Organization

ServiceMaster Sets Up First Nationwide Cleanup Program Aimed at Hoarders

By Jay MacDonald   July 23, 2014

Matt Paxton

Did you ever watch the reality TV show “Hoarders” and wonder why someone didn’t just take a fire hose to the place?

“Because it doesn’t work,” said Matt Paxton (top photo), who hosted the now-canceled reality TV show. “Most people think it’s about cleaning, but it’s really not; it’s about communication, understanding and trust.” → Keep Reading

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5 Old Things You Can Repurpose for Your Home

By Lauren Haber   July 9, 2014

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Summer is in the air, and it’s time for a fresh new look. No need to spend a pretty penny when you have all you need right in your house. Look around at all your “junk” and envision the possibilities. Here are a few ways to repurpose old items to decorate your home. → Keep Reading

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3 Essentials for Outfitting Your Bachelor Pad

By Kerrie Kelly   July 8, 2014

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Good news for bachelors: When it comes to your bachelor pad, simplicity is in.

A simple bachelor pad is a clean and organized space—and that’s the impression you want to give to any guests who may be over for the evening (or the weekend), right? Take a little time to plan, and you’ll have a great looking space that’s functional, too. It’s all about furniture, color and lighting—the biggest bangs for your buck. → Keep Reading

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‘Clutter’ Unearths Family Drama That Revolves Around Hoarding Mother

By Jay MacDonald   June 26, 2014

Carol Kane in Clutter

Forget “Godzilla.” The scariest film of the summer season could be an indie prizewinner called “Clutter.”

Where “Clutter” lacks a giant fire-breathing reptile that rezones San Francisco, it more than compensates with a mightily unhinged matriarch named Linda, played by Carol Kane, whose hoarding disorder has left her three grown children in various states of emotional disarray. → Keep Reading

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5 Signs That You Are an Extreme Collector

By Deb Hipp   June 18, 2014

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It all started so innocently, just a Catwoman action figure to put on your desk. Before you knew it, though, you had all the Batman villains. Then you blew a lot of money on comic books, Joker statues and Batmobiles. Now, you’re running out of room to display and store them all.

Ever wonder whether you’ve become an “extreme collector”? Worse yet, could you be a hoarder? Below are some indications that your collecting hobby may be out of control. → Keep Reading

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5 Great Products and Services for Getting Organized at Home

By John Egan   June 10, 2014

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To many of us, getting organized at home can feel like such a chore. But with the right tools, you can make that chore much less of a bore.

At the National Association of Professional Organizers’ recent Conference & Organizing Expo, attendees voted for their favorite products and services geared toward home organization. Here are their picks. → Keep Reading

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‘Hoarders’ Star Matt Paxton Laments That ‘Americans Are Hooked on Stuff’

By Alexander Harris   June 4, 2014

Matt Paxton

From priceless family heirlooms to mummified cat remains, Matt Paxton has seen it all.

Paxton owns Clutter Cleaner, a Richmond, VA-based cleaning and organizing company. With an initial focus on helping aging seniors transition to retirement communities, Paxton since has become one of the most sought-after specialists in the area of “extreme hoarding.” He also is the national spokesman for cleaning company ServiceMaster Restore.

Paxton and his crew have cleaned more than 300 hoarder-occupied homes around the country. His work earned him a role on the A&E television series “Hoarders,” where he and other experts help hoarders clean up their homes and take back their lives. → Keep Reading

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Fashion Stylist Kirsten Angeli: How to ‘Re-Energize’ Your Closet and Your Wardrobe

By Allie Johnson   May 29, 2014

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Tired of digging through ill-fitting clothes, broken jewelry and old shoes every time you want to put together an outfit? A messy closet can cause stress, make you late and keep you from looking your best.

To steer you toward shutting the door on closet chaos, SpareFoot chatted with New York fashion stylist Kirsten Angeli, who specializes in helping people “re-energize” their closets. Here, she tells you how you can give your closet—and your wardrobe—a fresh start. → Keep Reading

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Organizer Scott Roewer Offers Secrets to Orchestrating a Well-Tuned Space

By Jay MacDonald   May 19, 2014

Scott Roewer

What makes some homes harmonious and others horribly out of tune? The SpareFoot Blog put that question to Scott Roewer, head of The Organizing Agency, who taught music as prelude to offering his own suite of organization, renovation and stress-free moving services for business and residential customers in the Washington, DC, area.

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A Room-by-Room Guide to What You Should Get Rid of

By Allie Johnson   May 13, 2014

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Do you have useless items—chipped mugs, rusty tools or old bubblegum lip gloss—cluttering your home?

Just about every house, apartment and condo in America contains some stuff that should be headed to the trash, donation bin or consignment shop. Here’s a room-by-room list of items that organizing experts say you should get rid of (and why).

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