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It’s that time of year, when many homeowners want to clear out the clutter. To many of us, organizing is a great idea that is sometimes difficult to execute.

Here are a few ideas to get you started from Laura Coufal, professional coordinator.

* Organize strategically, so you can see tangible results. Focus on small areas, like your pantry or hall closet. Each time you open those door, you will see your newly organized space.

* Establish a donation box and keep it in a visible location in your home year 'round. Your family can toss items in as they come across them. When it is full, start a new box.

* Don’t buy organizing products/bins before you sort. First go through what you have, then you will have a better idea of what you need and won’t buy the wrong items.

*Limit your collections. If you have large collections, go through them and decide to keep only the best of the best. At the very least, display only a small selection, so your home doesn’t look like a retail store.

*Sort through the storage boxes/bins you already have. Sometimes these turn into a hodge podge of items or things you thought were worth keeping years ago. If you have a lot of these, start by going through two or three at one time.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7214 or kmoore@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSkcmoore.

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