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To help you get organized, here are some tips from professional organizer, Suzanna Letchford, A Space that Works.

Baby:
1. To organize small baby items use a hanging shoe organizer on the back of a door – the pouches are perfect for tiny items
2. Put diaper-changing and dressing items in a place where you don’t need to bend down to reach them and near the changing table– once baby is here it will be difficult to reach low items while they are on the changing table


Kid art:
1. Use empty picture frames on the wall to create a gallery that is easy to update. Tape new masterpieces in the middle of the frame for temporary display – until the next masterpiece
2. Only keep art that shows a milestone or has a very special meaning – the remaining pieces can be tossed or scan and let go
3. Scanning kid art for use as a screensaver or video slideshow can be a great way to display their work in a clutter-free way
4. Take a picture of a larger project with the child next to it and create a photo album of projects. You can then let go of the project and keep the photo


Kitchen:
1. Use a lazy susan in the refrigerator to keep leftovers from hiding in the back of the lower shelves
2. Shoe organizers are also great for the kitchen junk drawer – hang one on the back of the pantry or garage door for the little batteries, string, twist ties and other interesting items usually in the drawer
3. Use a wire accordion file holder to hold pot and pan lids in the cupboard – a small mail holder can be used in the refrigerator for cheese and meat packages, in the pantry for sauce mixes.During the holidays when you entertain a large group, check to see what dishes and appliances you do not use. This is the perfect time to realize that you never use the oh-so-cute serving platter and it should be on display or donate


Computer:
1. Save computer files just like you would in your filing cabinet. Place items in folders and subfolders that make sense together
2. Always label files with a description that tells you what they contain – cryptic names make it hard to remember what the file is and impossible to find them in a search
3. Explore the properties of your files and folders. Right click on a file name and check out some additional descriptive fields you can fill out to make searching and remembering easier
4. Always back up! (trust me – it will happen to you) Make sure you have an automatic off-site backup for your computer as well as your cell phone address books

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