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Get organized before school resumes

People often think of January or spring as high seasons for home organization. But for those of us with school-age kids, late summer is prime time to clear excess and create a better system to handle what’s left and what’s on the way.

Plus, if you declutter before classes resume, you could plan a garage or yard sale that could finance a school-supply shopping trip or last-minute visit to the zoo or water park.

There’s an easy way to approach reorganizing any area of your house. It’s a shorthand version of tips from top-rated professional organizers that you could call the 2-D method:

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Some of you will be fine with the 2-D method alone. But here are additional pro-organizer tips for tackling specific challenges:

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Children’s artwork:

Your desk or personal work area:

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Organizing your home can be a rewarding do-it-yourself project that you can accomplish over weeks or months. But if you lack time, ability or desire, consider hiring a top-rated organizer to advise you or take on the project. Other service providers who can help include trash haulers and estate sale experts.

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