7 Organizing Tips for People With ADHD

By Rachel Hartman   July 3, 2015

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About 8 million adults in the U.S. have ADHD, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and a significant percentage of them struggle with getting and staying organized.

“Attention deficit can be a useful tool when it comes to creativity and ingenuity, but if we’re not careful, we can stifle our own creativity and ingenuity with disorganization and procrastination,” said Chester Goad, a university administrator in the Nashville, TN, area who has attention deficit.

When to-do lists and clutter accumulate, someone with ADHD can become overwhelmed. “Things can not only get lost in the shuffle, they can get just plain lost,” Goad said.

Creating a strategy to manage your household makes it easier to find what you need, when you need it. Here, experts offer seven tips on getting organized if you, or someone you know, has ADHD. → Keep Reading

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5 Smart Storage Solutions for Organizing Your Garage

By Emmet Pierce   July 2, 2015

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Before you begin sifting through the clutter in your garage, make sure you’re armed with the right tools to store the stuff that you keep.

Putting a garage in proper order can be a major task, especially if you’ve been using the space as a dumping ground for all the stuff you don’t want in your home. Once you’ve gotten rid of what you don’t need, there’s a variety of storage equipment you can use to organize the remaining items. → Keep Reading

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Dan and Laura Dotson Diving Into Online Storage Auctions

By John Egan   June 30, 2015

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Two familiar faces from A&E’s reality TV show “Storage Wars” are entering the online auction business.

Husband-and-wife auctioneering team Dan and Laura Dotson say they’re adding online storage auctions to their website, AmericanAuctioneers.com. The online auctions, which will supplement their live-auction business, are set to launch this summer. → Keep Reading

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What Do Professional Organizers Think of Marie Kondo’s Advice?

By Allie Johnson   June 29, 2015

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Fans of Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo (pictured at top) have called her a “warrior princess in the war on clutter.” Fast Company magazine went so far as to name her one of its most creative people in business for 2015. But professional organizers have mixed feelings about her one-size-fits-all system.

“I hear people using her name, like, ‘Oh, I totally Kondo’d my bathroom,’” said author and productivity expert Rivka Caroline, who agrees with some of Kondo’s advice. “It’s adorable.”

But, she added, “I don’t believe I’ve heard one brand-new concept from her.”

If you haven’t picked up Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” you can get the gist of it by listening to her talk on YouTube. → Keep Reading

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40 Fascinating Facts About Junk

By Allie Johnson   June 25, 2015

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Got junk? You’re not alone. In fact, Americans devote more money, time and energy to junk than anyone else—from buying it to it to storing it to paying professional organizers to help corral it and, finally, to recycling, donating or trashing it.

So, SpareFoot went on a treasure hunt to find out more about the ins and outs of junk. Here are 40 interesting facts. → Keep Reading

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How to Properly Store and Handle Fireworks

By John Egan   June 24, 2015

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Around the Fourth of July, we get a big bang out of fireworks. But without proper storage and handling of fireworks, your Independence Day fun could fizzle.

In 2013, eight people died and an estimated 11,400 people were injured in fireworks-related incidents around the country, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Nearly two-thirds of the injuries happened in the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July.

According to IBISWorld, 46 states allow the sale of fireworks to consumers, up from 43 in 2010. The market research company predicts sales of fireworks to consumers will skyrocket to $710 million during this Fourth of July season, up from an estimated $590 million in 2010.

Courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Fireworks Alliance, here are 16 tips aimed at preventing fireworks from turning your Fourth of July into a dud. → Keep Reading

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19 Fast Facts About Dave Hester of ‘Storage Wars’

By John Egan   June 23, 2015

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Dave Hester, the resident villain on the A&E reality show “Storage Wars,” frequently manages to work his way into the news. Most recently, Hester made headlines after TMZ posted a video showing one of the most hated men in reality TV brawling with two of his “Storage Wars” co-stars.

To satisfy your curiosity about TV’s most famous storage-auction bidder, here are 19 facts about Hester. → Keep Reading

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What Self-Storage Tenants Need to Know During Hurricane Season

By Mary Ann Azevedo   June 22, 2015

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During hurricane season, it’s critical to know your rights as a self-storage consumer in case a storm hits.

In hurricane-prone states, laws are in place to protect consumers from price gouging during emergency situations like hurricanes. These laws specifically apply to renting self-storage facilities in states like Florida, Massachusetts and South Carolina. → Keep Reading

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The Key to Marital Bliss? Try Altar-ing Your View of Stuff

By Allie Johnson   June 22, 2015

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On the way to the altar, it’s easy for priorities to get mixed up. You go from heartfelt talks about your relationship to lengthy discussions about dresses, centerpieces and gifts.

But too much focus on stuff can take away from your relationship. In fact, research by Karl Pillemer, a gerontologist at Cornell University, shows that a focus on people, rather than things, is important for a lasting marriage. In his book, “30 Lessons for Loving,” Pillemer shares advice from over 700 long-married couples who say that in 50 years, you won’t care about the teapot or mixing bowls you got as wedding gifts.

“People and experiences trump things,” Pillemer said.

So, here are six tips for changing your view about stuff and putting what’s important—the two of you—first. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Survey: Half of Americans Know a Hoarder

By Allie Johnson   June 16, 2015

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Reality TV shows like Lifetime’s “Hoarders: Family Secrets” have given millions of viewers a glimpse into the lives of extreme hoarders, yet a new survey shows that many Americans have a skewed sense of hoarding.

Over half (52 percent) of Americans say they know someone—a coworker, friend, neighbor or relative—who’s a hoarder, while 7 percent identify themselves as hoarders, according to the survey, conducted for SpareFoot by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Just 2 percent to 5 percent of Americans are classified as hoarders, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Matt Paxton, one of the stars of the “Hoarders” franchise, said he thinks 52 percent actually is too low. “I think we all know someone who’s a hoarder—it’s just that we may not be aware of it,” Paxton told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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