Organization

5 Holiday Organizing Products Worth Celebrating

By John Egan   November 20, 2014

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When you’re shopping for holiday gifts, you’re usually concentrating on your kids, spouse, parents, friends and other loved ones. But what about what you want? What could bring joy to you during the hectic holiday season?

Perhaps it’s something as simple as a product that’ll help you stay organized—and less frazzled—during the holidays. Here, five organization professionals offer recommendations for products that you might want to put on your wish list. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Survey: Are Republicans or Democrats the Less Cluttered Bunch?

By John Egan   November 13, 2014

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In the November elections, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and won a slew of political offices across the country. They also were winners in SpareFoot’s recent survey about clutter in America.

In the survey, American adults were asked whether they think their house or apartment is cluttered. In all, 27 percent indicated their home is “very” or “somewhat” cluttered.

Digging deeper into the data, we found that just 22 percent of Americans who identified themselves as Republicans fell into the “very” or “somewhat” category for household clutter. Democrats came in at 27 percent, while independents were at the top of the heap (30 percent). → Keep Reading

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3 Ways to Make Money From Your Unused Items

By Jay MacDonald   November 11, 2014

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Let’s face it: We live in a packrat nation.

According to a study by market research firm NPD Group, the average American home contains $7,000 worth of unused items. Multiply that by a storage unit or two, and you could be sitting on a first car for your teenager, a year or two of college tuition for your high school grad or even a down payment on a house for the twentysomething in your basement.

To help turn your trash into cash, we’ve enlisted the help of specialists in your three most fruitful options: garage sales, online selling and auctions. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Clutter Survey: Are Millennials the Messiest Age Group in the U.S.?

By John Egan   November 10, 2014

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Could it be that Millennials are the messiest generation in America?

In a recent survey commissioned by SpareFoot, American adults were asked whether they think their house or apartment is cluttered. In all, 27 percent classified their home as “very” or “somewhat” cluttered.

Among 18- to 29-year-olds, who make up the bulk of the Millennial generation, 30 percent hung the tag of “very” or “somewhat” cluttered on themselves. That’s the highest percentage for any of the age groups in the SpareFoot survey. It’s an interesting figure, given that digitally savvy Millennials aren’t inclined to keep newspapers, magazines and similar stuff around the house. → Keep Reading

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Before and After: 4 Great Decluttering Success Stories

By John Egan   November 6, 2014

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America, we’ve got a clutter problem.

A survey commissioned by SpareFoot found that 27 percent of Americans think their homes are “very” or “somewhat” cluttered. In some cases, we simply let that clutter build up and eat us up. In other cases, we hire one of the thousands of professional organizers in the U.S. to help us overcome the clutter.

Why have we become a cluttered nation? → Keep Reading

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How to Combine Households After Getting Married

By Chris Kissell   November 4, 2014

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When a couple ties the knot, the two partners pledge to join together in a lifelong union. But they also agree to combine all of their stuff. And in many cases, that’s a lot of accumulated furniture, collectibles, kitchen items and other gear.

The process of weeding through what to keep and what to let go creates stress for some newlyweds, professional organizer Monica Friel said.

“Sometimes there is tension around those things,” Friel said. “One of them will say, ‘Why do you need to save that?’” → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Survey: Over One-Fourth of U.S. Households Have a Clutter Problem

By Allie Johnson   November 3, 2014

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Got clutter? If so, you’re certainly not alone. A SpareFoot survey shows that more than one-fourth of Americans think their home is at least somewhat cluttered.

In a survey conducted in October 2014 for SpareFoot, 6 percent of American adults said their house or apartment is “very” cluttered, and 21 percent classified their space as “somewhat” cluttered. → Keep Reading

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Chaos and Clutter at Home Could Harm Your Kid’s Health

By Allie Johnson   October 29, 2014

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Does chaos, including clutter, reign at your home? If so, it might be affecting your kid’s health, a study from Ohio State University suggests.

Researchers came to that conclusion by poring over data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a national study of 3,288 mothers who were interviewed when their children were 3 years old, and again when their kids were 5. → Keep Reading

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6 Clever Installation Ideas for Your Living Room TV

By Kerrie Kelly   October 27, 2014

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A TV certainly can be an eyesore in home design. While the easiest thing to do is eliminate them completely in living areas, this simply won’t do when you need your reality TV or football fix.

There are many seamless ways to incorporate TVs into living rooms—it just takes a little extra planning and thoughtfulness. Some of the options seem intimidating, and some are surprisingly simple. Read on for a mix of designer-approved ideas that’ll have you watching TV in style. → Keep Reading

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Inside the Disturbing World of Animal Hoarding

By Nick DiUlio   October 21, 2014

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When police officers arrived this summer at Milton Storage Systems in Milton, WV, they had no idea what they were about to discover.

Authorities got a call the morning of Aug. 7 from the owner of Milton Storage claiming a tenant, Tommy “Ninja” Lee, had been living inside his unit along with his wheelchair-bound wife. The real shock, however, came when cops opened an adjacent unit and discovered nine malnourished dogs Lee and his wife had been hoarding for some time.

Milton Police Cpl. Dean Bishop said the floor of the dogs’ storage unit was covered with blood and feces. “There’s no air conditioning in there,” Bishop said. “They had very little food.” → Keep Reading

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