Organization

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

By John Egan   January 7, 2015

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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

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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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Are We Really a ‘Hoarder Nation’?

By John Egan   December 30, 2014

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A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article about the growth of the self-storage industry referred to the U.S. as a “hoarder nation.” The term “hoarder” gets tossed around a lot, but do we really qualify as a “hoarder nation”?

Technically, we’re not. According to the American Psychiatric Association, anywhere from 2 percent to 5 percent of the population suffers from hoarding disorder, which is considered a mental illness. The association draws a clear distinction between hoarding and collecting. → Keep Reading

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Don’t Toss Those Gift-Wrap Rolls! 5 Ideas for Repurposing Your Holiday Items

By Anne Wynter   December 29, 2014

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You’ve been decking your halls and trimming your tree for years, and each season you wonder how you’ve accumulated so much holiday stuff. If you’re tired of sorting through stacks of greeting cards, old ornaments and wrapping-paper scraps, keep reading. Instead of tossing out those decorations or searching for a few more feet of storage space, try some of these creative ideas for giving new life to your old holiday items. → 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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