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Super Handyman: Top 10 tips for organizing your home

I can’t tell you how many emails I receive about organizing. Everyone resolved to be better organized this year and is coming up with some pretty great ideas, so I took the top 10 best ideas and decided to share them with you, so do one or, maybe all of them, if you can!

1. Pick one small area and focus on it until it’s finished! One closet or a drawer in your kitchen is a good place to start. It will be finished quickly and prove to you that you can make progress, one step at a time.

2. Store organizing ideas that you run across in a file folder, on Pinterest or on your bulletin board until you are ready to get to work.

3. Sort your stuff like the pros do – “trash,” “donate” and “keep” piles. This will make sorting through things a little easier.

4. Find a partner to do it with. This person can help you clean out your utility room, and in return, you can help him or her work on a garden shed. Sometimes a partner can help you make decisions that are hard to make on your own.

5. Invest in some storage helpers, like plastic bins or wall storage systems. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but this can really make a difference.

6. Use space that is otherwise wasted. Hang organizers on your walls or on the inside of cabinet doors to organize and free up floor space.

7. Put things you already have on hand to better use. If you have baskets, store electrical cords, toys or towels in them. Shoe organizers also are great for cleaners, paper products or even tools. Two birds, one stone.

8. Getting rid of things can be difficult, I know because I am a HUGE pack rat! But consider donating things to your favorite charities like the Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill. Useable items bring in money for these organizations and you will usually get a tax deduction for giving as well. That might make it easier to let go of things you value.

9. Being organized can really free up your time. How much time do you spend searching through piles of stuff just to find that one item you need for your project? Now that’s great incentive!

10. Give yourself a reward for doing this chore. It’s tough work, so treat yourself to a movie or dinner out, or maybe just a car wash.


Q: We have a dryer vent that exhausts through the side of our home. In the process of cleaning it out, I discovered that it sticks – not all the time, but occasionally. What can I do to free it up? – J.R.

A: It really depends upon the material it is made from. Try a lubricating spray, like WD-40, on it. If that doesn’t work, you can replace it without a whole lot of expense or labor, and that might be your best bet. It MUST work properly, or you could have some serious issues.

A Super hint

Instead of throwing away nasty kitchen sponges, soak them in lemon juice or white vinegar and then heat them in the microwave for 1 minute. They will be super hot when you take them out, but much cleaner and safer to use.


With all of the electronic gadgets we are acquiring these days, a charging station makes more sense than ever. The Docking Drawer might be a good solution for you if you want to do this without a lot of clutter. The Docking Drawer can be installed in any standard drawer fairly easily, and can accommodate up to four devices at once, all safely stashed in a drawer out of sight. To find out more, just go to and see it for yourself.