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Smart Strategies for Room-by-Room Decluttering [Infographic]

By John Egan   January 28, 2015

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Let’s be honest: Decluttering your home is almost on par with getting a tooth pulled. Both are a real pain.

But you can ease the pain of decluttering your home by taking a room-by-room approach, rather than tackling the task all at once. (Sorry, we can’t help you with that dental work.) → Keep Reading

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Pile Prevention: 3 Ways To Cut Your Paper Clutter

By Mridu Parikh   January 22, 2015

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No matter where or how you live, there’s one type of clutter that plagues nearly everyone: paper clutter. The constant influx is overwhelming. Before you can deal with one pile, another one builds. Here are three ways to get a handle on your ever-growing collection of paper. → Keep Reading

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6 Accessories to Help You Get Organized in 2015

By Kerrie Kelly   January 16, 2015

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The new year is here, and it’s a good time to get organized. This is the time to tackle unkempt closets and bathroom storage, and get the junk out of the junk drawer. There are so many stylish solutions available to get your home organized and looking good quickly, simply and inexpensively.

We’ve got six tips to get rid of the clutter and get your bathrooms, closets and kitchens looking fabulous in no time. → Keep Reading

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Try These 11 Products and Services to Help You Get Organized in 2015

By John Egan   January 7, 2015

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Getting organized can be a bore and a chore, but various innovations are helping take some of the drudgery out of home organization. Looking for some inspiration to get your organizing act together in 2015? Check out these 11 products and services. → Keep Reading

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Tackle Paper Clutter and Organize Ideas With Pinterest

By Rachel Hartman   January 6, 2015

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No matter how many organizational systems you have in place, certain piles can creep up, especially when it comes to paper.

“Paper clutter is one of the things most people have a challenge with, even very organized people,” professional organizer Monica Ricci said.

Paper can accumulate when we print recipes, store receipts and clip out articles. Paper clutter also can come from outside sources such as mail, catalogs and children’s homework.

Using Pinterest is an easy way to clear up paper clutter—and keep it out. For instance, if you find recipes online you might want later, don’t print them out, Ricci said. “Instead, pin those items to a Pinterest board where you can access them from any computer or mobile device,” she said. → Keep Reading

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Attack Your Kid’s Messy Closet With These 6 Strategies

By Rachel Hartman   December 19, 2014

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While having a neatly arranged space for your child’s clothes might sound ideal, making that wish become a reality isn’t always easy. For starters, there might be a lot to sort through.

When asked whether their children had more clothing, footwear and accessories than they did, 53 percent of U.S. parents said “yes,” according to a survey released in July 2014 by coupon site Vouchercloud.net. What’s more, 65 percent of parents said their sons and daughters own far too much clothing. → Keep Reading

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Turning Memorabilia Into Home Décor: Guess What You Can Do With Your Wedding Bouquet

By Anne Wynter   December 18, 2014

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Chances are, you’ve got at least a few of them. Old, dusty boxes and storage containers stuffed with baseball cards, yearbooks and childhood toys that you can’t bring yourself to toss out, but that you haven’t touched in years.

“I always tell
 clients that keeping memorabilia or collecting can be a lot of fun, but if
 you keep everything in a box in the attic that you never open, you are
 missing the whole point,” professional organizer Seana Turner said.

Instead of letting these items take up prime storage space, try the following ideas for displaying them around your home so you can enjoy them on a daily basis. → Keep Reading

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Un-Decking the Halls: 5 Tips for Holiday Decluttering

By Allie Johnson   December 11, 2014

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Is your house overflowing with strands of lights, ugly Christmas sweaters and toys that bring no joy? Then consider a new holiday tradition: decluttering.

“The holiday season is a great time to develop a one-in, one-out mentality,” author and professional organizer Peter Walsh said. That’s because many seasonal celebrations center on receiving new gifts, but there’s no corresponding ritual for letting go of old possessions, he said. → Keep Reading

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7 Ideas for Donating Your Stuff to Charity

By John Egan   December 10, 2014

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Around this time of year, millions of Americans are clearing out space in their homes to make room for holiday gifts they’re giving and receiving. Don’t know what to do with the stuff you don’t want anymore? We’ve rounded up seven ideas for donating your belongings to charitable organizations. → Keep Reading

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3 Ways to Make Money From Your Unused Items

By Jay MacDonald   November 11, 2014

trash for cash

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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