• Who Is Matt Paxton?

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    Depending on who you ask, Matt Paxton is either a Canadian folk singer or an extreme cleaning specialist on the A&E reality TV show Hoarders. (more…)

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  • How To Store Your Snowboard If You Don’t Give a Damn

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    You came back home from the slopes with a big smile on your face, a rosy glow to your cheeks, and the limp of a well-seasoned athlete after a long—but fun—day. At least, that’s the version you’ll tell your friends once you can take a step without crying. In reality, the smile is morphine-induced, the red cheeks are from hypothermia, and the limp is due to a piece of snowboard that’s still lodged between your—well, let’s just say you won’t be using that board again.  (more…)

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  • The Value in Using Plastic Wrap for Furniture

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    How many times have you kicked yourself because you just noticed your beloved furniture piece has a huge scratch? And the worse part is, you think it happened while you were moving it.

    I’m generally pretty careful when wrapping small items and boxing my things but when it comes to larger items like chairs, dressers or armoires, I don’t really focus on how I should “wrap them.”

    Brandon Scivolette from Elite Moving shares some tips for using plastic wrap to prevent damage while moving or even storing your furniture. (more…)

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  • Clutter Movie: Hoarding or Horror?

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    Ever since the last of the great horror films—no, not Hot Tub Time Machine; The Shining (1980)—filmmakers have been desperately trying to scare the pants off movie-goers. They’ve been largely unsuccessful (unless you count the frighteningly high price of a movie ticket these days) and the reason is fear of the unknown. In other words, what scares us most is that which we can’t see, control or anonymously criticize on Twitter. Once the monster has come out of the closet (literally, that is, not as a homosexual metaphor), it no longer has the same power over us. Well, more or less. Those yappy little Chihuahuas still get me every time.

    The 2013 independent film Clutter picks up where The Shining left off. (more…)

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  • The Basics of Making the Best Garage Sale Signs

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    You’ve taken the time to go through the clutter that has been taking up valuable space in your garage for the last year or so. Things are labeled and priced and you even have yourself a chair to sit at while the massive garage sale undertaking happens.

    But let’s not forget the most important element of the sale: the customers.

    Here are some basic ways to make the best garage sale signs and make your sale a slam-dunk! (more…)

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  • Lose Your Stuff, Change Your Life: Decluttering Tips

    Decluttering tips for a beautiful home.

    Oh, clutter: how you taunt me! Little stacks of good intentions everywhere. I wanted to do something, see something, or save something, and it turned into something else. Now I have piles of paperwork, boxes and boxes of DIY craft supplies, and not one or two but three staplers.

    Somehow, while I was living my life and planning a streamlined future, I got my hands on too much stuff. When things began to pile up, I bought really cool containers for all my things. Then came the color-coded storage boxes. I even made some DIY containers. Still, I look around and all I can see is more stuff. What to do?

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  • How to Clean Your Hardwood Floor

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    Hardwood floors? Lucky you! Hardwood floors are resilient, versatile—they work with everything from classic furnishings to modern style to dorm room décor—and they don’t attract allergens like carpets do. Whether old or new, hardwood floors can be absolutely stunning. They are also the easiest type of flooring to keep clean, once you know what type of wood floor you have.

    If you’ve just moved into a new place that has hardwood floors, or if you have been in your place for a while but you haven’t cleaned lately, your first step is a good sweep. This is as basic as cleaning gets… any broom will do. If you don’t have a broom, for heaven’s sake, go get one!

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  • Wash or Dry Clean?

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    To dry clean, or not to dry clean—that is the question. Dry cleaning gives clothes that fresh, ready-to-go feeling. But do you need to take your entire laundry basket to the dry cleaners? (Ask around, people do this.) More to the point: what can you get away with dry cleaning less frequently or never?

    In some parts of the country (Hello: Boston), dry cleaning is a way of life. When I lived on the East Coast I knew the folks at my dry cleaner by name, had an account there, and got a call when I’d left something for too long. My guy friends took every shirt, tie and sweater to the dry cleaners, a surprising number of which are open 24 hours.

    These days, living in happy-go-lucky Northern California, I’ve got a new take on dry-cleaning: maybe it’s not as necessary as I once thought…

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  • What to Do about Your Sock Drawer

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    Today, because I was in an excellent mood (and in a hurry to use the dryer) I sorted out my youngest brother’s socks. It was remarkably easy because—with the exception of one pair of souvenir socks celebrating his favorite baseball team—my youngest brother has about 30 pairs of identical socks. Clearly, he got the pragmatist gene in the family.

    If you’ve got more than two styles of socks, chances are they are all thrown together in your sock drawer. And, if you’re like most people, you’ve just about had it with all those singles hanging out there. If you’re spending more than 60 seconds each morning looking for a matching pair of socks, it’s time to clean out that drawer and save your sanity.

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  • Spruce Up Your Bathroom by Grouting

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    Is your bathroom looking a little drab? There’s an easy way to fix that, and it’s called grouting. If you have tiles in the bath, adding a fresh application of grout works like magic to make things look like new.

    I like grouting because it provides a relatively straightforward DIY project. There’s a definite start and finish—and the time between the two is usually a few hours or less. Some home improvement projects require power tools and watching endless hours of how-to videos. Not so with grouting! It’s inexpensive, quick and the results are nothing short of amazing.

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