• Who Is Julie Morgenstern?

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    If you’ve never heard of Julie Morgenstern, chances are you’ve been living under a giant pile of clutter for the past twenty-five years. According to her, she is “an internationally renowned organizing and time management expert, New York Times best-selling author, consultant and speaker.” She is best known for her organizing books Organizing From the Inside Out and Time Management From the Inside Out, as well as her monthly column “Getting Organized” in O, The Oprah Magazine. (more…)

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  • Transform Your Attic

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    The attic occupies a special place in folklore—a place that’s mysterious, full of secrets and unknown entities and, somehow, always dusty. What stories does your attic tell? Do you even know? Have you been up there to check out the treasures and potential that wait, just above where you spend your days and nights?

    Sure, there are lots of stories of ghosts, secrets and even flowers in the attic. But what if we were to set those aside and take a brand new approach? Imagine the possibilities of reclaiming your attic and using the space to add a new room to your home.

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  • 5 Ways Self Storage Can Make Your Move Go Smoothly

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    There’s nothing quite as exciting as moving in to a new home. Whether it’s because you got a job in another town, are moving in with the man or woman of your dreams, or “accidentally” burned down your previous house, the idea of a fresh start is full of promise. (Even more so if you were also assigned a new name and passport.) (more…)

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  • 6 Apps That Will Help You Declutter and Organize Your Life

    20602590_lThere’s nothing worse than meeting a guy (or a girl), going through the natural sequence of events from casual coffee date to dolled-up dinner date, deciding that you really like him, and then…seeing his apartment. Yikes! Did he forget to clean up after the last earthquake?

    While you can’t change another person (believe me, if you could then all my friends would be George Clooney), you can certainly steer them in the right direction. One way to do that is to call in an anonymous tip to the police directing them to your ex’s trailer. But a less witness-protection-programmy way is to simply download these apps onto their phone when they’re not looking. Come to think of it, the police may be knocking on your door if you do that….

    In any case, here are 6 apps that will help you declutter and organize your life—or the life of someone you would like to date when certain health-code criteria are met:  (more…)

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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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  • Thoughtful Housewarming Gift Ideas

    34008449_lIt happens with alarming regularity and always out of the blue—your friend moves into a new house, apartment, or extended-stay motel and you receive the dreaded housewarming invitation. What on earth do you get for the guy who hoards everything?

    You suspect his monthly moves have something to do with that nice photo of him hanging on the wall at the post office, or maybe it’s just his way of getting new stuff whenever his household items break down, but whatever the reason, you’re going to have to think outside the moving box for some thoughtful housewarming gift ideas. (more…)

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  • 3 Unexpected Culprits of Home Chaos

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    SSF_CulpritThere are the obvious causes for disorganization: kids are home for the summer, you’ve outgrown your apartment, the holidays brought in a new wave of items. (more…)

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  • Make Organization Your No. 1 New Year’s Resolution: Keep Going Strong

    The New Year is finally here! With it comes National Get Organized Month. Over the last week, this blog has offered tips and advice for making organization your No. 1 New Year’s resolution. But the stats on keeping resolutions are discouraging. In fact, according to Forbes.com, “most studies show resolutions begin to drop off after a week and only about 40 percent of those who made resolutions actually stick to their goals.”

    As previously noted, getting organized can be tough, especially if you’re overwhelmed by your mess. To help you get through it, here are expert tips for keeping your organization resolution all year. (more…)

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  • Make Organization Your No. 1 New Year’s Resolution: Tips and Tricks for Sorting

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    Now that you’ve made a commitment to getting organized in 2015 and you know how to get started, it’s time to figure out where to put all your stuff. Here are some simple organization tips and tricks from the experts:

    Know What You Have

    Certified Whole Health Educator and Feng Shui Practitioner Candyce Walti said removing clutter is always first and foremost. “You can’t organize if you don’t know what you have. Decluttering also removes old energy, paving the way for new.” (more…)

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  • 6 Reasons “Getting Organized” Should be Your No. 1 New Year’s Resolution

    30 December 2014 by

    If your home isn’t as neat as you’d like it to be, perhaps you should think about making a new commitment to getting organized in 2015. According to HuffingtonPost.com, “getting organized” was actually one of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2014.

    But getting organized is about so much more than cleaning your house. In fact, getting organized can actually help you achieve other goals that might be on your resolution list next year. Other popular resolutions, according to Details.com, include managing stress better, improving a relationship, stopping procrastination and improving work habits.

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