Ryan Nicodemus: From Misery to Minimalism

By John Egan   May 22, 2015

Ryan Nicodemus

Not that long ago, Ryan Nicodemus thought he was living the life. He had a six-figure income and a fancy job title at a telecom company. He had a new car every couple of years. He had a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,000-square-foot condo with two living rooms. “I have no idea why a single guy would ever need two living rooms,” he said.

Even with two living rooms, though, Nicodemus wasn’t really living. He was in debt, stressed out, anxious and discontent.

“I may have looked happy, I may have looked successful, but I certainly didn’t feel successful,” he recalled at the recent annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. → Keep Reading

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‘Hoarders’ Coming Back to TV on May 28

By John Egan   May 21, 2015

Hoarders: Family Secrets

The “Hoarders” franchise is returning in a splashy way.

On May 28, “Hoarders: Family Secrets” will launch on the Lifetime cable TV network with a one-hour special featuring both live and taped segments. The premiere will focus on a Massachusetts family, complete with an intervention on live TV, and on a repeat hoarder who could end up in jail if his home doesn’t pass a city inspection. → Keep Reading

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NAPO President: Your Disorganized Home Doesn’t Mirror Who You Are

By John Egan   May 15, 2015

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Look around your home. Is your bedroom closet a haven for clothing cast-offs? Does your kitchen look like Gordon Ramsay went on a rampage? Have bills piled up in stacks that seem taller than the Egyptian pyramids?

If you answered “yes,” don’t get down on yourself. Your disorganized home doesn’t embody who you are, professional organizer Ellen Faye says.

“Being disorganized or having a struggle with it is in no way, shape or form a reflection who you are as a human being,” Faye, the new president of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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‘Like’ Cash? 7 Steps for Selling Stuff in Facebook Groups

By Allie Johnson   May 12, 2015

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If you’re like most Americans, you already spend tons of time on Facebook. So why not turn some of that time into money by selling your unwanted stuff?

“Selling in Facebook groups is just starting to get popular,” said Carolyn Schneider, author of “The Ultimate Consignment & Thrift Store Guide” and an expert on buying and selling. “It’s a great way to get rid of some items and make some money.” A big bonus: It’s free to do post things for sale on Facebook.

How do you get started? Here are seven easy steps for selling your stuff in Facebook groups. → Keep Reading

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Deluxe Dumpster Diving: Matt Malone’s 8 Fascinating Finds

By Lauren Everitt   May 6, 2015

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Need to furnish a new apartment? Equip your office? Buy a wedding gift? What if you could do it all for free?

Turns out, you can. All you need a little gumption, a strong stomach and a decent dumpster. Still, digging through other people’s refuse can be a hard sell, which is why we’ve brought in a pro. Matt Malone, an IT consultant in Austin, TX, has financed his startup, gifted his friends, decorated his house and outfitted his office—all with stuff from dumpsters.

His hotspot for the best items? Self-storage facilities. Read on for Malone’s top tips and best finds. (Disclaimer: This journalist walked away with a Pier 1 vase and several picture frames.) → Keep Reading

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Are You an Extreme Declutterer? If So, Reality TV Might Be in Your Future

By John Egan   May 5, 2015

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The production company behind the reality TV show “Hoarders” wants to shed light on a condition that’s the polar opposite of hoarding.

Screaming Flea Productions says it’s seeking stories about people with a condition known in some circles as extreme Spartanism. Others might refer to it as excessive decluttering. Whatever the name, it’s not an officially recognized medical condition or psychiatric disorder. → Keep Reading

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Joshua Fields Millburn: Maximizing His Life Through a Commitment to Minimalism

By John Egan   May 4, 2015

Joshua Fields Millburn

In 2009, Joshua Fields Millburn’s mother died and his marriage fell apart. In the same month.

“These two events forced me to look around and take an inventory of my life,” Millburn said, “and really question what had become my life’s focus.”

His life’s focus came into sharp focus after he flew from Ohio, where he lived at the time, to Florida, where his 65-year-old mother had lived until succumbing to lung cancer. Once there, Millburn sifted through the stuff crammed into his late mother’s one-bedroom apartment: antique furniture; old paintings; numerous doilies; mismatched plates, cups and bowls; towels, sheets, blankets and quilts; and even 14 winter coats. → Keep Reading

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12 Smart Ways to Make More Money at a Garage Sale

By Tim Smith   May 1, 2015

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The garage sale doesn’t have to be the butt end of consumerism. Here are 12 ways to transform your clutter into cash. → Keep Reading

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8 Tips for Organizing Your Closets [Infographic]

By John Egan   April 29, 2015


Roughly 50 times a week, Angie’s List says, we visit America’s dumping ground for household clutter—our closets. And those visits can be more painful than a trip to the doctor: Many of us come across mounds of never-worn sandals, outdated jeans and long-forgotten prom dresses. In fact, Americans rank closets as the most disorganized spaces in their homes, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers.

While we at SpareFoot can’t perform the physical task of clearing out your closets, we can help you get started. In this infographic, we offer eight tips for organizing your closets. → Keep Reading

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7 Ways to Corral Electronic Clutter in Your Home

By John Egan   April 27, 2015

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Is your attic, basement, closet or junk drawer an e-graveyard? For many of us, the answer is “yes.” Gadget ghosts are haunting our homes.

Millions of Americans now own cellphones, smartphones, laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and other electronic devices. In many cases, we own several, if not all, of these gadgets. But what happens to your old iPhone, for instance, when you upgrade to the latest and greatest version?

In many of our homes, these electronic remnants simply pile up, contributing to the ever-escalating problem of e-clutter. A survey taken this year for SpareFoot found that among American couples who quarrel over clutter, 28 percent argue about electronics. → Keep Reading

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