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Welcome to the ‘Pandemonium’ of College Junk Season

By Jay Fitzgerald   August 25, 2014

College Hunks Hauling Junk

Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman co-founded College Hunks Moving in 2008 after they realized there was a market for moving students’ belongings to and from college dorms, off-campus apartments and storage facilities.

Today, College Hunks Moving has 55 franchises across the U.S. employing hundreds of young students and recent grads. They help lug around sofas, lamps, mattresses, boxes full of books and other items.

While expanding College Hunks Moving, the duo noticed another nationwide business opportunity: junk. That junk includes trash, beaten-up furniture and other remnants of students’ college lives that they don’t want to deal with and often abandon in unsightly heaps at dorms and private apartments or, too often, along city sidewalks and curbs. → Keep Reading

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‘Professor Dumpster’ and the Art of Downsizing

By Veronica Meewes   August 22, 2014

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Major life changes, a shift in living situations, a new season approaching—these are all factors that compel us to re-examine our lives and pare down the belongings we’ve collected. But Jeff Wilson took his “spring cleaning” to the extreme when he sold all his belongings for $1 and moved into a 33-square-foot dumpster in February.

However, change did not come overnight. Wilson first left his 3,000-square-foot house to live in a 600-square-foot apartment, then stayed in his 144-square-foot office before relocating to Austin, TX. In Austin, he couch-surfed before settling into his current abode. “I had a slow-trickle transition,” said Wilson, associate professor of biological sciences at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin. → Keep Reading

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Back to School: Essentials for Your Dorm Room

By Kerrie Kelly   August 1, 2014

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More than 20 years ago, I packed up my favorite things and headed to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, to dig into my interior design degree. I was loaded up with tropical fish, bedding and rolled-up Andre Agassi posters. After the education and some interior design experience, if I had it to do over again, I’d do my best to not only personalize my room but maximize its usefulness, too. Here are some ideas I’d take with me as inspiration. → Keep Reading

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DIY Network Designer Joanne Palmisano Divulges Her ‘Salvage Secrets’

By Jay MacDonald   July 31, 2014

Joanne Palmisano

If your home décor has flatlined, Joanne Palmisano knows how to revive it.

The popular DIY Network interior designer and author of “Salvage Secrets Design & Décor” specializes in resurrecting those forgotten family treasures tucked away in attics and storage units, and giving them a second life as fabulous, funky furnishings in our homes and offices.

Here’s how you can rev up your décor (and lighten up that storage unit) by repurposing pieces of your past. → Keep Reading

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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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