Storage Tips + Uses

Don’t Jeopardize Your Gems: How to Store Jewelry

By Tamara E. Holmes   January 26, 2015

jewelry storage

Whether you received a piece of jewelry as a romantic gift or you inherited a valuable heirloom that has withstood generations, here’s how to store it so it stays safe, allowing you to enjoy it for years to come. → Keep Reading

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Pile Prevention: 3 Ways To Cut Your Paper Clutter

By Mridu Parikh   January 22, 2015

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No matter where or how you live, there’s one type of clutter that plagues nearly everyone: paper clutter. The constant influx is overwhelming. Before you can deal with one pile, another one builds. Here are three ways to get a handle on your ever-growing collection of paper. → Keep Reading

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America’s Top 20 Cities for Storage Auctions

By Nick DiUlio   January 19, 2015

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Thanks mostly to reality TV shows like “Storage Wars” and “Storage Hunters,” millions of Americans have been swarming auctions at self-storage facilities in hopes of unearthing treasures. But data compiled by SpareFoot shows that storage auctions are more popular in certain parts of the U.S. than others.

To come up with our list of America’s Top 20 Cities for Storage Auctions, we matched U.S. Census Bureau population data with data from StorageUnitAuctionList.com regarding the number of storage auctions that were advertised in more than 800 U.S. cities in 2013. We then ranked the cities—with populations of at least 50,000—by the number of storage auctions per capita. → Keep Reading

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6 Accessories to Help You Get Organized in 2015

By Kerrie Kelly   January 16, 2015

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The new year is here, and it’s a good time to get organized. This is the time to tackle unkempt closets and bathroom storage, and get the junk out of the junk drawer. There are so many stylish solutions available to get your home organized and looking good quickly, simply and inexpensively.

We’ve got six tips to get rid of the clutter and get your bathrooms, closets and kitchens looking fabulous in no time. → Keep Reading

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Lose the Kitchen Clutter and Lose Weight: Here’s How

By Linda Melone   

cluttered kitchen

Organizing your kitchen—from the pantry to the countertops and refrigerator—helps you lose the clutter. But it also can help you lose weight, experts say.

Clearing out the kitchen clutter changes your eating environment, according to Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab. This approach, known as “slim by design,” works more effectively than trying to lose weight through sheer willpower. → Keep Reading

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Cat-astrophe? The Curious Combo of Cats and Clutter

By Catherine Holm   January 15, 2015

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Over the years, I’ve learned that clutter is a cat magnet. Between years of sharing my home with cats and years of working from home, I’ve discovered that the cat/clutter combo is simply irresistible.

Normally, I’m a neat person. But when you work at home, the work sometimes just piles up. My weakness is what I call “admin.” “Admin” is the un-fun stuff about running a business—all the stuff that you’d have other people do if you didn’t have to do it all yourself. (I realize some people love “admin,” but I am not one of them.) I procrastinate when dealing with the admin. The dreaded “admin” makes piles, and piles draw cats. → Keep Reading

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Out-of-This-World Service Lets You Store Mementos on Moon

By Nick DiUlio   January 14, 2015

Moon

Everyone has his or her own way of storing personal mementos like family photographs and heirloom jewelry. Some of us put them in frames. Others lock them in trunks. But now, for the first time, people will have a one-of-a-kind way of preserving their cherished belongings forever: They’ll be able to send them to the moon.

For the past several months, private spaceflight company Astrobotic Technology has been selling cargo space on its upcoming lunar moon probe to anyone interested in sending small tokens of terrestrial significance to the lunar surface. The project is called MoonMail. Dan Hendrickson, director of business development at Astrobotic, said the level of demand has been surprisingly high. → Keep Reading

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Dishing Out Advice: How to Store Your China

By John Egan   January 8, 2015

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Whether it’s a set you received when you got married or a set you inherited from Grandma Lucy, china is precious and fragile. So, how do you store the dishes to ensure they don’t wind up in bits and pieces?

Before you stash even one piece of china, consider how often you’ll use it, professional organizer Amanda Scudder said. “While it is lovely to have a few pieces of a treasured china set on display, it is rarely practical to have it all out,” she said. → Keep Reading

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Try These 11 Products and Services to Help You Get Organized in 2015

By John Egan   January 7, 2015

Doorstep Digital van

Getting organized can be a bore and a chore, but various innovations are helping take some of the drudgery out of home organization. Looking for some inspiration to get your organizing act together in 2015? Check out these 11 products and services. → Keep Reading

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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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