Organization

Some of the Oddest Finds Ever Made by Junk Removers

By Jason Steward   September 18, 2014

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Junk removal is a dirty job. It requires the right tools and processes to complete a cleanout in an orderly, timely fashion. These jobs sometimes run into speed bumps—like a refrigerator that hasn’t been opened in years and now is home to harmful mold.

Read on to find out about some of the oddest finds ever made during junk removal projects. → Keep Reading

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Abby Vasek: Ditch ‘Unexpected Clutter’ When Staging a Home

By Allie Johnson   September 16, 2014

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Getting ready to sell your home and wondering how you can make it look like those beautifully staged homes you see on TV? In a word: declutter.

The SpareFoot Blog talked with Abby Vasek, an Austin, TX, interior designer and home stager, as well as a star of “HGTV Star,” to get some tips on clearing out your home for staging. → Keep Reading

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The Art of Storage, Lighting and Display 

By Kerrie Kelly   September 15, 2014

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The final details you add to a room are what set it apart. Some are obvious additions, such as pillows, throws, mirrors and artwork. More subtle items might be books, family photos, plants or personal collections. Others are beloved keepsakes, whether family treasures, mementos from special occasions or special people, or souvenirs from vacations. All lend a personal quality to the living space. → Keep Reading

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How to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

By Hank McKinsey   September 8, 2014

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As the summer moves toward fall, it’s a good time to begin getting your home ready for the cooler weather. Planning ahead will make the task a little less daunting as the school year gets under way and a million other projects pile up. If your aim is to be a little more organized this fall, here are a few tips that’ll make that a lot easier without breaking your budget. → Keep Reading

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Funny Business: Joan Rivers Maintained Well-Organized Stockpile of Her Jokes

By John Egan   September 5, 2014

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As tributes continue to pour in for Joan Rivers, some are remembering the late comedian’s penchant for methodically filing away the thousands of jokes she’d delivered during a career that spanned more than 50 years. Rivers might very well have been the world’s funniest—and most steadfast—organizer and collector.

Rivers, known for her biting, no-holds-barred humor, died Sept. 4 at age 81. One of the legacies she’s leaving behind is her library-style treasure trove of jokes—a collection that helped Rivers stay on track in the whirlwind business of making people laugh. → Keep Reading

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Psychology Professor Randy Frost: Merely ‘Clearing Things Out’ Doesn’t Fix Hoarding

By Jay MacDonald   September 2, 2014

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Randy Frost may know more about the disorder of hoarding than anyone on earth.

A professor of psychology at Smith College in Northampton, MA, Frost is the co-author of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” scientific adviser to the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and co-editor of the foundation’s hoarding website.

In an interview with The SpareFoot Blog, Frost explores the often-misunderstood world of hoarding. → Keep Reading

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Welcome to the ‘Pandemonium’ of College Junk Season

By Jay Fitzgerald   August 25, 2014

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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

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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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