Rachel Hartman

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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