved bags and keep them in perfect condition.

Read more: HOW TO STORE YOUR DESIGNER BAGS via Designer Vintage

I am not a purse fiend, by any means (although I pass no judgement on those who are. I have collected many things that are much less useful. Like rocks. You can’t put your wallet inside a rock. Although I would, if I could). But even with my 4 – 5 bags, I have encountered the dilemma of where to put those suckers. Simply placed on a shelf, they tend to flop over and lose their shape and just look sad. And the typical American closet, although it may have a little shoe storage, has no dedicated purse storage whatsoever. That’s where this guide comes in — full of creative solutions that take care of your collection, whether you have two bags or two hundred.

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Bags & Purses via Apartment Therapy

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Steps to a Cleaner, More Organized Refrigerator

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It’s that time of the year to think about routine cleaning and scrubbing around your home. The perfect place to start is with your refrigerator and freezer.

This area is practically begging to be cleaned and reorganized. Start by removing any groceries that have expired or are going unused. From spoiled yogurt to unused cheeses, there are several items that could be cluttering the space.

Read more: 16 Brilliant Hacks To Organize And Clean Your Fridge And Freezer via Simple Most

Easy fridge makeover tips! Fridge organization for busy families. Fridge hacks you need to know.

Fridge organization is at the top of my list when back to school time hits. Organizing my fridge and giving it a refrigerator makeover so to speak, enables me to present easy lunch options for my kids and keep us all on track and organized during busy mornings. I’ll share my favorite fridge organization hacks for busy families with you so you can get organized in a hurry too!

Read more: Fridge Organization Hacks For Busy Families via Must Have Mom

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We’ve all been there. You get back to your dorm after an exhausting grocery shopping trip and try to stuff everything into your mini fridge, only to realize that nothing fits.

If you’re struggling with fitting everything into your mini fridge, I’m here to help. The main idea is to keep yourself accountable for cleaning your fridge out weekly (I like to do it on Sundays), and keeping it organized. Once you start throwing stuff in random spots, everything just becomes a mess and there is simply no turning back.

Read more: 6 Mini Fridge Organization Hacks and Must Haves via Spoon University

 

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Clever Ways of Storing Books

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Bookcases are organization solutions, but they just don’t work with every space. Large shelving units can dominate small rooms and may be overbearing in spaces with minimal furniture. Bookcases may also lend a traditional style to your home, which may not suit your contemporary decor scheme. At the same time, stacks of books need a logical home in order to keep your collections organized and accessible. Thankfully, there are alternative ways to showcase your book collection that let you make the most of your existing space.

Read more: 7 CREATIVE WAYS TO ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS WITHOUT A BOOKCASE via Pottery Barn

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Whether you’re a student who has a ton of textbooks or just an avid reader who is never seen without a book in hand, you would know that it can be pretty challenging to figure out a storage system for an extensive collection of hardbounds and paperbacks.

If you had your way, you’d probably wish you had several tall and spacious bookshelves where you can arrange your favorite titles. However, large shelving doesn’t automatically work with every space—it can make tiny homes feel cramped and make open spaces seem overbearing. Thankfully, there are alternative ways to showcase your books that don’t involve a trip to the furniture store. Check them out below:

Read more: Clever Ways To Organize Books Without Shelves via Real Living

While we all love the idea of a roomy library, many of us don’t have the luxury of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves to store our collection. Sometimes we donate old books to make way for new ones, or restrict our bookstore ventures, dreaming of a time when we’ll have the space for that enormous library we’ve been wishing for. If that sounds familiar, check out these hacks that prove you can store a large amount of books in small spaces — all it takes is a little creativity!

Read more: 24 Hacks for Storing Books in Small Spaces via Book Bub

 

 

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Clever Ways to Organize Toys

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Before gearing up for a lovely holiday season, including the arrival of many new toys from Santa’s industrious elves, I’m looking at the bazillion toys that my kids already have that are scattered all over our house. I need ideas for toy storage! How in the world do I organize them all? If you also suffer from toy-flamation… then here are some really cheap and awesome hacks for organizing a bazillion toys. Enjoy!

Read more: Cheap Hacks for Organizing a Bazillion Toys Ideas for Toy Storage via How Does She

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These toy storage ideas are super stylish and will keep your home more organized and tidy.

Designers would definitely approve of these stylish ideas.

Read more: 13 Actually Stylish Ways to Organize Your Kids’ Never-Ending Toys via House Beautiful

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Contain the chaos of your child’s toys. Our expert-approved quick tips and smart solutions will finally get your playroom in order.

Read more: Tame Those Toys! via Parents

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Desk Cleaning and Organizing Tips

Having an optimal workspace can greatly affect your productivity. Here is what you should do.

A well-organized office has huge benefits. In the first place, it provides a feeling of control and competence, which leads to higher levels of productivity. Second, the very fact that it’s organized defends against distractions. Your organized office can absorb the incoming work, and position you for success.

Read more: How to Organize Your Office for Maximum Productivity via Inc.

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In the office, your desk is your command center. And experts said how well it’s organized can help set the tone and productivity level at work.

“Surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization,” said Lisa Zaslow, a professional organizer in New York City. “It takes much less time to get and stayed organized. Think about how frantic and stressed you are when you can’t find something.”

Here’s how experts suggest organizing your desk for maximum efficiency and productivity:

Read more: Here’s how your desk should be organized via CNN Money

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You may think that you don’t have time to organize your office, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider. Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer. A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an ongoing project, instead of a massive assault. So, if you’re ready to get started, the following tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

Read more: 21 Tips to Organize Your Office and Get More Done via Life Hack

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