Organization

Prep Your Pantry: 5 Tips for Achieving Kitchen Contentment

By Cathie Ericson   February 18, 2015

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As Jennifer Davis got ready to move her family from a temporary rental to a new home, she vowed that her new pantry would be the picture of organization.

“We recently spent two years in England where pantries—and packages—were so much smaller,” Davis said. “Moving back to Seattle reminded me of the peril of Costco-sized products, how I sometimes buy too much and then forget I have it.”

She’s correct that pantries have been supersized. In fact, pantries are a hot commodity. In a recent survey for the National Association for Home Builders, 85 percent of respondents put a walk-in pantry on their “most wanted” list. → Keep Reading

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7 Ways to Ring in Chinese New Year With Feng Shui

By Allie Johnson   February 17, 2015

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Happy Lunar New Year! As we welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Ram or Goat), it’s a good time to clear out, renew and spruce up your home.

That’s because the sheep is very feminine, or yin, and corresponds with the Western zodiac sign of Cancer, according to astrology and feng shui expert Susan Levitt. So, the sheep is the sign of home, family and roots, Levitt said. → 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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Exclusive: ‘Hoarders’ Set for Return to Cable TV

By John Egan   February 9, 2015

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The reality TV show “Hoarders” is coming back.

Seattle, WA-based Screaming Flea Productions recently put out the call for real-life hoarders to appear on the program. The A&E cable TV network canceled the series in 2013 after six seasons, but sister network Lifetime did air a special in mid-2014 called “Hoarders: Where Are They Now?”

Now, A&E-owned Lifetime, which has been broadcasting “Hoarders” reruns, is resurrecting the show—apparently on a full-time basis. → Keep Reading

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Vocal Valentines: Half of American Couples Clash Over Clutter, SpareFoot Survey Says

By Allie Johnson   February 6, 2015

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Nothing kills romance like smelly socks tossed on the floor, dirty dishes piled in the sink and piles of unpaid bills.

A new SpareFoot survey found that almost half (48 percent) of American couples who are married or are living with a partner argue over clutter. Seven percent of couples engage in clutter spats every day. → Keep Reading

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Ditch the Kitchen Chaos: 7 Tools to Help You Declutter

By Allie Johnson   

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Is your kitchen a disaster area crammed with appliances you never use, mountains of plastic containers and tea bags spilling out of drawers?

Conventional wisdom says you should just start getting rid of stuff, but a shopping trip actually might help you get your mess under control.

Here are seven types of appliances, gadgets and tools that can reduce clutter in your kitchen. → Keep Reading

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Smart Strategies for Room-by-Room Decluttering [Infographic]

By John Egan   January 28, 2015

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Let’s be honest: Decluttering your home is almost on par with getting a tooth pulled. Both are a real pain.

But you can ease the pain of decluttering your home by taking a room-by-room approach, rather than tackling the task all at once. (Sorry, we can’t help you with that dental work.) → 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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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   

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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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