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7 Organizing Tips for People With ADHD

By Rachel Hartman   July 3, 2015


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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Harmony at Home: For Millennials, Less (Stuff) Is More

By Rachel Hartman   June 15, 2015


Millennials, generally defined as the generation born between 1977 and 1995, are finding value in a simplified lifestyle, opting for smart storage solutions and furniture with purpose.

“I’ve found that simplifying my possessions has helped me be more at ease and relaxed,” said Dan Messina, a Millennial living in Salt Lake City, UT, who’s a social media writer at Friendemic.

Messina is one of about 77 million millennials in the U.S., according to the 2014 Nielsen report “Millennials: Breaking the Myths.”

In terms of housing, 62 percent of Millennials prefer to live in mixed-use communities in urban centers, close to shopping, restaurants and offices, the Nielsen report shows. This type of living situation often means there’s less room for belongings, but many Millennials don’t mind at all. → Keep Reading

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Pantry Protocol: 7 Food Storage Hacks

By Rachel Hartman   June 11, 2015

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Whether you’re prepping for an emergency or simply want to avoid a last-minute, pre-dinner trip to the store, the idea of a brimming pantry holds a great deal of appeal.

It also can cut costs. “Proper food storage prevents waste and thereby saves money,” said Teri Gault, CEO of The Grocery Game, which specializes in helping consumers save money on groceries.

To get the best deals on stored goods, start by stocking up on sale items at the store, Gault said.

Then, follow these seven straightforward strategies to create and maintain your food reservoir. → Keep Reading

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Here Come the Wedding Gifts: What Should You Do With All of Them?

By Rachel Hartman   May 26, 2015

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In 2014, the average U.S. wedding had 136 guests, according to wedding website The Knot. In some states, the guest list was longer. For instance, Nebraska newlyweds had an average of 208 guests in attendance.

Regardless of the exact number of guests who share your special day with you, when the wedding ends, gift opening begins.

If you receive doubles—or even triples or more—of certain items, it can be tough to figure out what to do with them. Is it worth keeping three toasters, two blenders or five sets of silverware?

Here, experts share six strategies to help you decide when to keep extra gifts and when to find a new place for them. → Keep Reading

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7 Organizing Tips for Small Bedrooms

By Rachel Hartman   April 21, 2015

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It doesn’t take much for a small space like a bedroom to feel cramped.

To avoid the tendency of clutter buildup, “keep items to a minimum,” suggested Debra McCann, CEO of Delaware-based Organizing Outside the Box.

Here, experts weigh in with strategies to clear out items you don’t need, and maximize the space in a small bedroom to make it feel comfortable, clean and orderly. → Keep Reading

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12 Decluttering Blogs You Should Be Following Right Now

By Rachel Hartman   March 5, 2015

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If you’re ready to clear out the clutter, you don’t have to start the journey on your own.

The following experts are ready and eager to walk you through the process. In addition to listing practical advice, these blogs offer encouragement, how-to guides, and overall inspiration for an orderly home and life.

Here the top 12 decluttering blogs to follow right now. → Keep Reading

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If Your Closet Could Talk, What Would It Say About You?

By Rachel Hartman   February 13, 2015


From messy to neat to somewhere in between, closets have a lot to say. By evaluating what’s inside, we can gain insight into various aspects of our lives.

Here, experts lay out eight scenarios for the status of a closet, and share what the arrangement might reveal about your lifestyle, fashion preferences and overall situation. → Keep Reading

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Are You Making These 6 Mistakes at Storage Auctions?

By Rachel Hartman   February 2, 2015

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The idea of winning treasures at storage auctions is tantalizing.

While participating in a storage auction is not necessarily complicated, there is much to be learned about the process to stand a chance of scoring those treasures, especially when it comes to bidding.

“This is a very labor-intensive business with a decent amount of risk,” said auctioneer Richard Kruse, owner of Gryphon Auction Group in Columbus, OH. → Keep Reading

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Do You Need Heated Storage for Your Belongings?

By Rachel Hartman   January 30, 2015


If you’re looking for self-storage and live in a cool or wet climate, a unit that keeps items warm and dry might be a solid fit.

For certain items, “heated storage units are needed to prevent mold and mildew,” said Jessica Ultes, manager of Greenwood Heated Storage in Seattle, WA.

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Tackle Paper Clutter and Organize Ideas With Pinterest

By Rachel Hartman   January 6, 2015


No matter how many organizational systems you have in place, certain piles can creep up, especially when it comes to paper.

“Paper clutter is one of the things most people have a challenge with, even very organized people,” professional organizer Monica Ricci said.

Paper can accumulate when we print recipes, store receipts and clip out articles. Paper clutter also can come from outside sources such as mail, catalogs and children’s homework.

Using Pinterest is an easy way to clear up paper clutter—and keep it out. For instance, if you find recipes online you might want later, don’t print them out, Ricci said. “Instead, pin those items to a Pinterest board where you can access them from any computer or mobile device,” she said. → Keep Reading

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