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SpareFoot Survey: Half of Americans Know a Hoarder

By Allie Johnson   June 16, 2015

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Reality TV shows like Lifetime’s “Hoarders: Family Secrets” have given millions of viewers a glimpse into the lives of extreme hoarders, yet a new survey shows that many Americans have a skewed sense of hoarding.

Over half (52 percent) of Americans say they know someone—a coworker, friend, neighbor or relative—who’s a hoarder, while 7 percent identify themselves as hoarders, according to the survey, conducted for SpareFoot by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Just 2 percent to 5 percent of Americans are classified as hoarders, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Matt Paxton, one of the stars of the “Hoarders” franchise, said he thinks 52 percent actually is too low. “I think we all know someone who’s a hoarder—it’s just that we may not be aware of it,” Paxton told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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Tidy and Thrifty: How to Get Organized on the Cheap

By Cynthia J. Drake   June 5, 2015

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That brimming closet. The junk-filled garage that no longer accommodates your car. The basement where you’ve got to clear a path to get to your holiday decorations.

Who couldn’t use a little organization, right? But when you’re on a budget, fancy tools for organization and storage might not be wallet-friendly.

Don’t sweat it. We challenged organizing experts to come up with some creative solutions that you can carry out right away—and that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. → Keep Reading

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Clear Thinking: Can You Get Hypnotized to Get Organized?

By Allie Johnson   June 4, 2015

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Just about everyone knows somebody who swears that getting hypnotized helped kick a smoking habit or shed 20 pounds. But what about getting hypnotized to get organized?

Hypnotherapist Beverly Taylor, author of the book and program “Clutter to Clarity: the Easy Key to Organizing,” specializes in using hypnotherapy to help the chronically cluttered—people she calls “clutterers.”

The SpareFoot Blog chatted with Taylor to find out how and why hypnotherapy can help some people let go of clutter. → Keep Reading

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Showered With Baby Gifts? Here’s How to Handle Your Bundle of Stuff

By Cynthia J. Drake   June 1, 2015

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Baby showers are wonderful opportunities for moms-to-be to gather with friends and family and soak in the love and excitement for their new bundle of joy. And, of course, there’s usually a bounty of gifts that go along with the occasion.

When you’re trying to keep an organized house and create a clutter-free nursery, what’s the best way to approach your baby shower? We spoke with experts to find out how to handle the new-baby largesse and keep stress to a minimum. → Keep Reading

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Here Come the Wedding Gifts: What Should You Do With All of Them?

By Rachel Hartman   May 26, 2015

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In 2014, the average U.S. wedding had 136 guests, according to wedding website The Knot. In some states, the guest list was longer. For instance, Nebraska newlyweds had an average of 208 guests in attendance.

Regardless of the exact number of guests who share your special day with you, when the wedding ends, gift opening begins.

If you receive doubles—or even triples or more—of certain items, it can be tough to figure out what to do with them. Is it worth keeping three toasters, two blenders or five sets of silverware?

Here, experts share six strategies to help you decide when to keep extra gifts and when to find a new place for them. → Keep Reading

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Ryan Nicodemus: From Misery to Minimalism

By John Egan   May 22, 2015

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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

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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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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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