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Old 03-27-2015, 05:49 PM   #21
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How about an open wooden box style, wall mounted shoe organizer ? Low profile (length of a shoe), easy access, can fit small baskets within.

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Old 03-27-2015, 09:12 PM   #22
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Junk grows to fit its space. Kinda like goldfish. I have end tables and coffee table that look like old ice boxes. Within a month they were filled with essential items. No longer temporary storage.

How about a rolltop desk? That might work for you. I'd have it filled with important papers and toys and expired coupons within a month.

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Old 03-27-2015, 09:36 PM   #23
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How about a rolltop desk? That might work for you. I'd have it filled with important papers and toys and expired coupons within a month.
LOL. That was my thinking, and that's what was there before:



But I've moved that into the living room,



which is a much better place (fireplace behind me, don't have to yell to Lena in the other room, nicer view). And that's why the front hall is now empty.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:33 AM   #24
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Found the perfect solution. We had this nice desk up in our guest room,



so we emptied it out and moved it to the front hall. One drawer will be for things to go to the garage, etc. Nothing allowed on the surface.
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Update: This solution has worked great.
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Update: This solution has worked great.

In the month-and-a-half since I implemented it, there has never been any clutter on the stairs, table, or the desk. Every Sunday, we take things out of the drawers and put them where they belong.

It's made a big change in the feel or our house.
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Paring down and organizing the house is an ongoing project for us these days. I just took a trunk full of stuff to the animal shelter thrift shop yesterday and what they didn't want went to Goodwill.

For home decor I've started getting rid of some of the useless nick-nacks and replacing them with functional baskets (preferably with tops), decorative wood boxes and wood bowls from Ross Dress for Less and the thrift shops and that is where the mail, remotes, keys, library books, receipts and general clutter all go now. So far in the rooms I've finished they look less cluttered and are actually staying picked up, but we have a lot of the house left to do.
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Found the perfect solution. We had this nice desk up in our guest room....so we emptied it out and moved it to the front hall. One drawer will be for things to go to the garage, etc. Nothing allowed on the surface.
Smart idea. We had a glass table I liked already in the entryway that didn't have drawers, but I did get rid of most of the candles and vases on it and replaced them with wood bowls and baskets with tops.
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One of the observations made (by Nellie McKay) during a recent performance was something like, "I don't know what's up on this TV show 'Hoarders'. It's about people who have massive amounts of stuff in their homes getting rid of it. Then they break to commercials to tell you about all the new stuff you can buy and bring right back in."
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Excellent, Al! Thanks for the update.

I have re-discovered that moving is a good way to get rid of clutter. I had thought that I was relatively de-cluttered, but I have been throwing out as much as I have been packing. Also, my donation pile is growing ever bigger.

We humans sure think we need a lot of totally unnecessary things.
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I de-clutter by getting rid of stuff. It's hard to do but I manage to do it every few years and then, boom, I'm back to clutter again. I also live in a really small duplex with only one closet. My garage is stacked with boxes anticipating a move this year or next so china is boxed, stuff like that. I am moving from this minuscule hut to a three bedroom, two bath place with many closets. The move is also where I will be tossing stuff or having a garage sale to pay for the move.
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Still at it - just today in a downstairs closet I found some books, including "Running MS-DOS" and "Windows XP Inside Out".

I guess it's safe to throw those out.
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Still at it - just today in a downstairs closet I found some books, including "Running MS-DOS" and "Windows XP Inside Out".

I guess it's safe to throw those out.
Yeah, but keep the 5.25" floppies that came with them!
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Still at it - just today in a downstairs closet I found some books, including "Running MS-DOS" and "Windows XP Inside Out".

I guess it's safe to throw those out.
I felt some nostalgic loss when I tossed out my books on CP/M...
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