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Attack Your Kid’s Messy Closet With These 6 Strategies

By Rachel Hartman   December 19, 2014

little girl and her clothing collection

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: Tips for Holiday Decluttering

By Allie Johnson   December 11, 2014

Christmas tree lights

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

By John Egan   November 10, 2014

millennial clutter

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

decluttering project

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

clutter

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

chaos

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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