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12 Decluttering Blogs You Should Be Following Right Now

By Rachel Hartman   March 5, 2015

Mridu Parikh

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.

Clutter Busting with Brooks Palmer

Brooks Palmer

I write about my experiences on the clutter-busting front lines by sharing inspiring stories about how my clients were able to let go of their clutter. I encourage kindness when clutter-busting.

—Brooks Palmer, Clutter Busting with Brooks Palmer @BrooksSaysHi 

Becoming Minimalist

Becoming Minimalist inspires others to live more by owning less. There are life-giving benefits to owning less. And each of our lives is far too valuable to waste chasing material possessions.

—Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist @joshua_becker

The Seana Method

Seana Turner

These days, many people are feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in their lives, and need some guidance and encouragement to make a change. I write to help readers erase the slate of self-recrimination and implement strategies that result in predictability, flexibility and joy.

—Seana Turner, The Seana Method @TheSeanaMethod

A Bowl Full of Lemons

A Bowl Full of Lemons is a lifestyle blog that helps a growing community of people who aspire to get their lives in order. We share tips on how to declutter your homes from top to bottom, teach cleaning tips and tricks, help you get on a budget, and everything in between.

—Toni Hammersley, A Bowl Full of Lemons @abowlfulloflemons (Instagram)

List Producer

Paula Rizzo

I’m a TV news producer by day, and make tons and tons of lists to get stuff done and stay organized. Listproducer.com was born out of my own experiences struggling to declutter every aspect of my life. I share life hacks and shortcuts that will make your life easier, one list at a time.

—Paula Rizzo, List Producer @ListProducer 

A Slob Comes Clean

At A Slob Comes Clean, I share reality-based cleaning and organizing tips, based on my reality! As I get my home under control through my own deslobification process, I tell the truth about which methods work in real life for real people who don’t necessarily love cleaning and organizing.

—Dana White, A Slob Comes Clean @ASlobComesClean

Peace of Mind Organizing

Janine Adams

I share lessons learned from clients, and I share my enthusiasm about various organizing solutions and strategies. With this blog, I try to help people who struggle with getting organized find an easy way to feel more at ease.

—Janine Adams, Peace of Mind Organizing @janinea

Smart – Happy – Organized

We write about ways to organize, declutter and manage your home, your kids, your time and more. We like to write about new products, apps, and books to help you live smarter. We include real-life personal stories and struggles of what we as parents and adults go through on our life journeys.

—Autumn and Natalie, Smart Happy Organized @smarthaporg

Simplified Bee

cristin simplified bee

As a wife, mother and interior designer, I knew homes could be orderly without sacrificing beauty. Launched in 2009, Simplified Bee is an inspiring, educational home decor blog with a focus on beautiful yet organized interiors.

—Cristin Bisbee Priest, Simplified Bee @SimplifiedBee 

Life Is Organized

Getting organized doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. In fact, it can be easy and fun. Curl up with my blog and learn how to declutter your home, get more time, reach your goals and have a blast along the way.

—Mridu Parikh, Life Is Organized @LifeIsOrganized (pictured at top)

Simply Organized

Simply Organized blog

The mission of the blog is to help the lives of my followers by providing simple, innovative and do-it-yourself solutions for organizing and beautifying their home, garden and children’s lives. I’m a professional organizer and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, so I also bring in the real info that digs deeper into helping people get and, more importantly, stay organized!

—Samantha, Simply Organized @simplyorganize1 

ClutterBug.Me

Join me on my journey from cluttered to clean as I transform my home with easy and inexpensive organizing solutions! Each week, I share real-life tips and tricks that have helped me to keep my home clean and clutter-free, even with three little kids, two cats, a dog … and a husband!

—Cassandra Aarssen, ClutterBug.Me @Malitose

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

By Rachel Hartman   February 13, 2015

closet

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

homer simpson doh

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

thermostat

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

Pinterest

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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Attack Your Kid’s Messy Closet With These 6 Strategies

By Rachel Hartman   December 19, 2014

little girl and her clothing collection

While having a neatly arranged space for your child’s clothes might sound ideal, making that wish become a reality isn’t always easy. For starters, there might be a lot to sort through.

When asked whether their children had more clothing, footwear and accessories than they did, 53 percent of U.S. parents said “yes,” according to a survey released in July 2014 by coupon site Vouchercloud.net. What’s more, 65 percent of parents said their sons and daughters own far too much clothing. → Keep Reading

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8 Common Myths About Storage Auctions

By Rachel Hartman   December 15, 2014

storage auction

If you go to a storage auction in your area, will the bidding resemble the storage battles you see on TV?

Generally speaking, it won’t, Arizona auctioneer Casey Jones said. Like most things, the “reality” on the screen doesn’t match what takes place at real-life storage auctions. → Keep Reading

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6 Ways to Help Your Aging Parent Move to a New Place

By Rachel Hartman   July 16, 2014

daughter with senior mother

If you have a parent who’s lived happily in a spacious home for years, there’ll probably come a time when a change in living arrangements is in order. You might notice your parent has a hard time keeping up with household maintenance. A small fall—even if it doesn’t result in an injury—could be a sign that a new living situation would improve safety.

Moving an aging parent requires more than just packing up boxes, though.

“There are both physical and emotional aspects of transitioning to a new home as we age that must be addressed carefully,” said long-term care specialist Nancy Butler, author of “Above All Else: Success in Life and Business.” → Keep Reading

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Unhappy With Your Mover? Follow These 5 Steps to Get Some Satisfaction

By Rachel Hartman   June 23, 2014

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Relocating is no easy task. Add in a moving company that offers a final price you don’t agree with or that delivers broken furniture, and the process can turn into a nightmare.

In 2013, the Better Business Bureau logged more than 9,300 complaints against movers in the U.S.

While moving troubles can vary, some issues tend to crop up more often than others. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lists shipments being held hostage, lost or damaged goods, and delay of shipments among the most common moving complaints.

If you’re upset with the job done by the moving company you hired, you may want to take action—fast. Keep in mind, however, that quick decisions, such as running to file a lawsuit, might not bring the best results. → Keep Reading

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5 Strategies for Spring-Cleaning Your Home Business

By Rachel Hartman   May 9, 2014

broom and dust pan

As spring rolls on, it may be natural to look around your house and spot areas that could use some attention. One place that can easily be overlooked, however, is a space where you probably already spend quite a few hours: your home-based business.  

“Spring-cleaning your home office can lead you in many directions,” said Julie Stobbe, founder of Mind Over Clutter, a professional organizing service in Ontario, Canada. In addition to going through papers that have accumulated, you’ll want to look at your inventory levels, storage areas and tech systems.

Follow these five strategies to get your home business clean, organized, and ready for the coming months.

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