Organization

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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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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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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Have You Embraced These 5 Tips for Home Organization?

By Mary Ann Azevedo   June 15, 2015

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Home organization isn’t just about buying a bunch of plastic storage bins. It’s a way of life.

It helps when all members of a household are on the same page when it comes to organizing. If one person is a minimalist and another is a collector, it can lead to clashes. But even in those situations, there can be compromise.

“An organized home doesn’t have to look sparse,” said professional organizer Standolyn Robertson, owner of Los Angeles, CA-based Things in Place Organizing Services. “I like the idea of people surrounding themselves with things they love, as long as they can manage them.” → Keep Reading

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

By Rachel Hartman   

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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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6 Awesome Apps for Home Organization

By Anne Wynter   June 8, 2015

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Keeping your home organized often requires you to carry out dozens of small tasks on a daily basis. But instead of constantly racking your brain to remember all these tasks, you should take advantage of apps that provide systems, steps and reminders to keep you on track.

Check out these six amazing apps that can help you maintain the organized home life you’ve always wanted. → Keep Reading

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Tidy and Thrifty: How to Get Organized on the Cheap

By Cynthia J. Drake   June 5, 2015

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That brimming closet. The junk-filled garage that no longer accommodates your car. The basement where you’ve got to clear a path to get to your holiday decorations.

Who couldn’t use a little organization, right? But when you’re on a budget, fancy tools for organization and storage might not be wallet-friendly.

Don’t sweat it. We challenged organizing experts to come up with some creative solutions that you can carry out right away—and that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. → Keep Reading

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