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7 Organizing Tips for Small Bedrooms

By Rachel Hartman   April 21, 2015

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It doesn’t take much for a small space like a bedroom to feel cramped.

To avoid the tendency of clutter buildup, “keep items to a minimum,” suggested Debra McCann, CEO of Delaware-based Organizing Outside the Box.

Here, experts weigh in with strategies to clear out items you don’t need, and maximize the space in a small bedroom to make it feel comfortable, clean and orderly. → Keep Reading

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Too Much Junk in Your Storage Unit? Here Are 6 Outdated Items to Clear Out

By Jay MacDonald   April 20, 2015

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Is your storage unit cluttered with Mom’s polyester pantsuits from the ’70s or Dad’s cassette collection of greatest hair-band hits from the ’80s?

If so, you might be needlessly holding onto mementos of someone else’s past.

Storage units often are laden with a merry mix of outdated junk, whether it’s technological relics like “Seinfield”-era shoebox cellphones, VCR and eight-track players, Beanie Baby collections, period clothing or hopelessly homely furniture straight from Walton’s Mountain. → Keep Reading

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Are You a Shopaholic? 8 Tips for Bagging the Habit

By Allie Johnson   April 15, 2015

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If your closet is crammed full of clothes still bearing the original tags, your house is strewn with unopened boxes or you’ve rented a storage unit to hold all your unused purchases, you might be a shopaholic.

“A lot of people are embarrassed to admit they have a problem and are out of control,” said Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding. → Keep Reading

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A Zone-by-Zone Guide to Storage and Organization in Your Kitchen Cabinets

By Kerrie Kelly   April 13, 2015

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Organizing your kitchen cabinets is like organizing your closet. You put it off and put it off and then, when it’s done, you wonder why you waited so long. You’ve seen all the tools and hardware available these days to get your kitchen ship-shape, so it’s time to make it happen. This is absolutely a simple one-day affair, but if you take the weekend and include a little time for experimenting, you’ll end up with a kitchen that really works like you do. → Keep Reading

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7 Steps to a Cleaner, More Organized Garage

By Cynthia J. Drake   March 21, 2015

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Chances are, your garage is not one of the most organized parts of your house.

A survey by The Lehigh Group shows that only 27 percent of Americans reported feeling confident that their garages were “very organized.” And given the amount of potentially dangerous equipment stored there, garages aren’t just eyesores — they can pose “a potential safety threat,” said Stephanie Leichtweis, vice president of sales and marketing for The Lehigh Group.

So, now that spring is upon us, it’s time to tackle the garage. We asked some experts how to do it in the least painful way possible. → Keep Reading

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Messy Minds: Inside the Psychology of Clutter

By Anne Wynter   March 13, 2015

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Nearly everyone has dealt with clutter at one point or another, but certain people struggle greatly with it. While some might chalk it up to a matter of will power, a study by the Yale School of Medicine revealed that when asked to decide whether to keep or throw away items, some participants showed higher activity in the parts of their brains associated with pain and conflict.

Find out what experts say about why some of us have so much trouble letting go of excess clutter. → Keep Reading

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Hoarding Problem? Here Are 8 Steps to Deal With It

By Allie Johnson   March 6, 2015

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Compulsive hoarding can turn your home into a disaster zone and interfere with your life: You might not be able to cook in your kitchen, eat at your dining room table or sleep in your bed.

But how do you know if you’re slightly disorganized, just a bit of a packrat or actually a hoarder? When you can’t function in your living space, that’s a big sign of a potential hoarding problem, said psychologist Fugen Neziroglu, director of the Bio-Behavioral Institute in New York and author of “Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop.” → Keep Reading

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12 Decluttering Blogs You Should Be Following Right Now

By Rachel Hartman   March 5, 2015

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If you’re ready to clear out the clutter, you don’t have to start the journey on your own.

The following experts are ready and eager to walk you through the process. In addition to listing practical advice, these blogs offer encouragement, how-to guides, and overall inspiration for an orderly home and life.

Here the top 12 decluttering blogs to follow right now. → Keep Reading

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6 Simple Habits for Keeping Your Home Clean

By Anne Wynter   March 3, 2015

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Living in a clean home can make you more productive, boost your mood, and eliminate all those frenzied cleaning sprees you resort to in the hours before guests arrive. These benefits might sound great in theory, but if you fall within the messier segment of the population, keeping your home clean can feel like the ultimate uphill battle.

The good news is you don’t have to transform into a full-fledged neat freak to enjoy a more organized, less cluttered existence. You can get the living situation you want by adopting these six simple habits of people who maintain clean homes. → Keep Reading

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Prep Your Pantry: 5 Tips for Achieving Kitchen Contentment

By Cathie Ericson   February 18, 2015

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As Jennifer Davis got ready to move her family from a temporary rental to a new home, she vowed that her new pantry would be the picture of organization.

“We recently spent two years in England where pantries—and packages—were so much smaller,” Davis said. “Moving back to Seattle reminded me of the peril of Costco-sized products, how I sometimes buy too much and then forget I have it.”

She’s correct that pantries have been supersized. In fact, pantries are a hot commodity. In a recent survey for the National Association for Home Builders, 85 percent of respondents put a walk-in pantry on their “most wanted” list. → Keep Reading

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